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Parent & Toddler Swimming

For parents with children aged between 1 and 2 ½ years old

Start your toddlers swimming journey here and give the lifelong gift of confidence and ability in the water

Swimming is fun, social and can be enjoyed at any age. Our Parent and toddler courses develop a child’s water confidence and skills from a very early age. 

The Parent & Toddler course is for children that have grown out of the new-born phase and are aged over 12 months. 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 toddler sessions. We keep things fun and 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. 

Parent and toddler 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.

Weekly Growth 
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.

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 little one’s 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 toddler 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 & Toddler 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.

For children that are ready, they will begin to make strides on their front and back – supported by Mum or Dad and their teacher.

Independent water safety activities are also introduced, how to get in and out of the pool, how to hold on to supports and how to be buoyant and confident in water. 
When the toddler is ready, we introduce and encourage independent movement and support, enticing them to move away a little on their own. 

  • Making the child comfortable in a group environment
  • Understanding the role of a teacher
  • Introduce swimming positions – tummy and back
  • Introduce buoyancy and safety skills
  • Develop the child’s ability to catch, throw and share toys
  • Build sensory awareness
  • Introduce aqua toys and floating aids
  • Breathing and making bubbles
  • Encouraging independence
  • We work on the importance of sharing with friends
  • We introduce the importance of “cleaning up” at the beginning and end of class

Courses Available for Parent & Toddler:
Toddler Level 1 - joining aged between 1 year old to 2.5 year old                              
Toddler Level 2 - the follow on course to build on level 1.                                     
Toddler Level 3 – the follow on course to build on level 2.  
Toddler Level 4 - final toddler course preparing for pre-school 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.

What do our customers say?

Great fun for the kids and a fantastic way to introduce our 3 boys; William, John and Andrew to the water. The highlight of the week for them. I can’t recommend these lessons highly enough. The teachers are fantastic with the kids and totally put them at ease in the water. We are five years with Swimtastic and have enjoyed every moment.

David & Lisa Walsh Kemmis, Portlaoise

Our 2 year old just graduated from the Baby levels and is moving on to Pre-school. We just can’t praise the teachers and the class highly enough. The format is fun but the progression from day one is steady and brilliantly put together. Can’t wait for the next level. 100% recommend Swimtastic for a great experience and great fun along the way.

Paul Tucker and Lorcan, Tullamore

We have been with Swimtastic for five years. Marissa and I progressed through the Adult programme and our children, Ella and Daniel are in the children’s programme since they were infants. We look forward to our lessons every week, the programmes are great fun, and we have learned to enjoy the water with confidence. The teachers and office staff are lovely people.

Ken, Marissa, Ella and Daniel Seery, Tullamore

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.