Swimming Classes for Babies

Tanya’s Tadpoles offers private swimming lessons for babies in the convenience of your own home swimming pool. We encourage parents to take to the water with their babies, making it a great family activity, as well as more comfortable and familiar environment for the baby to enjoy the swimming lesson.

Baby Swimming Classes

Parent and baby swim classes are offered for children from 5 months in well heated pools.


Babies Program – Stages of Skill Development

The following is a guide to the skills developed in our babies programme (5-24 months).

Each lesson for babies and young children is conducted incorporating songs and games. Enjoyment is a paramount to our classes – we do not wish to traumatise children through forcing them to participate in activities they are not comfortable doing.

Therefore the skills listed provide a guide – each child develops physically and emotionally at different rates and will be ready for different skills at different times.

The stages described below list developmentally appropriate skills for the age groups when babies or children have had good exposure to the water.

Older or more timid/ fearful children who may have had less exposure to the water will need to spend more time completing both the tasks in the younger group list as well as learning some of the skills they are physically able to complete in their age category.

Baby Swimming Lessons Program:

Babies 5-10 Months
Introduction to water environment
Teaching parents how to hold baby in the water
Conditioning baby for submersion using verbal trigger
Stimulate babies senses moving baby through water
Stimulate baby with toys, games, songs
Utilising grasp reflex to grip onto rings and then parents’ shirt
Positive submersions
Assisted and free kicking
Assisted paddling
Social engagement for babies and parents
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Babies 10-15 Months
Developing and building on 5-10 months skills
Increase breath control
Build independence in submerging/ swimming to parent
Introduce turning to parent once floating and breath control are mastered
Encourage independent kicking
Develop reaching skills – reaching for toys and wall of pool
Develop strong grip to pull up on parents shirt and wall of pool
Monkey crawl along pool wall
Back floating
Front floating
Independent kicking
Swim unaided to parent
Develop independent propulsion
Social engagement for babies and parents
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Babies 15-24 Months
Developing and building on 10-15 months skills
Improve breath control
Greater independent movement and propulsion– kicking and paddling
Extending independent swimming – between parent and instructor or
Step and parent
Parent/ instructor and wall
Back and front floating
Assisted pick up of dive toys
Monkey crawl around pool
Entries and exits from pool – learning to climb out independently
Develop/ Improve on turning to parent
Introduce turning to wall or step
Social engagement for babies and parents
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