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Frequently asked questions

Before your Lesson

Before taking the plunge, make sure you have collected your Leisure Card from our reception area, this will allow you access to our facilities and can be used for 1 free adult general swimming sessions when accompanied with an Early Years membership subscriber.

  • All children who are not toilet trained should wear a swim nappy to lessons. Swimming nappies are available on-site to purchase. 
  • If your child tends to get cold within the pool areas quickly, bring your towels with you to class. Please avoid all in one suits that are baggy on your child, these can hinder your child's movement, making it difficult to keep them warm throughout the lesson.
  • Our lockers on-site take a £1 (50p at Maybole) coin which is refundable. 
  • Prepare for changing time - you want this to be as stress free as possible, this will help support your child to be relexed within your class. 
  • Our facilities all have family changing areas and changing tables available for use. 
  • All equipment for your class will be supplied by your instructor.
  • We always encourage a visit to our facilites before your first session if you have not already done this, this can familiarise you and your child with the pool areas.

What to Expect During your lesson

Once you've met your teacher, you'll get in the water with your infant. You'll need to get low in the water so that it's at eye level with your child.

  • Your teacher will then explain how to hold your child correctly and get started with the class.
  • These lessons last approximately 30 minutes. However, sometimes your baby or toddler may not be happy to participate in the whole lesson. Don't panic, this is not unusual and can be down to a change in routine, being unsettled or 'grizzly' or just having an 'off' day.
  • At the end of class, your teacher may give you tasks to complete during bath time at home to increase water confidence or enhance skills through repetition.
  • We also encourage socialising with other parents, as this is a great way to expand your social circle and make new, like-minded friends.

After your Lesson

Once you've completed your lesson, here are some things to bear in mind: 

  • Ensure a towel for your child is within easy reach after the lesson, as they feel the cold much more than we do.
  • Your child is likely to be hungry and tired after the lesson, so ensure you pack a feed or snack.
  • Encourage family swimming outside lesson time so that not all swimming sessions are structured. Recreational swimming can provide an opportunity for children to try out skills at their own pace, without the need to feel like they have to perform when asked