Based on 35 years of experience teaching babies swimming lessons, witnessing hundreds of infants becoming aquatic explorers, our Perth-based instructors are delighted to offer a holistic program that not only teaches great aquatic skills but supports all aspects of a baby’s wellbeing and development.
Baby & Parent Classes (From 10wks)
Babies and infants are born with the potential to be naturally free in the water. When allowed to explore this potential in a warm, consistent and supportive environment of parent, teacher and child, they are encouraged to feel confident.
We teach tangible aquatic skills that lead to early confident swimming, by utilising games and playfulness.
Through active and joyful participation, babies develop skills that enable significant independence, empowering them to move in the water with ease and grace so they can explore three-dimensional weightlessness in their liquid playground.
Through games we stimulate and support the development of motor skills, muscle strength, intellect, language and sociability.
Our aquatic program for babies is designed not only to liberate them in the water but also to:
Contribute to a healthy parent-baby bond
Improve all aspects of physical skills such as strength, flexibility, resilience, stamina, endurance, and kinaesthetic coordination.
Strengthen the baby’s cardiovascular functioning (lungs and heart)
Support the development of early language skills
Help sleeping patterns by teaching babies how to relax
Our teaching philosophy...
"Teaching is not filling a container, but burning the flame” | William b. Yeats
Our style of teaching is based on a balance between freedom and a structural framework, between stimulation and relaxation.
With a strong teaching background in mindfulness, each student’s natural needs of being listened to and being understood, are met. This means that parents learn and are being encouraged to pay attention to the nonverbal signals babies and toddlers use to communicate and to respond to those at the time they appear with calmness and confidence. We want to strengthen the connection and bond between caregiver and child.
Aquanat's teaching philosophy and methods is inspired by a few psycho-educational doctrines among which are Halliwick method, Alexander technique, Tai chi, Feldenkrais, Montessori, Aquatic Bodywork, and others.
We are highly trained to continuously track and respond to each child’s unique displayed curiosity and harness this to empower learning.
Our teachers aim to:
Maintain attention and focus
Monitor emotions and behaviour according to the situation
Understand students’ different perspective and offer empathy
Maintain flexibility that changes behaviour when needed (for example: trying a new approach when the learning strategy does not work)
Teaching young students to delay impulses that are inappropriate or unsafe in the water
Understand social cues, such as: body language and vocal tone.
Teach students and caregivers how the Autonomic Nervous System functions and consciously use somatic techniques to induce a relaxed learning environment.
Keeping our groups small (6 participants per instructor) and running only 1 class at a time in the pool, helps to maintain attentive and fully present instruction throughout the lesson.
These classes are continuous and progressive, allowing you to join at any point.
Babies / Toddlers & Parents Swim
From around 10wks - 4yrs
Maximum 6 per group
30min | $290 per 10 week Term
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We accept NDIS funding as payment method.
Just speak to us about your circumstances when wanting to enrol.
It's essential that everyone learns to swim, and the best time to take classes is when your baby is still young - from infant to toddler age.
Taking part with your baby in swimming lessons is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen your bond with them, as well as have social interactions with fellow parents and babies of the same age group. Though not a must, both parents or caregivers are welcome to participate with their child.
Aquanat's baby-parent swim classes involve fun games and activities that encourage the little ones' curiosity, confidence, and joy in water,
while teaching them practical and important aquatic skills that are also beneficial to their safety around water. Submersion is encouraged early on with the supervision and direction of experienced instructors; this of course depends on each child's readiness and unique pace. The teacher provides individually tailored instruction and feedback to the parents on how to best engage and be with their child in the water in order to promote their learning and confidence.