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The Swimbabes course is primarily designed to use baby’s natural affinity to water and, where appropriate, their early gag reflex to introduce them to water confidence and safety from an early age. Babies can join Swimbabes’ baby swimming programme from 4 weeks old.

All courses are on average 10 weeks long but may vary slightly. Classes are either 25 minutes or half an hour-long, depending on your chosen venue, each week with babies entering the water under the supervision of a parent or carer (dads and grandparents welcome!) and, of course, your teacher.

There are 5 levels of the Swimbabes baby swimming programme, starting with Preliminary 1 to graduating from Swim School.
All babies begin on a Preliminary 1 course, which introduces the ‘play-train-play’ programme.

Babies then progress at their own pace through Preliminary 2 (building on basic skills); Intermediate (introducing skills such as turning and swimming to hold on to the side); Advanced (breath-holding and greater water confidence skills); and finally to Swim School (independent swimming) with eventual graduation from the Swimbabes programme.

Groups for 25-minute sessions are no larger than 6 and in our half-hour lessons can be up to 10, each with a parent. Teaching is based upon word association and repetition; the teacher provides demonstrations for new skills and the level of the skill is built up through the course and levels.

Swimstars lessons are an extension to the very successful Swimbabes baby and pre-school swimming programme. Designed for children aged 2 – 11 years old, Swimstars is ideal for those children who have never entered the water before as well as those with more swimming experience.

Currently, Swimstars is available exclusively at Inkerman House, Denby Dale and Stocksbridge leisure Centre, Stocksbridge.
Terms run in 10-week blocks

All our lessons are run by a qualified swimming teacher plus a poolside assistant who often may be in the water with the children to aid their development and body position in the water.


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  • Address Swimbabes 20 Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth HD9 2JS