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HE AQUATICS: Babes, Pre-school and Children Swimming Classes (2 months - 16 years)

HE AQUATICS: Babes, Pre-school and Children Swimming Classes (2 months - 16 years) logo

SEA HORSES 0-6 months

The perfect introduction to the pool environment and swimming class. Slow down, ground your feet and observe your breath. Let little floater be rather than do. Enjoy skin-to-skin contact. Lay down the foundation for swimming and confidence. Be supported to build your confidence and safety in the water. Joyful playful time to sing and float all together on tummy and back, for example with flip-flop, open and close gate. Experience magical bonding with your baby, floating and splashing and creating lifelong memories.

DOLPHINS 6 months to 1.5 years

Your toddler will love dipping cheeks, blowing bubbles, pushing toys, scooping hands, kicking legs, holding on, turning, gliding and diving. Learn to guide your toddler gently and keep close contact with safety holds and positions in the water. Discover playful duets and group games using Aqua Sensory floating on a back under the rainbow or holding the mirror in their hands and miming – smiley face, laughing, blowing kisses. The class pace is child-led, flexible and sensitive to the needs of every child. Observe your child's progression into more dynamic holds and a figure of 8-floating technique.

OCTOPI 1.5 to 2.5 years

Be prepared to step back and let your toddler have great fun and swim more independently. We are introducing the use of floatation aids like backpacks and armband discs for independent swimming. Let your toddler dive into interactive games with floatation aids, vibrant toys, poolside and other children. We will use songs and repeated actions for embedding good swimming practices above and underwater.

WHALES 2.5 – 5 years and 4-8 years

Independent little swimmers enjoy more progressive swimming and water safety skills. Enjoy learning star, pencil and mushroom floating, jumps, treading water, rocket glides, sea horse races, and diving through tunnels to collect treasure. A playful swimming journey leads to front and back puddles, breaststroke, dolphin kick, jumping and diving.

GOLDFISHES 8-12 years

This programme is designed to be the next stage for swimmers who have progressed through either the Stanley First Steps Series or Octopus Series. The Goldfish series is an exciting series of 3 progressive awards expanding on skills in a fun, progressive, challenging and rewarding way. On completion of this series, swimmers will be able to swim 15 metres without any aid as well as perform basic floats.

ANGLEFISHES 10-16 years

On completion of the 3 progressive awards in this series, swimmers will be capable of swimming 25 metres without aid, performing butterfly strokes as well as mastering sculling techniques and entries to the water.

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Venue/Contact Details
Hotel Collingwood
11 Priory Road
West Cliff
Collingwood Hotel Bournemouth with public transportation. The following transport lines have routes that pass near Collingwood Hotel Bournemouth. Bus: 13 , 50 , CS , M1 , M2 , and X3. Train South Western Railway. For driving instructions follow this link
  • Accessible Toilet
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Car Parking
  • Disabled Car Parking
  • Drop off / Collection point
  • Lift
  • Outdoor Play Area / Garden
  • Pushchair and Pram Accessible
  • Quiet area
  • Refreshment / Snacks
  • Toilet Available
  • Wheelchair Accessible
Times and Costs
Opening times:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays time variable. For more details follow this link:
Further opening details:
  • Morning
  • Afternoon
  • Weekly
  • All Year Round
Costs Spring Term January-April 2023 £12 for a class £144 for 12 classes £37.50 for a private class Costs Summer Term April-July 2023 £14 for a class £168 for 12 classes Private Classes £25 for a private class in customer pool £62.50 for a private class in our hired pool
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
Booking Information:
  • Booking Essential
  • Website
  • Please use website booking link: