general information

Our classes for babies allow water familiarisation for infants and babies from 3–24 months with one accompanying adult.

In circumstances where a parent/carer is unable to enter the water, it may be possible with prior arrangement for an extra teacher to facilitate instead.

Lessons are ongoing with small classes of no more than 5 carers and babies.

Classes are scheduled according to demand and arranged according to age and/or ability.

Water temperature of 32°C.

Our pool water in Chiswick is sanitised by an Ultraviolet (UV) light system and is therefore much kinder to babies skin. We are planning this same system for our Chalfont St. Giles pool too.

Lessons are structured (not only play), to include a series of exercises that stimulate the babies’ own innate swimming abilities. With constant encouragement and under vigilant supervision, they soon begin to swim independently.

  • Ultraviolet light (UV) is highly effective at inactivating bacteria and viruses and also for oxidising organic species in water. Ultraviolet disinfection consists of a physical, chemical-free process, attacking the vital DNA of the bacteria directly, including examples such as parasites, Cryptosporidium or Giardia, which are extremely resistant to chemical disinfectants such as chlorine. In addition, it reduces chloramines by a variety of mechanisms. UV technology has advanced to the point where it can easily enhance the disinfection and oxidation of all sorts of pools.

  • Laura Sevenus was a South African national competitive swimmer in the 60’s. She was one of five South Africans chosen to tour with the American Water Follies as a synchronized swimmer, thus changing her amateur status.

    In 1964, her professional career began when she assisted the South African team coach training beginners, and later established her first private swim school. Her understanding of parent and children’s needs led to the creation of a purpose-designed facility for teaching swimming in Cape Town, this is where she developed what is now the Sevenus Swimming Method®.

    She has contributed her evolving insight and expertise to various working groups in South Africa, Sweden, Germany and the UK and has been instrumental in defining swim teaching standards in South Africa. She is also a certified aquarobics instructor and Watsu® practitioner.

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