Introducing your baby to the the water at such a young age nurtures a natural confidence and enjoyment that will last a lifetime.
Swimming is fun, social and can be enjoyed at any age. Our Parent and baby courses develop a child’s water confidence and skills from the earliest age.
This course is for parents with the youngest and smallest of our swimmers. We keep the ages of our youngest swimmers similar, so that size, awareness and ability are similar to the other mini-students.
These courses aren’t like casual baby swimming sessions. We keep things fun and age appropriate with a healthy focus on weekly progression.
Knowing the water from the earliest of ages means peace of mind for you and a lifelong gift for them.
Parent and baby swimming provides a one-to-one quality bonding experience away from the noise of everyday life.
Socialising & Active Fun
Make friends with children and parents! Songs and toys make learning fun. Moving in water also provides a light workout for you.
Healthy Little Bodies & Minds
Developing sensory, cognitive, and physical abilities. We are an approved Aqua Sensory school.
We build both you and your child’s confidence at a comfortable pace in pools that are temperature controlled, ideal for babies and toddlers.
Each week we introduce something new to encourage learning, development, and comfort for both baby and parent.
Support at Every Step
Don’t worry if you have no swim experience. Our highly qualified teachers are with you in the pool, guiding you all the way.
A Family Swim Club
Our mission is to encourage swimming, no matter the age or ability. Join us for personable, friendly, swimming tuition for all members of your family.
Classes involve play activities and song, in sequence using toys and props. They’re fun and light-hearted, but professionally designed to develop your little one’s water confidence and skills.
At the pool
Each weekly session lasts 30 minutes but allow time in your schedule for changing before and after.
Groups are small and capped at 9 parent and child couples.
After your 30-minute session – we ask parent and child couples to vacate the pool to accommodate the next group.
What do I bring?
Swimwear for parent and baby is all that is required. We provide all additional materials and toys. We provide you with a full list of how to prepare well in advance.
Each course consists of 9 weekly sessions. Sometimes the 9 weeks are broken by breaks for holidays.
We run 4 courses (4 terms) per calendar year
Follow on Courses
At the end of each term, swimmers will be offered priority places in the following term you are progressing into before bookings open to the public. These offers stay active for 2-5 days during which time you can secure your place through your user account.
After completing a course a personalised certificate of completion for the little swimmer can be accessed and downloaded from your swimtastic user account.
Swimtastic User Account
If you are a new customer, we will ask you to set up a user account. A user account is necessary to book a course. Once created you can use it to see course attendance and progression, purchase history, certificates and more.
When booking a new course, we will collect all the details of those attending the course.
Booking more than 1 course
It’s easy book more than one course. Just go through the process and after you add a course to your cart, you’ll be asked if you’d like to book another.
Follow on Course Offers
To avail of a priority place offer in the next term you must book it through your user account within the specified time to secure your place.
We encourage and support the parent to work baby into swimming positions, helping them to use their arms and legs, reaching and moving towards toys. We’ll gently introduce the role of the teacher and ease the parent and baby into the group environment. We’ll build trust and confidence in the teacher and then move on to:
Courses Available for Parent & Baby:
Baby Level 1 - the very first stage for beginners.
Baby Level 2 - follow on course to build on level 1.
Baby Level 3 - final baby course preparing for toddler levels.
As skills build with each level of the curriculum it is important that each little student has met certain criteria so that he or she can progress to the next course level safely.
My little boy Tom and I have enjoyed Swimtastic for 5 years now. Tom began with when he was just 2. Then, I began the Adult programme. All their teachers are brilliant, professional, and very friendly. The atmosphere is fun, and we learn so much each term. We now swim together as a family. I can’t say enough good about Swimtastic.
Myself & my 8-month-old daughter Grace have completed our second term with Swimtastic and cannot recommend them enough. The teachers are excellent and make the babies (and the mammies & daddies) feel so comfortable and confident. I have really seen an improvement with Grace and will be sticking with Swimtastic. I would give them 6 stars if I could.
This is our fourth year with Swimtastic, and Chloe’s water skills have improved so much as a result. She just wants to know when she is going swimming again. Sue and Amanda work brilliantly with the kids. Nothing is forced, just easy going and great fun. I would recommend these classes to everyone. From day one, a great experience all round.
All you need to bring is swimwear for you and your child, towels / bathrobe and toiletries. Use standard baby swimwear and swim nappies which are available in most supermarkets. Adults need to wear swim hats.
Each course is for one parent and one child. To ensure maximum comfort, we can only allow 1 parent in the pool.
Unfortunately, we are not able to arrange for alternative classes in place of missed sessions. Credits, refunds or transfers are not possible for missed classes or where children stop coming to their sessions.
Each of our facilities have free parking available which is limited and subject to availability.
According to the HSE website, you can take a new-born swimming whether they have been vaccinated or not. Below in an excerpt from the HSE Website: “Yes. It is perfectly safe for babies to start swimming from birth before having their immunisations. The diseases babies are vaccinated against are not carried in water.”
Credits, refunds or transfers are not available for missed classes or where you or your child stop coming to the sessions. We regret that we cannot issue refunds or credits once a course has commenced. This is because all the costs – venue, teacher time, insurance, administration, etc. – must be met regardless of attendance. It is not possible to arrange for alternate classes. Once a space on a course is booked, we regret we cannot issue refunds within 7 days of the course starting. Any refunds processed more than 7 days before the course is due to start will incur a €13.50 administration fee.
All our courses have been professionally and especially designed by the Swimtastic team. Our courses have the approval of our affiliates; Swim Ireland, STA (UK) and Birthlight.
At Swimtastic we pride ourselves on providing swimming programmes for all ages and abilities.