Sessions are held in the Toddler Pool which provides a calm, shallow water based environment allowing babies to explore, connect and even do tummy time. Our carefully researched and sourced sensory equipment optimises our dedicated pool space. Everything you see, hear and touch will contribute to a unique enhanced sensory experience.
Suitable for babies and toddlers aged 8 weeks to 24 months.
Cost (1 Parent, 1 Child):
- Casuals: $13
- Gym & Swim Members: $8 (please bring membership card/wristband on the day)
- Swimming Lessons Members - Starfish and Periwinkle levels: Free (please bring membership wristband on the day)
Online pre-bookings are essential. Please book in parent/guardian name and details attending on the day.
Bookings are for 1 parent and 1 child. Please read our Terms & Conditions below before making a booking.
Aqua Sensory Play bookings are open for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for the following times by age group.
Aqua Sensory Play does not operate during school holidays.
Term 2 2022: 3 May 2022 – 8 July | Transport
8 weeks - 6 months
10.00am - 10.30am
|Polar bear cubs
6 - 12 months
|10.30am - 11.00am
Penguin chicks 12 - 24 months
maximum of 8 children per class.
Terms and Conditions - Aqua Sensory Play
Patrons are required to COVID-SAfe Check-in by using the free mySA Gov App for South Australian Government contact tracing purposes under the Public Activities Direction.
If you do not have a compatible smartphone, a paper record will be available for you to provide your details. Patrons are required to have the confirmation green tick ready to show staff after they have scanned the Centre's QR Code. If you choose not to provide your details, you may be refused entry.
1. Online pre-bookings are required for Aqua Sensory Play sessions.
2. You can book in for Aqua Sensory Play using the following categories:
Swimming Lessons Member: Starfish and Periwinkle levels: Must be enrolled in either a Starfish or Periwinkle Swimming Lesson at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre.
Gym & Swim Member: Must possess an active Gym & Swim Membership corresponding to the name in booking.
Casual: Pay-per session booking.
3. Refunds are not available. Your booking time can be changed prior to the session starting via the confirmation email's "manage booking" option.
4. Activities have been designed for your child's age level. Please book appropriately:
a. Seal Pups: Babies ages 8 weeks to 6 months.
b: Polar bear cubs: Babies ages 6 months to 12 months.
c: Penguin chicks: Toddlers ages 12 months to 14 months.
5. Bookings can be made up to 7 days before session.
6. Additional parents, guardians or companions will need to complete contact tracing documentation on arrival.
7. Patrons are to bring own water bottles. No other food or drink is permitted into the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre.
8. For contact tracing purposes and for traffic flow and social distancing purposes, all parents/guardians attending the Centre for Aqua Sensory, must pre-book online, providing their contact details upon booking. Swimming Lessons and Gym & Swim Members must also bring their access card or wristband to scan at the Centre on entry. If required, replacement cards and wristbands are available at the front desk for $8.
9. Aqua Sensory bookings include the 30 minute session only. No other service is included in your booking. Please refer to the Response Page and Updates for available Centre services that may require an alternative booking.
Social distancing, safety, health and hygiene
The patron is responsible for adhering to social distancing, health and hygiene guidelines:
a. Always keep a 1.5 metre distance between yourself and others.
b. Adhere to assigned entry and exit points
c. Shower before entering the pools
d. Stay home, do not attend your booked session and seek testing if you have the following symptoms:
ii. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
iv. Unexplained loss of smell or altered sense of taste
v. Chills and body aches or muscle pain
vi. A sore throat
viii. Runny nose
e. Wash your hands often and cover coughs and sneezes
10. We are a Watch Around Water endorsed Centre. Please follow the minimum supervision requirements of young children while in the Centre:
a. CHILDREN UNDER 10: All Children under the age of 10 MUST be accompanied into the Centre by a person over the age of 18. All children MUST be actively supervised by an adult over the age of 18 at all times. The adult must have a clear and active view of the child with no physical or structural barriers between them (this includes tech and devices). All children MUST wear a yellow wristband supplied by YMCA staff to help identify their age while swimming. Groups will not be admitted entry where the number of parents/guardians supervising a group of children under 10 years exceeds the ratio of 1:4.
b CHILDREN UNDER 5: All Children MUST be accompanied into the Centre by a person over the age of 18 and supervised within arms’ reach, at all times in the water. All children MUST wear a pink wristband supplied by YMCA staff to help identify their age while swimming. Children will not be admitted without a full fee paying parent/guardian who must also be in the water at all times. Groups will not be admitted entry where the number of parents/guardians supervising a group of children under 5 years exceeds the ratio of 1:2.
11. The patron must adhere to the standard Conditions of Entry to the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre (view them here)
12. Please arrive at the Centre entry 5 minutes prior to your session commencing.
Failure to comply with the above terms and conditions of entry may result in restrictions for further bookings.
Parent and Guardian Information
Aqua Sensory is recommended for babies 8 weeks to 2 years.
The water temperature of the Toddler Pool is approximately 32 degrees Celcius. It is recommended that parents/guardians with babies under 12 months of age, limit water activity to pool water heated to approximately 32 degrees Celcius. The ambient air temperature should be similar.
Ideally babies should be in water up to their shoulders and kept moving.
As soon as your baby starts to shiver, get him out of the pool and wrap him up warmly. Babies lose heat more quickly than adults, so they shouldn't stay in the pool for too long.
Start off with sessions of 10 minutes and build up to 20 minutes. If your baby is under a year old, limit your time in the water to 30 minutes maximum.
If your baby has a bad cold or a fever, or seems unwell, don't go swimming. No one should swim with a tummy bug, and babies, toddler and adults who are unwell should stay out of the pool until there has been no vomiting or diarrhea for at least 48 hours.
If your baby has a skin complaint, check with your GP to make sure that the chlorine won't irritate him. Always rinse the chlorinated water off your baby after swimming. Apply a moisturiser or emollient all over his skin half an hour before swimming and then again afterwards, especially if Baby has dry skin or eczema.
How old must my child be before starting Aqua Sensory Play sessions.
We recommend you start Aqua Sensory Play after your baby is 8 weeks old.
How long can my baby stay in the pool water?
Our Toddler Pool is heated to approximately 32 degrees Celsius. Based on a pool temperature of 32 degrees Celsius, babies under 1 year of age should not be in pool water for more than 30 minutes per session.
What is the optimum pool water temperature for my baby?
The Toddler Pool is heated to approximately 32 degrees Celsius which is an optimum pool temperature for you child's comfort. The indoor nature of the pool also provides a similar ambient air temperature to minimise sudden temperature changes.
Is pool water safe for my baby?
All of our pools are cleaned using the Chlorine, Perlite and UV Neptune Benson filtration system. This system is proven to remove more bacteria than chlorine pools, making our water healthier for your children. If your baby has a skin complaint, check with your GP to make sure that the chlorine won't irritate. Always rinse the chlorinated water off your baby after swimming. Apply a moisturiser or emollient all over Baby's skin half an hour before swimming and then again afterwards, especially if Baby has dry skin or eczema.
What session should I join?
Although we provide age guidance, every child’s development journey is different. If you are unsure please select the earlier age group level. Our instructors will be happy to help you determine if it is the appropriate class for your child at the end of the session.
Seal Pups - 8 weeks to 6 months Just like seal pups, babies in this group are starting to move and doing tummy time.
Polar Bear Cubs - 6 months to 12 months
Babies in this group use all four limbs to move while crawling - just like a polar bear cub!
TODDLERS Penguin Chicks - 12 months to 24 months Children in this age group can be standing and starting to walk with movement like a penguin chick..
What should we wear
SA Aquatic Centre & Leisure Centre only require all children attending Aqua Sensory are wearing an aquatic swimming nappy at all times in the pool. Everything else is up to you. In the warmer months your child may prefer swimming in just a nappy which allows skin to skin contact and maximum sensation. In the cooler months you may prefer to put your child in an appropriate swim suit.
Parents and guardians must go in the water with the child and can wear anything they feel comfortable in. You will be submerged in water up to just above the knee but could get splashed all over.
What should we bring?
If your baby is new to the pool we suggest you may need to leave the pool and sit on the side for a short intermission. Your child may also need feeding mid session. We therefore recommend you bring extra towels to ensure when the session is finished they have a nice dry towel available. As you children will feel the temperature change quickly please bring a change of clothes for them and you and a new nappy.
Can I bring my pram or push chair?
Space is available on the side of the pool for pushchairs and prams. Please ensure you do not obstruct doors or evacuation routes or block pool deck travel routes.
Do you have change tables?
The SA Aquatic Centre has a Family Change Village which provides change tables within cubicles and a central changing island. Our accessible/family change rooms also have change tables.
Do members have free access?
Periwinkle and Starfish levels enroled in Swimming Lessons at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre have free access to Aqua Sensory Play sessions. All other Swimming Lessons levels and Gym & Swim Members can access the classes for a reduced price.
Questions? Please see the frequently asked questions below or complete a form here.
Watch Around Water Policy Information
At YMCA Victoria we are a Watch Around Water endorsed aquatic safety organisation. The following information is the new watch around water policy launched in centre from 1 September 2019.
Watch Around Water is a set of industry guidelines outlining the minimum supervision requirements of young children at all affiliated aquatic venues.
Children under 5 years oldAll Children MUST be accompanied into the Centre by a person over the age of 18 and supervised within arms’ reach, at all times in the water.
All children MUST wear a pink wristband supplied by YMCA staff to help identify their age while swimming.
Children will not be admitted without a full fee paying parent/guardian who must also be in the water at all times. Groups will not be admitted entry where the number of parents/guardians supervising a group of children under 5 years exceeds the ratio of 1:2 (effective September 1 2019).
Children under 10 years oldAll Children under the age of 10 MUST be accompanied into the Centre by a person over the age of 18. All children MUST be actively supervised by an adult over the age of 18 at all times. The adult must have a clear and active view of the child with no physical or structural barriers between them (this includes tech and devices).
All children MUST wear a yellow wristband supplied by YMCA staff to help identify their age while swimming. Groups will not be admitted entry where the number of parents/guardians supervising a group of children under 10 years exceeds the ratio of 1:4.
Birthday PartiesAll children under the age of 10 MUST be accompanied into the Centre by a person over the age of 18 and handed over to the supervision of the birthday party leader (staff member).
All birthday party participants must wear a BLUE wristband AND an age based wristband (pink or yellow) to identify their participation in a party (effective September 1 2019). The adult guardian of the birthday party child MUST remain accessible and actively supervise the group at all times.
At the conclusion of the birthday party the child/children will remain in the supervision of the birthday party leader and supervising parent until physically handed over to their supervising parent/guardian.
Visit the watch around water websiteFor more information visit the Watch Around Water website.