Discovery Ducklings

Looking for swimming lessons for you and your baby? Our Discovery Ducklings programme is suitable for little ones aged 0-24 months. Age range is for guidance only.

This programme is for babies from birth with limited or no coordination through to little ones who are water confident and able to move independently. The programme is designed to be a gentle, fun and secure way for young children be introduced to the swimming environment to develop water confidence. A parent or guardian takes part in these sessions with their child. These sessions have a maximum of 6 children per class to enhance their learning and provide a calm environment.

Discovery Duckling 1

1. Enter the water safely and comfortably fully supported by an adult 

2. Bob up and down in the water with full adult support in a vertical position 

3. Complete an adult supported horizontal back float with a return to vertical position 

4. Be at ease with water being poured on the back of head 

5. With full adult support move smoothly through the water in the vertical position 

6. Exit the water safely with adult support  

Discovery Duckling 2

1. Enter the water safely and comfortably fully supported by an adult

2. Float on the back with full adult support

3. Splash hand in water

4. Adult to move in 360 degree turn holding child facing away from them. First close to them, then at arm’s length

5. Move through the water in a streamlined position on their back with full support from an adult 

6. Be at ease with face being washed/splashed

7. With full adult support move smoothly through the water in the vertical position

8. Travel on front or back with full adult support

9. Make progress towards holding the side of the pool with adult support

10. Exit the water safely with adult support  

Discovery Duckling 3

1. Enter the water safely supported by an adult. Swimmers should be encouraged to sit on the side and wait for adult instruction

2. Float on the back with full adult support behind the head, shoulders and hips

3. Reach and grab toys on the water surface

4. Rotate 180 degrees either horizontally and vertically with adult support

5. Move through the water in a streamlined position on their front with full support from an adult

6. Be at ease with water being showered over their face

7. Travel on back using aids with adult support

8. Hold rail/side of pool and move towards step/ladders with adult support and buoyancy aids

9. Exit the water safely with adult supervision

Discovery Duckling 4

1. Enter the water from seated or standing position with full adult support from an adult and return to the wall/ pool side

2. Float on the front with aids and adult support.

3. Reach and catch toys on top of and under surface of the water

4. Rotate 180 degrees either horizontally or vertically with minimal adult support using support aids

5. Push away from wall with an adult holding them throughout in a streamlined position

6. Be at ease wetting/splashing own face and putting their chin in the water

7. Travel on front using aids with adult support

8. Hold rail/side of pool and move towards step/ladders with adult support and buoyancy aids

9. Exit the water safely with adult supervision

Ready to sign up? Contact the Wave Swim School team.

Talk to the Team

If you're ready to sign up or you've got a question about our swimming lessons, get in touch with the Wave Swim School Team at waveswimschool@waveleisure.co.uk or call your local pool:

When making an enquiry, please include the swimmer's age and ability (including any past swimming awards) as well as which site you would like them to learn at, as this will speed up the enquiry process.

You can find out more about our term lengths and payment options here - your child could get 50 swimming lessons for the price of 45 as well as free swimming outside of lessons!

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