Water Babies Dorset and Salisbury

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!

Steven and Jessica Pugh are delighted to be running Water Babies classes across Dorset and Salisbury. A career as an Army Officer for Steven meant that the family had to up sticks and move every two years. But wherever they were, they always sought out their nearest Water Babies classes for their two girls, Esme and Darcey.

“Growing up, I was never a big fan of water,” admits Jessica, “and I didn’t want Esme to be the same – I really wanted her to be confident in the water. So when I saw an ad for Water Babies I went along, and was hooked from the first lesson!”

Moving every couple of years meant the family had to constantly start new friendships. “That’s another thing we found with Water Babies,” Steven continues. “Life as a new parent can often be fairly isolating, but when you add in regular moves to new parts of the country it can be even harder. At Water Babies, there’s a real sense of camaraderie at lessons, making them a great way of making new friends.” 

Besides Jessica and Steven, the friendly team includes the wonderfully enthusiastic Emily and Hannah in the office, while a team of highly qualified teachers – alongside Jessica you’ll find Lisa, Sarah, Natalie, Samantha and Lucy - completes the Water Babies crew.

They’d love to hear from you, so why not give them a call? You can find them on Facebook at Water Babies (Dorset & Salisbury), or join their Facebook Group where you'll find a warm welcome waiting for you.

Local news

New Beginners’ classes in Ferndown! 

You've probably heard, we have launched classes at our fantastic new pool in Ferndown (it’s on Ringwood Road next to Top Wok).  Classes are already running for babies aged from new-born to 12 months, but places are limited so please call 01258 458520, email surfing@waterbabies.co.uk or you can PM us via our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WaterBabiesDorsetSalisbury/


Ferndown                            Fri 11:00am (nearly full)

Ferndown                            Sat 9:30am


Everywhere else - Call now for our Summer Chapter 1 classes! 

If you are unable to join us straight away, then don't worry we will be releasing classes every few weeks with lots starting in May and September; you can register now on our priority waitlist then we will text/email you when the classes are open to book on.  You can send us your details in one of four ways:

Call: 01258 458 520 

Email: surfing@waterbabies.co.uk

Facebook: You can PM us! 

Webpage: you can click on "Ask about classes" and pop in your details

We look forward to meeting you both very soon!




Salisbury Hospital               Thu 3:00pm (full)

Salisbury Hospital               Fri 4:30pm (nearly full)

Salisbury Hospital               Sat 1:00pm (nearly full)


Bournemouth, Poole and New Forest

Hoburne Bashley                 Wed 10:00am

Moordown St John’s           Sat 1:00pm

Ferndown                            Fri 11:00am (nearly full)

Ferndown                            Sat 9:30am



Wyvern Academy                Sun 9:00am (full)


Limited places are now available to join us this Spring!

We now have limited spaces available for babies from a year old to four years old on weekdays and weekends across Salisbury, Bournemouth, Shaftesbury, Weymouth and New Milton, so don't delay give us a call now! 


Call us on 01258 458 520 to find out more or email surfing@waterbabies.co.uk if you would like us to call you.


We swim in lovely pools in Salisbury, Bournemouth, Shaftesbury, Weymouth and New Milton, teaching a progressive programme for babies and toddlers from birth to around 5 years old.


Our programme is continuous, moving from chapter to chapter as your child progresses; lots of our new classes begin in September, November, February, and May but we are always opening others when we can so please ask. Our lessons are 30 minutes long and include attendance on our lovely underwater photoshoot as well as a magical journey book, in which you can record your baby's achievements. Our teachers are the most highly qualified baby swimming teachers, each holding a Diploma qualification from Swim England.



Have you visited the Water Babies shop? 

Did you know that all the products used in your Water Babies class can be purchased through the shop, from Woggles to Onesies, just click on the link below, #HappyShopping





Can you recommend a new pool for us to swim at?

Do you know of a quality, warm, new pools in and around Dorset, Salisbury and the New Forest? There is a free chapter of lessons up for grabs if you recommend and we use the pool!



Join the Water Babies family

Join our Facebook group for the latest information on your lessons, special offers, competitions and to connect with and share advice and experience with other parent and carers that swim with us.


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