Need to know

General Rules for Baby/Toddler and Parent Swimming Lessons:
  • We advise you come early (15 minutes) before the lesson so you have enough time to change yourself and your baby without any pressure or rush.
  • All babies and toddlers have to wear a swim nappy if they are under 3 years of age or until they are fully toilet trained. Swim nappies are available in most supermarkets or bigger shops and include brands like Little Swimmers and Huggies, etc.
  • Babies and toddlers must wear a swim suit or swimming togs over their swim nappy.
  • For babies aged 4 months and under we recommend the wearing of a wetsuit or baby snug (“warm-in-one”) as babies of that young age can drop in body temperature very quickly and the extra heat makes them feel more comfortable in the water. You can order these from www.splashabout.com

www.splashabout.com/baby-swimwear/baby-wetsuits/warm-in-one/

Different colours and designs are available and from experience we recommend one size bigger.

  • One parent or guardian must participate in the group sessions with each baby or toddler. Due to current restrictons, only 1 parent + child are allowed to take part in the sessions. In private sessions, the parent or guardian may be asked to join their little one in the water to give extra confidence and support until they are familiar with new environment and instructor. After that, parent is not needed to accompany the child in the water and instructor will work the baby on a 1-1 basis. 
  • The parent or guardian does not need to be able to swim and just needs to support their baby or toddler during the lesson.
  • If there is any exercise you don’t feel confident with please let the instructor know and she/he will adjust the exercise for you.
  • Please inform your swimming instructor if a participant (either parent/guardian or baby/toddler) has any medical condition that may be relevant to the swimming lessons.
  • Please bring your own towel and all the toiletries you need for yourself and your baby/toddler.
  • Flip flops or pool shoes are highly recommended for parents/guardians as well as for toddlers who are walking comfortably.
  • We recommend that parents/guardians wear a t-shirt for their baby/toddler to hold onto during the swimming lessons.
  • As a guide we recommend trying to feed your baby 60 – 90 minutes prior to the lesson. Toddlers who are on solid food, can be fed 90 mins prior to the lesson. The exception is very tiny babies (under 5 months) who are feeding regularly, and they can be given some milk 30 minutes before starting their baby swimming lessons to ensure that they are settled and ready to go.
  • Babies and toddlers can get very hungry after swimming so be prepared to feed them or give them a snack after the lesson.
General Rules for Kids Swimming Lessons:
  • A minimum of one parent or guardian must remain poolside throughout the swimming lessons. (Note: Not 1 parent per child – but 1 parent for class)
  • You should inform your swimming instructor if your child has any medical condition that may be relevant to the swimming lessons.
  • Lessons start promptly so please ensure you arrive at the pool 10 minutes prior to your lesson’s start time. This will ensure you have enough time to get your child changed and on poolside for a hassle-free start.
  • Please note that children are not allowed in the water before swimming lessons begin (this includes the steps). Children may only enter the water when the swimming teacher gives them permission.
  • We encourage that each child experience their lessons without the use of goggles, however once the child gets comfortable without the use of them, we then introduce the goggles as this can enable them to make greater progress with their swimming.
  • Children must wear a Swim Max swim cap only. These are supplied free of charge for children using the facility for their first time. If you lose, damage, or forget Swim Cap, these are available to purchase on our online e-shop or at Swim Max reception. Silicone hats are €5, Cloth are €3. 
  • Please bring your own towel and all the toiletries you need for your child.
  • Flip flops or pool shoes are highly recommended.
  • Children may wear pool socks on the deck but we ask them to remove them during lessons as they tend to create drag and make it hard for children to kick in the water. Contrary to popular belief, pool socks do not protect against athlete’s foot in the pool.
  • Children should eat at least 90 – 120 minutes before swimming lessons.
  • We highly recommend that children bring a water bottle so they can have a drink during swimming lessons. Like other forms of exercise, swimming is dehydrating and encouraging children to remain hydrated is good practice for later life.
  • Children must be supervised by their parent or guardian at all times before, during and after swimming lessons.
  • Parents or guardians are entirely responsible for any children they bring who are not partaking in swimming lessons and must supervise them fully at all times.
  • After the swimming lesson, children must leave the pool immediately.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot allow any video or still photography poolside at any of our venues (unless organised by Swim Max).
  • Please do not leave valuables unattended as Swim Max will not be responsible if items are damaged, lost or stolen.
General Rules for Adult Swimming Lessons:
  • You should inform your swimming instructor if you have any medical condition that may be relevant to the swimming lessons.
  • Lessons start promptly so please ensure you arrive at the pool 10 minutes prior to your lesson’s start time. This will ensure you have enough time to get changed and on poolside for a hassle-free start.
  • We recommend a swimming cap and goggles in case we need to use them.
  • Please bring your own towel and all the toiletries you need for yourself.
  • Flip flops or pool shoes are highly recommended.
  • Pool socks may be worn on the deck but we ask you to remove them during lessons as they tend to create drag and make it hard to kick in the water. Contrary to popular belief, pool socks do not protect against athlete’s foot in the pool.
  • Eat at least 90 – 120min before swimming lessons.
  • We highly recommend that you bring a water bottle so you can drink during swimming lessons as swimming as an exercise is dehydrating.
  • You must vacate the pool immediately after the lesson.
  • Please do not leave valuables unattended as Swim Max will not be responsible for items that are damaged, lost or stolen.
General Rules for Aqua Natal Yoga:
  • You should inform your instructor if you have any medical condition that may be relevant to Aqua Natal Yoga Classes.
  • Classes start promptly so please ensure you arrive at the pool 10 minutes prior to your lesson’s start time. This will ensure you have enough time to get changed and on poolside for a hassle-free start.
  • You don’t have to wear goggles, but if that is your preference you are more than welcome to do so.
  • Please bring your own towel and all toiletries you need for yourself.
  • We would recommend to bring the towel on the pool side.
  • Flip flops or pool shoes are highly recommended.
  • Pool socks may be worn too. Contrary to popular belief, pool socks do not protect against athlete’s foot in the pool.
  • Eat at least 1 hour before your Aqua Natal Yoga Classes.
  • We highly recommend that you bring a water bottle so you can drink during Aqua Natal Yoga Classes as it’s an exercise it can be dehydrating.
  • You must vacate the pool immediately after the class.
  • Please do not leave valuables unattended as Swim Max will not be responsible for items that are damaged, lost or stolen.
General Rules for Swim Camps:
  • A minimum of one parent or guardian has to remain poolside throughout the swimming lessons. (Note: Not 1 parent per child – but 1 parent for class).
  • You should inform your swimming instructor if your child has any medical condition that may be relevant to the swimming lessons.
  • Lessons start promptly so please ensure you arrive at the pool venue 10 minutes prior to your lesson’s start time. This will ensure you have enough time to get your child changed and on poolside for a hassle-free start.
  • Please note that children are not allowed in the water before swimming lessons begin (this includes the steps). Children may only enter the water when the swimming teacher gives them permission.
  • We highly recommend that each child wears a swimming cap and goggles, as this may enable them to make greater progress with their swimming. The swimming cap keeps the child’s hair from going into their eyes and face and the goggles make it more interesting to explore under water as the child can see clearly.
  • Please bring your own towel and all the toiletries you need for your child.
  • Flip flops or pool shoes are highly recommended.
  • Children may wear pool socks on the deck but we ask them to remove them during lessons as they tend to create drag and make it hard for children to kick in the water. Contrary to popular belief, pool socks do not actually protect against athlete’s foot in the pool.
  • Children should eat at least 90 – 120mins before swimming lessons.
  • We highly recommend that children bring a water bottle so they can have a drink during swimming lessons. Like other forms of exercise, swimming is dehydrating and encouraging children to remain hydrated is good practice for later life.
  • Children must be supervised by their parent or guardian at all times before, during and after swimming lessons.
  • Parents or guardians are entirely responsible for any children they bring who are not partaking in swimming lessons and must supervise them fully at all times.
  • After the swimming lesson, children must leave the pool immediately.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot allow any video or still photography poolside at any of our venues (unless organised by Swim Max and we have agreement from all parents/guardians).
  • Please do not leave valuables unattended as Swim Max are not responsible if items are damaged, lost or stolen.