Bangkok Dolphins’ infant program aims to educate parents to ‘teach’ their children water confidence. We approach swimming lessons in a fun and baby friendly environment where both parents and children can relax and enjoy their time spent together.
Infant swimming is not about who can swim first - it is about moving at your child’s own pace and building confidence in the water.
Our teaching methods are all carefully designed so that each child acquires the relevant progressive skills to take them from basic water confidence to saving themselves. The program has been developed around being interactive, while splashing around and having fun.
Designed for children aged 3 months to 4 years old, through group lessons, children enjoy the social experience and learn from each other through playing structured games and laughing. Parents are encouraged to bring their sense of humour and plenty of patience to every class.
The Bangkok Dolphins Infant Swim Centre is a private facility that has been built specifically for infants to 3 years old.
It is an outdoor, heated, salt water pool covered by a 95% SPF filtered shade. The pool is surrounded by soft, non-slip surfaces and baby change tables are provided.
The pool has been built to Australian standards of hygiene and safety, with computerized chlorinators & PH controllers to protect your child's skin and eyes. There is no 'added' chlorine and no dangerous chemicals around the pool.
Certification and benefits
Independent research worldwide shows that taking your baby swimming has huge benefits to both you and your child:
We have developed a truly international certification system. Our certificates take the best of the Australian, UK and American certifications and combine them to create an original program that is relevant to the climate in Thailand.
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Our Program and Certification
We have developed a certification system that is truly international. Our certificates take the best of the Australian, UK and American certifications and combine them to create an original program that is relevant to the climate that we live in here in Thailand.
Within our infant program there are 6 awards:
CYGNET 1- Parent & Baby 3-6 months
CYGNET 2- Parent & Baby 6-12 months
CYGNET 3- Parent & Toddler 12 months up
LITTLE FISH- 12 months & over
TURTLE- 18 months & over
Cost & Application
Our programs are term based and classes are weekly. We require fees for the term in full before the first lesson.
There is a registration fee of 1,000 BHT per child or 1,500 BHT per family. This is a once only fee.
2017 / 2018 costs
Term 1 : 14 Aug – 17 Dec 2017 (17 weeks)
Fees are 10,200 BHT
Term 2 : 8 Jan – 12 Apr 2018 (13 weeks)
Fees are 8,450 BHT
Term 3 : 21 Apr – 01 Jul 2018 (10 weeks)
Fees are 6,500 BHT
Enrolment Form - online
Re-enrolment Form - online
Calendar & Map
Infant swimming lessons are held in two locations. Sukhumvit Soi 39 and Soi Yenakart from Monday to Saturday.
Please contact the office for a full timetable or other location times for your child's age group.
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Sukhumvit 39 Infant Centre map EN | TH
Yenakart Swim Centre map EN | TH
Udomsuk Swim Centre map EN | TH
'Why should babies learn to swim?' download PDF
When should I start?
Baby swimming starts at home in the bathtub. This can start as soon you are at home. Gently get into the bathtub with your child and float your baby in the warm water. Young babies have memory of the fluid environment in the womb and the water feels natural. From 6 - 12 months, gentle submersions are much easier and breath control can be taught relatively easily. Once a child is 18 months and is asserting his/her independence, it is more of a challenge to teach mini-torpedoes underwater, let alone starting with water on the face. It is highly recommended that the earlier you start the easier it is... try to stick at it.
When will my child learn to swim?
Each of our programs is designed to teach children swimming at different stages of their mental and physical development.
Initially a child (under 1 year old) may be able to move through the water at a short distance or for up to about 2 seconds. As the child gets older and stronger the distance may be increased, as the kick gets stronger. By 2 years old the child may be able to jump in, swim 5 metres or jump in and turn around to the side unaided. By the time a child is 3 years old, they may be doing "big arms" and can swim 20 metres with several breaths. The important point is to take it step-by-step, realizing that there is always tomorrow and that it is not a race.
What about private classes?
Bangkok Dolphins encourage group lessons, purely because it is not only a swim lesson but also a time to socialize and learn from others. Swim class is about fun, laughter and massive portions of praise. All of this works better in a class format.
How often should I come to lessons?
Swimming progress is clearly linked to the amount you practice. We recommend that if you can make 2 lessons a week, especially if your child is a little more cautious or fearful, it pays off. Over and above lessons we recommend that you go swimming a further 2 times per week. This helps the child practice what he/she has learnt at lessons.
If a child is extremely reluctant to even have water poured on the face, we would recommend that each bath time, is a mini swim lesson. Start by gently pouring water over the back of the head, then moving slowly to water pouring over the face through a special watering can or sponge. You can take teddy or doll in the bath too and use it as an example. Slowly but surely increase the amount of water on the face, however don't wipe off the water - let it drain off naturally.
Once a child is 2 years plus and can swim 5 metres, then you can cut down to once a week, but still go swimming at home as it's probably the best form of exercise in Bangkok's heat!
Do you encourage floatation aids?
No! Bangkok Dolphins' progressive teaching method encourages babies/toddlers to swim naturally without the help of aids or "floaties". From the initial stages, if a child is taught the correct body position, then aids are not needed. In fact "floaties" encourage a more vertical position in the water instead of horizontal. In many cases children have come to classes in "floaties" and realize that no one else has them! By the end of the first or second lesson they are off and never to be seen again. However, if a parent has 2 or 3 children, all non-swimmers, then "floaties" might be the answer to all of them getting a swim if they are at home.
When will my child be drown proof?
Never! You must always watch your child in and around the water. Between the age of 2 and 3 years old, children become very confident and many think they can swim. Bangkok Dolphins teach water safety as a top priority and the programs reinforce this as Bangkok many pools are without barriers or fences.
What can I do before coming to swimming lessons?
At home you can encourage "getting ready" for swimming lessons from birth. Don't be scared to pour a little sprinkle of water onto your baby's head and let it roll down their face - they won't like it at first. There is no need to wipe splashes off your baby's face as it gets them used to the feeling.
Do long breaks affect swimming?
Long breaks from swimming either through vacation or illness, do affect your infants development. However, they soon get rid of the "cob webs" and within a few lessons they are back to their confident selves. Remember that it's not a race and that patience is key and several small steps will be more effective than a couple of big steps. Remember to encourage, praise and take it at the child's pace to get the best results.
What should my baby wear?
A swim diaper. Huggies little swimmers diaper is the only brand that Bangkok Dolphins recommend and we insist that any child who is not toilet trained wears one. A swimsuit of your choice is also advised.
What should I take?
You will need a towel, for both yourself and your baby to dry off with, and a swimsuit for yourself while you're in the water with your child. Babies get hungry after a session in the water so make sure you have milk to offer afterwards, if you are bottle feeding, as well as some snacks if your child is eating solids.
Where should my baby learn to swim?
When organizing lessons for your baby, look for a qualified, reputable swim school. Ask about qualifications of the school's staff. Take a look at the cleanliness & safety of where the swim lessons are being held. The most beneficial environment to learn swimming in is a heated, salt water pool. Babies cannot regulate their own body temperature so a heated environment is a happy one.