Swimming Lessons in Dorset

Find your nearest baby swimming lessons in Dorset


We have a range of swimming classes for children in Dorset, our fully qualified swimming teachers run classes in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. We teach babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers (aged 0 – 4) at each of these venues. All our pre-school swimmers learn important swimming skills using our progressive milestones programme, whilst all the time having huge amounts of fun. Our kids developing water safety skills in Dorset is even more important so we can all enjoy the beautiful beaches along the Jurassic Coast! If you need baby swimming lessons in Dorset, you’re in the right place!

pooltime pro ferndown swimming pool

Ferndown Pooltime Pro

Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 9AT

Purpose built baby and toddler warm pool

   Mon AM, Sun AM

Christchurch swimming lessons at Hoburne Park

Hoburne Park Christchurch

Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4HP

Great pool with onsite cafe & soft play

   Tue AM, Wed AM, Fri AM

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St Marks School

Bournemouth, Dorset, BH10 4JA

Warm water pool with stepped entry

   Mon AM, Fri AM

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Why not give us a try?

Book up for a course of swimming classes in Dorset and if after your first class you decide it’s not for you we offer a full refund to all new customers.

It’s a chance for you to meet the team and enjoy a Splash, Kick and Swim the Baby Squids way.

Baby Squids swim in Dorset

Our whole ethos at Baby Squids is about offering fun and progressive swimming lessons, whilst being as flexible as we can. We know that from newborn through to school age, your child develops very fast, hence our Dorset baby swimming lessons are built around four Milestones, adapted to their current age and ability. We love it when babies attend from birth, but we welcome all abilities and urge you to join our Dorset children’s swimming classes at any point during a term. We like to work together with Mum and Dad developing your child’s swimming skills, and are more than happy to talk through any specific concerns you may have before joining us.

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Improving water skills with fun

Underwater swimming is a part of what we teach, but it is not our main focus. Our primary goal is to improve water skills in a fun way using songs, games, toys and working with parents. The use of word cues and memory is an important factor, encouraging babies and toddlers to kick, paddle, swim, jump and turn to the side and hold on, all very important water safety basics. Our Dorset baby and toddler swimming classes have a capacity of eight children and the preschool classes a maximum of 4-6. The group environment encourages social interaction and lots of fun but classes are kept small enough to ensure plenty of attention from the instructor. Our baby swimming lessons in Bournemouth, Poole, Ferndown and Christchurch are particularly good because they’re lovely warm water pools, perfect for children to learn to swim.

Swimming lessons for 0 – 18 months

Our Dorset newborn swimming lessons (for the 0 – 18 month age range) focus on both parent and baby learning to be confident in the water. We will show you a number of holds and different activities using fun games, toys, and songs. Through our use of word cues, your child will rapidly develop an understanding of how to be safe in the water. At eighteen months a lot of the newborn babies we teach are happy to swim underwater, as well as listen and act on cues such as hold on to pool-side, or exit via the steps and jumping in with support whilst laughing hysterically! All of our swimming pools are specially chosen for children’s swimming lessons in Dorset, they have perfect pool depth for parent and baby swimming, and are lovely and warm.

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Swimming lessons for toddlers

As babies become toddlers, their brains and development is moving at a million miles an hour! Our focus turns towards instructing the different movements required for swimming and staying afloat. This includes covers how to kick, how to get in and out of the pool safely and how to use their arms to make a paddling movement (or “Raah” like a lion!) At this development stage, it’s absolutely key to keep swimming on a regular basis. Our classes, continue to be lots of fun, we encourage chasing their favourite toys around the pool, use of balls, and jumping off floats. We know how important it is that swimming is considered fun and you will both learn lots about safety exercises along the way.

Swimming lessons for 3 – 4 year olds

At three years and up, we talk to parents about swim classes becoming more independent, as Mum or Dad will tend to be poolside rather than in the pool. This is an unhurried process and we talk openly and honestly with parents on the best time to do this. Our focus at this point is swimming independently and building on the water safety skills developed so far. Water confidence is of course still important and for many, they do not start to attend swimming lessons until this age. So we of course continue to build confidence by playing games and ensuring that the words swimming and fun go hand in hand.

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So if you’re looking for fun children’s swimming lessons in Dorset then get in touch!

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