Parent and Baby Swimming Drop In Sessions

Help your child gain confidence in the water!

Come and join our parent and baby swim sessions for children aged 3 months to 3 years. You can attend these sessions as a member, guest or on a pay as you go basis.

At Bluecoat Sports, our 25m pool is the perfect temperature for young children to enjoy the water and learn to swim, and we pride ourselves on offering junior swimming lessons for all abilities.

View our pool timetable to see when Parent & Baby swimming lessons happen each week on Wednesday mornings.

What’s involved in our parent and baby drop in sessions

These Bluecoat Sports swimming sessions are supervised by our friendly and experienced Swim Instructors. They help your baby, supported by you, gain water confidence and develop their swimming skills.

The sessions include:

  • Adapting to and discovering the water
  • Jumping in the pool
  • Submission and holding their breath in the water
  • Assisted floating
  • Supported kicking
  • Independent kicking
  • Water safety
Mother and baby swimming

The Swim Instructors use toys and games to make the swim lessons fun for everyone. Babies and toddlers will learn to swim in a relaxed environment and it’s a rather special way to bond with your child.

Our parent and baby swimming classes

Waterbabes: Parent and Baby Drop in 3 months – 18 months

Our Parent and Baby sessions are supervised by our friendly instructors, helping you and your child gain confidence in the water. We do this in a fun safe environment with the use of toys and games to make it really enjoyable for your child.

Call 01403 247572 to book.

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Suitable For : Ages 3-18 months

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Class Duration : 30 minutes

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When : Every Wednesday 11:00-11:30

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Equipment Needed : Towel, Swimming Costume

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Cost : £5.50 per session

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Memberships Included : PAYGO

Waterbabes: Parent and Child Session 18 months – 3 years

The Parent and Child Sessions are suitable for children aged 18 months – 3 years. During the sessions you join your child in the water, so you can give them confidence whilst our qualified instructors help your child develop their fundamental swimming skills during these fun filled sessions. We follow the Swim England Discovery Duckling framework.

To sign your child up for after school swimming sessions, contact us today on 01403 247572 or email We’ll then send out a booking form and once you’ve filled this in, we’ll invite your child for an assessment to gauge their swimming ability.

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Suitable For : Ages 18 months – 3 years

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Class Duration : 30 minutes

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When : Wednesday at 10:30am

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Equipment Needed : Towel, Swimming Costume

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Cost : £28.00 pcm

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Memberships Included : None

Swimming for babies and pre-school children

Swimming is an essential life skill but it has many other benefits too. Being in the water helps children build their confidence and learn water safety. For babies and toddlers, swimming helps to develop their cardiovascular function and lung capacity. They also build their muscles and improve their motor skills through the movement in the water.

The Griffith Institute for Educational Research carried out a scientific study, finding that “children who learn to swim by the age of five gain significant developmental advantages compared with children who don’t start the activity at a young age.”

They also compared children who had learnt to swim at a young age with their peers and non-swimmers. This showed the children who learned to swim at a young age had improved motor skills, speech, literacy skills and numeracy skills.

Swimming with your child

As studies have shown, pre-school swimming lessons can help children reach their developmental milestones more quickly. Our parent and baby swim sessions have benefits for you as well.

These sessions help you bond with your child, using skin and eye contact as you help them move through the water and learn. There is something rather special about swimming with your young child, guiding and supporting them. Not only that, you will be exercising during the session, while helping your baby or child learn this important life skill!

Joining our drop in sessions

Come to our parent and child swimming sessions and escape from the busy world and enjoy some special time with your child. On their swimming journey, they will gain important life skills, build water confidence and develop other key skills at the same time. We also find children tend to sleep well after their swimming session too!

Please contact us to find out more about baby and toddler swimming. You can call the team on 01403 247 572 or email and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

We are excited to announce that The Gallery Café is having a re-brand and a makeover!

To allow for the refurbishment to take place, the existing café area will be closed from 27th November 2023 and will re-open in early January 2024.

Find out more here.