Infant Aquatics

Baby & Toddler Swimming Courses

Health and Safety

It's important to be safe around the water and at Infant Aquatics it's our number one priority, we hope that this information answers any concerns you may have about your child's swimming.

When can I start swimming with my baby?

Babies can start from 10 weeks. You no longer have to wait until they have had their immunisations, any concerns should be discussed with your health visitor, GP or by visiting

What does my baby have to wear?

To avoid any accidents babies must wear a double swim nappy. We recommend a swim nappy (either disposable or reusable) and a secure outer layer (i.e. trunks, swim costume, nappy cover).

Can my partner come as well?

Although we can only allow one adult per child in the pool, partners, grandparents etc are welcome to watch.

What about illness?

If your baby is unwell or has a contagious illness i.e. chickenpox, conjunctivitis or sickness/diarrhoea it is not advisable to come swimming. Please allow 48 hours since the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea.

Do I need to be able to swim to bring my baby?

Not at all, in fact it may increase your own confidence in the water. All pools are approximately chest height or lower.

Do I have to put my baby under the water?

We do not push or pull our babies under water but will show you safe techniques to enable your baby to swim with their face in the water when they are ready.

Do I need to be a member of the health club?


Safety Advice

Safety is our priority at Infant Aquatics so please ensure you...

  • Supervise your child at all times.
  • Adhere to the pool/club rules.
  • Are aware of the exits.
  • Take care as floors can be wet and slippery.
  • Are aware of the deep end.
  • Do not enter the pool until the start of your class.
  • Shower before entering the pool.
  • Do not feed your child around the poolside or changing rooms.
  • Dispose of swim nappies in the relevant bins or take home with you.

N.B. We are not medical professionals and you should always seek advice before coming swimming as every baby is different.

"Wonderful flexible teachers that really get the best out of every child in their lessons, without putting the child (or parent!) under any pressure."
Kate mum of Isla.

Child Swimming in Northamptonshire