Babies and Toddlers
Splish Splash Aqua Playgroup for Babies
Help your child become comfortable and confident in and around the water with Splish Splash Aqua Playgroup at Tilligerry Aquatic Centre! Lessons are designed for babies six months and under, catering for infant participants attending with their parents/guardians or appropriate adult carers.
We understand that your first playgroup session can be slightly daunting but with a fully trained and accredited swim teacher present at all times there is nothing to worry about.
Lessons are non-structured session designed with you and your baby in mind. With a gentle introduction into the water in a safe and welcoming environment, infants can start to enjoy the water from birth.
Sessions are held weekly and involve a 30-minute routine consisting of holds, floating, pre-conditioning, submersion and water safety.
Please be aware that parents should have an understanding of water skills and safety that they can introduce to their child. If required, we can offer parents/guardians further aquatic education with mainstream adult swimming classes.
Did You Know?
When babies repeat an action over and over, they’re starting to master a new skill and working towards strengthening their neural pathways.
Splish Splash Aqua Playgroup is amazing for familiarising your child with the water and for early childhood development.
You can get your baby prepared for swimming before you even get to the swimming pool. Use bath time at home to get your baby used to the feeling of splashing and being immersed in water.
Aqua Playgroup FAQs Expand all
How Does Aqua Playgroup Work?
Aqua playgroup is aimed at familiarising babies with water. Parents are in the water supporting their child, whilst a qualified swim teacher guides the group through relaxed, fun activities.
Sessions are held weekly and involve a 30-minute routine consisting of holds, floating, pre-conditioning, submersion and water safety. Most infants, though not all, will reflexively hold their breath when submerged to protect their airway.
However, it’s important to note that while babies can imitate swimming motions and reflexes, they’re not yet physically capable of swimming.
Benefits of Aqua Playgroup
We often spend less quality time than we would like with our kids. Unfortunately, it is an effect of being so busy with work and other lifestyle factors. Spending time with your child in the pool means they have your undivided attention for the duration of the class.
Other benefits for your child include:
- Building water confidence early
- Improving coordination and balance
- Helps to build muscles
- Provides quality bonding time
- Water play can improve their sleeping pattern
- Can improve a child’s appetite
Aqua Playgroup Requirements
Families are to be involved in a gentle introduction for the new baby into water in a safe and welcoming environment.
Parents should have a level of understanding of water safety and skills they can introduce to their child. We are able to provide further aquatic education with mainstream classes to parents/guardians.