The inspiration for Birthlight’s gentle yet dynamic approach comes from Amazonian forest people with whom Françoise Freedman lived as an anthropologist. Birthlight baby courses bring together principles of body balance in water, research on the teaching of water safety skills for babies and young children and the positive effects of joyful parent-child interaction on overall child development.
Our classes are made up of a small group of parents and children. We arrange our classes by age group as exercises are constructed around physical and mental developmental mile-stones.
We aim to make all our sessions relaxed and fun. Parents learn to swim with their babies and learning naturally comes through play.
As you and your child develop confidence in the pool, we do teach child led submerging. Babies and children respond naturally to submersions and it is a helpful tool to promote independence within, and understanding of, the water. However submersion is not the main theme of our classes – they are child-led and some families choose not to do them at all which is fine!