Water babies at Shirley Pool
Baby Swimming Boom at Shirley Swimming Pool – First printed in the Daily Echo
It is the moment every mothers heart misses a beat. The baby goes under the water for the first time – and comes up smiling!
In the hands of a professional teacher introducing a baby to water during a lesson is a momentous time for parents and now a pool in Southampton has been recognized as a leader in field of baby Tuition.
Tucked away in Shirley, the Kentish Road Pool has been introducing babies and toddlers to water for over thirty years and has introduced a scheme to help young parents over come their fear of water.
Huggies Baby Friendly Pools has given their stamp of approval to the pool for its extensive teaching programme and conscientious approach to health and safety.
“ It is crucial that children start as young as possible in an environment that is warm and safe”, says Shirley Pool’s head baby teacher, “ Everyday you hear of toddlers falling into ponds or streams and drownings are so avoidable if children start young. It is all too easy to pass on your own fear of water”
The thirty minute lessons aim to teach the parents how to handle babies and introduce them to the pleasures of the water. Through nursery rhyme and play confidence is built until toddlers are able to attend lessons without a parent at two and a half years.
Shirley Pool offers parents & baby a free trial lesson, giving the opportunity to test the logistics of travelling to the pool, changing, getting into the pool and making sure baby enjoys the lesson.
Classes take place every morning during the week all year round. Pool manager Luke Perry ” The time of year that you start does not really matter – it is always hot in our baby pool even at Christmas ! It is 33 degrees all year ”
All first timers are offered a lesson without charge to make sure that everyone is happy.
A detailed list of available times is displayed on the right as a download. Find a slot that fits then call the pool to reserve a place. Complete the direct debit form, also listed on the right, in full and bring it with you. Depending on timing, you would normally need to pay for the first few weeks by card or cash before the direct debit starts.
Parent and Baby Gallery
Duration: 30 mins
Price: £39.61 per month (paid by direct debit)