You are about to embark on an exciting journey!
Every baby has the potential to become a water baby. The sooner a child discovers the freedom of buoyancy and underwater swimming, the more relaxed and independent he or she will become. Swimming allows babies to exercise their muscles, which helps in development of their motor, coordination and balancing skills.
Research shows that early swimming also helps baby in building one’s sense of self-esteem, self-confidence and independence. It is also helpful in literacy and numeracy development of our brain. During the lessons, babies will learn how to enter water safely, hold their breath when they go underwater, turn and propel themselves to the side of the pool and finally climb out of the pool safely.
Wondering how this is done? Follow the steps below and we’ll see you soon at the pool!
1. You are advised to come about 15 minutes earlier and get changed. Students below 5 years old are required to wear Happy Fish's approved swim diaper - Iplay™ & Snuglyfit™.
2. For hygiene purposes, please shower before entering pool. You are advised to enter the pool and begin warm up activities about 5 mins before lessons. Remember, do not start too early, as babies have short attention span. We want to keep them attentive during the lesson.
3. Be patient, be positive and have lots of fun; your child will take the cues from you. Please note that the lessons may be photographed and videoed for review, training and sharing purposes. Always put on your best smile!
4. Do clean your baby after the swim with at least a quick shower, and dry their ears with a towel.
5. Give baby a drink after lessons. Babies often get hungry and tired after swimming, so they may eat and sleep more after the lessons.
Happy Fish adopts strict swim attire policy to ensure the safety and hygiene for everyone. Please take note of the following attire notice.
No Shorts or Home Tee
Home tee, shorts and underwear may hold detergents, germs and bacteria. Such materials transport airborne and water-borne contaminants into the pool. We cannot control what everyone wears below, so we have to enforce strict swim attire policy to keep our pool safe and hygiene.
(Baby & Toddler Class) Children below 5 years old are required to wear Happy Fish approved swim diaper
We've conducted swim diaper oatmeal tests on numerous swim diaper brands. The two brands that hold baby's discharge for the longest period are Iplay™ & Snuglyfit™, which lasted around 20-30 minutes. Poorly designed swim diapers failed to prevent leakage or seepage of diluted discharge which is generally difficult to notice. Please approach our crew on the first lesson to take measurements of the baby's waist and thighs to ensure a correct sized diaper.
What about toilet-trained children?
Children hold their breath underwater to swim. Some toilet-trained children are not able to control or communicate the need to visit the washroom in time. For the safety of all swimmers, we require all children below 5 years old to put on a snugly fitted swim diaper.
What happens when my baby cries during the lesson?
When your baby cries during lessons, please do not get out of the water, as we do not wish to associate crying with leaving the pool. There are many reasons for babies crying during the lessons. 4 main reasons for babies to cry are: hungry, cold, sleepy, adapting to the new environment. Identify the cause of distress and solve everything in the pool.
What should I bring?
1. Swim wear, swim diapers and baby's favourite waterproof toys (if any)
2. A clean set of clothing
3. Baby’s food and drinks
4. Toiletries and towels for non-HOME students.
When should I feed my child?
Ideally you should leave 30 minutes between milk feed and your child's swimming lessons for younger babies, and 1 hour for older babies on solid food. We understand that it is not always possible to plan when your child is going to feel hungry, so do not fret too much over this!
Must I be able to swim to take my baby for swimming?
It is not necessary for you to be able to swim, in order to take your baby for swimming. You just need to be comfortable standing in the shallow water. And do bring along your swim goggles, if you want to see your baby swimming underwater.