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Do babies need their immunisations before swimming?

We are happy to accept babies into classes before they are immunised, but we insist that this is your decision. Any concerns should be discussed with your GP or health visitor. The following is an excerpt from the NHS website:
“The advice to wait until the baby has had some or all of their immunisations goes back to the days when polio was much more common and people were worried about its spread in swimming pools. This is no longer a concern. The vaccines given to young babies protect against: Diphtheria, Pertussis, Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) and Men C (Meningococcal group C). These organisms are in the air. Swimming pools do not carry a greater risk of infection. The above infections are not contracted in the chlorinated water environment of a well-run swimming pool.”

What about feeding?

Babies should wait one hour after a feed before swimming.

What about illness?

If your baby has suffered from a tummy bug, it is important to wait two days after the first solid movement before going swimming. Babies with ear infections should not swim. Don’t go swimming with your baby if they have an infectious disease. This includes diarrhoea, a heavy cold and conjunctivitis.

What do children wear in the pool?

We insist on a double nappy system until your child is fully potty trained, consisting of a disposable swim nappy with a Splashabout Happy Nappy on top. These can be purchased from Mini Swimmers for £10 and come in a range of colours.

How much do the classes cost?

Lessons cost £12.00, payable in advance for a term. Each term lasts between 9 and 11 weeks. If you join part way through a term, then you just pay for the remaining number of classes.
We also offer a 10% discount if you have 2 or more children swimming with us.

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

We will refund the cost of the course if you cancel at any point up to the day before the course begins. Except in exceptional circumstances, we cannot issue refunds or credits once the course has started.
Please see our Terms & Conditions for further details.

What qualifications and insurance do you have?

Elaine is qualified to teach all age groups, holding the STA Award in Swimming Teaching, as well as the STA Baby & Pre-School qualification and the STA Safety Award for Teachers. This enables Elaine to really work on stroke development with the older children in preparation for lessons at school. All our teachers hold the STA Baby & Pre-School qualification and the STA Safety Award for Teachers.
Each teacher is a member of the Swimming Teachers’ Association and is covered by the STA’s public liability insurance, as well as Mini Swimmers holding comprehensive swim school insurance.

How many parents can attend?

In general, due to size of the pool, we ask that one parent or carer is in the pool with the baby. Please ask if both parents would like to be in the water as there are some classes where this is possible.
If not, the other parent can watch from the side.

How warm is the pool?

The minimum recommended temperature for babies and toddlers over 12 weeks (or 12lbs) is 30 degrees. Lister House in Ripon is maintained at 34 degrees, Ripon Grammar School at 30 degrees, Emperors at 31-32 degrees and The Crown Hotel at 30 degrees. Some little ones feel cold and so we also provide neoprene baby wraps for your use during the lesson at your discretion.

I can’t swim!

No problem – you will not go out of your depth and the teacher will adapt certain elements of the programme to ensure that you are comfortable and happy at all times. You will never be pressured to do anything you do not want to do.