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Parent & Pre-schooler Swimming

For parents with children aged between 2 ½ and 5 years old

Swimming is an ideal focus for your little pre-schooler’s energy and curiosity while building water confidence and ability prior to starting school swimming.

Instilling water confidences and water skills from this age nurtures a children’s inner swimmer and provides a strong foundation for their school years

The Parent & Pre-schooler course is for kids that are no longer ‘toddlers’ and are stronger and well able to get around on their own. 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 pre-school sessions. We keep things fun, age appropriate with a healthy focus on weekly progression.


Learn with Swimtastic

Water Safety
Knowing the water from the earliest of ages means peace of mind for you and a lifelong gift for them. 

A Head Start on School
Be assured knowing that your child is water confident and ready for school swimming sessions.

Parent and child 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 young children.

Weekly Growth
Each week we introduce something new to encourage learning, development, and comfort for both the child and the 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.

What's Involved...

Classes involve play activities and song, in sequence using toys and props. They’re fun and light-hearted, but professionally designed to develop your childs' water confidence and skills. 

At the pool
Each weekly session lasts 30 minutes but please 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 child 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.

Course Breakdown
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.

Booking Information

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.

Swimtastic’s Parent & Pre-schooler Curriculum

Delivered through play and song, the courses are centred around physical, sensory, and cognitive development, using numbers, colours, animals, sights and sounds to encourage swimming activities and movement through the water with toys.

Once safety, pool rules, pool entry and exit are happily taken care of, we begin focusing on:

  • Pushing off Walls
  • Floating and Gliding without artificial floats
  • Building their core strength
  • Interactive water games with other children
  • Developing play, sharing, and building relationships and friendships
  • Going underwater comfortably (only for children that are ready)
  • Introduction of basic swimming strokes
  • Introducing Independence from parent with swim aids, woggles and swim boards
  • Building up pace in activities
  • Achieving full confidence and excellent water ability before they go to school.

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.

What do our customers say?

We wanted Emma to get used to the water and become confident. The outcome was so much more than I expected! Elaine her teacher, is amazing, it is super to see Emma’s confidence grow. I cannot recommend Elaine enough, she has patience, and is enthusiastic. She is just fantastic and a real credit to your team. Would highly recommend Swimtastic!

Ann Hernon Tarpey & Emma, Portlaoise

Dara has completed his beginner course. It was a great experience from day one. He felt relaxed and at ease from the start. The improvement in Dara has been huge he now loves the water and is getting very confident. Classes are small, and the kids all get to know each other over the weeks. A great experience and very professionally run.

Michelle Doyle with Dara, Portlaoise

Fantastic class to take with your children to. My son completed the first two stages and loves the water, we will definitely be returning. All the teachers were great and so friendly. It was a fun experience all round. We have been very impressed by how the classes and booking systems run and feel it is great value for money.

JJ Carey, Portlaoise

Need to know more?


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.

A family swim club

At Swimtastic we pride ourselves on providing swimming programmes for all ages and abilities.