One of the questions I am often asked by those starting our aquanatal classes is whether they need to bring any special equipment or maternity swimwear and the answer is no, none at all! We provide floats and supports for all attending classes. However a few tips:
- Most pools prefer patrons to wear hats so make sure you get one that you are comfortable wearing before the class. You can buy them at reception in the National Aquatic Centre.
- As we do move about a fair bit in the class most of the women find one piece swimwear more comfortable. However specialised maternity swimwear is not essential. You might even find shopping for regular swimwear in a larger size gives you more choice and more value. Some women will add a black bra under their swimsuit for added support.
- It is highly recommended that you wear flip flops to classes. While pools do their very best to ensure non-slip surfaces, they cannot guarantee it. With the added bump, your balance is constantly changing and it can be difficult to adjust. A pair of flip flops will help you to keep your footing.
As I research and develop my swimming classes I do introduce new aids which you may find particularly useful or therapeutic. I am, of course, happy to let you know where I source these aids – just ask at class or leave a comment below.
If a pool where our antenatal classes take place has some special requirement for equipment I will let you know by email when you register for this class.
Lastly the most important thing anyone can bring to a class is themselves! I know sometimes on a rainy evening in November the last thing you want to do is haul yourself back out to a swimming pool. But I guarantee that you will leave the class feeling energised and positive no matter what equipment we use or which swimwear you have on!