Baby Swimming
Photo: Ian Watts

FAQs

Do babies need their immunisations before swimming?
We are happy to accept babies into classes before they are immunised, but we insist that this is your decision. Any concerns should be discussed with your GP or health visitor. The following is an excerpt from the NHS Borders website:

"The advice to wait until the baby has had some or all of their immunisations goes back to the days when polio was much more common and people were worried about its spread in swimming pools. This is no longer a concern. The vaccines given to young babies protect against: Diphtheria, Pertussis, Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) and Men C (Meningococcal group C). These organisms are in the air. Swimming pools do not carry a greater risk of infection. The above infections are not contracted in the chlorinated water environment of a well-run swimming pool."

What about feeding?
Babies should wait one hour after a feed before swimming.

What about illness?
If your baby has suffered from a tummy bug, it is important to wait two days after the first solid movement before going swimming. Babies with ear infections should not swim. Don't go swimming with your baby if they have an infectious disease. This includes diarrhoea or a heavy cold.

We welcome babies with learning disabilities or handicaps.

What do babies wear in the pool?
To avoid nappy leakage, we ask parents to purchase a neoprene nappy. These can be bought online at Splash About. The neoprene nappy is worn on top of baby's swim nappy for double security.

How much do the classes cost?
A nine week course costs £135–£180 depending on venue and class size. We also offer a generous sibling discount. Please see the prices page for full details.

How many babies are in each class?
Classes are tailored to the size of the pool. The maximum number of babies per class is nine. At some venues, classes are smaller.

What is your cancellation/refund policy?
If you cancel no less than five working days before the start date we will refund the cost of the course, minus a £10 admin fee. If you cancel less than five working days before the course commences, we will refund the cost of the course minus a £30 cancellation fee. If you cancel on or after the start date we cannot offer you a refund or a transfer.

Please see our terms and conditions for further details.

What qualifications and insurance do you have?
The instructors hold an ASA swimming teacher qualification and an RLSS lifeguard certificate. The underwater method is taught in house. As a company we hold employers' liability insurance and public liability insurance.

How many parents can attend?
We ask that one parent or carer is in the pool with the baby. The other parent can watch from the side of the pool.

Which level do I enrol on?
If your baby is between 10 weeks and 12 months old and has not attended an underwater swimming course you can enrol on level one.

If you are coming from another swimming company, please contact our office to discuss the appropriate level.