Swordy tots

Baby, infant and toddler swimming from 4 months old

Our baby swimming program is called the Swordy Tot program. It is a great, fun way to introduce your babies, aged four months to three years, to all the exciting adventures they can experience in the water.

The classes are full of fun activities that focus on water awareness, mobility, safety and survival. Your child will have so much fun, they won’t even notice that they are tackling new and challenging things every lesson!

As a parent (or carer) you get to be in the water with your little one enjoying this bonding experience together and sharing some special one-on-one time. You will also take home some tips on things you can do at home to help your child’s development and how to build on their learning from land into water through the use of colours, shapes, sounds and touch. Research shows that children who participate in water activities from a very young age benefit in many ways, and we like to think we are helping to make our swimmers smarter, healthier and more confident in all aspects of their lives!

All swimmers in the Swordy Tot program take home an interactive development chart which allows you to celebrate your child’s small successes with stickers as they gain new skills along the way.

The Swordy Tot program is the first step in your child’s Swimland journey and the beginning of many proud moments you’ll get to share together


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Why Swimland?

What is a Deck Supervisor?

Deck Supervisors are the super friendly staff in the red shirts on pool deck. They are there to answer any questions you have about your swimmer‘s progress or about our program and to support our teachers to provide great lessons. They love to talk swimming, so please go and see them if you have any queries.

Why do we use teaching aids?

There are many ways to teach children about safety in water. Our approach, using flotation as a teaching aid, has produced excellent results.

It is proven that low stress levels increase coordination, so at Swimland, we encourage low stress with the use of teaching aids (floaties, back bubbles, kickboards, noodles etc). As a child becomes more confident, and therefore less stressed, we reduce the amount of teaching aids the child uses. We have also found that swimmers who are less stressed progress faster.

Our swimmers still have plenty of aid-free time, and we practise safety circles to teach the children how to swim back to the edge of the pool without help in case they were to fall in.

How often should my child come to swimming lessons?

Coming to swimming lessons once a week, on a year round basis, is awesome for swimmer progress. Swimming every week, all year round, will see your child really develop and get the most out of the fun programs we offer.


How long does it take to learn to swim?

On average, it takes around 20 lessons to achieve the next certificate, but sometimes it can take a little longer. Every child is different, and it’s important for parents to remember that some skills will come easily to their child while others will be a little more challenging.

If your swimmer has been at the same level for a while or is finding a skill a little difficult, our Deck Supervisor will talk to you about some strategies to help them move forward and will be working with your teacher to ensure your swimmer continues to progress. At Swimland, we will always offer extra support to those who need it.

How do I contact my child’s teacher?

Our Deck Supervisors constantly monitor the progress of all children participating in lessons. They are a great resource for parents who want regular updates, as they have the experience and, importantly, the time to answer any questions you may have. The Deck supervisor can also chat with the teacher about any specific queries you may have and get back to you with the answer.

What should I bring to swimming lessons?

We provide all of the equipment and teaching aids you and your child need to have a great, fun lesson. All you need to bring is bathers, a towel and goggles for swimmers at Maxi-Pink level or above

Little ones under three should also wear either a swim nappy or swim wear that is firm fitting around the legs.