Babies - Preschool Program


  • 5 swimmers per group at all levels
  • 30 minute lessons
  • Progressive and planned program from new babies right through to advanced swimmers
  • No other lessons or children playing at the time of lessons.  
  • Private lessons of 1:1 or 1:2 available for 20 minutes.
  • Consistency is important to learning so we try very hard to keep you with the same teacher from term to term.
  • 32 deg water temperature at all times.


New Baby (5mth – 12mth)

This is for all babies and parents who have had no structured swimming lessons before.

The first and most important aim of this class is to ensure babies develop a love of the water and gain confidence in the aquatic environment.

The second aim is to teach babies how to hold their breath under the water with a submersion cue. Approximately 90% of our babies will successfully be fully submerged with breath-holding techniques obviously displayed by the end of the 10 week course.

It is important to note that babies will not be submerged if they or their parents are showing signs of anxiety towards such an action.

Experienced Baby (7mth – 18mth)

For babies from 7mth – 18mth who have completed at least 1 term of lessons either here at Bumble Bees (in our new babies program) or at another pool.
The aims of this class are to extend the submersion of babies who are confident under the water through free flotation activities, use of parents wearing t-shirts so that babies have control over lifting themselves up from under the water, and to extend introductory activities from our new babies program.

Older Baby (18mth – 2.5yrs)

This class aims to encourage propulsion through the water by encouraging kicking skills and underwater arm propulsions. This is also an important age to cement strong safety skills in and around water and our program incorporates such skills in every lesson. Submersions are encouraged to be longer for those confident children who have come through the Bumble Bees program, whilst we are teaching breath holding techniques such as bubble blowing to those children who may not be happy going under water at this stage. At this stage children will begin to take control of their own submersions and we encourage them to have such control.

Toddler (2.5yrs – 3.5yrs)

At this level we are aiming to encourage more independence in the water and use flotation aids to assist children with having less support from their parent. Propulsion skills are continued to be focused on so that children can safely move themselves through the water independently. This level is a stepping stone in preparing children physically, socially and emotionally for the preschool program.

Preschool (3.5yrs – 5yrs)

For any new children into the Bumble Bees program at this stage, our immediate aim is to ensure they develop confidence in and under the water. Secondly, and for other children who may have come through our program, and who are already happy in and under the water, then independent flotation skills on front and back and correct kicking technique are the focus’ for this level.

Confident Preschool (3.5yrs – 5yrs)

This level caters for children who are extremely happy under water and who confidently and competently float independently on their front and back. Such children also have an understanding of basic kicking technique and can propel themselves through the water for a few meters unaided. The aims of this level are to develop streamlined floating, correct and efficient kicking technique on front and back and teach basic freestyle arm actions particularly with aids. At this stage we also introduce basic breaststroke.



Term 1

Monday 5th February - Saturday 13th April

  •  No lessons on Waitangi Day (Tuesday 6th February)
  •  No lessons on Good Friday / Saturday / Monday for Easter (Friday 29th March / Saturday 30th March / Monday 1st April)
Term 2

Monday 29th April - Saturday 6th July

  • No lessons on Kings Birthday Weekend (Saturday 1st June / Monday 3rd June)
  • No Lessons on Anzac Day (Tuesday 25th April)
Term 3
Monday 22nd July - Saturday 28th September
Term 4

Saturday 12th October - Monday 18th December  

  •  No lessons on Labour Weekend (Saturday 26th October / Monday 28th October)
  • No Lessons over show weekend (Friday 15th November / Saturday 16th November)



January Holiday Program
Monday 22nd January - Friday 26th January
April Holiday Program

Monday 22nd April - Friday 26th April

July Holiday Program

Monday  15th July - Friday 19th July

October Holiday Program

Monday 7th October - Friday 11th October


Proposed Times For Next Term

NEW BABY (5mth-18mth) had no previous experience
Monday 12pm Sasha
Tuesday 10.30am


Wednesday 1pm Tee
Thursday 10.30am Myrrine
Friday 12.30pm Sasha
Saturday 11.30am  Jo
EXPERIENCED BABIES (8mth-18mth) Had 1x Term Of Lessons
Monday 9.30am Sasha 
Tuesday 11.00am Jo
Tuesday 1pm Sasha
Wednesday 11am & 11.30am Sasha
Thursday 10am Myrrine
Thursday 1.30pm  Simone
Friday 11am & 12 noon Myrrine
Friday 1pm Sasha
Saturday 2.30pm Ava
OLDER BABY (18mth-2.5yrs)
Monday 9am & 10.30am Sasha
Monday 2.30pm Tee
Tuesday 9.30am Jo
Tuesday 12.30am & 3pm Sasha
Wednesday 9.30am & 10.30am Sasha
Wednesday 2.30pm Rachel
Thursday 9.30am & 11.00am & 11.30am Myrrine
Thursday 3pm Tracey
Friday 11.30am Rachel
Friday 3pm Sasha
Saturday 11am Jo
Saturday 4.30pm Ava
TODDLER (2.5yr - 3.5yrs)
Monday 10am & 11am Sasha
Monday 12.30pm Tee
Tuesday 10am & 12noon Jo
Tuesday 2.30pm  Sasha
Wednesday 10am  Sasha
Thursday 1pm Myrrine
Friday 9.30am & 10.30am Myrrine
Friday 2pm Sasha
Saturday 9.30am & 10.30am Jo
Saturday  3pm  Ava
PRESCHOOL (3.5yr - 5yr)
Monday 11.30am Sasha
Monday 1pm & 2pm Tee
Tuesday 11.30am Jo
Tuesday 1.30pm Sasha
Wednesday 9am Sasha
Wednesday 2pm Tee
Thursday 12pm Myrrine
Friday 9am Myrrine
Friday 2.30pm Sasha
Saturday 9am Jo
 Saturday 12.30pm & 2pm & 3.30pm Ava
Monday 1.30pm Tee
Tuesday 9am Jo
Tuesday 2pm Sasha
Wednesday 1.30pm Tee
Thursday 12.30pm Myrrine
Friday 1.30pm Sasha
Saturday 10am Jo
 Saturday 1pm  Ava


Information and Conditions

Catch up / Holiday policy

We do not offer catch ups for missed lessons OR reduce fee costs due to families going away on holiday.  We run with the school terms so have 10 weeks of operation and 2 weeks of close down where we run Holiday Programs for those interested.  

Cancellation Policy

We do not refund any lessons which may be cancelled after the beginning of term.  We are happy to hold credits in our system for future lessons if cancellations made after the beginning of term are for medical reasons, such as broken bones, grommets, or other serious medical issues which means the swimmer will miss a significant amount of lessons during the term.  A medical certificate may be required. Please be aware of this policy when making bookings.

We couldn't have asked for a better start to swimming and water safety for both of our girls.  The skills you have given them is obvious when it comes to lessons through school, with both being placed in the top group for their age group.  We frequently talk to others about the positives of Bumble Bees - The friendly staff, family type atmosphere, small class sizes, warm pool and close location.We love the fact that the children can't touch the bottom of the pool and have to prove their proficiency and confidence before mum and dad hop out.  We leave with wonderful memories, new friends and with heavy hearts.

Jory Family

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