Ottertots baby swimming lessons


We initially book according to age groups 6-12, 12-18, 18-24 and 24-36 months), though we certainly do take into consideration previous swimming experience.  If after the first lesson our instructors think a different class will better suit you and your baby, then a member of the ottertots team will call you to discuss this.

Ottertots Parent and Baby classes are a great way to introduce your baby or toddler to swimming as well as being a fun social activity for you both.  Through a series of different techniques, the children will learn water confidence and safety, develop an understanding of water movement, breath control through submersion, floatation front/back, how to kick correctly and basic arm movement.  There is a controlled focussed approach in the small classes with lots of opportunity for bonding between adult and baby.

We have chosen our venue to ensure that the water temperature runs at a steady 34 degrees  to ensure our Ottertots remain as warm as possible around 6 degrees warmer than many local pools. 

Our baby swimming lessons & toddler swim are progressive with a strong emphasis for the children to have fun, while developing several important factors including:

  • Water safety and awareness
  • Physical development (muscular, neurological, cardio vascular, coordination, motor skills)
  • Speech and language skills
  • Bonding for both baby and adult
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Adult self-assurance, supporting the baby in and around water
  • Learning skills (sharing, taking turns, following instructions)
  • Gentle exercise and social activity for new mums