No Singing - Just Swimming!

Adult and Child Lessons

Let us teach you to teach your baby to swim safely, the ESA way

3 students per class



No singing - Just swimming!



Private and individually tailored experience


Welcome to the ESA parent and child program. These lessons are very different to conventional parent and child lessons, as just like our main lesson programme, the groups will be capped at just 3 babies (each with a parent in the water.) They are fast-paced but fun, so that the children build a solid foundation to swimming at the youngest possible age.

There is very little (if any) singing of songs in our program so it is ideal for parents who are not comfortable in large groups singing together. Our focus is on teaching you to teach your baby to swim. This gives you the tools you need to develop a safe and confident child in the water which will save you huge amounts of time and money in the long run by speeding up the learning process.

Lessons will be held at our Manor Farm venue (near Wimpole), just a short drive from Central Cambridge – The venue boasts a full ESA redevelopment, with balmy temperatures and plenty of space to get swimming!

You can find more details on Manor Farm here:

Types of Lesson

6 – 12 months

This class is perfect for younger babies who are new to swimming. We introduce them to the water and our methods to build solid foundations and develop confidence.

1 year – 2 years

As the babies get bigger and stronger we start working with more advanced techniques and start to teach them the art of independent swimming and self rescue.

2 years – 3 years

We teach the children to swim independently and form the final skills needed for our main lesson program.

What the babies should wear

All babies and toddlers under 4 should be fitted with a disposable or reusable swim nappy underneath an additional neoprene coated or equivalent over nappy cover with close fitting leg and waist ribs.

The disposable swim nappy should not feature absorbent materials that swell and add weight to the swim nappy.

The disposable swim nappy and neoprene or equivalent nappy cover should be of the correct size to limit the possibility of leaks.

The nappy cover should be constructed of coated neoprene or equivalent and constructed in such a way, including waist and leg ribs, as to reduce or eliminate the possibility of leakage through seams.

The neoprene nappy should be of snug fit with the ribs covering the paper nappy underneath to ensure a seal.

Swimwear used to help keep babies and toddlers stay warm in the pool water should be well fitted and used in addition and not to replace the double nappy system.

You can find SWIM NAPPIES for sale here:

and you can find Neoprene NAPPY COVERS for sale here:

NOTE The only exception being that if the swimwear incorporates a full nappy cover within the unit that meets the requirements for  sealing both waist and legs then an additional nappy cover is not required.

My son had attended just 5 baby and parent lessons before Easter, where he was taught to jump in on his front and to turn onto his back. He never liked being on his back, but this learning we soon realised would become life saving.
On our holiday we had a pool which my son unfortunately managed to slip and fall into. We were unable to get to him for a few seconds, but in that time we noticed he was managing to float on his back.
Jon’s teaching had obviously stuck in my son’s memory, providing him invaluable seconds to prevent him from drowning. For this i am eternally grateful to Jon and to Elite Swimming Academy for teaching life saving techniques which really do work. Thank you!
Uma P.