Bookings are now open for the Autumn term of beginner classes in Cornwall & South Devon.
Tuesday 1st September and will run for 10 weeks until Saturday 14th November (Excluding October half term, although lessons will run on Monday 26th October at Chycara and Derriford and at Woodlands and Dame Hannah’s on Sunday 1st November)
Your inclusive underwater photo shoot sitting is held in Ivybridge on Sunday 15thNovember (Save the date!)
When to start?
Your baby can start swimming from birth. The sooner you start, the easier it is and it will be second nature to your little one who has been surrounded by fluid for 9 months in the womb.
But what’s also very important is that you are ready too, if you don’t feel quite ready yet, dads or other family members are more than welcome to be with babies in the pool.
What pool to choose?
If your baby is less than 12 weeks or 12lbs they will need to start swimming in a hydrotherapy pool which is heated to 34°C or above. (those marked *).
If your baby is 12+ weeks and weighs more than 12lbs they can swim at any of our venues which are 30 degrees or above. (Normal leisure centres are a cooler 27-28 degrees)
What day & time to choose?
It’s important that you and your baby are relaxed when you arrive for your lesson. Try to choose a day when you don’t have too many other commitments.
Many parents choose to modify their little ones routine ever so slightly on the day they swim to allow for feeding and sleeping times and chances are your baby will sleep well after the class, leaving you to get lots done (or join them for a snooze). Our early evening ‘bath time’ classes are very popular with parents, allowing you to get baby ready for bed right after the lesson and (usually) get a great night’s sleep!
Choose your class!
Monday 17:00 at Derriford Hospital very warm hydro pool
Tuesday 17:30 at Woodlands School Whitleigh very warm hydro pool
Tuesday 18:00 at Dame Hannah Rogers Hydro Ivybridge very warm hydro pool
Wednesday 17:00 or 19:30 at Woodlands School Whitleigh very warm hydro pool
Thursday 1:30 at St Mellion International nr Saltash warm pool
Sunday 12:30 at Dame Hannah Rogers Hydro Ivybridge very warm hydro pool
Sunday 10:15 am at Woodlands School Whitleigh very warm hydro pool
Friday 11:30am Compton Pool Farm nr Marldon Totnes warm pool
Saturday 12:00 & 12:30 Mayfield School Torquay very warm hydro pool
Monday 11:00at Chycara nr Truro warm pool
Friday 12:00 at Atlantic Reach nr Newquay for babies over 12 llbs or 12 weeks
Saturday 10:00 & 12:00 at Chycara nr Truro warm pool
The cost of our 10 week chapters, including a place on our professional underwater photo shoot is £155 the purchase of any images from the shoot is extra.
(Some are existing chapter 2 spaces, this means these groups have swam for ten weeks but have spaces for older more confident beginners to join us)
When you call to book we will talk through everything you need to know including,
The Magical World of Water Babies!
The unique part of our programme is ‘The Magical World of Water Babies’ this sets out the journey you will go on together course by course. We will send you this amazing keep sake book, and for each course we will send you specific badges and stickers (at no extra cost) to fill up the book as you progress through each milestone.
Bubba our very friendly Whale will guide you through page by page and detail the skills and progressions you will learn.
So this wonderful book becomes your lifetime keepsake (you can embarrass your little one with it at their 18th birthday)
Because it’s a story our programme is split into Chapters: Chapter 1, Chapter 2 etc there are 17 in total so you can stay until your little one is 4 years old.
Your complimentary Underwater Photo Shoot Sitting in Chapter one!
Your first chapter also includes a complimentary underwater photo shoot sitting. Our photo shoot day is an added bonus for all beginners. You have the unique opportunity to obtain underwater photographs of your baby, taken by our professional photographer. Our shoot takes place in the lovely warm waters of one of our hydro pools near Plymouth. We have an underwater studio set up with a back drop and the best flash lighting available. After you have had your photographs taken, you can get dried and dressed and make your way to the viewing room. We have many viewing stations set up and our team will show you how to use them to view, crop, zoom and select your images. Coming along to the shoot does not include the purchase of any images, but once you have decided on your favourites, you can buy them on the day or order at a later date. They start at £99.99 for a 15 x 10 print, digital sticks are also available.
My Water World
Yet another unique offering with us is My Water World which is our free online members club that entitles you to a range of treats and offers each month.
These national offers give you money off other baby related products and activities. The best part being, you don’t have to do a thing!
The club automatically sends you the latest offers to your inbox each month, so do look out for them as there are often great prizes and giveaways as well!
Happy Nappy System
All little ones swimming with us are required to wear a swim nappy (reusable or disposable) and either a splash about brand ‘Happy Nappy’ or Water Babies brand ‘Happy Nappy’over the top. (Even if they are toilet trained) The Happy Nappy has snug bands around the legs and the waist to stop any leakages happening whilst you’re in the pool.. You can get them either from us, they are £9.99 or for a full starter pack, including reusable swim nappy, a pack of liners and a happy nappy, it’s £15.99. Do also check online or look at our website at www.waterbabies.co.uk for more information about the classes and what you need to wear.
Many thanks for your interest in Water Babies, and I do hope that we’ll be seeing you at our classes soon and If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.
We were thrilled to have Phoenix, the youngest water baby ever, join our classes.
If you want to wait for a later term (we have four a year) If you would like to join our waiting/mailing list to be kept up to date with all things Water Babies, then just send us the following by emailing email@example.com or clicking on the 'ask about classes' link on this website,
· Your Full Name
· Your Landline telephone number
· Your Mobile Telephone number
· Your Email Address
· Your Full Home Address
· Your little one's name and date of birth or your EDD.
· How you heard about us?
· Any relevant Medical Conditions?
· And please let us know if you would require disabled facilities/equipment at the pool.
We will send you a timetable so you can choose your preferred class, day, time and venue, then you can call us to book, on 01752 605627.
Your details will remain on our waiting/mailing list for all other future term information, but whilst you’re waiting, keep an eye on our Facebook page!
Let’s teach your baby to swim.....
We recommend that the sooner you can get your little one into the pool the better. When they are young they are very open to new experiences and of course, they have just spent 9 months in the womb so they actually feel quite at home in the water. For younger babies (under 6 months) you will need to keep them in a warmer pool if possible, ideally 32 degrees + as they are not able to regulate their body temperatures in the same way we are.
Some of our venues offer lovely warm hydrotherapy temperatures perfect for new-borns; the youngest Water Baby was just one day old when he started swimming with us! NHS guidelines say you can take your baby swimming at any time, regardless of whether they’ve had their injections. The high quality of the water required in pools makes the likelihood of transmitting infections very unlikely; plus, the diseases against which your baby is inoculated can’t be carried in chlorinated water anyway. So the right time to start is ‘any time’!
Our teachers will guide you through everything and we’re proud to say that we really do have the best baby swimming teachers in the world. Our baby programme is endorsed by the national governing body for swimming, the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), and ours are the only teachers who can obtain a nationally recognised diploma in baby swimming. No other baby & toddler swimming school can say that, so it’s a real testament to our extremely high standard of professional training. Many of our teachers are local parents themselves (and have completed the course with their own children), so understand exactly what you're going through. They’re trained to tune in very carefully to the needs of both you and your baby; this is one of the most magical times in people’s lives so we work incredibly hard to enhance it. Our world-class teachers could have trained as private pilots – five times over – in the 300+ hours it takes them to fully qualify with us. The bar is set very high, and not everyone passes. And, as you’d expect, they’re all DBS-checked. But we believe our standards go a long way towards keeping both your child (and our reputation) as safe as possible.
Each lesson is half an hour long and its one parent in the water for the duration of the lesson but you can alternate each week who hops in, it’s also nice to have a dry pair of hands on the pool side. In some of our venues we allow the use of cameras to capture your baby’s first swim with us, please always double check before taking any pictures.
All little ones swimming with us are required to wear a double swim nappy system. This can either be a reusable or disposable inner layer and a ‘Happy Nappy’ over the top. (Even if they are toilet trained) The Happy Nappy has snug bands around the legs and the waist to stop any leakages happening whilst you’re in the pool. You can get it from us, they are £9.99 or for a full starter pack, including reusable swim nappy inner, a pack of liners and an outer happy nappy, it’s £15.99. Do also check here in for more information about the classes and what you need to wear.
Once you have booked your space we will send you a lovely keep sake scrapbook for your little one called ‘Our Magical Water Babies Story’ this book will become your guide to each chapter and has stickers for you to put in at the time you complete each skill in the lesson. Because it’s a story our programme is split into Chapters: Chapter 1, Chapter 2 etc. there are 17 in total so you can stay until your little one is 4 years old.
At the end of your first chapter you have the unique opportunity to attend a professional underwater photo shoot sitting. We aim to make the photo shoot a fun experience, based upon activities from your normal lessons with the photography carefully interwoven. We’ve found this reassuring familiarity to be the best way of ensuring you and your baby can relax and enjoy the event! Held in the very warm waters of our hydro pool in Ivybridge nr Plymouth it’s the best place to capture those magical underwater moments.
Our next shoot date is Sunday 2nd August 2015. For more information take a peek at the photos page!
You will also receive membership to ‘My Water World’ which is our online club that entitles you to a range of treats and offers each month, giving you money off other baby related products and activities. The best part being, you don’t have to do a thing! The club automatically sends you the latest offers to your inbox each month, so do look out for them as there are often great prizes and giveaways as well!
The cost is £155 for the ten lessons and includes the photo shoot sitting at the end. (The purchase of any images from the shoot is extra)
Finally....our main aim is to enable your child to be incredibly confident and happy in the water, right from the word go. Clients tell us that it’s a fantastic bonding time and often increases their confidence in water just as much as their child’s. With little ones swimming short distances independently by as young as 30 months our unique programme speaks for itself!
Each term we run a few FREE taster classes, our next ones will be in July.
Taster sessions are free of charge, we just ask that you bring along your own neoprene swim nappy (Neo or SplashAbout).
Spaces are limited so do give us a call to find out more or to book on for one.
Once your little one has progressed to the toddler stages of our classes we can award them for their achievements! Your teacher is one of the only teachers who can obtain a nationally recognised diploma in baby swimming. No other baby & toddler swimming school can say that, so it’s a real testament to our extremely high standard of professional training. It’s this training and work with the ASA that means that our teachers are fully qualified to assess and award the ASA stage badges! We are thrilled to be able to award these badges and it comes from a lot work behind the scenes with our teachers and the Amateur Swimming Association. We’re proud to say that we really do have the best baby swimming teachers in the world. The badges will be awarded when your child meets the criteria set out by the ASA. Generally Stage 1 is awarded at the end of our Toddler 4 level, Stage 2 at the end of our Toddler 8 level and Stage 3 at the end of our Toddler 12 level. Your teacher also continuously works towards distance badges Including 5m, 10m, 15m, 20m & 25m badges! So get clearing some space on the walls for all the certificates to come and get out the needle and thread to sew on the badges!!
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Lots of our little swimmers post amazing videos of their achievements and parents can share reviews and stories with us!https://www.facebook.com/WaterBabiesCornwallandSouthDevon
We're always on a Pool Hunt!
Water Babies Cornwall & South Devon is currently looking for private pools across our area to fulfil demand! If you have a lovely warm pool, or you know someone who does, get in touch. The benefits to hiring your pool out to Water Babies are endless....
About our Venues?
All of our venues operate at a minimum of 30 degrees, however we do have hydrotherapy pools available in all areas which are heated to 34 degrees. Any baby who is under 12lbs or 12 weeks old needs to start their swimming journey in water of 32 degrees or more, if you need more details as to the suitability of venues do give us a call. There is room poolside for spectators at all venues so partners and grandparents never miss out on watching little one's magical journey.
We are very excited to offer gift vouchers - a perfect gift for a baby shower, a birthday or special occasion! You can use the vouchers towards lessons, photos, toys or nappies....available in any amount you choose, just call to order...01752 605627!
We have full time office hours Monday –Friday 9:00am -5:30pm so you can always reach us! But if we are away from our desk please always leave a message and we will get back to you!