Gemma, mum of Jensen from your Penny Fields class
I first started taking my son to swimming classes at 6 weeks old. The first class was terrifying for me as a first time mum but after getting in the pool for the first time with our instructor we realised it wasn't as scary as first thought. Our son was so small but even from the very first class he seemed to enjoy the lessons. Our instructor, took things at a steady pace. Talking through everything we was doing and immediately putting me at ease about being in the water. My son is now six months old and enjoys the lessons so much I couldn't imagine him not doing them anymore. From the second we get there his face lights up, once in the changing rooms he always starts smiling and the smile never leaves his face the whole lesson. Once in the water he starts moving his arms and splashing everyone and everything in his path. He has no fear of going under the water. I have had the opportunity to see him underwater and find it strange to say he still has a smile on his face! Taking a child swimming so young may seem incredibly daunting but i can guarantee the lessons are very much worth it.
Niki, mum of Rupert from our Bradford class
There's a few swimming providers in Leeds but I chose baby swimmers because they were a good price, looked professional and Tracie was good at replying to my messages (neurotic mothers catered for!) I wondered if swimming classes for my 7 month old boy was a bit extravagant but now we are on our second course I'm glad we took the plunge!! I'm amazed at how quickly he's picked up the skills; he can hold on to the edge on the pool, and Kick his legs to get to the toys. And all the babies are now pros at underwater swimming! The teachers are great and really understanding of each babies needs. My boy suddenly started to cry when I blow bubbles in the water but Clare was very quick to find another task he was happy with, this usually ends up chomping on a rubber duck! Our favourite exercise is siting him on the edge of the pool and waiting for him to jump to me. His big smile, his splash into the water, and into my arms for a big cuddle. Priceless! I really don't think you'll be disappointed if you chose Baby Swimmers!
Claire. mum of James from our Pocklington class.
From his very first bath, it was clear our son James had a natural love of water. Sitting in his baby bath, he would become animated and demonstrated a natural reflex for kicking and splashing about. But taking James to our local public swimming pool didn’t go to plan - he became clingy, easily distracted by other swimmers and disliked armbands with a passion. We were apprehensive at starting swimming lessons with James, but within just a few weeks we could see a big difference. Baby Swimmers encourages natural water movements in children, so we didn’t have the battle with buoyancy aids, and James has become content and confident in the water. Now he jumps into the water by himself, resurfaces and then holds on to the side before swimming towards his Daddy. Lessons are stimulating, while relaxed, so if James doesn’t feel like floating on his back or refuses to go under water, there’s no pressure. Instead, swimming sessions feel like they are more about making our child feel comfortable in the water than achieving a grade. James is a quiet, often reserved toddler, who prefers solitary activities, yet in the water he’s so happy and, more importantly, having fun.
Samantha Gill, Fund Raising for Tommy's
When I applied for the London Marathon, it wasn't the running but the fundraising that scared me! Tommys exists to fund research into the causes and prevention of premature birth, stillbirth and miscarriage, affecting 1 in 4 women and one of them being my best friend. I will take part in the marathon 2014 in her daughters memory. When I approached Tracie Margo, the director of 'Babyswimmers' and she agreed to hold a sponsored session for a group of my friends and their babies, I was overwhelmed. Not only did we raise an astounding £1159 but our babies ranging from 13 weeks to 3 years old, enjoyed movement to song, splashing around, jumping in from the poolside and sitting three abreast on a float, being wobbly jellies - no armbands!!! Tracie also generously donated 5 complimentary 'Babyswim' lessons to the duo who raised the most sponsorship. I can't thank her enough. The morning was a huge success and great fun!
Sarah mum of Robert
It was with some trepidation that I approached my son’s first swimming lesson – he was only three months old after all, and we were still getting to grips with the basics of our day to day routine, let alone immersion in a pool. I remember staring down at him on the change mat in his slightly over-sized neoprene trunks, after grappling with getting these and a swim nappy on him, and wondering how we were going to ever going to do this quickly each week, let alone then teach him how to swim. Now, five months on and halfway through our second term with Baby Swimmers, we’re pros! It has been a great introduction to the water for my son, and also brilliant for us parents, making sure that we are safe and reassuring us if nervous or over-cautious. Seeing my baby going from being slightly anxious about going into the water (he hated his baths before starting the classes) to laughing and splashingabout, grabbing and clutching swim toys, happily going underwater and holding onto the side of the pool has been an amazing experience. Our teacher has been patient and gentle with the little ones, always alternating new experiences, such as submersions, with fun songs and actions (an off-key rendition of ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’ whilst dipping him in and out of the water always seems to set off my son’s giggles). Swimming is an important life skill and I am very happy that my son is being safely introduced to water in a fun way.
Maria mum of Rosa
Thought I'd mention that Rosa's swimming has improved so much since starting your classes. She recently started swimming again at school and they are amazed by her improvement. She went up two groups!
Graeme dad of Lucas - Forum
We’re more than happy with the teaching Lucas has had at Baby Swimmers. He’s made great progress through just the right balance of fun and learning and has developed a love of water that will prove a source of enjoyment for years to come
Michaela mum of Imogen
Thank you for the update on Imogen's swimming. We're really pleased with her progress. And a big thank you to her teacher who is always so patient and enthusiastic!
Michala mum of Amelia and Imogen
Thank you for the award update. I'm really pleased with the progress that both Imogen and Amelia are making and they're really enjoying the lessons and the sense of achievement that comes with the certificates
Jignesh, dad of Jeeev and Meera
Both the kids are missing something really special. Hope to come back. Please convey our thanks and regard to Rebecca
Kristy, mum of Darcy
today was unfortunately our last lesson (sad as well as we missed the previous two lessons as Darcy had a cold) as it's half term next week then I go back to work the week after. I just wanted to say how great I think Gavin is, he is always enthusiastic and happy, he has a great manner with the babies and remembers each one individually and their progress. Darcy has come on really well with her swimming and has enjoyed every lesson as have I. Gavin is a credit to your company and I would be grateful if you could pass on my sentiments.
Pankaj, mum to Leela
We have been really happy with Babyswimmers though and want to thank you and the team for giving our daughter a great start through swimming. Thanks particularly to Becca who we will miss.
Donna, mum of Henry
Just to let you know we think Babyswimmers far out shines the other swimming classes available for flexibility, times, content and enjoyment! Some of my friends have been using other well known schools for longer than Henry and they aren't having as much fun or doing as much in the way of development! Thank you for making what at first seems so daunting, so enjoyable!