INFANT / TODDLER SWIM PROGRAM – 6-35 months (accompanied by parent in the pool)

Infants and Toddlers learn water safety and share fun memories with their parents using a gentle, non-traumatic approach through songs, games and lots of colorful toys.

Benefits of the Program

  • Water exploration boosts confidence, self-esteem and independence
  • Promotes Parent-Child bonding
  • Establish positive parenting methods that can be used outside the pool
  • Encourage social interaction and peer learning
  • Increase in strength, muscle tone, endurance and lung capacity
  • Improves coordination, motor development, and balance
  • Results in healthier naps after swim class
  • Acquire essential safety skills using a learning-thru-play format
  • Accelerates the child’s psychomotor, cognitive & affective development (physical, mental & emotional development)
  • Enhances tactile stimulation 

Skills Your Baby Will Learn

  • Safe entries and exits – safe attitudes and behaviors in and around the water
  • Self-exploration – opportunity to experiment different ways to move through the water
  • Breath control and submersion – learning to hold breath when submerged in the water
  • Discover Buoyancy – develop balance, stability, relaxation, and confidence through exciting games and activities
  • Specific water safety skills – potentially life-saving movements and maneuvers in the water

      Swim Goals

      LEVEL 1 (6-12 months old)

        • Assisted sitting pool entry
        • Participates in the lesson
        • Prepared for pouring water on head
        • Assisted back float – cheek-to-cheek
        • Assisted Monkey walk on wall
        • Ready for cheek roll – breath holding cue
        • Assisted sitting jump – eyes in
        • Assisted Run-run jump
        • Assisted underwater turn to parent
        • Ready for 3-5 second swim – eyes in
        • Intro safety exit
        • Sensory movements and developing eye hand coordination

      LEVEL 2 (13-24 months old)

        • Attempts bubbling
        • Attempts Kicking
        • Assisted back float – nape and forehead/ chin hold
        • Hold the wall independently for 10 counts
        • Ready for 3-5 second swim with assisted pop-up breath
        • Sitting jump independently – eyes in
        • Run – run jump independently
        • Assisted sitting jump and turn 180 degrees to wall
        • Horizontal balance in front float
        • Assisted safety exit
        • Attempts to turn underwater vertically
        • Introduction to roll- over from front to back float

      Level 3 (25-35 months old)

        • Bubbling on their own
        • Kicking on their own
        • Starfish float
        • Independent Monkey walk on wall`
        • Developing Rolling Skills
        • Standing jump and swim to parent / teacher
        • Standing jump – turn – and swim back to the wall
        • Assisted retrieval of toys underwater
        • Attempts pop-up breath independently
        • Climbs out independently
        • Turns underwater vertically to wall / parent
        • Swims 5-7 seconds with assisted roll-over

      Our Packages

      AquaBabes 1

      6-12 MONTHS – accompanied by parent/guardian in the pool

      • Begins to sit unsupported
      • Can crawl and pull self up
      • Masters rolling from back to front
      • Transfers objects from one hand to another
      • Pincer grasp develops and is completed by 12 months
      • Begins to stand alone
      • Begins to walk, supported
      • Teacher : Student Ratio: 1 : 6
      • Class Duration: 30 Minutes

      2x a week

      ₱8,790 / 8 Lessons

      Once a week

      ₱9,670 / 8 Lessons

      AquaBabes 2

      13-24 MONTHS – accompanied by parent/guardian in the pool

      • Begins to walk independently
      • Assumes standing position without help
      • Begins to navigate stairs with support
      • Begins running
      • Can pick up object without falling
      • Throws and retrieves objects
      • Teacher : Student Ratio: 1 : 6
      • Class Duration: 30 Minutes

      2x a week

      ₱8,790 / 8 Lessons

      Once a week

      ₱9,670 / 8 Lessons

      AquaBabes 3

      25-36 MONTHS – accompanied by parent/guardian in the pool

      • Refinement of locomotive skills (walking, running, climbing)
      • Balance continues to improve
      • Begin to jump with both feet, stand on one foot
      • Climbs stairs with alternate footing
      • Pick up and releases very small objects
      • Can throw objects without losing balance
      • Teacher : Student Ratio: 1 : 6
      • Class Duration: 30 Minutes

      2x a week

      ₱8,790 / 8 Lessons

      Once a week

      ₱9,670 / 8 Lessons


      Annual Registration Fee – ₱1,000 per student

      What is the best age to start?

      Researchers observed that the optimal age to start babies is between six months and 12 months old. At this stage the majority of infants are ripe in the water. They are comfortable, the water feels natural. These very young babies still seem to have a memory of the fluid environment in the womb.

      However, a window of opportunity for smooth learning still exits up to approximately 18 months old (especially for water adjustment and initial submersions). At approximately 19 months to 24 months toddlers can begin to enter the “challenging twos” phase. It is easier to teach water adjustment and breath control before this stage begins.

      However, it is never too late when utilizing a creative and interactive curriculum. The group class structure works miracles and motivates children to participate with their peers, at any age.

      My pediatrician says I should wait to start until my baby is 4 years old?

      For many years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stated that children are not developmentally ready to learn to swim until they are 4 years old. However, on May 24, 2010, AAP updated their guidelines on water safety and drowning prevention. In its updated policy, the AAP has revised its guideline on swimming lessons and also highlights new drowning risks.

      Jeffrey Weiss, lead author of the policy statement says, “To protect their children, parents need to think about layers of protection. Children need to learn to swim. Swimming lessons can be an important part of the overall protection, which should include pool barriers and constant, capable supervision.”

      The statement goes on to say that new evidence shows that children ages 1 to 4 may be less likely to drown if they have had formal swimming instruction. This new guideline is a monumental change that indicates that the AAP recognizes the evidence that U.S. Swim School Association member schools have been promoting for years: formal swim lessons are a vital part of the multilevel approach to drowning prevention and water safety.

      The AAP offers a specific 11 point advice list for parents that includes:

      1. Never leaving children without adult supervision around any type of water;
      2. Closely supervise children at all times;
      3. Inquiring about exposure to water when your children are not in your care;
      4. Installing appropriate fencing and gate systems around pools
      5. Providing swimming lessons to children;
      6. Learning CPR;
      7. Not using air-filled swimming aids
      8. Wearing life-jackets when children are in boats;
      9. Knowing water depth and underwater hazards before allowing children to jump in anybody of water;
      10. Swimming at lifeguard supervised open bodies of water; and
      11. Counseling teenagers on the increased risk of drowning when alcohol is involved.

      We would agree infants and toddlers are not capable of of learning the formal strokes: the freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke. However, experience in thousands of child-centered programs around the world, bares witness to the fact the infants and toddlers can “swim”.

      Some people, who are unaware, think that you must swim freestyle to be swimming. If you ask most experienced “baby friendly” swimming teachers, they will tell you that swimming is “harmonious movement through the water”.

      When will they really learn how to swim?

      In infant-toddler terms, swimming is the ability to move through the water, harmoniously on their accord; initially, for very short distances.

      In the younger stages, the primary mode of propulsion is kicking. Your child will eventually be able to jump in, turn around and swim back to the side of the pool. Some babies who started prior to their first birthday by the age of 25 months can swim comfortably holding their breath for 7-10 seconds covering long distances and eventually bobbing their head up or rolling over on their back to breath. They come out of the pool relaxed and calm.

      This will take some hours of practice and very gradual lengthening of the swims. Young children should finish each swim happy, not panting, and not taking in any water.

      Babies and toddlers do not have enough motor skill to master swim strokes and it will take some time for them to develop these before we move on to more complex movement in the water.

      Do all infants and toddlers love to swim?

      We recognize that babies are individuals and take this into account with our teaching methodology. We know that not all kids will instantly take to the water. What may work for your friend’s baby may not be as successful with yours. We adjust our style to your baby’s temperament and skill level.

      We advise parents to be present in AquaBabes classes so they can help the child relax by transferring calmness to their baby. Positive, proactive parenting, consistent practice and very gradual introduction to water on the face (above the surface) all combine for success.

      A frightened infant or toddler can be creatively redirected to comfort through playing games, singing songs and appealing to their vivid imagination. A positive group class situation greatly helps to ease the fears of most children. Focus on what your child can do and be patient.

      Eventually, through a trusting and secure learning environment, play and perseverance, a tolerance for water on the face will be developed. Do not submerge children until they are relaxed and adjusted to water poured on their face. This can take time, but it’s worth the effort.

      How long does it take a child to learn to swim and how often should my child take swim lessons?

      Just like in any acquired skill, swimming requires training and experience to do well. Learning the different swimming skills will depend on your child’s development and background.

      Just like going to school where you start from playschool to preschool, then to elementary, high school and all the way up to college, we also follow different levels in teaching swimming. It usually takes 8-24 lessons to master particular swim skills in any level.

      • AquaBabes (Infant/Toddler program) is like  playschool / AquaTots (3 years) – is like pre-school where children transition from inin the pool where young children is first introduced to water activity and eventually develop basic swim skills.
      • AquaKids (4-14 years) is like our elementary level where the children have acquired safety swim skills and are introduced to rudimentary strokes.
      • AquaTech (15 years and up) is like our highschool and college level where we fine tune the strokes for efficiency.

      Most swim lessons range from 30 – 60 minutes per lesson. Children progress faster with more practice. The problems that many students and parents face are availability, affordability and scheduling. Is there a program close by? Is there room in our every day family schedule? Can we afford all the lessons? Everyone’s situation is different, but a continuing regiment of lessons throughout the year is best. Whe ther it is once-a-week during the school year and every day in the summer, or twice-a-week year ‘round, the results will be good with that much exposure.

      Parents and students get frustrated when they are not as good at the beginning of “this summer” as they were at the end of “last summer”, yet they had no lessons or only a few exposures to swimming all during the school year.

      Swimming is a skill that takes practice. You don’t learn over-night and you can’t retain the skills year-to-year without practice. Think of taking piano lessons for 2 weeks this summer and then again until 2 weeks next summer. Did you improve your skills? Without practice during the year you are probably staring over. Swimming, unless practiced, will have the same results.

      We usually offer a minimum package of 8 lessons per enrollment, but most of our students renew month per month to further enhance their swim skills.

      What do you think about floatation devices?

      Being baby swimming advocates, we of course encourage our little ones to learn to swim primarily without floatation devices. Children must be aware that without floatation devices they have to know how to propel themselves safely through the water.

      Kids love floaties because they can jump in the pool from the side and pop back up to the surface and roam about the water on their “own.” Parents love floaties because they give children a little more independence in the water without parent or guardian always having to hold them.

      We know it’s difficult to have multiple children in and around the water, especially when there’s only one parent supervising multiple kids. Sometimes parents have kids use flotation devices to have a little more peace of mind.

      Flotation devices have their place and can be appropriate at times. But we also believe floaties can delay your child’s swim progress when used too frequently.

      Sometimes kids can get so comfortable wearing a flotation device that they use it as a crutch. When they come to swim lessons and don’t have a flotation device on, they have to re-learn how to be comfortable in the water all over again.

      Your child’s swim instructor spends a lot of time getting your child comfortable with the water and learning different skills. If your child goes home and practices what they’ve learned at lessons with their floaties on, they aren’t getting a chance to practice the skills they just learned.

       Floaties teach children to operate in a vertical position. Much of our time in swim lessons is focused on teaching swimmers how to be in a horizontal position. Flotation devices can also create a false sense of confidence in the water for both children and parents. Sometimes children are very comfortable in the water as long as they have their floaties on. They don’t truly know how to swim—they know how to stay vertical.

       Children should know what their true swimming ability is without a flotation device, so they are aware of their safety in and around water. A child with a false sense of security may try to slip through a floatie, or jump into the pool without it, thinking they can swim.

       If you have multiple children to supervise and they must use a flotation device, make sure to practice some time without a flotation device each time they are in the water. Keep them in swim lessons year round and they will pick up the skills they need in order to be independent in the water.

      Children can pick up basic swimming skills and floating  at a young age when practiced regularly. Don’t spend hundreds of dollars on swim lessons, only to put them in a floatie and undo all of the hard work at home.

       Flotation devices should never serve as a substitute for active supervision. All  children, regardless of their swimming ability should be actively supervised when they are in or around the water at all times.

      Reference :

      Will my child be drown-proofed after taking swim lessons?

      No one is ever drown-proof. Utmost caution must always be in effect in and around water.Adult supervision and barriers between your child and the pool are your best defense for reducing the risk against an aquatic accident.

      However, as your child reaches new levels in their swimming skills, they will eventually be able to perform maneuvers that can increase their chances of getting to safety if an unsupervised water entry were to occur.

      These achievements should never give parents or caregivers a false sense of security. We make it a priority to educate parents on all aspects of water safety. (i.e… supervision, barriers, pool safety fencing, and child-centered swimming lessons).

      What safety skills are we referring to?

      The following safety skills are all potentially life saving for an experienced student who is comfortable in the water and who has had adequate training. Infants and toddlers must be comfortable and ready.

      • Jump, Turn, and Grab – This is the most practical method of self rescue for infants and toddlers as the majority of accidents occur near the edge of pool or other bodies of water. Children need to be comfortable in the water and strong swimmers before this skill is introduced. Building a foundation is very important so children are not stressed in the learning process or panic during an accident.
      • Bobbing the Head – Recovering one’s head above the surface allows a toddler to take a bite of air. However teaching this skill to a child too soon creates a vertical body position, impeding progress through the water.
      • Rolling over to one’s back/ Backfloat – Allows the toddler to float on his back to breathe. However, we only teach this skill when the child is ready and can maintain effortless balance.
      What should I do if my child cries during his first swim lesson?

      Crying or resistance is not a prerequisite to learning how to swim. However, some children react negatively when introduced to a new environment. Parents should stay calm and encourage the child to participate even if he/she is crying. There may be cases when the instructor may need to set the child aside to address the child’s fear or issue.

      Parents should give the instructor an opportunity to bond with the child as they have been trained to handle different situations in the pool. It maybe heartbreaking for the parent to see their child cry when first introduced to the swim program, but with proper handling, positive reinforcement, and a regular routine, children learn to eventually love the water despite their initial reaction to their first swim lesson.

      It usually takes about 3-5 lessons to get a fearful or anxious child to warm up to the class. Many have found our method of teaching swimming very effective for children, especially those who are fearful or those who have had a traumatic experience in the water.

      We take the time to let children feel that the pool is a pleasant and safe place to be in. Children who have developed fear or a repulsive attitude towards the water will usually cry, but with the combination of structured play and discipline, they calm down and achieve comfort in the water.

      A few words on safety...

      A condition called hyponatremia or water intoxication is a concern to some doctors, as it can be a health risk. This is caused by swallowing excessive amounts of water. Such symptoms as disorientation and listlessness can occur, and even shock in extreme cases. This could occur if a young baby is pushed too hard, too soon and too long.

      Our gentle, child-paced program has your “whole child’s” interests at heart. In our program, your baby should swallow no water (or very, very little), because skills are gradually introduced when the child is ready, relaxed and happy. A few babies do like to drink the water. Parents need to remember when holding their child to keep the child’s mouth above the surface.

      If a child’s stomach does become distended with excess water you will want to stop the lesson for the day. When practicing at home remember not to over extend your baby by showing off for the neighbors or relatives, especially if your child is just beginning to achieve proper breath control.

      What do I need to bring to the AquaBabes - Infant/Toddler swimming lesson?
      • Swim Suit

      A snugly-fit bathing suit or swim trunks to ensure free movement and less drag for the little swimmer.

      • Rash Guards / Sun suits

      To reinforce sun protection, we encourage all our students to wear a rash guard or a sun suit over their bathing suit. These suits are usually made of spandex, lycra or polyester,and the material has an inherent SPF (Sun Protection Factor). If you or your child gets cold easily in the water, we recommend to wear a NEOPRENE wet suit over your swimsuit to keep warm during swimming lessons.

      We carry SPLASH ABOUT Warm-In One™️ Wetsuits – perfect for babies who feel the cold, the cosy fleece keeps them feeling snuggly, even when they are in the water. The long sleeves and legs provide full body coverage, which also helps to keep barrier creams in place. Please email or call 09178979678 to order. 

      • Swim Diapers

      Infants/toddlers are required to wear swim diapers to reduce the risk of deadly bacteria released in the water. We highly recommend the double nappy system. This means a swim nappy (disposable or reusable) must be worn with a neoprene nappy over the top.

      We carry SPLASH ABOUT HAPPY NAPPY DUO, the most advanced reusable swim nappy in the world. Please email or  09178979678 to order. 

      • Big Towel / Bath Robe

      You want to make sure that you dry off your child when you take them out of the pool and wrap your child with a towel or a robe to keep them warm after their swim lesson.

      • Waterproof Sunscreen 

      If you will be swimming in an outdoor pool, we have to protect our child from the harmful rays of the sun by using a sunscreen specifically formulated for babies/children. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before the swim lesson to let the skin absorb it, and to also avoid any excess lotion running down the child’s eyes. Trust us on the sunscreen!

      We carry  SUN BUM Sun Care Products, Water-Resistant, Hypoallergenic, Cruelty-free, and made without Parabens or Gluten. Please email or call 09178979678 to order. 

      • Non-Slip Slippers or Shoe

      We highly-recommend that the students and parents wear non-slip shoes or slippers around the pool deck to avoid any accidents since the area is always wet.