Water Babies, Ireland’s leading baby swim school, has announced it is bringing Water Babies classes to Westport and Ballina.
Water Babies classes will be run in Hotel Ballina, starting on February 24, and Hotel Westport, starting on February 26, with husband and wife team Lisa and Jamie Cobbe.
The couple have been teaching small babies and toddlers how to swim in Galway and Sligo for the past three years and currently teach 600 babies per week, with the number growing every term.
Water Babies offers fun, innovative, baby swimming classes, taught by world-class instructors such as Lisa and Jamie Cobbe and their team.
With a multi-award winning programme, which teaches vital water confidence and safety skills from birth, the overall aim of Water Babies is to teach parents to teach their baby how to swim.
“Jamie and I are really excited about bringing Water Babies classes to Westport and Ballina,” said Ms Cobbe.
“We have been teaching small babies and toddlers for almost three years now and find it so rewarding.
“Baby swimming is such a wonderful way to exercise, bond, and have fun with your baby while your child learns a valuable life-saving skill.”
The Water Babies programme, which is designed to make the most of babies’ natural affinity with water, teaches confidence and safety, using specialist techniques that see many swimming short distances from as young as 30 months.
“From a developmental point of view, the earlier babies start exercising, the better,” explained Mr Cobbe.
“The brain grows most rapidly during the first year of a baby’s life and regular exercise plays a vital role.
“When you consider that every movement they make has a direct impact on strengthening the brain for new learning, you can see how swimming, without the constraints of gravity, is so effective.
Because Water Babies only use warm water pools (30° or above ) babies can join classes from birth and immunisations are not required or necessary in order to start classes.
Overall, the aim is to provide an enjoyable and stimulating activity for both parent and child.