Mermaid Meet & Greets
We run super fun Mermaid events throughout the year at SwimMania! At these events you will get to meet real mermaids. These are ticketed events and are open to the public to book! To book call us 01268 415834 and you can pay the £16 fee for the 45min event over the phone or pop in to see us.
We also run Mermaid Birthday Pool Parties.
Our next mermaid dates are –
8th December 230-315pm
8th December 230-345pm
How do we group swimmers?
We group swimmers not just by ability but also by age at SwimMania. So you will never have a 4 month old beginner swimmer in with a 1 or 2 year old beginner swimmer. When you get a call to be booked in the reception team will ask you a little bit about your swim experience so we can put you into the right class. If you have had classes before elsewhere just let us know when booking in so we can group you correctly. Once booked in the teacher will assess you during your first class and if we feel you need to be moved up a class we will let you know and give you class options. All our levels have fun names which the kids love and as they grow they progress through the classes.
We provide all the equipment for all our classes the only thing you will need in the baby classes is a swim nappy and the appropriate swimwear. In the older childrens classes they just need their own swimwear and then they are ready to go. We also provide all buoyancy aids such as arm discs (arm bands) woggles, floats, toys and changing mats for the changing area. We use lots of sensory toys in our baby classes which the babies love and it really makes their swimming class very fun and exciting! You can always purchase your own arm discs, you can usually find these on Amazon if you want to bring them to class.
From the NSH - You can take your baby swimming at any age, both before and after they have been vaccinated. It doesn't matter if they haven't completed their course of vaccinations yet.
Sometimes babies experience side effects after a vaccination. These are generally quite mild and should not prevent you taking your baby swimming. However, babies who are feverish or irritable in the days or weeks after vaccination, may not feel up to swimming for a few days, so you may prefer to wait.
Baby Wraps keeps the babies warm in the water and prevents the shock factor of water to changing room chills. It gives solidity to the body making parents surer of their grip, protects barrier cream for those who require it and is a total sun block for when your on holiday. The unique design opens completely flat for ease of dressing and adjustment so that you can enjoy a no-fuss changing room experience. Made from 3 mm soft and supple neoprene (the material used for wetsuits) with a tough layer of nylon either side.
You can buy baby wraps from www.staswimshop.co.uk or www.splashabout.com
Baby Mason with his baby wrap at just 6 weeks old
When should my baby be introduced to the SwimMania lessons (Including Prem babies)
We feel that children should be introduced to the water as early as possible. There are many reasons for this here is some below.
• Swimming is a great bonding activity.
• With all the colourful and textured toys
we use in class, swimming really does help with all the babies senses.
• A baby who is used to being stationary can move about independently in the water they learn balance and coordination. The motion and sensation of the water gives an awareness of self that otherwise would not be gained.
• Swimming has been proven to strengthen the
heart and lungs and improve muscle development.
• Baby swimming is completely natural; having spent months surrounded by fluid in the womb, babies have a real affinity with water.
Above is baby William who was born premature and below is little Baby Max (3 weeks old) and Baby Mason (4 months old) ready to head to the pool!
Payment & ReBooking (new swimmers and current swimmers)
Cost Of Lessons
The Unit Laindon - £86
If you are a new swimmer you will need to pay your fees to save your swim space. If you are a current swimmer we rebook on week 8 of the swim term. To save your space you must pay on week 8 by cash, card or direct debit. When you need to ReBook just head to the reception desk and one of the girls will take your payment or give us a call to pay over the phone 01268 415834. You can sign up to direct debit and the payment will come out on week 8 of every swim term to keep your space secure. If you do not ReBook on the ReBooking dates your place will not be saved for the for the new term so please let us know if you cant make class on the ReBooking dates so we can sort out your payment before hand.
We do not currently offer a sibling discount.
Baby submersion info (We only Submerge babies when you are both ready)
How will my baby react?
In our experience a baby will react in 1 or more of the 4 ways
1) They will act as if nothing has happened! Somtimes we even get big smile!
2) They will jerk about (don't be alarmed in younger babies this is just a result of the amphibian reflex kicking in and will ease off as they get older)
3) They will cry, this could be for a number of reasons but often because they did not understand what was about to happen or they swallowed some water. But dont worry they will get there and we will give you lots of tips and advise to help your little one be comfortable under the water.
4) They will cough, due to swallowing water this should only last a few seconds try offering a toy to distract them and lots of praise. After each submersion always remember to give lots of positive encouragement and we always take things at a pace you and your little one feel comfortable with.
Baby Arianna swimming under the water in one of our photo shoots.
Reusable swim nappies are made from soft, stretchy bathing suit material, which allows water to escape, but will keep in solids.
Some reusable nappies have a concealed waterproof layer, like a pair of plastic pants within the nappy. Others have an inner mesh layer, which lets fluids through but retains solids.
Before you buy a swim nappy, check the size and weight fitting. Think about how easy it will be to put on and take off your baby, particularly when soiled. Nappies which can be unfastened or ripped right open can be easier to clean up than an up-and-down pant design (www.splashabout.com)
• Disposable swim nappies are like normal nappies. They come in packs and each one is thrown away after use. They still have an absorbent core but one that does not swell up in the water.
Before you buy a swim nappy, check the size and weight fitting. Think about how easy it will be to put on and take off your baby, particularly when soiled. Nappies which can be unfastened or ripped right open can be easier to clean up than an up-and-down pant design
Class sizes (ratios)
The Unit Laindon -
Babies max of 9
Big kids classes max of 7
We always have a receptionist at the pool who can help with any questions while the lessons are running. If there is more than 4 swimmers booked into the big kiddies classes there will also be an assistant in the class.
Can my child swim if they have Asthma or Eczema?
Asthma - Yes they can!! Swimming is one of the best excercises for asthma because it builds up the muscles you use for breathing. It also exposes your lungs to lots of warm, moist air, which is less likely to trigger asthma symptoms. If you start swimming with young babies it has also been proven to ward off future breathing comlaints such as asthma. If You do have asthma please remember to bring your pump to class and dont forget to let us know the swimmers has asthma.
Eczema - The best thing to do is use a good barrier cream such as Sudo cream or vaseline. Put this on before they get into the pool and this will help create a barrier which will protect the skin. You can also buy a wetsuit for babies and older children if they suffer with Eczema or dry skin this will really help protect the skin. If you would like to buy a wetsuit just type in on google Eczema Wetsuit and lots of sites will come up. (www.splashabout.com do great baby wetsuits)
Can you join the classes after the new swim term has started?
Yes you can join the term at any time as long as there is space in the class. We are very busy so please speak with one of the team to get your swimmer on the waiting list!
Do adults need to be able swim to join the adult and baby classes?
No, you don't need to be a confident swimmer to join the baby classes! We have many non swimming adults who bring their babies swimming and they all enjoy seeing their little ones so happy in the water! This really helps our adults gain water confidence knowing their little one is having so much fun in the pool!
We do not offer free trial lessons, you will still need to pay the class fee which will hold your swimming space. SwimMania is under no obligation to refund as it also states in your terms and conditions.
If you would like to take photos of your little one in the lesson PLEASE wait till play time where everyone will be spread out. Not everyone wants their photo taken during class so please respect other swimmers. No group photos unless you have permission from the whole group.
What happens if you miss a lesson (Holiday etc)?
Please note that we are under no obligation to refund your money or issue credits for classes in the event that you are unable to attend part or all of the course. Unfortunately, our costs remain the same, whether or not everyone is present.
Assisted Needs (Special needs and disabled swimmers)
We have many additional needs swimmers that have picked our swim school for their swimming journey! If the swimmers is over 4 years old and at full time school they will need to be assessed on their ability and then it would be decided if they need an adult in the water with them (other than the Swim Teacher). If the swimmer is under school age they will be in the adult and child groups. We group the classes in age and ability so we will always make sure you are in the best class! Please give us a call if you would like to have a chat about the classes we are always here to give you any advice. Call us if you would like any more info or just to have a chat about our additional needs classes. Phone - 01268 415834
Please do not bring your child swimming if they have any significant illness such as chicken pox, ear infection or a chest infection etc. In the case of a sickness bug or diarrhoea all symptoms must have cleared for at least 48 hours before bringing your little one to the pool. If you are ever unsure just give us a call and we can guide you on what is best to do 01268 415834
When it comes to any medical condition, we ask that you always check with your doctor or other health practitioner before attending lessons.
We have a nice shower area at the pool in the changing area.
Do classes run through school holidays?
We have a one week spring break, one week summer break and two weeks at christmas. We do not swim during bank holidays.
The Unit - Anglia House, Stannetts, Laindon North Trading Estate, Laindon Basildon, SS15 6DN