Baby Toddler Swim Classes

Baby toddler swim lessons | Chicago Blue Dolphins

Singing “Ring Around the Rosy” is a favorite part of our baby and toddler swim classes.

Would you like your baby or toddler to develop a lifelong love of the water? At Chicago Blue Dolphins, we help them do just that by using a child-centered approach for our infant-toddler swim classes. We use songs, games and toys to bring joy to the learning process, which helps the children learn faster and better and eliminates pressure, anxiety, crying and coughing.

We introduce skills when your child is ready, open and relaxed.  We take the tears out of the process and foster fun in learning. There are never any forced back floats, immersions or aggressive skills-based teaching.

We adopted the child-centric philosophy nearly a decade ago, and the results have been amazing. When a child is happy and enjoying learning, the skills become ingrained in a positive way, and this leads to stronger, higher quality swim strokes as they develop.

What Can You Expect from Our Baby and Toddler Swim Classes?

How Old Are the Children in the Baby Toddler Swim Classes?
These classes are for children from 6 months to 4 years old. We like to have mixed age ranges because each age group contributes in different ways to the class. As our older kids pick up more advanced gross motor skills, such as kicking faster, they serve as role models for the infants. At the same time, infants tend to put their faces in the water faster, showing the older kids that it’s not that scary.

As a parent, you will be in the water and will be an active participant on your child’s swim journey.  You will be your child’s “spotter,” helping him or her perform the activities safely and happily.

We also teach you the skills you need to take what you learn in class and have fun with your little one in the pool, lake or ocean.

If you’d like more information on our teaching approach and on the classes in our sequence, please refer to the presentation to the right.

What Levels of Classes Do You Offer for Infants and Toddlers?
Infant-Toddler Roadmap

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All of our babies and toddlers begin in Infant Toddler 1 and work their way up to Infant Toddler 3. The amount of time that takes depends on the age of your child, whether they come to class once per week or more frequently, and the pace at which they become comfortable with the water and the skills they’re developing.

For an in-depth look at our baby and toddler curriculum, check out our Infant-Toddler Roadmap.

How Many Kids are in Each Class?
We keep the size of our classes small to give each parent-child more attention and practice. Our student-to-teacher ratio in our Infant Toddler swim classes is 5:1 maximum.
How Long Do Classes Last?
Each Infant Toddler swim class lasts for 30 minutes. The time flies by, and at that age, half an hour in the pool tuckers the kids out.

Enrollment in our Infant-Toddler Swim Classes is open-ended, but we encourage you to commit to at least 15 weeks (3 months). This is the amount of time it takes your young swimmer to become comfortable in the water and to make measurable improvements. With these classes, you can begin any time. You don’t have to wait for the start of the next session.

What are the Pools Like?
In our custom-designed Swim Studio, babies and toddlers swim in warm, comfortable Endless Pools. The pool sizes and warm water are ideal for our youngest swimmers (and you, the parent or caregiver!). As they get older, our Endless Pools will help your child learn faster and will make him/her a better swimmer overall.
What is the Cost?
The monthly tuition for our Baby Toddler program is as follows. Note that we offer a discount when you enroll your child in more than one class per week. Coming more frequently also speeds up the learning process.


Classes per Week Cost Per Month
1 $89
2 $170
3 $245
4 $316

In addition to tuition, there is a $20 annual membership fee to cover insurance and safety costs. If you continue on with us beyond one year (and we hope you do), you’ll be charged the membership fee on each anniversary.

If you withdraw from the class before the end of the 3-month term, there is a $50 cancellation fee. For more details about withdrawing from a class, see “Disenrollment from Automatic Tuition Renewal” on our Policies and Procedures page.

How Does Your Billing Work?
When you register for a class, we charge your credit card that day for the first month of tuition. We will then set you up for automatic payment on the same day in subsequent months. We will keep you on auto pay until your child moves into a class with a different tuition or until you discontinue taking classes.
How Do Parents Rate Your Classes?
Parents rave about our classes. We encourage you to check out our online reviews:
Do You Offer Private Lessons for Babies and Toddlers?
Sorry, but we do not offer private lessons to this age group. Private lessons are available at the age of 4.
What Is Your Class Schedule?
Here’s our schedule for Infant Toddler swim classes, which are held at our Swim Studio.  You can filter the results by day of the week, time of day and instructor.

We offer online registration for the entry-level class, Infant-Toddler 1.  If you see a SIGN UP button next to the class name, there is space available and you can register online.  If you would like to register for a more advanced class,  schedule a make-up, or put yourself on a waiting list for a class that’s full, please contact our office.

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If you would rather speak with someone, please feel free to call us at (773) 342-7250 during our office hours (Monday – Friday: 9 am – 7 pm | Saturday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm). You can also provide your contact information below, and a member of our team will get back to you within 1 business day.

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