All Birthlight classes are suitable for children from birth onwards. Classes are small with only two parent/child pairs in the pool at any time. We welcome mums, dads, grandparents or any adult guardian to accompany children for their classes. The pool temperature is kept at a comfortable 31-32 degrees and the ambient temperature is set so that children can stay comfortably warm throughout their lesson. All lessons are 1/2 hour in length.
The Birthlight Trust is a non-profit organisation dedicated to enhancing the health and wellbeing of women and their families from conception through to a child’s third year. We use simple body based practices inspired from yoga and traditional modes of parenting. Following birth, babies benefit greatly from touch and movement best suited to their developmental needs. There is abundant evidence that early interaction between parents and babies is crucial to healthy growth and creates the best foundation for learning and self-confidence in childhood.
From the moment babies are introduced to the water, Birthlight gives importance to their multi-sensory experience linked with emotions which reinforce pleasurable and positive sensations.
Toddler swimming supports loving and playful contact between parents and children in water. For toddlers who are already or nearly swimming, Birthlight classes provide a timely introduction to strokes, diving and correct surfacing to breathe. For children who are being introduced to the water for the first time, the Birthlight approach provides a secure transition to independent floating and swimming with or without buoyancy aids.
Once children have acquired the basic principles of swimming through ‘Birthlight’, they can move on to our Rainbow swim programme. This system is designed to work through a series of stages leading to a competency in all 4 strokes.
Classes are either One – to – one or one – to – two.
For more information regarding Birthlight swimming please visit www.birthlight.co.uk.