Enjoy those precious bonding moments with lots of skin-on-skin contact, singing and splashing!
Little Water Bubs is Canning Swim School's introductory swimming lessons program for babies aged between three and six months. We believe that positive early learning experiences will lead to a child's life long love of water. Our dedicated and experienced staff will gently nurture you and your precious infant through a memorable 30 minute class, with up to six babies per class.
Skills are introduced gradually and never forced on crying babies. Infants acquire skills at their own rate and we will never push them beyond their ability. Happy, confident babies are the rule!
Want to swim with your friends? We can create a class for your Mother's Group! For more information, please contact Canning Swim School on 1300 422 664 or via email.
Reasons for Teaching Babies to Swim
Written by Kochen, C.L. Ph.D and McCabe, J. B.A.; The Baby Swim Book, Leisure Press, 1986
- Babies less than a year old accept the water more readily than older children
- Fear of water is acquired as children grow older: the longer a child is kept away from water, the more likely the child will develop aqua-phobia
- Babies can exercise more muscles in the water, they are less restricted by gravity and their ability to sit or stand. This increased strength often manifests itself in early acquisition of physical skills like walking
- Swimming improves babies' cardiovascular fitness. Although babies are limited in how much they can improve their endurance, swimming does have a beneficial effect.
- Early mastery of water movements gives children a head start in learning basic swimming skills
- Water helps improve co-ordination and balance by forcing babies to move bilaterally to maintain their equilibrium
- Water combined with gentle exercise relaxes and stimulates babies' appetites. They usually eat and sleep better on swimming days
- Doctors often recommend swimming as the exercise of choice for asthmatics. For many asthmatics, exercise produces bronchial hyperactivity. Swimming stimulates less wheezing than other forms of exercise possibly because the warm, moist air around pools is less irritating to the lungs
- Babies flourish in the focused attention their parents lavish on them during swimming
- As babies learn how to manoeuvre in the water on their own their independence and self-confidence blossom
- Swimming provides babies with lots of skin-to-skin contact with their parents that psychologists say may deepen the bond between parent and child
- Learning to swim is not only fun, healthy activity but a safety measure as well. (Drowning is the major cause of accidental death in Australia for under 5s. For each drowning, many more are left with permanent brain damage. Learn to swim... it's great!)
- Please wait for instructions from your teacher before entering and exiting the water
- For classes in the Riverton Leisureplex Program Pool, access is allowed 10 minutes prior to your lesson, which allows time to change your baby
- We do not recommend feeding your baby immediately prior to your swimming lesson
- Health regulations prevent babies from entering the spa due to high water temperatures
- Swimwear can be a swim nappy or bathers that are tightly fitting around the leg. Suitable swimwear is available to purchase from main reception
- Please do not remove swimwear in the water. Always dispose of wet nappies in the bins provided
- If a toileting accident occurs, infants should be immediately removed from the water and thoroughly washed before returning to their lesson
- Please do not swim if your baby is unwell
- Your teacher will educate you on the safe practices of submersions. Please do not continually submerge your infant as this can lead to hyponatremia (water intoxication). Submersions are only done when an infant shows signs of "readiness"
- Young infants may not shiver when they are cold. Signs that may indicate your baby is cold include: loss of body colour, unsettled behaviour, lack of interest, lethargy and tiredness
- Praise your infant for attempting a task even if the task was not performed perfectly. This will boost their confidence and encourage trying new activities
- During Safety Week you get the chance to practice a water safety swim and reach rescue
- Most importantly, have fun and enjoy your swimming lessons!