Swim Works Love Letters: Join Our Vision

We understand the power of water. We understand the power of words.

Have you ever written a letter or a little note to your child? One that they can look back on in the future? In 2020, we’re inviting you to send a message from the heart and join our Swim Letters Vision.

At Swim Works, the pool is the perfect place for togetherness, a place for reflection, a place to share emotions and make connections, with you, our parents, at the centre of it all. Every day, we hear the words you whisper to your little ones before and after their lessons, your encouragement and support. We want to bring those precious moments to life and present them to the world. We also want to support other swim families, as we know our parents are truly amazing and can offer so much love and support.

That’s why we want to collect and publish a selection of letters and words of encouragement from our swim parents, written to their child or children. Your words of wisdom can be about how they love swimming and how you would encourage them during difficult times. We want to encourage parents to take time out to reflect on what being together in the pool has come to mean for their family, what it means to you to see your child learning to swim.

I am sure you’ll agree, we all love receiving letters and hearing other parents’ words of wisdom can truly help us. We all can resonate that swim journeys can take time and are not always a straight line, but a little wavy like the ocean.

How to send us your letter

Some ideas to think about when writing your letter

What happens next

This year for us is all about #togetherness and sharing. Your entries will be collected, collated and published to our swim community so we can support each other and share the love.

Thank you for being part of what we do. Any parents who swim with us already will know that a swimming lesson is never just about learning to swim, but so much more.

Splashy warm regards,

Jo x

Terms and conditions

By submitting your personal letter and details us as part of this project, you agree to have this information shared in current and future marketing and press materials, as well as stored by ourselves on our database(s). If you have any questions about how your information and data will be used, don’t hesitate to drop us a question at jo@swimworks.co.uk.

When is the best time to start baby swimming?

It’s never too early to learn to swim. Being in water is our natural habitat as we’ve just come from the liquid environment of mommy’s womb.

Here at Swim Works, we start our special Newborn Splashers programme at 6 weeks. Our pools are the perfect warm temperature and we have fantastic family friendly changing facilities. A newborn baby’s skin is sensitive so we do recommend you stick to bath time before then. The NHS support early swimming too, you don’t need to wait for baby’s full immunisations. 

Water naturally supports skin to skin contact and facilitates the bonding process between parent and child. Water can feel welcoming and safe and helps babies feel comfortable in their new little bodies.

Your little one will be wriggling around the pool in no time. Our teachers are trained to support you support your baby in water. Classes are slow and very gentle, we guide you with our flowing movements and nurturing holds, to lullabies. 

There have been numerous studies about the ways swimming helps babies and toddlers develop mentally as well as emotionally. Movement in water helps build new brain synapses we wouldn’t on dry land.

By learning to be part of a group long before we go to school, baby swimming helps with transitions and skills acquired in a social setting. Swimming strengthens our emotional intelligence, our mental clarity and focus as well as our physical strength and mobility.

We’ve received feedback from so many parents saying “if we’d known we would have started earlier!” The benefits of swimming are visible at home as well as in school.

Many parents start baby swimming lessons because they themselves do not swim so they would like their child to learn to swim as young as possible.

Our water parenting approach means that you and your child can learn to be comfortable in water together. Our children learn through copying adults so the more comfortable we feel in water the more we are communicating it is safe to do so.

At Swim Works you are in the safe hands of caring and experienced professionals.

Swim Works: Family Friendly Swimming Classes in Warwickshire

Swim Works is an award-winning business which aims to provide the best swim experience in Warwickshire. Swim Works is no ordinary swimming pool and we aim to provide an extra special learn to swim experience; this is our promise to you!

Our Swim Works Customer Promise

Our promise to all children and parents who swim with us…

…to care about your child and to ensure they enjoy their swimming journey with us.

…to offer an individual approach, recognising that each child learns differently and shines at their own time.

…to ensure your child develops a love of swimming and an awareness of water safety.

…to work in partnership with you and recognise that you are the expert on your child.

…to employ passionate, experienced teachers who will make every lesson special.

…to build your child’s confidence and recognise every achievement.

…to inspire a life-long love of swimming.

…to instil essential life skills through fun and engaging activities.

…to recognise when your child needs a little extra help and give them what they need to succeed.

Swim Works is proud to be: Local, independent and family run!

Our purpose-built facilities in Rugby and Leamington Spa, offer our swimmers low in chlorine pools, clean and spacious changing facilities, impressive viewing areas for families and friends.

Both our swim centers have been designed and built to support early learning needs and sensitivities in water. We provide easy access so your entire swim journey can be planned in advance with comfort and ease.

Our learn to swim programme offers a choice of classes to suit all ages and is led by experienced specialised staff in working with children as well as adults in water.

Our classes are small and only one class runs at any one at a time,  while our pools and equipment have been tried and tested to facilitate the best learning experience possible.

Our sensitive Newborn Splashers programme includes Aqua Natal fitness classes for mums to be and welcomes babies from 6 weeks old.

Our unique Baby and Toddler programme guides parents to enjoy learning and swimming together to create friends and strong bonds along the way.

Our very successful Swim Academy teaches swimmers welcomes children from 4 years and instils; good body alignment and builds solid foundations for all swim strokes.

Our Adult Programme includes Aqua Fitness classes, small Learn to Swim classes with the teacher in the water as well as 121 classes. We teach all ages, abilities and confidence levels. 

Our fantastic team of specialised teachers understand the value of learning to swim and are trained to support our swimmers on their entire swim journey.

We are the creators of a unique pedagogic teaching ethos called Aqua Sensory which we have the privilege of applying throughout our business and swim programme.

Aqua Sensory is also a global platform for aquatic professionals providing creative and specialized resources for our industry.

Swim Works is the hub of Aqua Sensory and also holds conferences and offers its workshop facilities to other professionals who are working in early years health and education.

Our partnership approach means that we are here to support your swim journey every step of the way. You’ll be able to discover a lot more about our passionate team, when you join us.

We love building positive relationships in water.

See you in the pool!

11 reasons you should never stop swimming – number 7 will surprise you!

Modern life is so busy, I think we all sometimes feel like we can’t fit everything in (I know I do!). And our children are busy too, with more choice of activities than ever.

Any class is an investment of time and money but I can’t think of any that offer anything close to the huge range of benefits to a child’s development that swimming does.

Exercise? Check. Music? Check. Play? Check. Sensory stimulation? Check. In fact, baby swimming is like 100 different activities rolled into one amazing half-hour!

There’s too many benefits to list in just one blog, but here are just a few of my favourite things about baby swimming.

1. It helps keep your child safe – our lessons include skills like turning, rolling and floating. Vital for safety and, of course, the perfect foundation for great swimming too!

2. Improves coordination and balance through simultaneous movements like moving arms and kicking legs. And that’s not just in the water – babies who swim are stronger in these areas outside the pool too

3. Supports motor skills from weight bearing and limb control to spacial awareness and hand-eye coordination

4. Builds water confidence from early on. And if you’re not a confident swimmer yourself, swimming with your baby can help grow your love of the water too!

5. Improves joint mobility and muscle strength, including better core muscle tone, through the complete freedom of movement babies only get in the water

6. Supports better circulation by giving their heart and lungs a gentle workout

7. Helps them do better at school – children who swim during their developmental years reach several mental and physical milestones faster than their non-swimming peers * 

8. Builds social skills by mixing with different groups, practicing things like taking turns and sharing, and growing their confidence

9. Can improve sleep – we can’t guarantee 12 hours a night but the extra exercise will certainly make your baby sleepier!

10. Can improve appetite – lots of gentle exercise and being in warm water all helps make your baby hungry

11. Provides quality bonding time through undivided attention – whether that’s with mummy, daddy, a grandparent or even an aunt or uncle. Lots of our grown-ups say it’s their favourite half-hour of the week!

I could keep going but I think you get the idea! We make our lessons so much fun, it can be easy to forget just how much is happening in your child’s mind and body in that short 30 minutes, and how much that benefits them away from the pool too. But I think if you could see it all like I do, you’d never stop swimming!

I’ve got lots more information how swimming supports children’s development, so please just ask if you’re interested. It’s my absolute passion so I’m always very happy to spread the word!

Happy swimming!

Jo, Founder of Swim Works

Griffith research study reported; Swimming is a smart move as swimming babies meet developmental milestones earlier than their non-swimming peers.