Beating the heat is top of the list for many this summer, but a close second spot goes to keeping your lil’ ones active and entertained. Dubai is full of great options to suit all ages, from family friendly malls and aquariums to soft play areas and indoor theme parks. But what many of you have been asking us for recently is “where can I take my kids for swimming lessons?”.
So we have rounded up five swimming academies that cover various locations of Dubai, from The Lakes and Meadows to Mirdif, Jumeirah and even the comfort of your own backyard!
Pace DXB, Your Home or Jumeirah
Pace DXB was set up by former Head of PE, Katie Blaymire, to bring high quality, yet affordable sports coaching to Dubai. Her friendly team of fully trained and insured instructors will either come to your own pool at home or in your community, or teach your little ones how to be one with water at De La Mer Day Spa in Jumeirah. If you want to “splash out”, so to speak, you can opt for private lessons that set you back between AED 135-140 per lesson, or you can join a group for AED 80 per session when purchased in bulk. For more information and to book, call 056 472 9762.
Baby Splash Dubai, Various Locations
BabySplash offers a great way for your little ones to develop a relationship with water which will last a lifetime! With classes available at the Lakes Club, Meadows Village, Dubai Ladies Club, Mirdif City Centre and Al Manzil Old Town, you will no doubt find your perfect spot close to home! Their classes are designed to suit children from 3 months old to 3 years, and with the use of songs, toys and fun play their instructors aim to make swimming and water a positive experience for your young ones. Depending on the class location you choose, and whether or not you are a member, their prices for an 11-week courses range from AED 825 - 1,090. All registrations are done directly via the locations, but for more info you can send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Baby Bubbles will not only teach your baby to swim, but they will also teach You how to teach Your baby to swim. By providing thorough explanations and demonstrations of each exercise, you as a parent will feel confident in guiding your baby towards feeling like a fish in water. With 30 minute classes available for babies aged 3-9 months, 10-19 months, 20-24 months and 2-3 years, Baby Bubbles’ six week courses are AED 650. Their courses are held in the indoor pool at Talise Fitness in Madinat Jumeirah. For more information and to book, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are looking for a central location complete with valet parking, sign your baby or toddler up to Water Babies’ 12-week course at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi. By teaching babies foundation swimming skills, they also give little ones vital self-rescue knowledge and promote gross motor development. By singing songs, playing games and using colourful toys they create a happy setting in the wonderful sensory environment of warm water. Courses are AED 900 and are available for babies up to 1 year, 1-2 years or 2years and above. To sign up, call 055 754 4620.
Waves Swim & Sports Academy, Uptown School, Mirdif
Offering classes for babies and toddlers aged from 6 months to 3 years, Waves Academy will not only benefit the child’s swimming ability later on, but will also develop essential water safety skills and coordination skills in the water, all while having fun in the pool. All of their Learn to Swim Instructors are Austswim qualified and use games and songs to make each lesson fun and interactive. During the summer, parents and babies can join the bi-weekly 30 minute classes for AED 160 per week, or during school terms you can sign up for 14 weeks for AED 1,270. To book, call 055 575 2888.