The STARFISH Awards are suitable for introducing babies as young as 6 months to swimming. Please refer to the ILSP Resources Manual for further recommendations. The series is undertaken in shallow water with the guardian in the water holding and supporting the baby. Buoyancy aids may be worn but they are not necessary as the guardian is holding the baby throughout. It is important that the baby is also supported properly, including the head; eye contact should always be maintained and words of encouragement frequently given.