Get Water Confident with Swimming Nature

Get Water Confident with Swimming Nature

If you or your child wants to learn to swim, improve on skills or simply become more water-confident, you’re in luck! Swimming Nature, the UK’s market leader in delivering premium and bespoke swimming tuition, is now available across the Hampshire area. We will be offering sessions at the Hampshire Lakes retirement village in Yately and the Hampshire Court Hotel in Basingstoke.

With over 20 years of experience in teaching babies, children and adults to swim, our experience is just like a Personal Trainer in the water, as we only teach on a one-to-one or one-to-two basis.

Our instructors are world-class. We work with all-ages of students and provide an experience unlike any other type of swimming programme. Our dedicated sessions ensure you will learn quickly with instructors focused exclusively on you or your child. We don’t just coach you to swim – we coach you to swim beautifully!

For children, we offer a unique training method with seven stages. Each swimming stage is represented by one of our colourful animal characters from crabs to crocodiles.  Each character has been designed to capture the student’s imagination and encourage development of special skills, from jumping in at frog level to racing dives when you progress to the penguin group.

We also use the latest technology to track the progress of all students, both children and adults. Our instructors measure improvement and record achievements, so that as a parent you can easily track your child’s progress from home.

Prices for children’s start from just £20, whilst our adult program starts at £40.

At Hampshire Court, we will be offering sessions on the following days and times each week:

  • Sunday: 9:00 – 12:00
  • Monday: 15:00 – 18:00
  • Wednesday: 15:00 – 18:00
  • Friday: 15:00 – 18:00

At Hampshire Lakes, we will be offering sessions on the following days and times each week:

  • Sunday: 13:00 – 19:00
  • Monday: 13:00 – 19:00
  • Tuesday: 13:00 – 19:00
  • Wednesday: 13:00 – 19:00
  • Thursday: 13:00 – 19:00
  • Friday: 13:00 – 19:00
  • Saturday: 13:00 – 19:00

If you want the best for you and your child, there is no better choice on the market than Swimming Nature. Book your free, no-strings trial session for yourself and/or your children to judge our experience for yourself. From there, you’ll be able to enjoy 20% off your first term if you decide to join us!

To find out more, or to book your free trial, message Philip on 07483 125 868 or email philip.wheeler@swimmingnature.com

Visit us at www.swimmingnature.com

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Antenatal Swimming Classes

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Running every Tuesday morning at the Andover Leisure Centre there are antenatal exercises to music in the swimming pool. You can attend any time after 14 weeks pregnant and can even rejoin 6 weeks after baby arrives. Runs from 11.15am to 12.15pm.

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Aquanatal

Aquanatal is run from Arena Leisure Centre in Camberley and provides all round fitness for pre and post natal women.

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Did you attend an antenatal swimming class that isn’t listed on here? Do you have one you would recommend? Please email NorthHantsMum and let me know.

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Swimming lessons for babies in North Hampshire

Thank you very much to Shona for putting this post together!

Swimming lessons for babies in North Hampshire

Water Babies

Swimming lessons with Water Babies teaches vital life skills as well as enhancing how babies and toddlers learn other things. You can take your baby from birth too.
Swimming lessons take place locally at:

  • Spindles in Hook
  • Hampshire Court in Basingstoke
  • The Village in Farnborough
  • Heather House in Tadley
  • Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital
  • Henry Tyndale School in Farnborough

Water Babies

Tadley Pool

The swimming pool in Tadley starts with Ducklings which is the baby and preschool sessions for developing confidence in the water during the early years. Children can then move onto the next stages. Ducklings starts from 6 months to 18 months.  

Tadley Pool – Ducklings

Basingstoke Aquadrome

The swimming pool in Basingstoke Leisure Park starts with Ducklings which is the baby and preschool sessions for developing confidence in the water during the early years. Children can then move onto the next stages. Ducklings starts from 6 months to 18 months.  

Basingstoke Aquadrome – Ducklings

Puddleducks

There are swimming lessons with Puddleducks from 0-4 years and 4-10years. Swimming offers a unique sensory experience and develops confidence in water that lasts a lifetime. The baby/pre-school sessions include rhyme, music and movement. Sessions are offered locally in Ewshot, Yateley and Bagshot.

Puddleducks

Basingstoke Sports Centre

The perfect way to introduce your little one to the water and to build up their confidence. They are 20 minute sessions that run 39 weeks of the year.

Parent and Baby at Basingstoke Sports Centre

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Review 2016: Chineham Splash Park

Thank you very much to one of the NHM Writers, Karen, for this fab review!

Thank you also to Michelle for the pictures!

About

Chineham Splash Park is a new, free water activity open between 10:00 and 19:00 until september. It is situated in Chineham park and also boasts a large field with a half pipe and outdoor trail gym.

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When we attended we arrived before 10:00 and the park was already filling up with excited children and parents with picnic blankets.

Once 10:00 finally came around someone pressed the activation button and it was only moments before all the shrieking children were soaking wet and running around in the water jets.

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Facilities and Food

There has also been a portacabin toilet that was added to the splash park in the past week. However, the park unfortunately lacks any other facilities but the Popley Spotlight centre are happy for people to pop in and use the toilets and they also sell refreshments.  Bare in mind that is a 5 minute walk away so if there’s only one adult in your group you’ll probably end up packing away your things.

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You might want flipflops or sandals for wet children to wear as well as extra towels or clothes to put on over wet swimming costumes for the trips to the toilets. Don’t forget your swimming costumes, towels and swim nappies as well as sun protection.

The area has several picnic benches but they are unshaded in the morning so bring a picnic rug or blanket and head under the trees.

Parking

There are around 20 parking spaces at the park and others in residential streets a bit further away

Tips

Our top tips are to consider bringing the buggy (or a shopping trolley) to load everything in for trips to the toilet, don’t forget your own potty to avoid a few and arrive early before it fills up.

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Older excited children might be a bit daunting for the little ones so bring a towel for yourself so you can encourage them in (and cool off) and a carrier if you have a baby.

If the water isn’t working, don’t leave, the council advise that if its been on constantly for a long time sometimes the reservoir will need 30 minutes to refill.

Rating

We enjoyed the splash park so it scores a 5/5 from the Johnson family.

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Warm Swimming pools suitable for babies and young children in North Hampshire

I recently asked the Friends of  my “Louise nhm Smith” profile on Facebook if anyone could recommend any good and warm swimming pools for a 3 month old and a 5 year old.

Thank you very much to everyone who responded and thank you to Shona for putting this post together! 

These were the responses I received. They are in no particular order. 

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NHM Readers Recommend Swimming Pools

Alton Leisure Centre

Jason said: Alton Leisure Centre  

Alton Leisure Centre

Tadley Pool

Wendy said: Tadley is the warmest local pool but not sure they do a baby’s session on a Friday. The Sport Centre has a shallow pool which would make it easier.

Heather said: I’d go to Tadley, it’s warm and there’s no chlorine.

Caroline said: Tadley pool is nice and quiet. They have great sessions for very little ones where they raise the floor too.

Peta recommended Tadley Pool.

Karen said: You are better off in water that’d be chest height if you just going with baby as you can walk with them at a comfortable height without bending over. The raised floor is good for older children. I would recommend Tadley Pool for that reason.

Tadley Pool

Sports Centre

Lisa said: Sports Centre in Town

Kelly said: I have a 5 month old and a 5 year old. I found the Sport Centre in Town was great for my first attempt. Very warm, not too deep and small enough to focus on both kiddies. Left my pushchair in the changing rooms although they do have buggy lockers and took carseat onto poolside.

Caroline said: Town is nice and warm. 

Ellie said: Good and small pool would be great with a 5 year old as well.

Sports Centre

Farnham Leisure Centre

Natasha said: Farnham Leisure Centre from 11am in the teaching pool on a Friday

Farnham Leisure Centre

Coral Reef – Bracknell

Peta recommended Coral Reef.

Karen recommended Coral Reef.

Coral Reef

Coral Reef is now closed for refurbishment until 2017

Aquadrome

Karen recommended the Aquadrome.

Aquadrome

You can read my review on the Aquadrome on NorthHantsMum.

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Swimming Pools in North Hampshire suitable for Babies and young Children

Water Babies

Review 2015: Frensham Common

Paddling Pools/Splash Pools in North Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey

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NHM Readers Favourite Beaches

I recently asked the Friends of  my “Louise nhm Smith” profile on Facebook what their recommendations for beaches within an hours drive of North Hampshire were and why they would recommend them. (Thank you very much to everyone who responded!)

This is what they came back with, in no particular order!

NHM Readers Favourite Beaches

1. West Wittering

Liane said:  West Wittering! Super flat with fab sand dunes

Louise: West Wittering. My kids have loved this beach from such a young age. Does not cost a fortune as you don’t have all the funfairs and shops there. Beautiful day out that encourages children to use there imagination

West Wittering

2. Lepe Country Park

Wendy:  Votes for both Lepe (ideal for all year round, we go every Christmas and Easter) and Southbourne.

Kate:  Lepe near Hythe this side of the New Forest. Country Park area above it, cafe and sand! You do pay to park.

Lepe Country Park 

3. Alum Chine, Bournemouth

Kelly:  Alum Chine paddling pool, park, toilets, cafe and landtrain into Bournemouth

Louise @ NHM: Alum Chine is one of our favourite beaches.

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4. Mudeford

Alison:  Mudeford. Playground, Sandy beach and grass area , can also take a little boat over the water to a lovely sheltered beach perfect for little ones to paddle

Gloria:  Mudeford near so less time in the car more time on the nice quiet sandy beach

Mudeford

5. Frensham Pond

Su:  Frensham Pond, sandy lakeside beach, shallow perfect for paddling, no waves, cafe, toilets and parking and closer than the coast

Review: Frensham Common

6. Cotswold Water Park beach

Claire: Cotswold water park beach.

Cotswold Water Park beach

7. Royal Victoria Country Park

Claire: The Royal Victoria Country Park at Netley, no sandy beach as such – play area, small train and nice for little ones! Place to eat or picnic.
Wendy: Also Victoria royal country park has a little bit of beach for kids who think they want the beach but would actually prefer the park or a train.

8. Southbourne nr Bournemouth

Carley:  Southbourne nr Bournemouth…fab sand, looks, a few ice cream shops and cable car for the journey back up the cliff… Love it there!

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9. Sandbanks in Poole

Jason: Sandbanks; all good, but all a little more than an hour

Emma;  Sandbanks in Poole although a bit more than an hour. Lovely long sandy beach, play area, cafe, clean toilets and also up one end for families with dogs – dogs allowed all year round

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10. Weymouth

Danielle:  Weymouth beach is great for kids bit more than a hours drive though.

Jason:  Weymouth, Swanage (added benefit of being able to ‘Park and Ride’ on a Steam Train) but all a little more than an hour

Weymouth Beach

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Paddling Pools/Splash Pools in Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey

It’s tooooo hot today, so if you are looking for somewhere to take the children and cool off, this post might help.

Don’t forget to keep covered, even when you are in the water in the sun!

If you are looking for local Lido’s in Hampshire, check out my post from a few years ago which has a list of local Lido’s and their details.

Hampshire

Eastrop Park

Eastrop Park has a paddling pool that is VERY popular in the warmer weather.

There are two car parks and the first one always gets very busy, very quickly.

If you walk into town, there is also a splash area on the way, although I’m always a bit dubious about the quality of the water here.

Gosport Splash Park

Gosport Splash Park was refurbished a few years ago and it looks brilliant!

It’s open from 10am till 7pm from March to October.

Berkshire

Wellington Country Park, Berkshire

A new splash Zone opened at Wellington Country Park in May 2016.

It’s suitable for all ages up to 8 years old.

California Country Park, Finchampstead

California Country Park, Berkshire, has a fenced off paddling pool.

A NHM Secret Reviewer did a Review of California Country Park in 2014 so if you need more details about the Country Park, check out this post.

Beale Park, Berkshire

Beale Park has a paddling pool which is open from Easter Weekend.

There is an entry fee to pay to get into Beale Park.

Surrey

Frensham Ponds

Frensham Pond is a natural area which has a proper beach.

A NHM Secret Reviewer very recently reviewed Frensham Common which provides details about the area.

Water Babies

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Hi, I’m Kate and I work for Water Babies Berkshire. We cover both Berkshire and North Hampshire and currently swimming in 23 venues with a few new ones looking good for next term!

I’m passionate about Water Babies and first heard about it when my Mum bought my little boy, then only 10 months, a term of swimming for his birthday. We started swimming and loved it so much that we asked for vouchers for Christmas presents so we continued onto our second term. My little boy is now three and a half and is still enjoying swimming with Water Babies. The added bonus is that through his swimming I heard about a job opening, applied and now I’ve been here six months!

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Water Babies has given us both great water confidence, they actually teach you as the parent to teach your baby to swim. We are a family value-based company and embrace every child that swims with us. We understand that children learn at different speeds and our lessons are taught in stages over a ten week period to encourage all children to move along at the same level.

Rebooking for your next term is so easy, if you wish to continue in your class for the following term you don’t even need to remember to rebook since we automatically do this for you!

Water Babies has given me a wonderful bond with my son; he loves messing around with Daddy in the pool but Mummy is for lessons and “proper swimming”! I can actually say, that out of all the baby clubs and courses you do as a parent (and I was lucky enough to stay at home with my son from birth to three) Water Babies was THE best thing that I did with him.

Not only did I get lots of cuddles with him in the pool and afterwards to for our “ahem” afternoon nap, but it’s given him a vital life-saving skill. He knows what to do if he falls into water and he is able to swim to the surface, turn himself around, get to the side and hold on! This to me is one of the best gifts he has been given. I wish I had done the same with my twin daughters when they were little.

Water Babies sets your child on a journey which takes them right up until they start school. After that we are lucky enough to be able to refer our little swimmers onto another swim school. Our terms run over 10 weeks during term time only, meaning that swimming does not interfere with your family holidays.

At the end of each term we hold an underwater photo shoot, which gives you as a parent the amazing opportunity not only to have an eleventh lesson but to get a forever keepsake of your time at Water Babies. Your little one will never be that small again and seeing them underwater is an amazing experience.

We set up a full underwater studio, including a backdrop and lighting and use some great professional photographers that are amongst the best in their field. We always aim to get you at least one fantastic shot however most parents get at least 12 amazing pictures to choose from.

We offer a beginners package, consisting of your first ten weeks of swimming and an automatic place on one of our shoots. All our swimmers are required to wear a neoprene nappy in the pool which we call Happy Nappys. These help to keep the pool safe from any little accidents that might happen during your lesson.

These can be bought directly from us at Water Babies when you book on or online from our website www.waterbabies.co.uk. Babies can start with us at any age.

We offer hydro pools for those under 12 pounds or 12 weeks old and all of our other pools are heated to at least 30 degrees making them lovely to swim in. Having tried a few out now myself, I can actually say that.

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The best bit now! We are taking bookings for beginners on Tuesday 13th January for our February term which starts w/c Monday 9th February.

All you have to do is call us on 01256 844926 on the 13th and we can find you and your little one the most suitable class for you and get you booked on our next course.

Please feel free to follow us on Twitter and Facebook you can find us at:

https://twitter.com/WBBerkshire

https://www.facebook.com/WaterBabiesBerkshire

Top Tip 3: Swimming Bags

Today’s “Hot Tip” (which I’m seriously considering renaming to “Top Tips” given the stick some of my Mummy friends have given me over this! lol) is from the lovely Kate, who sent me an email with today’s suggestion.

Top Tip 3

When going swimming don’t take 2 bags in.  Just put a clean nappy and wipes in your swim bag!  This saves a lot of struggling to carry everything plus baby.

Thank you Kate!

I would also add, although they aren’t environmentally great, the disposable changing mats from Pampers can be a god send in times like these.

They fold up to nothing and take up hardly any space in your bag, so you don’t need to be without a changing mat either!

Related Page

Mum Top Tip’s (all of the Mum top tips on NHM on one page!)

Swimming Pools in North Hampshire suitable for Babies and Children

I can’t believe I haven’t done a post about swimming pools in the area yet!

Let me know if I’ve missed any.

Public Swimming Pools

Private Swimming Pools

I’m putting together a list of swimming schools and classes in the area, and hope to get it published before Christmas!