Baby Swimming Lessons

Learn To Swim

Designed for infants as young as 6 weeks to toddlers aged up to 4, our classes provide a gentle introduction to the water, fostering early water confidence and bonding.

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Join Our Parent and Baby Swimming Lessons – A Bonding Experience in the Water

Connect and grow TOGETHER

We create a nurturing environment for parents and their little ones to connect and grow together in the water. Our lessons are more than just teaching your baby to swim; they are a beautiful opportunity for bonding, learning, and having fun.

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creating memorable experiences

With each lesson, your baby will develop crucial skills such as basic motor abilities, coordination, and balance. We focus on essential water safety skills, teaching your baby crucial techniques whilst incorporating songs, toys, and games to make the lessons enjoyable in our Baby Underwater Swimming Lessons.

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Swimming Stages

0-12 Months
1-2 Years
2-3 Years
3-4 Years
4+ Years
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Baby Sharks 0-12 Months

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Swimmers will be introduced into the water with an adult. With a range of songs, rhymes and practices we will help to increase the water confidence for both of you.

Once you have gained their confidence we will give babies more independence as they grow and develop. This includes introducing motor skills such as the use of arms and legs as well as blowing bubbles.


  • Be held in correct holds to explore the pool
    Be at ease with water showering from above
    Float on back with full support


  • Safely enter and exit the pool for both adult and baby
    Use safe holds throughout the lesson
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Little Sharks 1-2 Years

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Whilst in the water with an adult, our 1-year-old Sharks will be working on their confidence to start exploring under water! Blowing bubbles, looking for sinkers and introducing baby led submersions their confidence will grow. Learning through play to encourage front and back travel whilst singing songs to bring fun to all elements of their lessons!


  • Be at ease with pouring water, including face
    Blow bubbles at the surface
    Travel with a float on their front
    Travel with a float on their back
    Perform a start float with assistance
    Sitting jump


  • Safely enter and exit the pool
    Respond to signals and phrases and begin to use baby sign
    Safely climbs and holds
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Little Sharks 2-3 Years

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With an adult in the water, our two-year Sharks will start  developing independent swims with flotation devices, we will work up to front paddle swims, exciting! Learning to hold a star float for longer stretches and working on correct body position. Bursting with confidence our Little Sharks will be wanting to go from sitting jumps to standing!


  • Blow bubbles at water surface
    Submerge face into the water
    Hold a star float
    Front and back swims with float
    Front paddle and back paddle swims with assistance


  • Independently enter and exit the pool
    Listen and respond to teacher signals
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Little Sharks 3-4 Years

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With an adult in the water, we will work on building up those swimming muscles and floating techniques to really help bring on those small independent swims. Swimming from parent to teacher using that water confidence we’ve built in Little Sharks, jumping in on the teacher cue and searching underwater for all our fishes, we will be preparing our Junior Sharks to go into the transition class…


  • Blow bubbles
    Hold breath underwater
    Hold a back float
    Assisted back paddle
    Assisted front paddle
    Jump in and submerge


  • Confidently hold on and use a climb action to travel
    Climb out of the pool independently
    Listen and respond to the teacher
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Junior Sharks 4+ Years

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Our junior sharks are getting ready to head over to our Children’s Swimming Lessons! During this transition we will work on learning to swim the lesson independently with only the teacher in the water. Completing teacher led activities through to jump in submerges, confidence will grow, all helped by smaller class sizes too! Don’t worry, we will work to each little one’s confidence and ability and ensure the process is smooth, stress free and fun for you both!


  • Hold breath underwater for 3-5 seconds
    Blow bubbles in a rhythmical pattern
    Collect a sinker from 1 metre depth
    Jump in and submerge


  • Start to understand basic water safety
    Understand the rules in a pool environment

Benefits of Baby Swimming Classes

Strengthens their body

Swimming strengthens your baby’s heart, lungs, and overall respiratory system. Regular swimming can also positively impact your baby’s sleep patterns and appetite, contributing to their overall well-being and health.

Stimulates their brain

The activities involved in swimming lessons stimulate your baby's brain, enhancing their learning abilities and sensory awareness in a dynamic and engaging water environment.

Life-saving skills

There has been an 85% increase in the number of child drownings in England between 2019 and 2022. Early swimming lessons are crucial for teaching babies life-saving water safety skills.

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Improves independence

Being in the water helps babies gain confidence and a sense of independence. They learn to adapt to new environments, building a foundation for lifelong curiosity and exploration.

Bonding experience

Swimming with your baby is an excellent way to strengthen your bond. It’s a shared activity that involves close physical contact and interaction, enriching your relationship.

Develop coordination

Swimming provides a unique opportunity for babies to develop coordination and balance, thanks to the natural resistance and buoyancy of water.

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Our Happy Swimmers

At Swim Central, we're committed to providing a best in class experience for our learners and casual swimmers alike.

  • Our three year old boy has swimming lessons with Becky every week. The lessons are fun and interactive. Our Son has made excellent progress and we are no longer required in the pool. I would definitely recommend these lessons to all our friends and family

  • I started taking my son here when he was 6 months old. He loves it. Nice, clean, new facilities and the staff are great. So as summary … easy to get to, ample parking, fresh clean facilities, good instructors and never feels too busy. Oh and the pool is nice and warm too which i like

  • My little boy has been going to his swimming lessons now since March (18mo). He’s just turned 2 and is building in confidence every week, and is now almost independent in the water! Laura is fantastic with the babies and my little boy looks forward to his session every week.

    The facilities are brilliant. They are lovely and spacious, and always spotless. We love it!!

  • My 20-month-old and I attend Lesley’s class on a Saturday at 9.15. We love her classes, there is always a different theme/story which I love as much as my daughter. It’s fun and you’re always welcomed with a smile. The site is kept clean constantly by the cleaner…

  • enjoy our warm 30 DEGREE baby-friendly pool

    Infants and young babies have less body fat and a less developed ability to regulate their body temperature, making them more susceptible to getting cold quickly.

    We’ve created the ideal environment for your baby’s swimming lessons. Our pool, maintained at a warm 30 degrees, ensures the utmost comfort for your little ones who are sensitive to temperature changes.

    Small Class Sizes

    Our baby swimming classes are defined by our commitment to individual attention and a quality learning experience. We maintain small class sizes to ensure an intimate setting for focused guidance and support.

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    gentle, structured

    We embrace a gentle, structured approach tailored to the unique needs of babies. Each class is designed to nurture your baby's natural curiosity and comfort in the water with a focus on gradual skill development.

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    Parent-Involved Baby Swimming

    We believe in the power of shared experiences in early learning, which is why our program actively involves you in every splash and paddle.

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    Competitive Pricing

    Our sessions are competitively priced at only £55 per month. We keep our class sizes to a minimum to ensure you and your baby get the attention you need.

    Payments are set up by direct debit for your convenience to ensure your child gets uninterrupted support for their swimming.

    Dedicated one to one swimming lessons for babies

    Tailored to the individual needs of your little one, our private swimming lessons for babies offer a personalised and comfortable introduction to swimming.

    Ideal for babies who thrive in a more focused setting, our private lessons are a perfect way to ensure your baby’s early experiences in the pool are positive, safe, and full of joyful learning. Join us to give your baby a head start in the water, with the flexibility and care that only private lessons can provide.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the depth of the swimming pool?

    The pool measures 20m by 7m and has a constant depth of 1.3m.

  • How much does a swimming lesson cost?

    Our swimming lessons are priced at just £55 per month, which includes one 30-minute lesson per week at the same time each week during your chosen time slot.

    We also offer private lessons for £99 per 30-minute session if you prefer individual attention or have specific goals.

  • Does my baby need to have injections before I take him/her swimming?

    No, your baby does not need to have any injections before taking swim lessons at Swim Central. We follow the guidelines set by the UK National Health Service (NHS), which state that babies can go swimming at any age, both before and after vaccinations.

    There is no increased risk of infection or adverse reactions to vaccines from swimming. If your baby experiences any mild side effects from vaccinations, such as a low-grade fever or fussiness, you can still bring them to their swim lesson, as long as they are feeling well enough.

    If you have any concerns about your baby’s health or vaccinations, please consult with your doctor or healthcare provider.

  • What if my baby or toddler is afraid during the swim lessons?

    We understand that not every baby or toddler will immediately fall in love with the water. Some may need a little more time to adjust to this new environment. Our instructors are experienced in working with children of all comfort levels, and we’re here to support both you and your little one throughout the learning process.

    It’s important to remember that every child is different, and some may take longer to warm up to swimming than others. We encourage you to be patient and give your child time to adjust. Our instructors will use gentle techniques and adapt the lesson as needed to help your little one feel safe and secure.

    We’ve found that consistency is key. While it might be tempting to cancel a lesson if your child is hesitant, it’s often better to continue attending. This allows your child to become more familiar with the water and our instructors, gradually building their confidence and comfort level.

    Our instructors are skilled at creating a positive and playful atmosphere to help babies and toddlers feel at ease. We use songs, games, and gentle movements to make the experience enjoyable and engaging. We also encourage parents or guardians to actively participate in the lesson, providing comfort and reassurance to their child.

    If you have any concerns about your child’s experience, please don’t hesitate to talk to our instructors. We’re always happy to discuss your child’s individual needs and adjust our approach to ensure a positive and successful learning journey.

  • Who can come with the baby in the pool?

    For our baby swim lessons, we require one parent or guardian to accompany the baby in the water. This provides a comfortable and secure experience for the baby while allowing the parent to actively participate in the lesson and bond with their little one.

    For preschool lessons (ages 3-4), children participate in the pool without a parent or guardian. Our experienced instructors are trained to work with young children and ensure their safety and comfort in the water. Parents and guardians are welcome to observe the lesson from our comfortable viewing gallery.

  • Is there a viewing facility for use during the lesson?

    Yes, we have a comfortable viewing gallery where parents, family, and friends can relax and watch their loved ones learn and progress in the water. Younger siblings can also attend but they must be accompanied by an adult if under 12 years old.

  • How long is each swimming lesson?

    Each swimming lesson at Swim Central is 30 minutes long. This intensive session allows for focused attention from our instructors and ample time for you to practice and refine your skills. Lessons are held weekly at the same time each week during your chosen time slot, making it easy to incorporate swimming into your routine. The cost for our weekly 30-minute lessons is £55 per month.

  • What should I bring to my lesson?

    To make the most of your swim lesson at Swim Central, we recommend bringing a swimsuit, a large towel, goggles if required, your preferred shower supplies, and a change of clothes. We have hair dryers available in the changing rooms for use free of charge and secure lockers.

    Babies and toddlers will also need a swim diaper (reusable or disposable).

    Swim Central will provide any equipment such as floats and armbands during the lesson and we have a small store for customers to purchase any additional items they require at the front desk.

  • What is the minimum age to start swim lessons?

    We offer lessons for adults of all ages and abilities

    • Babies (6 months and up): Our baby swim lessons focus on water acclimation, basic safety skills, and bonding with parents in a gentle and playful environment.
    • Children: Our children’s lessons follow a structured Learn to Swim program that teaches essential water safety skills, stroke development, and builds confidence in the water.
    • Adults: We offer adult lessons for all levels, from beginners who have never been in the water before to experienced swimmers looking to refine their technique or learn new strokes.
  • Can I take pictures?

    Unfortunately not, due to sharing classes with other babies we ask for no photography or videos.

  • How many babies are in a class?

    There are up to 8 babies in the class with one parent/guardian each.

  • What is a double nappy policy?

    We ask all babies to have two layers, this is a disposable nappy under a neoprene nappy. We sell these at reception!

  • Can I bring two siblings to one lesson?

    Unfortunately not, babies require full support from their adult and so we ask if you have siblings to either bring another adult or to join a second class.

  • What age can my baby start?

    Babies can start from 6 weeks, but we suggest getting the all clear from the Doctor first for both mum and baby.

  • Will my child be given buoyancies like a life jacket?

    For babies and toddlers participating in our swim lessons, we do not use buoyancy aids such as life jackets or armbands. While these devices may seem helpful, they can actually restrict your child’s natural movement in the water, hindering their ability to develop essential swimming skills and water confidence.

    Our approach focuses on teaching babies and toddlers to move freely and explore their buoyancy through direct interaction with the water. This method promotes a stronger understanding of body position and balance, leading to safer and more effective swimming skills in the long run.

    Rest assured, your child’s safety is our top priority. Our experienced instructors are trained in infant and toddler water safety and maintain constant vigilance throughout the lesson to ensure your child’s well-being. Parents or guardians accompany their little ones in the pool, providing an additional layer of support and security. We also maintain small class sizes to ensure individual attention and supervision for every child.

  • Does the parent need to know how to swim?

    No, our teachers are in the water to support you and your baby but please do keep in mind that the pool is 1.3m deep.

  • What can I expect on my baby’s first lesson?

    The first lesson is a gentle introduction to the water for both you and your baby, we will show how to safely enter and exit the pool together, and demonstrate a variety of holds to gain confidence and bond with baby. Many of our activities are done as a group so you can watch and learn from each other!

  • Is there parking?

    Yes, we have a free car park on Fulwood Central, it gives you 2.5hrs but if you need longer just leave your registration plate number with reception!

  • What is the temperature of the pool?

    We keep the pool heated at 31 degrees.

  • What if the class I want to book is full?

    Our online booking system will show how many spaces are available for each of our classes. You can add your details to the waiting list, and this will notify you by email when a space comes available.

  • How can I cancel my lessons?

    We understand that circumstances can change. If you need to cancel your swim lessons, we require notice of one full payment cycle. This ensures that we can adjust our class schedules and offer your spot to someone on our waiting list.

    E.G: Your billing date is the 1st of the month. If you cancel on March 28th, your lessons will continue until the end of March. Your final payment will be taken on April 1st, and your cancellation will be effective from May 1st onwards.

  • How do I pay for lessons?

    Payment for all swimming lessons at Swim Central is conveniently handled through a monthly direct debit system. You can easily set up your direct debit payment securely through our website when you register for your chosen class and time slot. The monthly fee covers your weekly 30-minute lesson, ensuring a hassle-free experience so you can focus on enjoying your time in the water.

  • What happens if classes are cancelled?

    In the rare event that Swim Central needs to cancel a class due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g., pool maintenance, instructor illness), we will notify you as soon as possible via email or phone. You will have the option to reschedule your lesson for another time or receive a credit towards a future lesson. We understand the importance of consistency in learning to swim and strive to minimise any disruptions to your schedule.

  • Can I take pictures?

    Unfortunately not, due to sharing classes with other babies we ask for no photography or videos.

  • swimming lesson vouchers

    Give the gift of a lifetime with our Baby Swimming Lesson Vouchers. Perfect for new parents, these vouchers offer a wonderful opportunity to introduce their little ones to the joy and benefits of swimming.Our baby swimming lessons are designed for fun, safety, and early water confidence, making these vouchers an ideal present for baby showers, birthdays, or any special occasion - a thoughtful gift that goes beyond the ordinary

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