SwimHappy is a fun and engaging swim school; it is a safe place for you and your baby to explore the world of water! We believe there is no better place than being in the water!
For babies, our swimming lessons will help to develop their head and neck muscles which is vital to assist in meeting developmental stages such as rolling, sitting, crawling and walking. Not only that, but our lessons are a constant discovery for little ones, such as splashing their hands, feeling the water between their fingers, kicking their little feet and blowing bubbles. These are all ways that help with their hand and eye co-ordination, and speech and language.
Once your child is 4 or above, we welcome them into our 'Wandle of Penguins' where we build on the water confidence and swimming skills we have learnt in the earlier stages.
We pay close attention to each child's aspirations and believe that every child learns and develops at a different pace. We don't have official assessment days at the end of the term. We award them their achievements as and when they reach them! It might be fast or a slower progress and that is fine! We are all different and we should celebrate that.
Alice Humphrey - Swimming teacher
I have always had a true affinity with swimming. I lived abroad for the first early years of my life and whenever possible I was swimming, playing little mermaid, diving down for sinkers or jumping in! If it involved water, I was there!! When I came back home to England, I regularly attended swimming classes and also started training.
I started baby swimming classes with my eldest son 4 years ago when he was only 3 months old. It was such a fantastic experience for both of us. I was hooked and wanted more, so I approached a well-known swim school and was lucky enough that they were looking for a teacher. They sent me on the Baby and Pre-School Swimming Teacher course with the STA (Swimming Teacher's Association). I have never looked back and loved every minute of my career since.
My love for teaching swimming has grown into a real passion. I believe that classes should be dynamic. We cover a base of all water skills utilising different swimming principles throughout the lessons. We have fun filled weeks using themes such as space, water safety, animal themed and pirates: the list is endless! I have found this keeps children engaged, excited to come back and find out what is in store for them next week!
I regularly attend training to keep up to date with the latest research and inspiration to make sure I can be the best teacher for your children. I maintain the swimming teacher's lifesaving certificate every 2 years and attend core professional development days and courses, to ensure I am teaching at the highest level for my swimmers. There is always something new to learn no matter what your age!