The Turtle Tots baby swimming programme begins from birth, or as soon as you are ready to bring your baby into the pool, with specialised and progressive lessons, aimed at teaching your child water confidence, key life-saving skills, and building the first steps towards swimming unaided, and a lifelong love of the water.
Every Turtle Tots teacher is as qualified as they possibly can be in terms of teaching swimming, and they are trained to understand how babies communicate in the pre-verbal period, their early brain development, the importance of early attachment and how best to support babies’ learning in this critical early part of life.
Our lessons focus on reading each baby’s cues to ensure that babies are active and willing participants in everything that we do in the pool together. This isn’t difficult at all as babies are hard-wired to learn, and the way they learn best is by observation and imitation – put simply watching other humans and trying to copy them!
Of course, underwater swimming is an important part of what we do, but most what happens in our classes takes place above the water, with loads of emphasis on fun! We use lots of songs and games to ensure your little one loves the time you spend together in the pool.
And that’s not all, Turtle Tots lessons have many other benefits:
Our lessons are great for strengthening your core stability, improving your posture and for pelvic floor exercise. They aid the increase in muscle tone and the loss of calories and body fat, and one 30-minute class can burn 250 calories! Alongside teaching your baby to swim our programme is developed to help you improve your post-natal health and fitness in a safe and supportive environment,
A weekly swim improves your baby’s cardio-vascular system and builds strength. Swimming can aid early walking; co-ordination and associated motor skills are also improved through regular exercise.
You’ll meet other like-minded mums and dads with babies to have a latte and a well-earned slice of cake after the swimming lesson!
During our lessons, babies interact with others in a fun and happy social environment.
Exercise releases endorphins, which leads to better moods and increased self-esteem. And most importantly the post-natal classes give you precious bonding time with your baby. Our swimming lessons can also relieve stress through developing your heartbeat and fitness levels.
Water is a natural environment for babies, in which they feel safe and secure. Weekly lessons further develop the bond with your baby and many parents tell us that that their baby’s sleeping and feeding improves. Starting to swim at an early age familiarises children with water and gives them the confidence to swim above and below the water.
Weekly lessons maintain your baby’s development – using building blocks of development and progressive practices. Our swimming lessons are structured to ensure babies are constantly and continuously stimulated.
Language development can be improved through swimming. Babies are constantly interacting with you and other babies and children throughout the lessons. The teacher also provides a verbal stimulus.
Contact your nearest Turtle Tots office to find out which swimming lesson is most suitable for your baby.