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HE AQUATICS Baby, Toddler and Children Swimming

HE AQUATICS Baby, Toddler and Children Swimming

HE AQUATICS Babes, Toddler and Children Swimming School, (established in 2020) offers exciting and engaging baby and parent swimming classes, following with the STA Awards program and the Aqua Sensory teaching approach. Your baby or child will learn one of the most important life skills ‘swimming and water confidence’, whilst taking part in a wide range of unique aqua sensory activities. Learn to support your child in the water as they are learning to swim using different sensory toys and aids. Reflecting on different weekly magical aquatic themes and complimenting swimming technique, our swimmers have a fun with arches, animals, balls, flowers, hula hoops, lights, poring buckets, rafts, rainbows, ribbons, scarves, and shaking eggs.

HE AQUATICS swimming classes follow the same structure with a new theme each week. This promotes recognition for you and your child whilst building the confidence to join in with the group activities, songs and play in pairs. Our classes engage your baby or child and develop their language skills, sense of rhythm, movement and life skills. Our Aqua Sensory swimming activities encourage exploration, creativity, self awareness and water confidence.

‘‘I highly recommend HE AQUATICS baby swimming lessons. My daughter has been in classes with Helena since she was 2 months old and absolutely adores Helena’s fun, Aqua Sensory teaching approach. Sophia is now 1 and has gained so much water confidence already and moving onto the toddler classes. Helena has an amazing relationship with each and every swimmer and parent and has also helped me to gain water confidence myself. The classes are held at the beautiful Hotel Collingwood in Bournemouth which has a lovely warm renovated heated pool, a bubbly hot tub and a brand-new sauna!’’

‘‘My daughter has also joined in with the HE AQUATICS open water swimming lessons in the summer which was fantastic to watch. Helena also took my 9-year-old niece into these sessions and quickly built a strong relationship with her.’’ – Beth Almond

We deliver Spring, Summer and Autumn Terms swimming classes at Hotel Collingwood and offer private classes at your home pool. Everyone can book a FREE CONSULTATION and pay for a couple of TASTER CLASSES to see how your child is settling in our popular pre-school swimming school before committing the full term.

“Helena is very patient with all the children. She listens to them and helps to allay any fears. Every lesson is themed and great fun. Different props are provided each week to enhance engagement and add variety to each lesson. My granddaughter enjoyed every session in the Whales group and soon grew confident in the water. Thank you Helena.’’ – Jane Cottle

SEAHORSES 0-6 months age new baby specific program is laying a foundation to water confidence and swimming. We teach you to slow down, connect with your breath, calm your mind, ground your feet, become centred and in the present moment. We guide you to use your soft hands in safety hold and positions and soft voices when speaking or singing.

You and your baby will enjoy splashing time and skin-to-skin contact. When floating all together you will feel a sense of community while helping babies’ development and simultaneously fostering swimming skills.

DOLPHINS 6 months to 1.5 years age babbies love dipping cheeks, blowing bubbles, pushing toys, scooping hands, kicking legs, holding on, turning and diving. Learn to guide your toddler gently and keep close contact with safety holds in the water. Babies are very receptive to aquatic learning, able to remember swimming routines and detect changes in hand and leg strokes. We build on those abilities while using reflexes and Aqua Sensory techniques to strengthen the bond between baby and parent in the water.

OCTOPI 1.5 to 2.5 years age toddlers dive into interactive games with the floatation aids, vibrant toys, poolside and other children. We will use songs and repeated actions for embedding good swim practices above and under water. Be prepared to step back and let your toddler have a great fun and swimming to catchy songs more independently and helping with language development.

WHALES 2.5 to 8 years age are programme for non-swimmers and beginners the swimming journey continues as Helena helps parents and children explore all basic swimming strokes and jumps. At this age children are excited to get to know one another and Aqua Sensory playful swimming activities develop both social skills and imagination. Building swimming foundation using hand eye coordination, body awareness, rhythm, tempo and breathing and learn progressive swimming technique and water safety skills. The moment they make the connection between the water and buoyancy they float on front and back, is a huge milestone. Similarly, when they volunteer to jump in the water and swim across the pool, enjoy the Seahorses woggle races, that lead to kickboards swimming front and back puddle, breaststroke and dolphin kick.

Helena starts off by teaching in great places such as Hotel Collingwood Bournemouth and is also available to travel to your home pool for nervous children, water phobic children, learning disabilities children or for siblings/friends who would like to take a private class together. Areas she covers include Bournemouth, Christchurch, Ferndown, Mudeford, Poole, Southbourne and Wimborne and many other places to come.


We are also currently seeking to hire private heated pools in the BCP area so we can expand our classes. Please contact Helena if you are pool owner and interested to rent it for swimming classes or hydrotherapy.

To book a class contact Helena on 07902925487 or via email.

Head to her website ***@**.com for more information.

You can see the full weekly timetable and book a class directly through this link here.

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  • Free Wifi
  • Swimming Pool
  • Car Parking Available
  • Disabled Access
  • Onsite Cafe
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Toilets
  • Gaming Corner
Address Hotel Collingwood 11, Priory Road, Bournemouth.


Post Code BH2 5DF
Phone Number 07902925487
Monday 16:00-16:30 Dolphins Parent Baby 16:30-17:00 Goldfishes Intermediate Level 17:00-17:30 Whales Beginners
Tuesday 10:00-10:30 Octopi Parent Toddler 10:30-11:00 Dolphins Parent Baby 11:00-11:30 Seahorses Parent New Born Baby 11:30-12:00 Private Class 18:30-20:30 Hydrotherapy Broadstone Physiotherapy Aquatherapy
Wednesday 9:00-10:00 Artistic Swimming Avon House 12:00-13:00 Dolphins Parent Baby Swimming Avon House
Saturday 14:00-16:00 Hydrotherapy Broadstone Physiotherapy Aquatherapy
Sunday 14:00-14:30 Dolphins Parent Baby 14:30-15:00 Octopi Parent Toddler 15:00-15:30 Whales Beginners 15:30-16:30 Water Dance