Pre-School Swimming

As babies grow, our lessons adapt, we continue to work through any fears, building confidence, and gaining more physical skills and control in the water.

We have two options for your toddler:  

1:  To swim with the parent in a 45 min lesson, learning and having fun together

2:  To swim on their own in a 30 min lesson with a small group of other toddlers (3-5yr)

Overcoming fear, having fun

Learning through fun and challenging activities

We use all sorts of equipment in the pool so children don’t even realise the skills they are learning, they’re too busy having fun!

Promoting an environment of success and praise

We believe in teaching through positive reinforcement.

Teaching them to wait their turn and listen to instructions

As many of our teachers are parents, we know how to be fun and kind – but firm!

Independence and water safety through structure and repetition

We teach a safe and healthy respect for the water by introducing safety skills early on. Jumping in, holding on, waiting for permission to enter the pool…all these are taught and more!

Consolidating balance work and the beginning of stroke acquisition

We use a range of techniques and floatation devices to build children’s strength and balance.

Dads & Kids

Who says mums get to have all the fun? Dads are welcome to join in with ANY of our classes. 

Its great to see daddies having fun and spending quality time with their children in the water. In some classes, where space allows, we are able to encourage both parents to bring their babies or toddlers swimming, so that it can be a special, family bonding experience. (max no. of adults allowed in the pool during a toddler/baby lesson is 10)

Ready to book a session?

We are regularly at full capacity, so to find out about availability, just tell us a little about you and your child and Julia will contact you to find the class that’s suited to you.

For class times and fees, please read our How it Works page.


What should my child wear for swimming? 
The pool is lovely and warm, so a wetsuit is not needed. Those not potty trained need to wear a DOUBLE LAYER, a swim nappy with another layer over the top (please don’t risk it!).  All long hair needs to be tied up and in a plait.

I’m not a great swimmer…
Parents do NOT need to be able to swim to join in with a class. We are there to help you and teach you how to hold your baby safely in the water.

How long is a toddler swimming lesson?
45 minute sessions with parents, or 30 minutes without.

Do I need to bring armbands or anything else?
We don’t use armbands at Smart Swim. Any floatation devices we need, and any other equipment, is all on site.

Smart Swim number ratios:
Baby and Toddler swimming: 6-8 child and parent pairs
3-5yrs Toddler Swimming: 5 children to 1 teacher
After School swimming: 9 children to 2 teachers
Private lessons: 1-4 children to one teacher

Do you offer private lessons?
We do offer one to one private lessons for both children and adults to cater for those who want a tailor made lesson to suit their own individual needs.  These cost from £27 for half an hour. Contact Julia to find out more.

“The teachers have always been incredibly patient and encouraging, my son thoroughly enjoys his lesson now and is flourishing at Smart Swim”