Frequently Asked Questions

When is the right age to start swimming?
In Little Splashes, we pride our syllabus to not only address water confidence and water safety. We carefully crafted our program to address 5 different developments. These are their physical, cognitive, emotional, temperament and language development.
We are surrounded with water everywhere we go. Being around water has been a very important and essential life skill. The earlier babies start our program, the better they are around water and the more neural network is developed.

You may read more details on our program’s benefits at Our Programmes page.

What methodology do you use?
In Little Splashes, we believe in holistic learning. With a 30 minutes lesson, we carefully craft and address different developments. Our program do not only target water safety and confidence, we address different development in your child.

For more information, you may read more from Our Program page.

What is the teacher-student ratio?
Our normal class ratio is 1:5 per lesson. With our low class ratio of 1:5, Teachers are able to facilitate, instruct and impart knowledge individually.
Are your swim teachers certified?
All of our Teachers have to go through an intensive training program before they are able to conduct a class independently. Each teacher has to go through an intensive of in-house training with more than 100 hours of water time before they are assessed. Every term break, all Instructors are called back for teacher’s updates or additional trainings to improve since our syllabus is constantly evolving together with our children’s learning ability.

Additionally, all our Teachers are SSI and Austswim certified. These are international recognised certification associations.

How long or fast can my child learn to swim?
We respect that every child is different in their own unique way. They learn and develop differently and at their own pace. We do not put pressure and expectations on our students but guide their physical and mental development by adjusting our lessons accordingly.

Our Infants & Toddlers programs are designed according to the average milestone. Thus, we group our students according to their age group.

Our Children programs are crafted according to our student’s learning ability. Every 6 months, our Teachers will assess our students over a period of a month to ensure consistency. We will, thereafter, group them according to their performance to Ensure optimal lesson performance and progression.

Is 30 minutes sufficient?
A lot of documentaries and research articles have proven that children under 7 years old have an average of 20 minutes attention span. At the age of 2, they have maximum of 10 minutes attention span. At 3 years old, it increases to 15 minutes and subsequently increases every 5 minutes yearly.

In Little Splashes, we are constantly moving our children in the water. Our lessons are packed with different songs (for Infants & Toddlers) and activities. These are all carefully crafted to meet our program’s objectives. With our low class ratio of 1:5, Teachers are able to facilitate, instruct and impart knowledge individually. Therefore, with 30 minutes of constant movements in the water, 30 minutes of lesson is sufficient.

What is the purpose of registration fee?
In Little Splashes, we have different packages that suits different parents’ preference and flexibility. There are 2 different type of trials and 2 different packages available.

There is a single trial lesson that is available for parents who want to try before deciding on taking up any packages. This single trial lesson can also be used as an ad-hoc session if decided to attend an additional class out of the normal committed package.

If a single trial is not enough to determine to commit, we do have a 4-trial bundle deal. This deal enables both child and parent to attend 4 continuous weekly lessons with the same teacher and schedule. This will allow both parties to determine if one would like to commit to learn on a term or semester basis.

In order for a parent to enjoy our special package price, the student whom is attending the lesson would have to be a member with Little Splashes. This membership allows the student to enjoy package discount, use of our facility, members benefits with our collaborated partners and priority booking during renewal period.

What is the difference between a term package and flexible package?
There are 2 different packages that are available in Little Splashes. Both packages caters to different needs and meets different requirements. However, prior booking is required for all lessons regardless of packages.

Term package last over a 3 months duration with either 11 or 12 lessons (depending on the term). Lessons will be booked weekly continuously for the whole term at a fixed time and day. Term package will be pro-rated if you sign the package in between the term. There are 3 make-up lessons that a student can arrange in a term with valid supporting documents.

Flexible package last over a 6 months duration with 20 lessons. There will be a total of 24 weeks available for a student to finish utilising 20 lessons. This package is designed for parents who prefer more flexibility for their child. Parents who prefer to change lessons according to their shift work or other commitments. There are also 3 make-up lessons per term available that a student can arrange within a term with valid supporting documents. Although the flexibility, we do encourage parents to keep lessons consistent for your child to learn and progress according to our carefully crafted syllabus.

If we start in the middle of the term, will we be missing out on anything?
Little Splashes programs are structured according to age group for our infants & toddlers program & group according to our student’s abilities for our children learn to swim program. In every lesson, our trained and qualified Little Splashes Teachers will assess our students according to their performance and mood. We are also trained to adjust the activities and objectives according to their day’s performance.

Therefore, we respect and cater to every student’s performance, mood, attention span and learning ability individually. We will fit their pace progressively without affecting their morale and esteem. Thus, if your child joins us in the middle of our term, this will be taken care of. Take it easy and go with the flow as instructed by our Teachers.

Our programs are catered to individual students in educating and teaching your child in a progressive learning pace to suit them. Therefore, your child will not be missing out on any skills that was taught previously.

Why are 2 layers of diapers in Little Splashes compulsory?
In Little Splashes, we pride our water quality. Keeping our water clean and optimal for all our students and parents. Therefore, it is mandatory for all students under 3 years old or not toilet trained to wear 2 layers of diapers for every lesson.

The first layer of swim diaper is the disposable swim diaper. We accept any brand of disposable swim diaper. This layer will hold or absorb a substantial amount of urine or faeces.

The second layer of swim diaper is the reusable swim diaper. There are a lot of different materials and brands in the market for purchase. We recommend any reusable swim diaper that is fitting by the hips and thighs with ideally inner layer of mesh material. We do not accept training diapers or any swim diapers that inner layer is made of cotton.

We do sell these diapers over our counter if you like to purchase it before swim lessons. Alternatively, do feel free to contact us if you have any doubts on the material of the diapers.

My child is toilet trained and she is under 3 years old. Why must she still wear diaper?
To ensure the quality and hygiene of our water, we would like to be more conservative. Many a times through our past experience, toddlers who are over excited or relaxed tend to forget or ignore the warning signs of the need to go to the toilet.

Therefore, it is mandatory for all toddlers under 3 years old or not toilet trained to wear 2 layers of our recommend swim diapers.

Why does parent require for children below 3 years old?
Infants as new as 3 months old to toddlers aged 36 months old are required to have a parent in the water during their swim lessons. Through our program, both parent and child are able to nurture a great nurturing bond.

Our swim Teachers will facilitate the class and guide parents on how to execute and assist their child accordingly. This would make the parent the teacher to the child for the whole lesson.

Can both parents enter the water together?
Although we do acknowledge that most children would prefer to have both parents in the water during their swim lessons, but we prefer our student to gain the most out of the whole lesson. Through our experience, with only one parent in the water would allow both parent and child to focus and follow instructions better. This would prevent any form of distractions and creating a more conducive learning environment. However, we do allow change of parents lesson by lesson.

Unfortunately, we only allow one parent into the pool, so that the parent can give full attention to their child and able to take instructions clearly from the teacher. This will also to prevent any form of distraction from other parents. As we would want all students to have a conducive learning environment.

Who will be the best person to accompany the child in the water?
We believe that both parents play a very important role in their child’s life. Although your child may respond differently towards either, that does not show that any parent is less important than the other. Both parents give a different sense of security and meets the different needs. Both parents may alternate week by week for swim lessons or to seek opinion of your child.

Many of our parents prefer to have the parent that spends lesser time at home to accompany their child in the water. This creates a special bond between both parent and child.

Can I stay on the deck since it is our first time? I would like to observe the class closer myself
Due to safety, we do not allow any additional person on the deck or wet area.

In Siglap outlet, we have a live TV broadcast that shows the lesson on a big screen. It is viewable at our waiting area.

In Yio Chu Kang outlet, we do have a full glass window viewing gallery in our air-conditional waiting area to view the class.

In Selaseh outlet, we have high chairs placed along the corridor from a slight distance away from the pool for viewing without distractions.

We do not encourage parents or audiences to distract our students during lesson while viewing. We would prefer our students to gain the full benefit of the 30 minutes session.

I have paid for the Term Package and I can’t make it for my actual class time slot. I would like to transfer all the remaining classes to another day and time. Is it possible?
We understand that everyone might have changes in their schedule along the way. Thus, you may move all the remaining lessons to another timing permanently. However, this is subjected to the class availability.
My child is very advanced for her age group. Can I promote her to the next class when she has not reached the age group?
Our Teachers are trained to adjust activities according to the child’s learning ability and performance. We will not be able to promote your child in advanced as we would prefer her to learn at her own pace according to her development. When she reaches the appropriate age to get promoted, we will recommend and promote her to respective age group level for the following term.
My schedule is very unpredictable. I am unable to commit to a fix time and day. Can I still join?
Yes, you may consider to join our Flexible package. This package is design to cater to parents whose schedule that is not fixed or prefer to attend lessons at an ad-hoc basis. However, we encourage parents to keep attend lessons at least one week once to keep the consistency.

Please note that all lessons are subjected to availability. Therefore, you might prefer to contact us to check our available slots beforehand.

What is your make-up policy?
There is a maximum of THREE make-ups per term

  • Make-Up is valid when parent/student informs the school of absence at least a day in advance (via direct call during operation hours AND/OR via email after operation hours)
  • If parent/student is unable to inform the school in advance, a Medical Certificate/Travel Itinerary/ Supporting Documents is required to validate the Make-Up request
  • All classes that have been booked, secured and confirmed in advance with payment – that require any rescheduling, or changes during any part of the term, shall be counted as a Make-Up
  • Make-Ups must be booked before the end of the term, otherwise will consider as expired.
I do not know how to swim and fear of water. Can I don’t go inside water?
With our shallow pool depth, parents are not required to swim during lessons. However, you would need to be comfortable in moving around the pool while holding your child.
What do I need to prepare before the class?

For our Infants/ Toddlers program, parents are required to prepare the following items:

Compulsory :

  1. Disposable swim diaper
  2. Reusable swim diaper
    (Do contact us if you have further queries on the Reusable diapers material)
  3.  Infant swimwear (on top of 2 compulsory layers) [Optional]
  4. Loose T-shirt for parent that will be in the water
  5. Parent swimwear is your preference
  6. Towel

Swim diapers as well as Reusable swim diaper is also available in our school over the counter.

For our Children program, parents are required to prepare the following items:

  1. Swimwear
  2. Towel
  3. Goggles (Optional)

Our showers are equipped with complimentary body wash and filtered warm water. You may bring your own toiletries too.

My child is a special need and require special attention, do your school provide such lesson?
Yes, we do. However, we have limited slots and require our teacher’s assessment before we recommend an appropriate time slot.

We do conduct 1:1 lessons for students who require special attention. For such cases, we keep the lesson ratio smaller than our normal lessons, which is 1:3.

Can I group my 20 months old with 6 months old?
Due to their large age gap, we do not encourage both of them to be in the same lesson. However, we respect your decision if you prefer both to be in the same class. We will conduct the lesson according to the younger age due to the development of the child.
My child has been taking lesson for 6 months elsewhere, which level can my child join?
If your child is able to swim 1 proper stroke (Survival backstroke, survival sidestroke, Front Crawl, Backstroke, Breaststroke or Butterfly), we will be able to put your child in our Children Intermediate class for an assessment. Thereafter, our teacher will advise on appropriate class to attend for the term.

If your child is new to the water and is unable to swim any proper stroke, we will be assessing her in our Children Foundation course. We will, then, advise you on which class to attend for the term.

How do I track my child’s progression?
Every 6 months, our Swim Teachers will assess all of our students and issue a checklist to their parents for reference. Our Checklist are designed based on the average milestone guidelines in relation to water activities for our Infants & Toddlers program. Checklist of our Children program is tagged according to their water confidence, water safety and swim stroke progression. Regularly, our Swim Teachers will input feedbacks to parents via our Parent’s App if we are unable to catch you for a chat in between or after lessons. However, a checklist is available for our members only. It is not available for students who are attending any of our trials or trial bundles.

Twice a year, Little Splashes will organise Swim Safer test for our students with our partner in the public pool. Our Swim Teachers will advice you when your child is ready for the test. Although we do prepare our students for Singapore’s national certification, we do input more than what is required. We include additional strokes like Survival Sidestroke & Boat Safety to name a couple.

Our Swimming Lessons Programme