Babies

Tadpoles

Parent & Baby Classes

For bubs from 6 to 30 months

Life gets hectic with a newborn. So, schedule some regular quality skin-to-skin bub bonding time, away from distractions. You (or someone else if you’re getting a break) can enjoy the calm and relaxing effect of our warm pool water. Bliss!

Your bub’s swim journey begins with water familiarisation. As you get more comfortable and confident in the water together, swim and water safety skills will gradually be introduced using toys, games and songs. Bliss!

All that kicking and arm movement will improve coordination and muscle development, whilst burning off energy for improved appetite and sleep. Bliss!

Babybliss Program

Key Foundation Skills

A single level program packed with multiple outcomes, benefits and features

Tadpole Students: 9 maximum per class
Lesson Duration: 30 minutes

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If you are ready to start swimming within the next 7 days, you can reserve an available spot before someone else does

Booking into one of our available Tadpole classes is easy. No payment is required to reserve a spot online. We’ll contact you to confirm everything and help you complete the enrolment requirements.

Availability can change daily, so if you can’t find a suitable day and time within the next 7 days, send us a query. We often add new classes, especially during peak season. If we don’t have your preferred day and time right now, we can add you to our waiting list.

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Foundation Skills

Sooner is safer

For building layers of protection

You’ll be surprised what skills your little one can learn, from as early as 6 months old. Plus, you’ll learn valuable swim teaching skills to practice at home.

Natural breath-holding reflex - wears off from about 6 months

Babies are born with a natural breath holding reflex. This gag reflex automatically kicks in when a baby goes underwater. The soft tissue at the back of their throat (the glottis and epiglottis) closes to provide a watertight seal to the lungs.

 

As this natural reflex starts to wear off after 6 months, your bub must be taught to hold their breath as a learned response. Sooner is better. Once this reflex disappears, it’s harder to start learning breath control.

 

Holding their breath can give a child time to think, calm down and find a safe place, giving parents time to respond.

Foster a love of water - avoid fear becoming a learned response

Babies have a natural affinity with a fluid environment. Early swimming lessons can make the “womb to (pool) water” transition easier as they’re re-introduced to a similar feeling.

 

Whilst bath times are essential to maintain a baby’s affinity with water, it’s better to not lose the memory of having their head immersed fully in water. Early water familiarisation will allow your bub to master water skills faster.

No forced submersions – both of you need to be ready

A child needs to feel comfortable with their head being underwater. Mastering this skill can lessen the panic if they accidentally fall into the water. This also allows a child to learn to swim in a horizontal position. Doggy paddling is way too tiring! A stronger swimmer is a safer swimmer!

 

Our teachers are skilled at reading a child’s face and body language, and yours too! Only safely submerging a child’s head when both of you feel ready.

Teaching on cues – our child-centred approach

The water can be a scary place for a child when learning to swim. That’s why we focus on building trust. We won’t force a child to do anything. Nor try to trick them.

 

We definitely won’t force their head underwater. We always use cues, such as “Name. Are you ready? 1, 2, 3, let’s go”. It’s important for you and your little one to be in control.

Turn around & return to the wall – lots of fun

If a child falls into a pool without any water safety training, they’re likely to head towards the first wall they see, which won’t always be the one closest to them. We’ll teach them that the nearest wall might be behind them.

 

We’ll have them jumping in, turning around in the water, and heading back to the wall they jumped from. Repeatedly, until their memories are big enough to hold onto this skill permanently. And with lots of fun attached to each jump and turn!

Back floating – you’ll both be calmed by this skill

If your mini-me finds themselves in deep water, there won’t always be a wall close by, or something to hold on to. Building on your baby’s buoyancy skills, we can train you how to teach your bub to roll over and float on their back and breath calmly, so they can stay safe while waiting for help.

 

You’ll love achieving this with your bub. Watching them floating, relaxed on their back, is amazing to see. We’re confident you’ll feel more relaxed too, having a bit more peace of mind about their safety around water.

Fall & glide 1m to an adult – you’ll both enjoy this propulsion

From the side of the pool, we’ll teach you how to assist your child in getting (falling) into the pool and then helping them glide to the teacher, or vice-versa.

 

It’s all about bub becoming more confident with submerging, closing their mouth and holding their breath under water.

Safe exits - some serious monkeying around

A big part of being water-safe is knowing how to get out.

The “Monkey Walk” will teach your tot how to move along the edge of the pool using their hands and feet to get to a safer place.

When their little arms and legs are strong enough, we’ll teach them how to safely push themselves out of the pool using their elbows, knees and tummy.

Safe water entries - waterwise moments

Our lessons also teach children how to behave around water. Teaching them to respect the water, understand its dangers. How not to be near/in water without an adult. To sit by the pool, only entering on instruction.

You’ll help with these instructions, so that your precious one understands the same rules also apply away from swim school.

Specially trained teachers – both of you in good hands
Our teachers are accredited by either Swim Australia or AustSwim. Their technical training includes studying child development and early childhood education. They’re exceptionally skilled at calming, connecting and communicating – with both bub and parent. Attentively watching faces and body language, knowing when to reassure and when to challenge. They’re also passionate about making lessons fun – for both of you.
Small class sizes – with lots of apprentice teachers - you!

All adults in the class are in training too!

Parents and carers will be active participants in the lesson so they become more confident in being an essential part of their bub’s swim journey. Our teachers will share program content and techniques that can also be practised at home.

It’s also critical that tots understand that safety doesn’t just apply at swim school. They must learn to follow safety instructions from parents and carers too. That’s one reason why adults need to be in the water at this early part of the swim journey.

Cutting the apron strings – transition to independence

Our program is structured to motivate your child to rise through our levels, with many rewards, awards and large doses of praise.

Before your little tadpole moves up into the Pre-School Learn to Swim Program, the teacher will gradually introduce transition tasks. These will help your little one feel safe and confident to continue their swim journey in the water without you.

Your tot will start to take more and more instructions from the teacher and rely less and less on the parent/carer in the water.

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