Swimming should be fun, while also teaching your little ones vital skills in a safe environment. Here are seven key things to look out for when choosing a baby swim school:
Teachers should have an industry-recognised swimming qualification specific to teaching babies and toddlers. There should also be a trained lifesaver and first aid member of staff available at all times throughout the class.
All employees who work directly with children should have undertaken relevant criminal records checks, have attended a Safeguarding Children in Sport course and have been trained in its swim school’s safeguarding policies and procedures.
3) Health and hygiene
All children under four should wear a double-nappy system for their swim class – a disposable or reusable swim nappy, with a snug-fitting neoprene nappy on top with closefitting leg and waist ribs.
Pools should be heated to at least 32⁰ for children 0-3 months old, 30⁰ for children 3-12 months, up to a maximum of 35⁰.
5) Pool safety
Swim schools should monitor pool conditions closely to ensure its venues are maintained safely and efficiently. They should carry out risk assessments at each pool to ensure they operate to the highest health and safety standards.
Swim schools should be fully insured, with both Public Liability insurance and professional indemnity protection to £10 million.
7) Lesson structure
Some swim schools offer a highly-evolved programme, with clear aims and objectives, while others offer something that’s rather less developed, so make sure you know which you’re getting.
Taking a baby underwater is an important part of a lesson structure, but it should never be the main focus of the lesson.
Lessons should always evolve at your child’s own pace, and place emphasis on both of you having fun.