Swimming lessons are still one of the most popular extra-curricular activities that children enjoy. There are so many reasons why learning to swim from an early age is so important, here is a closer look at some of the key benefits.
– Swimming could save your child’s life (What other reason do you need?!)
– Swimming is great exercise (also helps with sleep at a young age, I swear mine always slept better after swimming lessons when babies!)
– Swimming is a lovely bonding exercise, particularly for new parents and their baby
– Swimming is great fun & a good way to make friends
– Swimming is a lifelong skill, mastering at a young age will benefit them for years and years to come, on holiday, at the beach, at the waterpark etc.
Whatever your own reasons are for seeking out swimming lessons, now is the time to get them sorted ready for the summer holidays. We have picked out a few ideas for local swim schools below but for a full round-up of baby and preschool swimming classes by day, click here and details of classes for school aged children click here.
Baby Swimmers & Swimmers Academy
Classes are fun with singing and skill related activities. Physically your baby will gain greater muscle control and hand-eye co-ordination, alertness is also improved through word association such as “reach”, whilst looking at and reaching for toys, which also stimulates the natural movement of their arms and legs.
Holding your baby in water is a fantastic bonding experience and rewarding too, as you interact and develop trust, letting them float on their backs whilst singing twinkle twinkle little star and looking into their eyes is beautiful. We teach you to take baby underwater and it fabulous when you sit at the bottom of the pool and see your baby swim to you!
For older children we focus on stamina and stroke techniques, whatever their age and ability.
Classes from 6 weeks old up to 14 years old, with classes across Leeds.
Tel: 0333 8008345
Bubbles Swim School
Bubbles Swim School is a family run business, with over 30 years experience in teaching children to swim. We offer lessons for age 2 upwards and run from various venues across Leeds. Why not start your child’s swim journey in one of our Parent and Toddler classes for age 2 – 4, which offer an excellent introduction to swimming through a series of songs, rhymes and games. For the more independent preschooler, we have classes without parents in the pool for age 3.5 – 5 which run on weekday mornings and for school age children we run lessons every evening and weekend. Small swim classes and water based instructors ensure children learn to swim in a relaxed, fun and safe environment.
Lessons run at: Scholes Primary School LS15, Temple Moor High School LS15, Moorlands School LS16, The Grammar School at Leeds LS17 and Woodhouse Grove School in Apperley Bridge.
Tel: 07515 253893
Cookridge Hall – Little Splashers
At Cookridge Hall Health and Fitness we have recently expanded our swim school Little Splashers offering baby, toddler and Pre school classes every week day during term time. Our experienced instructors use swim songs, toys and floats to gain confidence in the water and have fun!
Members and non members are welcome and we offer very competitive rates.
Tel: 0113 2030000
Swimbrite Swimming School
Swimbrite Swimming School was established in 2008 and has grown from strength to strength. We operate at the Village Hotel, Mercure Parkway Leeds, Woodhouse Grove, and The Grammar School at Leeds. We offer our lessons from as young as 6 months old to 100 years young. Our water based teaching techniques allows for children to strive in our lessons as their confidence quickly develops and they become safe, competent swimmers with a love for the water. Our tight knit team of ASA and STA trained instructors work alongside each other to bring out the best in our pupils as we understand enjoying yourself within a lesson is paramount to development.
Tel: 0113 203 3549
Baby swimming with Water Babies is an exciting, enriching experience for both you and your little one. Suitable for little ones from birth in our extra warm water pools. As the UK’s leading swim school, not only do we teach vital lifesaving skills but we always incorporate lots of bonding, fun and socialising, so you can be sure that a Water Baby is a happy one! Our number one priority is to make sure you feel both happy and safe in the water.
Monday morning: Leeds Hilton, LS1 4BX
Monday afternoon: Pennyfield School, LS6 4QD and Moorlands School, LS16 5PF
Tuesday afternoon: Pennyfield School, LS6 4QD
Wednesday afternoon: Moorlands School, LS16 5PF and Temple Moor School, LS15 0PT
Thursday afternoon: Moorlands School, LS16 5PF and Pennyfield School, LS6 4QD
Friday morning: Moorlands School, LS16 5PF
Saturday morning & afternoon: Moorlands School, LS16 5PF
Tel: 01943 862802
Please contact the Swim Schools directly if you want any more details or to book onto classes.