Babies are comfortable in the water as long as they feel safe. We’ve worked with the British Association of Paediatricians to develop this guidance on the best way to introduce your baby to swimming.
Swim a Song is a great way to get baby into the water. Check out the video below to learn more.You can use bath time as a way to get your baby used to the water. Keep bath time short, reassure your baby by smiling, talking to them and maintaining eye contact.
From an early age babies will instinctively move arms and legs when immersed in water and you can use this to make them familiar with feeling supported and feel water on their face.
Moving to the swimming pool
The best age for babies to start pool activities is around six months. If you take them swimming before four months they can become chilled very easily. Check with your health visitor before you take a dip.
When you go swimming with your baby try to:
- Submerge your baby to shoulder level or ensure they are wearing a full suit. Babies out of the water will soon become cold.
- Watch your baby’s face so it does not fall below the water and so you can monitor their reactions.
- Keep moving – your baby becomes aware that by moving their arms and legs they will stay afloat.
Developing water confidence
We have developed the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway to take children through their first splash to full competence in the water.
Our two schemes introduce the swimming environment through fun and games, with the emphasis on development of basic motor skills.
Swim a Song
Swim a Song has been created by the ASA, in conjunction with Total Swimming, to teach water safety and movement through structured play and exercise to music. Check out the video left for an introduction.
Track down your local pool with our Pool Finder and ask them if they deliver Swim a Song lessons.
If not, the Swim a Song Parent Pack contains everything you need to get started: an explanatory booklet, a CD of 32 songs, a sticker sheet, progress chart and a towel.
Our Duckling Awards reward your youngster for the progress they are making with certificates and badges to mark their achievements and motivate.