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Swimming with Babies

Bircotes Leisure Centre

Taking your baby swimming can be brilliant fun and is a great way to introduce them to the water and build confidence and enjoyment. Babies have an instinctive affinity with the water and as learning to swim is a key skill for life, you can never start too early!

Here are some frequently asked questions and our answers about swimming with your baby. We look forward to seeing you and your baby soon!
Does my baby need to be fully immunised?

Government guidelines are that your baby does not need to have completed the full immunisation course before you take your baby swimming. However we do advise that you speak to your GP or health visitor if you have any concerns about immunisation and swimming.

What should my baby wear for swimming?

Until your baby is toilet-trained it is mandatory to wear a disposable swim nappy. Swim nappies are available at all BPL swimming pools. We also recommend an outer nappy that fits close enough to form a tight seal around the waist and thighs.

Why introduce swimming so young?

We strongly believe that water confidence and the ability to swim is a key skill for life. As a parent you will want your child to be safe in water. Children who swim earlier in life have a much greater regard for water and are therefore safer around it than those who have not. Our parent and baby sessions can also provide a great social environment bringing lots of benefits and enjoyment to you both.
Do parents need to be confident swimmers?

No, although you will need to be in the pool with your baby. During designated sessions, part of the pool is shallow enough for parents to stand up. Our teachers are fully trained and experienced to help you both feel confident in the water.

What is your policy on photographing my child?

In accordance with our child protection policy photographing or videoing is not allowed at any of our pools. There will be regular opportunities to have a photograph taken of your child through organised photo shoots. These will be advertised ahead of time.

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Leisure Centre

Whitehouse Road
DN11 8EF

01302 743979

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