Swim Baby FAQs

We understand you may feel unsure about what to expect when bringing your baby for the first time. We’ve tried to answer some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have a question and it’s not on the list please ask us or try our Facebook page Wellington or Facebook page Auckland.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I bring my baby swimming?

We teach from birth to 5 years old. It is also safe for pre-term babies to start swimming and also for mums unless they are recovering from a C-section or surgery. 

Will you make my baby go underwater?

Our lessons are baby-led which means we will never make your baby do anything they aren’t ready to do. When your baby is ready, we will show them how to swim underwater in a controlled and careful way. Underwater swimming is only a tiny part of what we do – most of the lesson is above the water. 

How many adults can be in the water?

To keep our swim lessons intimate, we can only allow one adult in the water with your child each week. Any other members of your family are welcome to come along and watch from the poolside. But this depends on the pool facilities – so please check with us first.

Can I still bring my baby if I am not a confident swimmer?

Absolutely. You don’t need to be able to swim to bring your baby to lessons. Our teachers support everyone and you won’t need to go underwater unless you want to. The pools are always shallow enough for an adult to stand up in.

Does my baby need to be vaccinated to swim?

Your baby doesn’t need to be vaccinated before it learns to swim. If your child has a medical condition or you have any concerns speak to your health practitioner.

Can my baby swim if they were premature?

Please check with your health practitioner as premature babies have a weaker immune system. However, once they have been given the go-ahead to join classes then swimming is fantastic as it can help with gross motor development and water helps build strength and muscle tone.

When is the best time to feed my child?

As a guide, until your child is on solids they can be fed 30 minutes before their lesson. Babies and toddlers will get hungry after such a good workout, so you’ll need to feed them or offer a snack once the lesson has finished. Many parents tell us swimming gives their babies a great appetite! But for hygiene reasons please save the snacks until you leave the pool as children will often drop food and then pick it up and eat it – unaware that it has come into contact with an unhygienic surface.

What do I need to bring to my first lesson?

  • Changing mat – Changing your baby on the floor is safest.  As we cannot guarantee a changing table will be available this will keep your baby safe.
  • Double nappy system –  All babies in our lessons must wear our double nappy system. This is a disposable or reusable paper swim nappy (underneath) and our approved neoprene nappy over the top. Learn more here. 
  • Swimming togs – For you.
  • Towel – One for you and a second one for your baby to keep you both warm. 
  • Water bottle – Keep yourself hydrated – especially if you are breastfeeding.

What time should we arrive for a lesson?

Try to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your lesson, to give you enough time to get you and your baby ready. Be at the poolside ready to jump in when the lesson starts, as each lesson only lasts 25 minutes.

Are there changing facilities available?

We hire local pools, and some of them have small changing facilities.  Please travel as light as you can. We know that’s not easy, but due to limited space, we may be unable to bring your buggy into the pool area. But, we will tell you beforehand. Don’t forget your changing mat.

Is there anything I can do to prepare my baby for a lesson?

If your baby enjoys bathing and showering with you they will be much happier in the water. You can always shower together before your lesson. This gets your baby ready for the water and it will help keep our pools clean.

What should I do if we aren’t well?

Please don’t risk the health of others. 

If you or your child has any significant illness, such as ear infections, chickenpox, a bad cold, or vomiting/diarrhoea please stay at home. 

We ask that you wait at least 48 hours for any sickness/diarrhoea symptoms to completely clear before you come to a lesson or 14 days for a gastrointestinal bug.

If I miss a lesson, can I make up the class?

We know life happens and babies get sick. Therefore, we offer every parent/carer a chance to rebook up to a maximum of two classes per term. We will offer an alternative class option, however we cannot guarantee a class will be available at a time and date that suits you. In this case, we are not in a position to refund the cost of the lesson. 

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