Swimming Lessons in Southampton

Mary Bower Baby Squids Emma Dawson

Welcome to Baby Squids Southampton!


We are Mary Bower and Emma Dawson, a mother and daughter Franchise team providing swimming lessons in Southampton. I am Emma, a mum of one. Coming from an Early Years Teaching background, I fully understand the importance of allowing each child the time and space to develop water skills at their own pace, without pressure, whilst ensuring plenty of fun along the way. We aim to create a stimulating, fun and multisensory environment whilst teaching children all the key elements of early swimming and safety. It is a privilege to share these special moments with children and their families, and I consider myself extremely lucky. I have always been passionate about swimming. My early years were spent swimming in the sea off the North Devon coast where we lived. Many a holiday I enjoyed being a little fish, only leaving the water when I was a prune! I swim regularly myself to keep my body and mind happy and healthy.

Contact the Southampton Team

Baby Squids Southampton / 20 Mossleigh Avenue / Rownhams / Southampton / SO16 8FU / UK

[email protected]     07702 133039

Find your nearest baby swimming lessons in Southampton


We have plenty of swimming classes near to you in Southampton, our highly experienced swimming teachers run classes in classes throughout the week across the city. We teach babies, toddlers and preschoolers at all of these pools. All of our Baby Squids have lots of fun, learn important water safety skills, will develop their first strokes. We use our structured milestones programme to help guide parents through the progress made to date and what skills will be developed next. If you are looking for quality, structured and above all fun swimming lessons for children in Southampton, then get in touch now.

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Novotel Southampton

Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 1RA

Lovely hotel pool centrally located

   Tue AM, Thu AM

Springwell School Swimming Pool Southampton

Springwell School

Hinkler Road, Southampton, SO19 6DH

Fabulous, warm hydrotherapy pool

   Tue PM, Thu PM, Sat AM

oaklands community swimming pool

Oaklands Community Pool

Cromarty Road, Southampton, SO16 8LX

Purpose-built 31C pool

   Mon AM, Tue AM, Wed AM

Regents Park College Southampton Swimming School

Regents Park College

Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 4GW

Toasty warm 32C pool

   Mon AM, Fri PM

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Why not give us a try?

Book up for a course of swim classes 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 Southampton

We embrace individuality, and how each child learns so differently, which is why we separate our Southampton baby swim classes into 4 Milestones. Each of these stages is specific to your child’s development. We love teaching kids to swim, and we really encourage all ages & abilities to join us at any point; during the middle of the term, starting as a newborn or a preschooler. We really focus on working with parents / guardians on improving your child’s water confidence so if you have any questions give us a call and we can talk through everything we do.

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Fun swimming lessons

Submersions and swimming underwater have only a minor part to play, our fun and progressive Milestones programme is aimed at improving your child’s confidence using swimming toys, recognisable songs, sensory experiences and ensuring that everyone has lots of fun! Word association and recognition is a large part of what we do, encouraging children to kick, paddle, swim, jump, hold on to the side – so important in building the first understanding of water safety. Our Southampton children’s swimming lessons have a maximum of eight children in a class. And the preschool classes have a maximum of 4-6 children, depending on the pool and use of swimming assistants. This means that your baby is in a fun group swimming environment but will benefit from plenty of one to one time with our Southampton swimming instructors.

Swimming lessons for 0 – 18 months

For our baby swimming lessons in Southampton, we’re instructing both you and your baby how to be water confident. We do this by teaching you a number of activities using toys, rhymes and songs, building up trust. Our lessons & teaching style is specially constructed to ensure your child will quickly gain familiarity and an understanding and confidence in the water. By 18 months many of the newborn babies we have taught are comfortable underwater, as well as being able to independently hold on to the side of the pool and able to jump in and turn to hold with support. All of our swimming pools are handpicked for kids swimming lessons across Southampton, they are all lovely warm pools, with great depth for young children, which makes them great places to both teach and learn!

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swimming lessons for toddlers

Swimming lessons for toddlers

The progression onto toddlers is natural but also caters for the change in their developmental stage. Our primary focus is to instruct the basic swimming movements. This covers teaching kicking, how to enter the water safely and how to use their arms to create a paddling movement (and roar like a sea monster!). At this age, it’s really important to keep consistency and regularly get swimming time in. Our swimming lessons are all about fun, from jumping off floats to chasing balls around the pool or playing with imaginary sensory jellyfish, we know that your babies need to associate swimming with fun to get the most out of it. Both parent and child will learn lots about water safety exercises as we go.

Swimming lessons for 3 – 4 year olds

From 3 years onwards, we will start to get parents out of the water, this is often a gradual process and we work with parents on the best time to do this. What we are working towards at this age is swimming independently and understanding how they can be safe in the water. Water confidence is of course still important and for some that may be starting their swimming journey, this is especially important so we play games and ensure they still associate swimming with fun.

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So if you’re looking for progressive, fun toddler & baby swimming lessons in Southampton then get in touch!

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