First Step...Preschool swimming


Big Blue preschool classes are designed for children aged 2.5 to 4.5 years old. The teacher is in the water at all times and many of our classes also have an assistant. Our ratio never exceeds 4:1 to ensure that all children receive maximum teaching time from every class. 


How do I know that my child is ready for preschool?

  • Suitable for children aged 2.5 to 4.5 years

If your child currently attends a toddler swim programme:

  • We recommend that you complete the programme and do not transition to preschool swimming lessons until they are ready.

  • We advise that these children are ready when they can move around the pool independently using a swim aid and are confident submerging and jumping in unassisted.

If your child does not attend a toddler swim programme and is new to swimming lessons:

  • We advise that they are ready for our preschool lessons when they are happy to enter the water without a parent and will follow very basic instructions.

  • If you feel your child is not ready for preschool lessons we would highly recommend the toddler programme with Turtle Tots Edinburgh.

We understand that children take time to settle into a new class and suggest that you give a minimum of 3-4 weeks to allow your child a settling in period


What does the class involve?

  • Our preschool classes are designed to introduce children to the water in a fun and safe environment.

  • It is a well-known fact that children learn best through play, therefore at Big Blue we teach using a variety of games, songs and activities to engage the children and build confidence in the pool.

  • All lessons incorporate teaching with SwimFin aids as well as the opportunity for the child to swim unaided.

  • Our lessons follow a unique programme that incorporates a range of techniques and practices to encourage all aspects of your child's development.

  • The first 5 minutes of every lesson will be the same as this is important for continuity and helps preschoolers relax into the lesson. It will involve splashing on the side of the pool, the use of plastic cups to wet their body and hair, moving around the side of the pool and finally getting their ears and hair wet in the water. The next 20 minutes will involve a selection of games, songs and activities that incorporate the core aquatic skills. Final 5 minutes of every class will involve a contrasting activity such as jumping in.


What are the benefits of preschool swimming?

  • Children that start their swimming journey early in life reach a range of developmental milestones earlier than children that do not.

  • Swimming accelerates cognitive and language development.

  • Improves motor development by promoting strength and coordination.

  • Builds independence, confidence and social skills.

  • Teaches children a lifesaving skill and a love of the water.


What should I do if my preschooler is unhappy to enter the water?

  • The pool can be a scary place for a young preschooler so remain positive and try to reassure your child.

  • Encourage them to participate in the class from the poolside.

  • Allow your child a few weeks to settle into the class environment.

  • If you have any queries or concerns always let the teacher know or contact Lucy and Calvin.