What is Mom and Me?
This is a beautiful and much-needed programme for helping babies from 3 - 24 months to learn how to react in water, not be afraid and to begin adopting the positive lessons needed to have a fun and safe life with water.
Water acts as a great support and is one of the few play activities that Mom and baby can thoroughly enjoy.
Why Mom and Me?
As important as it is to acclimatise your baby to water, this specialist programme particularly allows for a creative and powerful bonding experience between parent and child. Although we casually call this the “Mom and Me” swim lesson, Dads are equally welcome and encouraged to share in this great bonding experience.
Remember this is your baby and you will be integral in making this a positive experience where you are part of the learning and bonding process. YOU are teaching them about water in the most positive way! We love watching this, as swim instructors, because it really bonds the baby to the parent as they progress. Memories are in the making and one of our best rewards is seeing a mother's smile the first time her baby voluntarily kicks on his own or puts her face under the water and blows bubbles.
Parents might wonder if this playtime in the water is actually helping their baby to ultimately swim. Stay with the program for at least one term and you are likely to be surprised at how quickly your child picks up aquatic skills and advances towards proper swimming. You and your little one are about to embark on a wonderful journey of discovery that will last your child's whole life.
About the Mum and Me Class
Our Mom and Me class is 20 minutes in length. If lessons are longer than 15 minutes, your child will start to lose concentration and more importantly start getting cold, even in our very warm water. The extra 5 minutes covers getting in and out of the water.
Our pools is very spacious and allow us to maintain social distancing.
What to Expect
The goal of the Mom and Me program is to get your child safer in the water. We will focus on getting your child comfortable going under, back floating, falling into the pool on their own and eventually rolling over onto their back to breathe. Each level in the Mom and Me program will build upon these skillsets. Your instructor will tailor each activity to the comfort level of you and your child.
Great Benefits to Get Started
- Scientific studies which have been carried out in many countries show that regular baby swim training reduces an infant’s sick rate 65-79% as compared to babies who have not had swimming lessons
- Fear of the water is only developed as a baby grows older. Early infant swimming prevents these fears from developing.
- Babies who have an early swimming experience show improved physical, psychological and cognitive development.
- Swimming enhances the baby’s balance, strength, coordination and endurance as well as their concentration and sense of independence.
Everything You May Need for Your First Mom & Me Swim Class
Jumping in the water with your baby every week does need some commitment, but seeing them splash around in the warm water with a huge smile makes it all worthwhile, so commit yourself and your child and be ready to put on your swimming costume every week What makes this commitment even easier is making sure you are prepared for child’s swim. Here are a few ideas.
- Get there early
Plan on arriving at least 15 minutes early, especially if it’s your first visit. You will want some extra time to familiarise yourself with the surroundings, get your swimming costume on and introduce yourself to the teacher. It also helps your baby to adjust to the new sights and sounds of the swimming pool.
- Re-useable Swim Nappy
If you and your child are new to swimming it is a great idea to invest in one or two re-useable nappies. All babies under the age of 3 years, and any other swimmers that are not potty-trained, must wear a re-usable swim nappies.
- Swim Bag
A nice swim bag is a must to pack all your swim gear into, so you don't have to unpack and repack your bag every week. Keep a clean swim nappy, shampoo, a towel in the bag so you are always ready to go.
- Swimsuit for Mum or Dad and Dry Clothes!
We have baby sorted out. Make sure you don’t forget about yourself and this could be a little tricky. It is a good idea to get a costume that is resistant to chlorine, gives you good coverage especially when little one starts to pull on whatever they can reach. The best advice I can give is for you and your baby to arrive at the pool ready to swim. Don’t forget some dry clothes for you and your baby (and fresh nappies) to change into.
- Beach Towel
Pack two towels, one for yourself and one for your baby. One towel is generally not enough and don’t spoil your fun lesson with your child by having to dry yourself with a wet towel.
- Other Items to Bring
Swim classes are definitely fun, but they can be tiring for both of you. Bring a drink and a snack for both of you afterwards. As the water can dry out your baby’s skin it’s a great idea to bring your favourite baby lotion.
Our Covid requirements are aligned with national requirements. Kindly have your mask with you when attending the lesson. Instructors will also be wearing a face mask. Children are not required to wear a mask during the lesson, as they will be swimming.
- Instructor Methodology
Due to health and safety concerns, instructors are currently limiting contact with students in parent and me lessons. Your instructor will always wear a face mask in the water while teaching. If you would like to request a different approach, please feel free to speak with your instructor and they will do their best to accommodate your request.
The tuition fee is R80 per class per week payable in advance for a term. The current term is 9 weeks. The full term fees are R720 or the pro rata amount if you have joined after the 6 May, 2021. This will be automatically calculated when you "Register".
Pro-Rata Term Fees
If you join part the way through a term then you can take advantage of our pro-rata rates. This will be calculated automatically by our system and will show as a "Discount" on your email confirmation.
If a particular class that you are interested in is full then "Waitlist" will show on the course table. You can add your child to the wait list. Whenever a space becomes available we will immediately let you know. Spaces become available in two ways; the first due to cancellations and the second when we open new additional classes. Please use the "Waitlist" option so that we can gauge demand and open additional classes.
No spaces are guaranteed until you have registered online, received an email confirming that you have enrolled in a class and paid for the class in full (Please CHECK your JUNK folder if you don't immediately receive the mail).
All fees are due at least 7 days prior to the start of the first class.
Non-payment of fees by the due date could result in you losing your space, as many of the popular times have waiting lists.
Bookings for Next Term
If your child has a time slot this term, they will automatically be given the same slot for the next and subsequent terms. We will send you an email before the term starts to confirm your class. If you DO NOT want this class anymore please just email us back and let us know, and we will happily cancel your enrolment.