Not at all, babies can swim before they are vaccinated. Thousands of babies across the world have been taken swimming before being immunised, with no harmful effects.
Either parent (or even grandparents or older brothers and sisters) can join in the fun in the pool, but due to space restriction and the nature of the course, we can only allow one adult in the water with your child each week; anyone else is welcome to watch from the side. Please note that the person swimming with your child must be a responsible adult.
We run photo shoots at the end of every term, so there are plenty of chances to get spectacular images of your little one you will treasure forever. Kersplash, kerlick!
We all have different metabolism and comfort levels, but as a guide we recommend trying to feed your baby 1-2 hours before the lesson, and leaving hour between your toddler eating solid food and them swimming. Babies and toddlers can both get hungry after such a good workout, so be prepared to feed them or offer a snack afterwards!
Lessons start promptly at the time advertised, and each class lasts 30 minutes. In order to avoid changing room congestion, please try to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the start, and be at the poolside a few minutes beforehand, having dressed your child appropriately and having both had a proper shower, using the pool facilities if available, or at home immediately beforehand if not. Remember, the cleaner you are going into the water, the fewer chemicals need to be used.
No. We have taught the children of hundreds of parents/carers who have exhibited the full gamut from slight anxiety to downright terror! The water is always shallow enough to stand up in, and you never have to go underwater unless you want to. Most anxious parents want to bring their child to Aquababies so that they do not pass on their fears to their child; many have even learnt to swim themselves!
Due to the popularity of our lessons, we do operate waiting lists, so we encourage you to put your name down while still pregnant. There’s no obligation, but it will secure you that coveted place in the pool!
Your Aquababies journey will last just over 3 years, so that is lots of Aquababies fun! Sometimes, things like work commitments might mean not being able to manage the whole program, but do talk to your instructor about any concern you might have.
As we mostly hire local pools, this is beyond our control. Some of the pools do have tiny changing rooms, so please come with as little equipment as possible. Sometimes we have to ask that you do not bring a pram/stroller, but we will always make things like that clear beforehand. Please always bring a changing mat, as changing your baby on the floor is by far the safest method. It is also important that you and your baby shower after swimming; most venues have shower facilities, but again, these can be limited so you might want to do this at home instead.
All Aquababies, baby or toddler, must wear a disposable swim diaper, such as Huggies Little Swimmers swim diaper. Please always take your used diapers away with you, unless a clearly marked diaper bin has been provided, and never leave any in an open bin. Please do not use an ordinary disposable diaper, as it will just do its job and soak up vast amounts of pool water, and saturated diapers split open, meaning there will be a greater risk of contaminating the pool. Plus, your poor baby will weigh a ton!
Starting and finishing a complete term is best for your baby and for you. Since our classes foster a fantastic group dynamic for both adults and children, it is best nurtured by starting your journey together. You will probably find yourself exchanging contact details, sharing experiences (in and out of the pool), as well as coffee, cake, and sleepless nights, right from day one.
A baby wetsuit(such as Splash About Warm-in-One wetsuits sold in our Shop) and an appropriate swim diaper.
Babies frequently get colds, and if it is just the sniffles, then it is fine to bring them swimming. If they have a bad cough, temperature or are generally quite miserable with it, then it is probably best to stay at home. If you have any doubts, please check with your doctor or health practitioner first.
We suggest goggles for you at the baby stage, so you can see how fabulous they look swimming underwater, and for both of you at the toddler stage. Having your own pair means they will fit you perfectly and will reduce the risk of eye infections. Completely clear lenses and frames are the best, as they maximize your baby’s ability to see your face, which helps to reassure them.
Non-tinted lenses mean that all the babies in your class can see your eyes, so they are less likely to get upset by them. Your child might be a little unsettled by seeing you in goggles for the first time, so you might like to prance around the house in them for a bit first! (But remember to take them off before answering the doorbell!)
As little as possible, but there are some suggestions:
- A disposable swim diaper, such as Huggies Little Swimmers swim diapers.
- A baby wetsuit, such as Splash About Warm-in-One wetsuits sold in our Shop.
- A changing mat, just a small roll-up one is perfect, so that you can change them on the floor (by far the safest option, as babies cannot roll off the floor!).
- A snuggly towel to wrap your baby in as soon as they come out of the pool.
Do not forget your own swimming costume and towel.
- You might need your own goggles too, so that you can join your baby underwater.
- Your baby will probably be hungry after such a good workout, so be prepared to feed him or her or offer a snack afterwards.
- Your baby's favourite bath toy.
- Toiletries(Shampoo, soap, etc.).
- Anti-mosquitoes repellent spray.
- Wet cloting.
We are very sorry, but we do not offer any trials or taster sessions, as progress cannot be seen from just one session. Most parents who have never tried our program worry a lot about their child crying, however, crying in the first few weeks is perfectly normal, as babies, and especially toddlers, do need at least a few exposures to our classes and methods in order to adapt and settle in. We advise all parents to stay in the pool even if their child might be crying for the duration of the class. As for submersions, we will never pressure a child who is not ready to submerge, as we believe in a child-centred and trauma-free approach to instilling water confidence in our babies and toddlers. What is most important is that parents and instructors work together so as to achieve maximum results, such as diligently practicing skills taught in our classes as homework, and regularly attending our classes every week.
Yes, our pools have chlorine in them, because chlorine is necessary to eliminate all water-borne bacteria and/or viruses, as well as to combat nasty germs. Swimming without chlorine could be like swimming in a petri dish, exposing people to all sorts of potentially nasty microbes, experts say. “The immediate benefits of disinfection far outweigh any potential long-term exposure risks, said Lindsay Blackstock, a doctoral student in analytical and environmental toxicology at the University of Alberta in Canada. Our pool maintenance team ensures that the balance of chlorine and pH levels in the water is within the acceptable range, making it perfectly safe, even for very young babies, to swim in.
No, we do not conduct private classes in your home, however, you may choose to create your own private group class of 4 to 5 babies, with all of them within the same age range, in any of our locations. Please contact our Admin for New Enrolments at 0818 0842 2188 for more information.
We have had many babies who have eczema swim with us. In fact, baby swimming is recommended for babies with eczema as swimming strengthens your baby’s immune system and overall wellbeing as a whole, thus improving your baby’s eczema over time. We recommend that you apply an intensive barrier cream such as Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Baume over the affected areas, before putting on a baby wetsuit, such as the Splash About warm-in-one wetsuit sold in our Shop, which also doubles up as an eczema suit, which is also uniquely designed to block in barrier cream for babies who require it and is great for babies with sensitive skin conditions such as eczema. What is important is to wash your baby thoroughly immediately after swimming, and to moisturise afterwards.
There is no minimum age to start with us. Your baby can start swimming with us straight from birth. Our youngest so far started with us at 2 weeks old (check his photos out in our Gallery). But if your little one is premature, always check with your doctor before starting your lessons. As long as your premature baby is deemed medically fit, it should be absolutely fine for him/her to attend lessons once he/she is past his/her due date.
We recommend starting before 4 months, because your baby is born with a natural reflex called the laryngeal or the gag reflex, which automatically kicks into action once your baby feels water on his/her face, nose, or throat. When your baby goes underwater, the soft tissue at the back of his/her throat called the larynx closes to block the entrance into the airway. Using your baby’s natural reflexes from an early age, we prepare him/her to go underwater through word association. This means that as the reflex fades (usually after 5 months), controlling his/her breathing becomes a learned response. But we will NEVER ever submerge a baby who is not ready to go underwater. You can be rest assured that your baby is in safe hands with us.
In your baby’s first year with us, your child will begin a brilliant foundation in swimming. We use carefully considered swim positions and activities to help your baby gain his/her confidence in the water right from the start. We will help him/her to kick his/her legs, while reaching for toys in the pool will encourage your baby to stretch out to develop his/her swimming arms (i.e. paddling), which will be combined later on to form the ‘doggy paddle’ swim. Your baby will start his/her first steps in aquatic breathing through activities such as bubble blowing. In our basic Hatchlings and Baby Level 1 courses, we will guide you to teach your baby breath control techniques, take him/her through various submersion activities (only if your baby is ready and that you have regularly done your homework outside of class times). Your baby’s first underwater swims will gently build on his/her natural gag reflex, and he/she will soon learn to control his/her breath so it becomes a learned action. We will also work on building your baby’s physical ability and strengthening his/her core. Floating is a key part of the first year, as it forms the foundation of learning to swim and helps with water confidence. At the heart of everything we do is safety, hence we will educate you on how to teach your baby about pool safety, such as guiding your baby to hold on to the pool edge, to ‘monkey monkey’ along the pool edge till he/she has found a safe exit point, and more. All of these are meant to instill water confidence in both parents and babies.
In Aquababies Indonesia, we believe that the skills we teach our parents and babies are more than just swimming and will last for life. The water confidence that your child develops will boost his/her confidence in all other aspects of his/her life. Through our classes, your baby will not only be equipped with aquatic skills, but also gradually learn to listen to instructions, to realise the joy and importance of social interaction, be brave enough to take some risks, and ultimately to believe in themselves, which culminates in an independent and confident child.
We will teach you to teach your baby to swim, so yes, you will be accompanying your baby in the pool. From lesson one, we will get your little one used to the sensation of the water, developing his/her natural instincts, and transforming these into core aquatic skills. By the end of our program which comprises of different levels of progression, your baby will be swimming freely and able to keep him/herself safe in and around the water. And not only will your baby be able to swim independently and have learned a skill for life, he/she will have grown in confidence too!
Our lessons are intimate, with a maximum of 6-7 little ones, a parent per child, and one of our instructors in the pool at any one time. Our classes are 30 minutes long (except for Hatchlings for babies aged 0-5 months) and take place each week, so it is a wonderful way to bond with your child away from the hectic ways of life. Skills are taught through song, play, and repetition, so there is never a dull moment in the pool! We work hand-in-hand with parents, and need your 100% commitment and dedication for maximum results, hence regular attendance and diligently practicing skills taught at home (you can still do them even if you don’t have a pool at home) are recommended!