Updated baby swimming guidelines

With an estimated nearly half a million babies and toddlers taking part in swimming lessons in the UK every year, it’s crucial that everyone involved in the delivery of these lessons works to consistently high standards, so that children are safe to enjoy the water, while parents and carers have peace of mind that their little ones are receiving high quality lessons.

So following the launch in October 2015 of the first ever national guidelines for the safety of babies and toddlers during swimming lessons, the UK baby swimming industry has joined forces to review and update the recommendations, resulting in guidelines that have been agreed by all the major awarding bodies in the swimming industry.

Backed by Swim England, the Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA), the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS), the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit, Splash About, Swimming Nature, the British Society of Underwater Photographers and Water Babies, the revised policy recommendations represent input from the whole of the baby swimming sector and include revisions around class sizes & teaching ratios, as well as recommended teaching qualifications.

With an official title of “Safeguarding 0 to 4 year old children within the teaching of swimming, including any associated professional photography – Code of Practice”, the updated guidelines provide the definitive blueprint for everybody involved in baby swimming.