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Baby swimming with Water Babies is an exciting, enriching experience for both you and your little one. Not only does it teach vital life skills, but it also enhances the way babies and toddlers learn other skills, too. No one else reaches our high standards of professionalism, and no one else works harder to make sure you and your little one feel happy and safe. And we always incorporate lots of bonding, fun and socialising, so you can be sure that a Water Baby is a happy baby!

Classes across Cornwall & South Devon are run by Kate Evans, a former A&E registrar. When it proved difficult to juggle hospital hours with her young family, Kate found the answer to her working dilemma after she and GP husband Paul discovered Water Babies with their children, Polly & Sam.  

“Unusually, I’d learnt to swim as a baby myself,” Kate recalls (we’ve always said it makes you brainy). “I could swim 3 miles when I was just 6 years old. So with our own children, it quickly became the one activity we’d never miss. Polly adored it from the start. If I’m honest, Sam was originally rather more fowl than fish, but now the confidence and fun they both enjoy in water is amazing.”

Kate’s medical background is invaluable to us at Water Babies’ head office, and she's heavily involved with our new paediatric safety course. Locally, her background helps with things like reassuring nervous parents. “I do get a lot of questions about general medical problems like colic and reflux,” she admits, “but it's great to be able to continue to share my knowledge!”

The wonderfully enthusiastic Jemma is the friendly voice in the office, while a team of highly qualified teachers completes the Water Babies crew. They’d love to hear from you, so why not give them a call? Or check out the banter on the Water Babies Cornwall & South Devon Facebook page.

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You can still join us this term!

Even though the term began yesterday it will run for 10 weeks until Sunday 10th May. We have no swimming next week either so you wont of missed too much!The complimentary underwater photo shoot sitting is held on Sunday 26th April. (Save the date!) You can join us up until the third week of term so please don’t hesitate to call for more details.
 
How to book?
Please take a look at the list below and choose the class that suits you the best and call 01752 605627to book on.
Please be aware that our spaces fill up very quickly and spaces will be offered on a first come first served basis. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us in the office- we are more than happy to help you to make your decision. We will go through all the information you need to attend your classes and we will send you a welcome pack to explain everything.
We have the last few spaces available for you to get you started!
 
Plymouth
 
Monday 5:00pm will open on demand at Derriford Hospital very warm hydro pool. Register your interest NOW!
 
Tuesday 3:00pm will open on demand at St Mellion International nr Saltash warm pool. Register your interest NOW!
 
Tuesday 16:30 (existing class limited spacesat Woodlands School Whitleigh very warm hydro pool 2 SPACES
 
Tuesday 17:30 at Dame Hannah Rogers Hydro Ivybridge very warm hydro pool 2 SPACES
 
Tuesday 18:30 existing class limited spacesat Dame Hannah Rogers Hydro Ivybridge very warm hydro pool 2 SPACES
 
Wednesday 16:30 at Woodlands School Whitleigh very warm hydro pool 1 SPACE
 
Saturday 1:00pm will open on demand at Derriford Hospital level three hydro pool. Register your interest NOW!
  
Torbay
 
Friday 1:00pm Compton Pool Farm nr Marldon Totnes warm pool 2 SPACES
 
Saturday 8:30am at Mayfield School Torquay very warm hydro pool. 2 SPACES
 
Cornwall
 
Monday 9:00am (existing class limited spacesat Chycara Truro 1 SPACE
 
All other beginner classes at Chycara and Atlantic Reach are fully booked for the February term.
 
How to book?

Please take a look at the list above and choose the class that suits you the best and call 01752 605627 to book on.

Please be aware that our spaces fill up very quickly and spaces will be offered on a first come first served basis.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us in the office on 01752 605627- we are more than happy to help you to make your decision.

We will go through all the information you need to attend your classes and we will send you a welcome pack to explain everything.

Payment?

The cost of our beginners course is £155.00 based on 10 lessons, which will be a half an hour session once a week, at your chosen day, time and venue.

The booking also includes a complimentary underwater photo shoot sitting at our special underwater studio in Ivybridge, on Sunday 26th April. Save the date!

We will book your photo shoot time slot at the time of booking your classes, a full detailed confirmation and full photo product price list (The purchase of any images is at extra cost) will be sent in your welcome pack too.

Your payment will be processed by debit or credit card over the telephone when your booking is complete.

What to wear?

All little ones swimming with us are required to wear a swim nappy (reusable or disposable) and either a Water Babies ‘Neo Nappy’ or Splash about ‘Happy Nappy’ over the top.

These are both neoprene nappies with snug bands around the legs and the waist to stop any leakages happening whilst you’re in the pool. You can get them from us, they are £9.99 or for a full starter pack, including reusable swim nappy, a pack of liners and a happy nappy or Neo Nappy, it’s £15.99.

 

We were thrilled to have Phoenix, the youngest water baby ever, join our classes.

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Phoenix-rises-splashes-taking-swimming-lesson-day/story-22979956-detail/story.html

Not ready to start just yet?

You can add your details to our waiting/mailing list for all future term information by sending us the following,

·        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.

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 newborns; 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 ‘anytime’!                                           Before your lessons, if you do visit a local pool for your first ever swim, just keep an eye on your little one and if they seem cold wrap them in a warm towel and try again later. It is very likely that the first time you go into a pool they will only stay in for 10-15 minutes, unless it is very warm.

As babies get older they can become more wary of new experiences, whether that is the first trip to the supermarket or their first time in the shower. They also develop more of a character; they will have more of an idea about what they want to do and won’t necessarily go along with your plans (rather like teenagers!). So getting them into the pool can be a bit trickier, we can recommend certain techniques to try during bath time, as the bath is a safe and easy place to start introducing your baby to water. You should also consider what is best for you. It is important that you feel happy in the water because your baby will be very conscious of your reactions. If you are stressed or rushed then baby may not enjoy themselves. It is important that the experience is relaxed and happy for both of you.

After your first term in the beginners level comes intermediate 1s, then intermediate 2s, advanced 1, advanced 2, Toddler 1, Toddler 2, Toddler 3, ect... The progressive programme has lesson plans with outlined objectives and you can stay until your little one is 4 years old. But you will only ever book and pay for one tern week term at a 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. Our classes are very fun and high energy with lots of singing, splish splashing games and stimulation. Through a series of wonderful techniques we teach your little one water confidence, self-reliance, safety techniques and ultimately how to swim.

The cost of a 10 week term including underwater photo shoot sitting is £155 payable at time of booking. 

Each lesson is half an hour long. It is 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 swim nappy (reusable or disposable) and either a splash about brand ‘Happy Nappy’ or Water Babies brand ‘Neo Nappy’ over the top. (Even if they are toilet trained) Both Happy Nappy and Neo Nappy have snug bands around the legs and the waist to stop any leakages happening whilst you’re in the pool.. You can get either from us, they are £9.99 or for a full starter pack, including reusable swim nappy, a pack of liners and a happy/neo nappy, it’s £15.99. Do also check on line or look at our website at www.waterbabies.co.uk for more information about the classes and what you need to wear.

Finally....our main aim is to enable your child to be incredibly confident and happy in the water, right from the word go. We do this through our specialist programme, designed with clear aims and objectives which will enable you and your baby to develop and build upon new skills each week.  Although the course is very structured, the great thing is that neither you nor your baby will ever actually feel like you’re in a lesson - we just concentrate on making sure that the two of you are relaxed in the water and having fun. There are significant physical and mental benefits to be gained from taking your baby swimming from birth. Our program helps develop your baby’s’ physical and mental abilities in their first year of life. Research has shown that particular movements in the first year of life are crucial to the development of the higher functions of the brain. Swimming allows free movement uniquely of all 4 quarters of a baby’s body in a way that cannot be achieved as comprehensively on land. However, perhaps even more important to our mums and dads is the pleasure they get from seeing their little ones so excited and happy, and the social aspect of meeting other like-minded parents. Clients also tell us that it’s a fantastic bonding time and often increases their confidence in water just as much as their child’s.

Taster sessions...

Each term we run a few FREE taster classes.

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 book on for one.

We look forward to seeing you there for some splish splashing!

Name...Ready...SNAP!

Once your baby has completed their 10 week Beginner programme they are eligible to attend their booked underwater photo shoot - Your beginner package shoot dates are,

  • Sunday 8th February 2015 at Dame Hannah’s in Ivybridge 

  • Sunday 26th April 2015 at Dame Hannah’s in Ivybridge

For more information take a peek at the photos page!

Badges...Badges...Badges...!!!!

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 are currently looking for private pools across our area to fulfill demand! If you have a lovely warm pool, or you knowsomeone 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. 

Gift Vouchers

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!

Office Hours

We have full time office hours Monday –Friday 9:00am -5:30pm so you can always reach us! Please always leave a message and we will get back to you!