Code of Practice

We're committed to the Baby and Toddler Swimming Teaching Safety Guidelines

Water Babies is a committed supporter of the Baby and Toddler Swimming Teaching Safety Guidelines - the first ever national guidelines for the safety of babies and toddlers during swimming lessons. 

Published by The British Standards Institute (BSI) and launched in Parliament in October 2015, this Code of Practice (officially titled 'Safeguarding 0 to 4 year old children within the teaching of swimming, including any associated professional photography – Code of Practice') provides parents, carers and guardians with the reassurance that the comfort and safety of babies and toddlers taking part in swimming lessons has been carefully considered.

 The Baby and Toddler Swimming Teaching Safety Guidelines

These guidelines have been developed in collaboration with the BSI by key industry players Water Babies, Splash About and England's national governing body for swimming, the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), and are designed to help keep children safe in swimming pools. They provide a standard for all British baby swim schools to adhere to, and for parents and carers to rely on, covering important quality aspects involved in the operation of baby and toddler swimming lessons, such as:

  • Safeguarding policy and procedures for ensuring child safety

  • Cleanliness, health and hygiene including water quality and recommended temperatures

  • Pool safety operating procedures and emergency action planning

  • Appropriate infant swimwear including recommendations on using leak-proof neoprene nappy covers

  • Underwater photography practices, including accredited qualifications for photographers and the use of portable equipment in and around the poolside

  • Appropriately qualified specialist baby and toddler swimming teachers

One of our lovely Water Babies teachers taking a little one for a swim!