Todswim is a Learn to Swim program designed specifically for babies. Babies between the ages of 1 and 3 years are taught to enjoy the water and become water safe by learning basic swimming techniques through songs associated with actions. This form of learning takes place with a parent in the water assisting the babies to learn. Babies feel safest with their parents with whom they have had the most interaction since birth.

Fun, games and songs are used to familiarise the little ones with water and to encourage water safety skills.The main focus of the Todswim program  is to improve safety in and around water. Lessons are balanced between a variety of activities and repetition.

At Stars the  Todswim lessons take place  in the middle pool; the water is waist deep for adults making it an ideal size to work in so that parents are comfortable in the water as well. The class size is up to 6 babies with their parents, and the instructor in the water. This provides enough space for everyone to move comfortably around the pool and to enjoy their own space. Babies are expected to do lessons twice weekly. Lessons are for 30 minutes at a time. There is also a step for babies to stand on. They do various activities while standing on the step.

What does my child need for lessons?

  • Swimming costume
  • Swimming cap
  • Swimming nappy
  • Towel

All these items are available for sale at Stars

The Todswim course lasts for three months and  can be repeated if the baby has not gained enough confidence in the first three months. Three months is ample time for most babies to acquire the skills needed to become water safe. Some babies take longer than others. factors are absenteeism because of illness. Sometimes the parents are ill and cannot bring baby. Often this results in catching up and baby takes a while longer than the required three months.

These are the time slots available:







10:45 – 11:15

11:15 – 11:45

17:00 – 17:30

17:30 – 18:00


10:45 – 11:15

11:15 – 11:45

17:00 – 17:30

17:30 – 18:00


12:30 -13:00

13:00 – 13:30

13:30 – 14:00

14:00 –  14:30

Level 1

This is a pre-swimming class for one-year-olds. Games, songs and structured activities help babies to adjust to light submersion and supported back floats.

Entry into and exit from water are taught. The babies learn to move through water on their backs and fronts. First with swimming aids, then unaided.

They learn to hold on to the side of the pool unaided.

They are taught to float on their backs aided and then by themselves.

Level 2

This is a continuation of the course for Level 1 Todswim programme.

This class is for two-year-old children eager to participate with a parent in the water. Games, songs and structured activities lead to 5 sec submersions and back float with minimal assistance and then unaided. Depth awareness is taught.

They learn to blow bubbles, encouraging” breathing” in the water.

Submerging is encouraged by collecting toys from bottom of step.

They learn to move around pool – monkey walking by themselves. They learn to jump in and return to edge of pool by themselves.

Entry to and exit from water – unaided.

Level 3

This is a continuation of the course of the Level 2 Todswim programme.

For three-year-old children skilled in underwater submersions and a supported back float. Games, songs and structured activities lead to back float with light touch and back/front roll-over. Crawl swimming is encouraged. Depth awareness is taught.

During this phase, parent/child interaction will decrease and instructor/child interaction will  increase. Children will learn to swim up to 5m independently. Independent back float – flip from front to back.

Independent entry into and exit from water

Moving through water on noodle – unaided

Moving through water on own – unaided

Float on back – unaided

Jumping into water and returning to edge of pool – unaided

Moving from objects in pool (boat) to side of pool – unaided

Jumping into water and “swimming” length by themselves

Learning to control breathing in water – lifting head at intervals during movement through water.

Please read through our Todswim Rules and Regulations before the start of your baby’s lessons.

Download Todswim Rules & Regulations

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