Water Babies Classes Update

Monday 22nd February | We're looking to return in April!

It was great to get a clearer sense of the government's roadmap for easing lockdown on Monday. The announcement suggested that, if things keep going in the right direction and if the data allows, then indoor pools can start to reopen from the 12th April 2021.

We are currently working with your local venues and governing bodies to re-open our pools as soon as we can following this date. As soon as we have an update for you, your local office will be in contact. If you were previously booked on to a photoshoot during lock down, your local office will be in touch to re-schedule. So please hang tight and we will be in touch via email once we have more details about getting back into each of our pools. Your specific details and new term dates will be sent closer to the time and once your pool has agreed to an exact return date (and of course we need to still keep up-to-date with the latest information from the government).

Once again, we’d like to say a huge thank you for your continued loyalty and support. This news will create lots of questions coming into our small teams, so we apologise if we’re a little slower at responding during this time, but we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

We hope you stay safe and well during this time, and we can’t wait to see you back in the pool soon!

Thank you. 💙🧡

Water Babies.


  • We have a precise record of exactly where you left off in your Water Babies journey which means we will know exactly where to pick up. We will also call on our extensive 18+ years of experience in reintroducing children to the water that have had a long break, making sure to tailor your first lesson back with us to fit your little one’s needs.

    Rest assured that our aquatics team have been developing lesson plans to ensure you get the best reintroduction to the water possible, continuing to help your little one build water confidence and reach key milestones in their development right from the get-go.

  • We will do our absolute best to ensure continuity across all of our classes, but this might not always be possible in every case. We’ll be working incredibly closely with our pools and our teachers for this continuity but our promise to you is that you will be taught by one of our experienced Water Babies teachers, in a pool that is thoroughly vetted to the Water Babies standard, with classmates at a similar developmental stage.

  • The health and safety of our customers and colleagues will always be our number one priority, and we are complying with the Government's guidance on managing any potential risk in all of our pools and operations. We are taking all the necessary steps to ensure that we can deliver the best teaching experience for you and your little one in the safest possible way.

    Swim England, the national governing body for swimming in England has published the guidance (in partnership with all the home countries national governing bodies too) for returning to the pool in accordance with the most recent updates from the UK Government. Examples of some of these measures includes increased hygiene and cleaning routines as well as strict social distancing rules that will always be adhered to. From the changing rooms to the water, every step of your experience with us will be made as safe as possible.

  • Your local office will be in touch with you as soon as your pool is ready for you to begin swimming with us again.

  • We’ll be working closely with all of our colleagues and venues to ensure that all Government guidance is adhered to at all times. From the car park to the changing rooms and right the way through to the water, every step of your Water Babies journey will be made as safe as possible.

  • Yes, they are! After a short suspension while we got all of the safety procedures ready for their return, our photo shoots are now running once more. This will give you the opportunity to have a stunning keepsake of your baby's progress to cherish for years to come.

    For more information on our new photo shoots, including our frequently asked questions, please visit our photo shoots page here.

  • Your local office will be more than happy to help answer any additional questions that you might have. The best way to do this is to reach out by email but please be patient with them at this time as they try to get back to everyone as quickly as they can.

    Keep checking back to our FAQ’s as these will develop as we hear more from the Government guidance and our swimming national governing bodies for all home countries.  

  • We take the safety and hygiene of our lesson environments very seriously.

    We lead the way in the baby swimming industry having actually written the British Standards specific for the operation of swim schools teaching children 0-4 years of age. These standards promote best industry practice with specific reference to; pool water treatment, the general cleanliness of the pool environment and pool water temperatures.

    Now, with the arrival of Coronavirus, these standards are even more relevant and necessary.

    Following the recent PWTAG (Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group) advice and in-line with our standard operating procedures, we are continuing to work with, as we always have, each and every one of the pool operators where we hold our lessons to continually coordinate all recommended health and safety measures.

    Our 4 point action plan supports the following:

    1. Frequent and regular testing of pool water quality.
    2. Full compliance of pool water pH and disinfectant levels.
    3. Regular pool water bacteriological tests carried out by specialist laboratories.
    4. Structured cleaning regime of ALL areas used by the public including the changing rooms, pool surrounds and all teaching equipment to fully comply with not only industry standards, but government recommendations also.

    We understand that a Water Babies lesson is not just about the pool, it’s the entire experience. And it’s our overriding purpose to make your experience as safe and enjoyable as possible.

For more detailed information for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, please see the official statements below.




Northern Ireland

For your continued safety outside of the pool, please make sure you are also following official advice on prevention best-practice. Thoroughly washing and sanitising your hands, coughing and sneezing into disposable tissues or sleeves and not touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands aren’t clean.

We will continue to review everything as the situation progresses so please keep an eye on this page or contact your local office for updates.

We are all one big Water Babies family. We’re here to help and support all of our members stay safe and healthy throughout this time.

All the best,

The Water Babies Team