Our BabySteps Swim Program

Parents love the structure and progression of our BabySteps Program. Every activity in our BabySteps Swim Program has a purpose and a progression, delivering quality results and super happy swimmers!

During this 24-week program, parents will gradually see their child progress and improve. Babies will acquire the skills needed to start their learn to swim adventure, as they gain confidence to manoeuvre through water independently for several metres in the correct body position.

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By the end of our 4th BabySteps swim program level, your child will have completed a gentle and happy transition to participating in a lesson without their parent or carer in the water, ready to learn directly with our teaching team members.

Parents can follow their child’s progress through our easy to use online portal and app.

Of course, this is not the end. It’s just the beginning!

Click below to find out more about our BabySteps Program Levels

BABYBEGINS (FREE) – newborn to 6 months

BabyBegins is a positive, calm and gentle introduction from the womb to the water. This free class for newborns to 6-month old babies offers an intimate and unique bonding experience through teacher-led activities and guides parents to support baby's buoyancy and natural movement in the water.

Requirements:

  • Adult Participation required
  • Swim nappy & baby swimmers
  • Swimmers & T-shirt/Rashie for parent to wear in the water (this lets your little one know you are nice and close as they can loosely grip your shirt)
  • Change mat & 2 towels
  • Change of clothes for parent & baby
STARFISH (FREE) – 3 to 5 months

Babies aged 3 to 5 months will be developing and engaging reflexes including for submersion, floating, rolling & turning, holding on, directional movement, and all with continued close contact with primary carer. Parents also love learning how to teach their baby to enjoy their aquatic experiences through quality instruction and education from our specialised Infant & Babies swim teachers.

Class sizes are capped at a maximum of 8 babies. 

Requirements:

  • No prior swim lessons required
  • Adult Participation required
  • Swim nappy & baby swimmers
  • Swimmers & T-shirt/Rashie for parent to wear in the water (this lets your little one know you are nice and close as they can loosely grip your shirt)
  • Change mat & 2 towels
  • Change of clothes for parent & baby
SEAHORSE – 6 - 8 months

This level, for our 6 to 8-month old babies, focusses on integrating reflexes into learnt responses for submersion, floating, rolling & turning, holding on, directional movement - all with continued close contact with primary carer.

Class sizes are capped at a maximum of 8 babies.

Requirements:

  • No prior swim lessons required
  • Adult Participation required
  • Swim nappy & baby swimmers
  • Swimmers & T-shirt/Rashie for parent to wear in the water (this lets your little one know you are nice and close as they can loosely grip your shirt)
  • Change mat & 2 towels
  • Change of clothes for parent & baby
JELLYFISH – 9 to 11 months

During these lessons for your 9 to 11-month old, we are using a nurturing approach to increasing breath control and submersion. We will be developing our muscles to reinforce independent hold on's for safety, as well as fostering social awareness to follow instruction, share and respond to cues including stopping and waiting.

Classes are capped at a maximum of 8 babies.

Requirements

  • No prior swim lessons required
  • Adult Participation required
  • Swim nappy & baby swimmers
  • Swimmers & T-shirt/Rashie for parent to wear in the water (this lets your little one know you are nice and close as they can loosely grip your shirt)
  • Change mat & 2 towels
  • Change of clothes for parent & baby
LOBSTER – 12 to 14 months

Fun lessons where your 12- to 14-month old learns through exploratory and interactive experiences, to challenge their submersions and breath hold, increase coordination of kicking and movement through the water with assisted fall-in's to recover to safety.

Requirements:

  • No prior swim lessons required
  • Adult Participation required
  • Swim nappy & baby swimmers
  • Swimmers & T-shirt/Rashie for parent to wear in the water (this lets your little one know you are nice and close as they can loosely grip your shirt)
  • Change mat & 2 towels
  • Change of clothes for parent & baby
CLOWNFISH 1 – 14 to 23 months

This is a 6-week program for new or returning Hampton customers with children in the age group 14 to 23 months, to nurture and guide children to love the water and lessons. We understand separation anxiety (a typical part of this age of development) and incorporate this into our swim lessons. Your child will learn to make safe choices through ‘cause and effect’ and ‘less is more’ philosophies.

Requirements:

  • If new to lessons or no prior swim or aquatic experience
  • Assists to settle in fearful or reluctant beginners
  • In-depth introduction to the Hampton program
  • Aids in smooth transition into our age appropriate classes after successful completion
  • Adult participation required
  • Swim nappy & baby swimwear
  • Swimwear & t-shirt/rashie for parent to wear in the water
  • Change mat & 2 towels
  • Change of clothes for parent & baby
  • Snack or bottle for after lesson
URCHIN – 15 to 17 months

This class for 15- to 17-month old children is designed to increase bilateral movement of paddling and understanding body orientation, using circuits and platforms to assist with freedom of movement. We will be exploring your child’s development through independent interaction and guided activities, introducing depth perception activities.

Requirements:

  • Has completed Hampton Lobster program
  • Adult participation required
  • Swim nappy & swimwear
  • Swimwear & t-shirt/rashie for parent to wear in water
  • Change mat & 2 towels
  • Change of clothes for parent & child
  • Snack or bottle for after class
TURTLE – 18 to 20 months

Our 18- to 20-month old Turtles are developing their confidence, not only through improving their independent swimming skills and their awareness and control of their body in the water, but also via social, emotional and cognitive activities to keep these inquisitive natures engaged.

Requirements:

  • Has completed Hampton Urchin program
  • Adult participation required
  • Swim nappy & swimwear
  • Swimwear & t-shirt/rashie for parent to wear in water
  • Change mat & 2 towels
  • Change of clothes for parent & child
  • Snack for after class
HERMIT CRAB – 21 to 23 months

Enjoy the fun our Hermit Crabs have, whilst learning to coordinate their kicking and paddling to work together for increased propulsion and distance during self- submersions and reduced assisted swims, including breath hold for safety turns. This class is suitable for children who are 21 – 23 months old.

Requirements

  • Has completed Hampton Turtle program
  • Adult participation required
  • Swim nappy & swimwear
  • Swimwear & t-shirt/rashie for parent to wear in water
  • Change mat & 2 towels
  • Change of clothes for parent & child
  • Snack for after class
OTTER – 24 to 26 months

Our 24- to 26-month (2 year) old Otters are becoming swimming superstars! We will be guiding them to explore their boundaries in a safe environment, learning to bend and float on front and back independently, kicking and paddling simultaneously, following instructions from their teacher and exploring further distances while understanding how to get from A-B.

Requirements:

  • Has completed Hampton Hermit Crab program
  • Adult participation required
  • Swim nappy & swimwear
  • Swimwear & t-shirt/rashie for parent to wear in water
  • Change mat & 2 towels
  • Change of clothes for parent & child
  • Snack for after class
CLOWNFISH 2 – 24 to 36 months

This program is for new or returning Hampton customers with children in the age group 24 to 36 months (2 years) old, to nurture and guide children to love the water and lessons. We are using our unique games-based boat system to assist with body position and floatation, while increasing confidence with correct body position for independent swimming.

Requirements:

  • If new to lessons or no prior swim or aquatic experience
  • Assists to settle in fearful or reluctant beginners
  • In-depth introduction to the Hampton program
  • Aids in smooth transition into our age appropriate classes after successful completion
  • Adult participation required
  • Swim nappy & swimwear
  • Swimwear & t-shirt/rashie for parent to wear in water
  • Change mat & 2 towels
PENGUIN – 27 to 33 months

These transitional lessons (27- to 33-month olds) will nurture your child’s confidence and continue to build relationships with their peers and trust in their teacher. Penguins will learn everything together, bilateral movement and coordination with buoyancy, core strength and balance. They will learn to swim independently for up to 5 meters and rolling to take a breath. Through self discovery, they are testing their boundaries and limitations to understand how their bodies feel in the water. They will learn about safety, waiting, turn taking and following instructions. 

Requirements:

  • Has completed Hampton Otters program – a BabySteps Graduate!
  • Adult participation required
  • Swim nappy & swimwear
  • Swimwear & t-shirt/rashie for parent to wear in water
  • 2 towels
  • Change of clothes for parent & child
  • Snack for after class

Please note that this is a transitional level. If you are a new family, please look at our Clownfish programs or use the level finder via our Online Booking button to determine suitability.

PRAWN – 34 to 36 months

During these lessons (for 34- to 36-month olds) we will use the guidance and support of parents in building trust with the teacher to prepare for parent transition out of water. The distance of swims will increase with a focus on the straight leg kick. Children will learn how to float independently, while exploring water aids such as noodles and boards to assist with body position and confidence.

Requirements:

  • Has completed Hampton Penguin program
  • Adult participation required
  • Swim nappy & swimwear
  • Swimwear & t-shirt/rashie for parent to wear in water
  • 2 towels
  • Change of clothes for parent & child
  • Snack for after class

Please note that this is a transitional level. If you are a new family, please look at our Clownfish programs or use the level finder via our Online Booking button to determine suitability.

CROCODILE – 3 years to 3 years and 2 months

These lessons focus on guidance in the water with independent movements and through circuits. Crocodiles will enjoy increased confidence and body position with submersions, with a focus on orientation. They will be able to perform an independent swim of up to 7 meters. They will be ready to swim with the teacher, independent of the parent. This class is meant for children aged 3 years to 3 years and 2 months.

Requirements:

  • Has completed Hampton Prawn program
  • Adult participation required
  • Swim nappy (if required) & swimwear
  • Swimwear & t-shirt/rashie for parent to wear in water
  • 2 towels
  • Change of clothes for parent & child
  • Snack for after class

Please note that this is a transitional level. If you are a new family, please look at our Clownfish programs or use the level finder via our Online Booking button to determine suitability.

FROG – 3 years and 3 months to 3 years and 5 months

In this transitional class Frogs (for children aged 3 years and 3 months to 3 years and 5 months) will continue to explore what they have achieved previously and combining trust, confidence and reassurance to swim solo with their teacher. They will challenge their core strength and buoyancy to begin to strengthen position and floatation and introducing new ways to move through the water. It is a celebration of completing the Transitional level and graduating up to the next Hampton program - SwimSteps!

Please note that this is a transitional level. If you are a new family, please look at our Clownfish programs or use the level finder via our Online Booking button to determine suitability.

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“Hampton’s offers a very well-planned program that transitions children through each learning phase of swimming appropriate to their age.  Each of the stages link together with gentle progressions ensuring swimmers are progressing but not overwhelmed.  I feel like my kids are learning such important skills and that they could help themselves if they ever fell into a body of water.”

“I love the staff, swimming teachers and support team. My children love sticker week and moving up to new levels and I am thrilled with their new skills and how far they’ve both come in the pool. Hampton Swim School has quality programs and are ever evolving with things like the new online portal.”

“HSS has given our boy the ability to believe in himself - he achieved every couple of weeks, slow and steady!  Pushing somebody that isn’t ready will never work - but quality coaching will make anybody feel ready 💕.”

“The classes teach pool safety in a fun and engaging way. We’ve been very impressed with the program. The constant progression and sticker week are also loved by our boys.”

“I like the convenience of managing my children's enrolment online. I also like the prompt replies to my emails from staff.”

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