The Aura Junior Swim Academy caters for children from 3 months (after 2nd innoculation) up to 3.5 years.

Swim Baby Classes will help get your baby used to the water and build their water confidence, while Swim Tots Classes will develop skills focusing on water awareness and safety to assist a smoother transition into the higher levels of the Aura Swim Academy.


Developed for babies who have received their 2nd inoculation aged up to 3.5 years, delivered over an 8 week course of 30 minute lessons.

Have fun and nurture the bond with your baby by introducing them to the water. Using a gentle and gradual approach our specially trained swim instructors will work with you to ensure your baby feels comfortable in the warm water of our learner pool and help your baby develop new skills through play.


Developed for toddlers ready for the next step! Is for toddlers 18 months to 3 year, or 3–4-year-old very nervous of the water, before the main Aura Swim Academy, where they can start at 4 years. Our Swim Instructors work closely with each child building their confidence in the water through muscle memory and prepare your child for a smooth transition into Aura Swim Academy.

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Benefits of Learning to Swim

  • Swimming helps to improve coordination and balance. Because much of your baby’s body is supported by water, the focus for them is on maintaining balance. Overall, babies who swim have a much better balance out of the pool.
  • Swimming helps to build muscles. Working and strengthening all their muscles effectively helps to make them stronger.
  • Swimming provides quality bonding time. We always have less time that we would like with our kids; it is an unfortunate effect of being so busy. Time in the pool is one of the few times when your child has your undivided attention for the duration, so make the most of it.
  • Swimming strengthens your baby on the inside. While swimming will help to develop their muscles and joints, it also improves the strength of their heart and lungs and helps to develop their brain.
  • Swimming can improve their sleeping pattern. While it is not going to make them sleep through the night every night, the extra exercise will help to make your baby sleepier.
  • Swimming can improve a baby’s appetite. Lots of gentle exercise and warm water helps to make a baby hungry, so make sure you have some sort of snack or milk for after they finish.
  • Swimming builds water confidence. Many parents pass on an uneasiness of water to their children because they themselves are not confident swimmers. Going in the water with your baby will not only make them more assured about being in and around water, it can build your confidence too!




Junior Swim Academy FAQs

 How can I prepare at home to bring my baby to the pool?

  • Smile and encourage the baby to enjoy the water during bath time. Wash water gently over their face and body.
  • When they are ready for the big bath you might want to get into the bath with them, for the first time so they feel safe and secure.
  • Have small toys available like ducks or plastic balls.
  • Sing songs and make bath times fun.
  • When the baby is in the big bath on their own support them to lie on their front, on their back and sitting in an upright position.
  • Pour water onto their head and body from a cup.
  • Use a sponge to pour water over their head and face as they sit upright so they get used to the shower at the pool and later for submersion.
  • Let them enjoy playing with suitable toys.
  • Visit the pool prior to going swimming to see it and so you are familiar with the changing rooms.


      What Equipment can I use?

      • Toys: ducks, floating plastic balls or other favourite waterproof toys.
      • For toddlers, armbands, woggles/noodles, and floats can be used to support.
      • Ensure any equipment or toys used are suitable size so they are not a chocking hazard. If you are not sure if an equipment is suitable please ask a member of pool staff.
      • Buoyancy swimming togs, Inflatable rings for neck support or inflatable rings worn around the waist are not recommended.


      What swimwear do I need for the baby?


      • Consider what is best based on the temperature at the pool you are attending.
      • Baby warmer adjustable Neoprene swimsuits are recommended if you child is cold in the water.

      Swim Nappy:

      • These can be bought in advance in the local supermarket. We sell these individually in our retail.
      • Get the correct size based on your baby’s weight.

      Fabric swim hats:

      • Need to be worn in most pools.
      • Easy to use.
      • Available to purchase at all Aura Leisure Centres


      • Recommend for older children.

      Waterproof toy:

      for example, a plastic duck.  This is not essential, but It can make the pool more fun!





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