We’re a family run, local business and proud of it. It means we’re small enough to be approachable, flexible and friendly yet experienced enough to have been teaching babies in Yorkshire since 2006 and be considered experts in our field. Our fantastic team of teachers are all mums too, so they know how important your children’s safety, happiness and ability in the water is to you, as well as how to get the very best out of them!

Our fun but structured programme of lessons is designed primarily to make babies safe in the water but we also add a huge dollop of fun – songs, games, races and activities are carefully structured to enhance skills and understanding but by stealth! Swim-tots are often so busy enjoying themselves that they don’t realise they’re learning too! Submersion plays an important part in our classes, as you will find that your baby loves to be under the water. However, this will never be forced and you will be shown how to recognise when your baby is happy to swim underwater, and when they would rather do something else. A key element of the programme is developing the trust between you and your child so that all activities are enjoyed at the right time for both of you.

It’s good to know that all swim-tots teachers are specialists; fully qualified to STA baby and pre-school standards in addition to being fully certified NPLQ lifeguards, the most comprehensive and rigorous pool safety qualification there is. Many schools opt instead for the rescue test certificate which requires only a few hours’ training once every 2 years – we don’t think that’s adequate when you’re looking after little ones, so we hold monthly training courses for our teachers and constantly keep them updated on the latest safety techniques. It’s another way in which we make sure our teachers are among the best there are!


"Just thought I would share with you how thrilled we were on Sunday morning when Ava swam independently for the first time at just 26 months old! She has attended your classes since she was 11 weeks old and it has really paid off. Well done to Sophie (and Helen) for everything they have taught her. " Kim Heslip

"I started lessons with Swim-tots with my daughter at 3 months old as water confidence and safety are very important to me. Jessica loved baby classes and when I returned to work we changed to a Saturday class with Sophie and we had a fantastic experience. Jessica is a fantastic swimmer thanks to ..." Alison Storrie, Mummy to Jessica & Michael

"My son Huw and I have been so thrilled with swim-tots and our teacher Helen. Huw now adores swimming at 18 months, happily throwing himself into the pool with no fear - such a difference to when he started a year ago! He holds onto the side and everything, we have both been taught by a superb tea..." Charlotte Evans, mummy to Huw

"Maya has been with Swimtots for two years now and still absolutely loves her lessons with Lindsey every week. It's the only day of the week when wakes up and gets ready without a fuss, and is out the door before we are! Her confidence in the water and her developing swimming skills are fantastic ..." Ghada Khattab, mummy to Maya

"I am just e mailing you to tell you how fantastic Rachel is.  Honestly, she is brilliant.  Elise absolutely loves her lessons (although she is still a little nervous about the water touching her face, but we are getting there) and when I pick her up from my daughter’s, she comes out saying ho..." Julie Bates, grandma to Elise

"Chloe started swimming with Sophie at Swim Tots when she was only 12 weeks old, it was a great activity for us to do together and for her to get used to the water in a fun setting with lots of games and songs.  Sophie is a fantastic teacher and gives each child individual attention and it was gr..." Jenny Roberts, mummy to Chloe

"My two year old daughter Ava has been learning to swim with Swim Tots since she was 9 months old.  We attend the Monday am session with Helen at Beckwith Pool and she absolutely loves it! The location is extremely convenient, parking is easy and the facilities are clean and the pool warm. I c..." Nicky Smith, mummy to Ava

"I am now onto my third lot of baby swimming lessons with swimtots - they are brilliant, with wonderful, caring teachers who really know their stuff. Both my older children are very confident in the water and my youngest baby already loves swimming. I just wish swimtots provided lessons for over 4..." Maddy Smith, mummy to Myles, Anya & Flynn

"What had started simply as a fun activity for Dad and 6 month old baby quickly exceeded all our expectations. Sophie's endless patience and inspiring enthusiasm, coupled with a consistently relaxed and friendly atmosphere, have resulted in a happy confident 4 year old girl, quite capable of swimm..." Ruth & Neil Moran, mummy & daddy to Esme

"We're already looking forward to re-starting, Eve sings the hello song complete with all the children's names every breakfast time, it was cute the first few times!!" Laura Arundel, mummy to Eve

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