Welcome to Willow Babes the home of baby and preschool swimming lessons.

Established in 2008 we have blossomed into a popular well renowned company to teach your children to swim. We are sister company to Willow Babes Swim School who cater for school aged children upwards.

Our Swim Classes are split into the following main groups: Birth to 18m, 18m upwards and 3 years + beginners. Within these groups we may further split the groups down so your child is with children of a similar age and ability. We offer free taster sessions to any new customers.

Our instructors work from in the water to help ease any nerves. All Instructors are fully qualified swimming instructors. We also have a poolside assistant who helps us keep order poolside and answer any questions you have.

Our Classes

Birth to 18m

Class sizes Max 5. Cost £98 per 10 week block. All Badges are free.

Typically the age ranges in this category are small for example we try to group 0-6 months together and 6-12 months and 12-18m. We follow the STA starfish award scheme of which there are 6 badges to gain each badge is progressive and builds on safety techniques. We also include our own practices which aim to give children good habits when learning to swim independently at a later stage. During the classes we do practice submersions and build on Babies confidence in the water to propel themselves underwater and in turn as the get older and physically able to teach them to pull up for air. We use lots of repetition and word association to help teach the babies.

Birth to 18m

Class sizes Max 5. Cost £98 per 10 week block. All Badges are free.

Typically the age ranges in this category are small for example we try to group 0-6 months together and 6-12 months and 12-18m. We follow the STA starfish award scheme of which there are 6 badges to gain each badge is progressive and builds on safety techniques. We also include our own practices which aim to give children good habits when learning to swim independently at a later stage. During the classes we do practice submersions and build on Babies confidence in the water to propel themselves underwater and in turn as the get older and physically able to teach them to pull up for air. We use lots of repetition and word association to help teach the babies.

18m+ classes (with parents)

Class sizes Max 6. Cost £88 per 10 week block. All badges are free.

These classes are typically split between 18m to 30m and 30m+. The 18m to 30m classes will work on the Starfish 6 badge and elements of the Stanley award scheme until they are strong enough to start on the STA Stanley award scheme usually around 2 years of age. In these classes we like to let the children build on what they have previously learnt or gain confidence without armbands whilst parents are still able to assist them on a 1-2-1 basis for part of the lesson however we also encourage the children to move away from their parent and gain independence with they use of floatation aids. We work on Body position and good leg kick and strong arm movements trying to maintain good habits so when they do swim on top of the water independently they do so effectively. We will teach front paddle and back paddle and start to learn breaststroke along with other swimming related practices. Many children will swim independently at this stage.

Contact us to find out more

We have lessons for these ages Tuesday, Friday and Saturday Morning and Wednesday afternoons.

Please get in touch for more information or to book.

Call 01226 812003

Email: emma@willowbabes.co.uk