Water Babies Durham and Darlington

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 Durham & Darlington are run by Penny & Paul Gordon, who were originally introduced to the concept of baby swimming through taking their first daughter, Abigail, along to Water Babies classes. ‘Swimming was a big part of my life growing up,’ Penny explains ‘so when Abigail was born, I was determined to get her swimming as early as possible.’

Just six months after first dipping her toe in the water with Abigail, Penny took the decision to train as a Water Babies teacher; and when the opportunity came up to take over an existing Water Babies business where she lived, such was her passion for Water Babies that she and Paul didn’t have to think twice!

Ask any Water Babies teacher (and most parents) what their favourite part of our baby swimming lessons is and almost without exception, they’ll all talk about the same thing – progression! ‘There’s nothing quite like watching tiny babies grow into chatty toddlers who are desperate to show off their skills as they swim across the pool,’ Penny smiles.

Penny & Paul are still proud Water Babies parents themselves, having recently welcomed their third daughter, Ella, to the world - and this time round, Paul has had the opportunity to experience Water Babies classes first-hand as a parent. 'I would highly recommend dads to join in whenever they can,' Paul advises, 'as it's a brilliant way to spend precious one-to-one time with your little one.'

When not in the pool with Ella, Paul ensures everything runs smoothly behind the scenes, joined in the office by the wonderfully enthusiastic and friendly Laura, Danielle and Charley. 

They’d love to hear from you, so why not give them a call? Or check out the banter on the Durham & Darlington Facebook page!

Local news

Brand new Chapter 1 short course just released!

We've just released a brand new Chapter 1 class at The Education Village in Darlington that starts this Sunday. If you'd like more information please give us a call on 01325 728728. Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance. 

Last remaining class spaces and opportunities to dip in!

Our Chapter 1 classes, where our Water Babies journey begins. Suitable for babies from birth, including premature babies, up to 12 months:

Venue Day Time Spaces
The Education Village Saturday 11:15 4
The Education Village Saturday 12:45 3
Durham Trinity Saturday 15:00 5
The Education Village Sunday 14:00 NEW CLASS
Durham Marriott Sunday 14:30 LAST SPACE
Brandon Primary Monday 15:30 4
Shotton Primary Monday 15:45 3
Hummersknott Academy Monday 16:30 NEW CLASS
Pioneering Care Centre Wednesday 15:30 2
The Dales School Wednesday 17:45 1
Durham Marriott Thursday 11:00 LAST SPACE
Pioneering Care Centre Thursday 14:00 2
Evergreen Primary Friday 16:00 5
The Education Village Friday 17:30 6
Don't worry if your little one is already approaching 12 months. Our Chapter 2 classes skip the basics and are more appropriate for an older baby. Our fab teachers will catch you up on the fundamentals learned in Chapter 1 alongside teaching the fab new skills of Chapter 2:
Venue Day Time Spaces
The Education Village Saturday 13:30 3
The Education Village Saturday 15:30 7
The Education Village Monday 18:00 5
Durham Marriott Tuesday 11:00 2
Evergreen Primary Tuesday 16:00 LAST SPACE
Shotton Primary Tuesday 17:45 4
Pioneering Care Centre Wednesday 14:30 2
The Oaks School Friday 10:15 LAST SPACE

We also have toddler classes available. We split these down by age to give a guide but we'd always recommend a call in to the office to check the suitability of the class for your child.

Chapter's 6 to 9, suitable from 18 months to 2.5 years:

Venue Day Time Spaces
Pioneering Care Centre Saturday 10:45 3
The Education Village Saturday 11:45 4
The Education Village Saturday 16:30 LAST SPACE
The Education Village Sunday 10:00 LAST SPACE
The Education Village Sunday 16:00 LAST SPACE
North East Autism Society Monday 11:45 LAST SPACE
North East Autism Society Monday 12:15 5
Shotton Primary Monday 17:15 2
The Education Village Monday 17:30 2
Durham Marriott Tuesday 10:30 2
Shotton Primary Tuesday 16:45 3
The Dales School Tuesday 15:45 3
The Oaks School Tuesday 10:30 3
North East Autism Society Wednesday 12:45 2
Pioneering Care Centre Wednesday 14:00 LAST SPACE
The Dales School Wednesday 16:15 2
Brandon Primary Friday 17:00 2
North East Autism Society Friday 12:15 4

Chapter's 10 to 13, suitable from 2.5 to 3.5 years:

Venue Day Time Spaces
The Education Village Saturday 14:30 2
The Education Village Saturday 16:00 2
Hummersknott Academy Monday 17:00 6
The Education Village Monday 16:30 3
Evergreen Primary Tuesday 16:30 2
North East Autism Society Tuesday 12:15 LAST SPACE
Durham Marriott Wednesday 10:00 LAST SPACE
The Dales School Wednesday 17:15 LAST SPACE
Durham Marriott Thursday 10:30 4
Durham Trinity Friday 16:00 2
Durham Trinity Friday 17:30 LAST SPACE
The Education Village Friday 16:30 5

Chapter's 14 to 17, suitable from 3.5 years:

Venue Day Time Spaces
The Education Village Saturday 09:15 3
The Education Village Saturday 09:45 3
The Education Village Saturday 10:15 2
The Education Village Sunday 11:00 3
Brandon Primary Monday 16:30 LAST SPACE
The Dales School Tuesday 16:15 3
Durham Trinity Friday 16:30 2
The Oaks School Friday 11:15 LAST SPACE

For more information including latest availability and pricing please call 01325 728728, email splash@waterbabies.co.uk or drop us a private message to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/waterbabiesdurhamanddarlington.


We hope to resume normality soon and are keeping you updated via text with any cancellations. Please give the office a call if you think you may have changed your number. Just a reminder all classes are off today and so far the Pioneering Care Centre and Durham Trinity are off tomorrow too. We’re waiting to hear back from the Education Village as to whether they expect their grounds to be clear and safe over the weekend but if more snow comes then this is unlikely also.

New hydrotherapy pool class released in Durham City

We've just released a new Chapter 1 class in Durham City suitable for babies from birth. Spaces at this toasty warm hydrotherapy pool fill up fast so if you have a new baby please get in touch asap on 01325 728728.

New taster sessions released

Have you heard your friends talking about Water Babies or seen their photos on Facebook? Wondered what we're all about or how we're different to other baby swimming classes? Why not come along and see for yourself at one of our free taster sessions.

Our World Class Water Babies teachers will explain how and why we do each skill and give you demonstrations to put you and baby at ease. Our classes are full of fun, skills and songs with added Water Babies magic as always! They're also a great opportunity to meet other Mums and Dad's with babies of a similar age.

Anyone attending one of our taster sessions will get a head start on our classes as we cover the fundamentals of our award winning Water Babies programme over your 30 minute session. If there's a particular class you're interested in we can hold you a place too. What are you waiting for, let's teach you to teach your baby to swim!

Latest confirmed taster sessions:

Thursday 22nd Feb 4.00pm - Brandon Primary School

Sunday 25th Feb 2.00pm - The Education Village, Darlington

Monday 26th Feb 4.30pm - Hummersknott Academy, Darlington

Tuesday 27th Feb 12.00pm - The Royal County Durham Marriott Hotel

For more information please give us a call on 01325 728 728. We have taster sessions for babies from birth to 15 months or you can dip in to our existing classes for a toddler taster session.

Why choose Water Babies?

With so many swimming schools starting to offer baby and pre-school sessions it can be hard to decide who to book with. We believe teaching your baby or toddler to swim is an essential life skill, you never know when it might save their life, so it needs some careful consideration. In our latest series over on our Water Babies Durham & Darlington Facebook page we’ll be exploring the main reasons why our parents trust Water Babies for their little one's swimming journey. Head on over and search #12reasonstochoosewaterbabies

Spaces going fast for our new term...

There's only a few weeks left to go until our new term starts. We have spaces for babies from birth up to toddlers and young children up to age 4. If you'd like more information please drop us your details to splash@waterbabies.co.uk and we'll give you a call when the office is open. We'll need:
Baby's name and date of birth or expected due date:
A contact telephone number:
Your email address:
Your home address and postcode:
Your baby can swim with us from birth as we only hire warm water and hydrotherapy pools. Our youngest ever Water Baby was just a day old! Let's teach you to teach your baby to swim!

New midday classes in Newton Aycliffe

Is your little one neither an early bird or a night owl? Would a midday class suit them better? We have some new classes at Thornbeck College in Newton Aycliffe from our February term on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday. If you'd like to put your name down then please give us a call on 01325 728728.

Spring term event on Facebook

We're trying something new over on our Facebook page ready for the new Spring term that starts in February. We've set up an event and will be updating it with information, news and class availability. If you're swimming with us already then please go on and tell us you're "GOING" to be kept up to date with term dates and pool news. If you haven't booked your place yet you can find out all about our Beginner classes and taster sessions as they're released, just let us know you're "INTERESTED".
Water Babies Spring Term event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/142440389780037/

Christmas giveaway Facebook live winners!

We ran our first Facebook live of 2018 recently to give out our lovely gifts to our lucky swimmers from our Winter term. If you missed it or just want to watch again to see our fab prizes and winners you can follow the link here...

Happy New Year!

We're back in the office and it turns out we had a visitor over the festive period. We've been left a sack of presents to give out to our Water Babies' swimmers. With goodies from My Little Piccolo, MooGoo skincare, Dusty Girls and ourselves Water Babies Durham & Darlington, we're looking forward to seeing who the lucky recipients are.

Best of all you don't have to do anything to be in with a chance of winning. All of our Water Babies Durham & Darlington clients swimming with us in our current term will receive an entry. Like and follow our Facebook page to find out more. We'll be going live soon!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Our office will be closed in between the Christmas and New Year period but don't worry you can still keep up with our splashy fun over on our Facebook page. If you need to get in touch with us we will pick up the messages on there too but we may not be quite as prompt as usual as we spend some time with our families.

We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and we'll see you back in the New Year! xx

Gifts for Christenings and Birthdays?

We've got some fabulous gift ideas for our Water Babies. From our brand new Bubba the Baby Whale Bath Book (£5.99) or a Bubba Float from classes (£9.99) to our snuggly warm hooded towels (£20.00) and poncho towels (£25.00). We've got stock in the office in Newton Aycliffe or we can bring your order along to class and save you the charges for postage and packing.

We have gift vouchers too so if you've got anyone looking for ideas for your own Water Baby then send them our way and we can help them out, 01325 728 728.

Latest tasters, class information, competitions, offers and more...

If you'd like to keep up to date with our latest news, offers and competitions don't forget to like and follow us on social media.

Our Facebook page has lots of information, class photos and fun stuff, perfect for catching up on and getting involved with when you're feeding your baby. We can answer any questions or reply to your messages outside of office hours on here too. Find us at www.facebook.com/waterbabiesdurhamanddarlington

Our Instagram is more for photos - keep updated on what's going on behind the scenes or more importantly where our little local Water Babies Durham & Darlington mascot is in her Water Babies journey. #ellasjourney Follow us at www.instagram.com/waterbabiesdurham

Water Babies classes for toddlers!

It's not too late for your little one to join the World's leading baby and pre school swim school. We have classes from 12 months plus right the way up to age 4 for children with little or no swimming experience.

Please get in touch and we'll look across the 150 different class options we have at our venues across the area.

For more details including our full class times and days please sign up with your child's date of birth, your availability and where you live. We'll have a look at our classes, give you a call to handpick the best class for you based on your child's confidence and experience.

New sessions at The Dales School, Morton-on-Swale

We have some new pool time for our sessions at The Dales School in Morton-on-Swale, just off the A1 towards Northallerton. Please get in touch with us if you'd like to bring your little one swimming with us. We have classes here from birth to age 5 and the pool is a lovely warm hydrotherapy pool, generally running at a toasty 34.5 degrees centigrade. Perfect for baby and you! For more information please give Laura or Charley a call on 01325 728728 for our latest availability in these classes.

#NBSW update

Wow, we've been having great fun at our classes this week. We've been focusing on how our fun, songs and games in the pool equate to final swimming strokes showing there's more to your Water Babies classes than at first you may think. Our Super Hero Teacher even came up with a brand new song for us all to tie it all together, high five Danielle!
We partnered with lots of big names for this week and we've been getting samples out to classes for you all too. From Mothercare, Yeo Valley, My Little Piccolo and Childs Farm.
If you're not already swimming with us we've been running free lessons for you to come along and see the benefits of baby swimming for yourself. We've opened up some more free lessons for after the half term holidays and have a couple of places left for tomorrow's (Sunday 21st October) session at The Education Village in Darlington at 12.00pm.
Please call us on 01325 728728 to find out more or book a free lesson place.

New Bubba clothing range released.

We've released our new and exclusive Bubba the baby whale clothing range. From Happy Nappies and wetsuits, to float jackets and sunhats, we’ve got your little one covered.
Ella is loving her new snuggly Bubba onesie too. The softest onesie she owns and is looking forward to putting it on after classes today.
Laura could hardly contain herself when our first order arrived in the office yesterday. You can catch her opening it on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/waterbabiesdurhamanddarlington

Tommy's Splashathon, we've smashed it!

Wow, nationally Water Babies up and down the Country have hit our £1 MILLION pound fundraising target for Tommy's the baby charity. We all had lots of fun swimming, dressing up and completing lots of fantastic themed skills in our classes.

At Water Babies Durham & Darlington we had a target of just over £22,000 and we are happy to announce that we have smashed it, hooray! We are currently standing at a massive £35,055.80. We're completely overwhelmed and grateful for your support as are Tommy's! Thank you so much everyone who has taken part or donated to such a fantastic cause.

It's not too late to set up an online page for your little one and donate. Tommy's have extended their online deadline as they're currently snowed under processing the paper sponsorship forms that they've received. Set up your local fundraising page here: http://bit.ly/2nCohO1 and be added to our local raffle draw when you raise at least £24. Even £1 will get you a Certificate from Tommy's to say thank you and there are lots of other rewards too see www.tommys.org/splash for more details. We can't wait to announce final fundraising total after everyone's efforts are totalled up for the 31st August!

Raffle prizes for Tommy's!

Have you raised over £24 for Tommy's​ as part of your #Splashathon? Have a look at the fab raffle prizes you're in with a chance of winning...

⭐ A fantastic brand new still in the box Mamas & Papas UK​ Armadillo Flip XT pushchair donated anonymously by a local business, currently on sale for £299

⭐ A small Just for Tiny People​ teepee worth £125 donated by Always Time for Teepees - Hire for Celebrations​

⭐ A full term of Little Learners UK​ classes with Little Learners Durham​, Little Learners Darlington, Richmond & Northallerton​ or Little Learners East Durham & Sunderland​ worth £35

⭐ Half a term of Jolly Babies, Music With Mummy - Bedale and Richmond, Northallerton and Darlington​ or Three-Four time classes with Helen Brewster

⭐ A photoshoot at Tiny Bears Photography​ with all digital images

⭐ A £30 personal training session from Elite Personal Training by John Harrison

⭐ A £15 Avon​ voucher from Janine Mawson​, Independent Avon Consultant

⭐ Afternoon tea for 2 at Truffle Restaurant​ in Darlington

⭐ A cut and blow dry at Top To Toe Ltd.​ Spennymoor

⭐ Some lovely brand new baby items from Baby & Toddler Kingdom​ in Bishop Auckland

⭐ A child's haircut at the child friendly salon Bob & Lilly's Hair Salon​ in Darlington

⭐ Four prizes of a photography sitting session with Val Fairhurst Photography - VF​ in Crook

⭐ 12 Peppa Pig sweetie cones from SUGAR RUSH

⭐ A luxury meat hamper from N. Hocking Butchers​ in Spennymoor

⭐ A £75 Arbonne health and beauty hamper and a 20% discount voucher from Lindsay Gallon - Arbonne Independent Consultant​

⭐ A fabulous brand new Water Babies​ Twinkle Twinkle changing mat donated by Tom Curtis Joinery​

⭐ Some Peppa Pig​ goodies donated by Lingotot Darlington​ and a Lingotot course booking discount

⭐ A boiler service from Fernley Plumbing and Energy Services, Peterlee

⭐ An Usborne book and £20 voucher from Mumma Bean's Bookshop - Independent Usborne Bookseller

⭐ A cut and blow dry at Phab Unisex salon​, Spennymoor

⭐ A unique Water Babies Splashathon handmade photo frame from Personalised Box Frames - by Lauren

⭐ A 30 minute sports massage from Continuous Movement​

If you haven't yet set up your fundraising page but fancy a chance of winning one of these fantastic prizes you can set yours up here: http://bit.ly/2nCohO1 Raise at least £24 by next Friday, 11th August and you'll be entered into our draw.

Happy fundraising and good luck!

A massive thank you to all our Beach Party Animals!

Thank you so much to everyone who has taken part in Peppa Pig's Beach Party so far for Tommy's, the baby charity. We have been overwhelmed by your support and fundraising to date with our current local total standing at £17,649 which is just amazing! For anyone who has not set up their fundraising page it is not too late! Find out more at https://www.tommys.org/splash


We are proud to show our ongoing support to the Royal Life Saving Society UK - RLSS UK's annual Drowning Prevention Week by continuing to provide free water safety sessions throughout the year not just during #drowningpreventionweek from the 16th to 26th June.

Our water safety sessions aim to give you and your little ones the foundations to be happy, safe and confident in the water. For details of our water safety sessions please keep an eye on our Facebook page or sign up for more information via the "Ask about classes" button, give us a call on 01325 728728 or email splash@waterbabies.co.uk.

It's our Birthday...

Wow, can you believe 15 years ago this week Paul and Jess Thompson started Water Babies just down the road from us in Ilkley, Yorkshire. How far we have come since that day, now teaching almost 50,000 babies and children to swim across the UK and now the World! I wonder if Paul and Jess initially expected baby swimming and Water Babies to become so huge!

To celebrate we are running daily giveaways on our national Facebook page each day this week. Don't miss out, get yourself over there and follow the page to find out first about the latest prizes.

Not only that but we've also got a 15% off code on our website when you spend £30 on our fab swimwear, clothing or toys.

...and Hello to our new babies and their families!

We'd like to wish a big warm splashy Water Babies welcome to all of our new babies and their families joining us this week. We're excited to meet you all and have you share your swimming journey with us.

Don't forget we have a fabulous Facebook page where you can share your photos, videos and stories with your classmates and keep up to date with our latest news. There's a first swims photo album too where we'll post any photos that we've taken for you and you can share yours with us too.

Farewell to our Chapter 17 swimmers...

It's been a fantastic 4 and a bit years teaching our latest Water Babies Graduates. We've had so much fun and its so lovely to see how they've developed from splashy babies in Chapter 1 into swimming superstars at Chapter 17! We're so very proud to have taught you all to swim, and given you a lasting love and respect of the water.

It was lovely to be able to issue you all with your ASA Swim England Stages for your onwards swimming journey. Please do keep us up to date with your achievements and we wish you all the best in your next stage, we're going to miss you all so much! xx

Looking to return?

Have you previously swam with us but taken a break? Have your circumstances changed? Did you opt out but have changed your mind? Do you want to get your little one back in the pool and confident for Summer?

We have limited availability for our May term starting soon, call 01325 728728 or email splash@waterbabies.co.uk and we'll check our latest availability for you and find you a place.

It's badge week!

Week 9 is badge week at Water Babies Durham & Darlington. Your fabulous teachers will be giving out your celebratpry badges to your little swimming superstars in class this week. Please share your photos with us in our Facebook Album: Spring 2017 Badges

Water Babies Franchisee shortlisted for National Award!

The lovely and incredibly supportive Franchisee Tamsin Brewis has been shortlisted for a National Award for Female Franchisee of the Year with the BFA (British Franchise Association). Tamsin is following in the footsteps of the whole Water Babies Franchise who were succesful in winning Gold for Franchise of the Year last year.

Tamsin is incredibly knowledgeable in the area of baby swimming and the running of her Water Babies business and recently had her efforts recognised internally by the Water Babies Network when they nominated her as Water Babies Franchisee of the Year 2016. Tamsin is always there to support her fellow Franchisees and the Network as a whole and it was a joy to show our recognition at our latest conference by presenting her with our own award.

Water Babies Durham & Darlington wish you all the best Tamsin in your success through the BFA Awards process and hope to raise a glass to celebrate with you when you win! You're already a winner in our eyes, let's show everyone else too!

Water Babies on the telly!

Our co-founder, Paul Thompson was on ITV's This Morning today with Eamonn and Ruth. He was invited in to discuss the controversial method of ISR (Infant Survival Rescue). ISR is an aggressive method of teaching water safety skills and not the approach we use at Water Babies. If you'd like to find out more about what we do please give us a call in the office on 01325 728728.

National Baby Swimming Week

We were so proud to have launched the first National Baby Swimming Week last October and will be doing the same again this year, we had lots going on; free taster sessions, competitions and stories from some of our amazing clients and their little ones.

See more here... #NBSW

Toddler timetable available too!

We have classes available for babies and toddlers from 12 months upover. Our classes are tailored to your little ones needs and abilities ensuring each child is nurtured and challenged to achieve their best.

If you haven't previously swam with Water Babies we'll need to speak to you to determing the best level for you so please give us a call to find out more on 01325 728728.

Did you know?..

  • At Water Babies we teach babies and children vital life saving and swimming skills.
  • Your baby can start with Water Babies from birth and stay with us until they're 5 years old, learning fabulous skills, building strength and stamina and having fun.
  • Water Babies only use lovely warm hydrotherapy and warm water pools, lovely for baby and you!
  • Water Babies teachers train to the highest level possible in teaching baby swimming and really are world class.
  • Water Babies Durham & Darlington have 12 different venues across the County Durham, Darlington and North Yorkshire area.
  • Water Babies teach 7 days a week, perfect for busy Mummies and Daddies!
  • Water Babies have 17 different Chapters (or levels) and they follow the Nationally recognised ASA learn to swim programme.

Water Babies are bound to have a class for you and your little one, please call 01325 728728 or drop us an email to splash@waterbabies.co.uk if you're keen to join one of our award winning classes.

Baby Ella wows the team!

Baby Ella wowed our team last week whilst we were in the pool training. It's not often our teachers are lost for words but Ella's skills silenced the pool.
After a little while helping out the teachers with their demonstrations Ella decided it was time for a chill. She was so relaxed she managed a float completely unaided on her back. Her Water Babies family were close at hand but very much in awe of her achievement. In fact she was so relaxed she subsequently fell asleep!
Ella is loving her Water Babies journey and we're all looking forward to her next Chapter and what more she has to show us! You can follow Ella's journey on Facebook with the hashtag #ellasjourney.

Lots of new babies making a splash...

We've had lots of new babies join us this term and we hope you're all having fun. Don't forget we have some photo albums on Facebook for your first swim photos. If we've been at the pool and been able to take photos of your session this is where they'll be for you to access, tag and share them with your friends and family...


You're more than welcome to share your own photos too so we can see them and your classmates too. It's a great opportunity to get to know each other outside of classes. Email them over to splash@waterbabies.co.uk or tag our page and we'll add them to our albums for you.

Local Water Baby wins National Little Heroes Award!

One of our brave Darlington Water Babies, has won 1 of 10 National Little Heroes awards! The lovely Harriet Holland who has a beaming smile for her teacher Danielle every week even throughout her many operations was nominated by her teacher and was chosen from a number of well deserving entries.

Well done on scooping your National Little Heroes award Harriet! We're all very proud of you, and especially Danielle. xx

Faces of Tommy's 2017 Splashathon!

Woo hoo, our local twins Patsi & Alaia Crookes from Spennymoor have been voted National 2017 Splashathon faces. Thank you to everyone who voted. Mum & Dad Natasha and Grant as so pleased their little girls have won.

We're looking forward to seeing them soon as details of the Splashathon are announced.

Tommy's have been our chosen charity since Water Babies began and we hit an amazing milestone of having raised over £2m for them in 2015! Water Babies Durham & Darlington achieved a massive £24k and the highest percentage of participants too. Tommy's are an amazing charity close to our hearts. Here's to another record beating fundraising year!

All about Ella...

These last couple of weeks have been all about our new addition, baby Ella. Our beautiful baby girl was born on the 1st December at 5.21am weighing 9lbs 7ozs. Penny and Ella are both doing well and Ella has already been enjoying her lessons at the Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe. She had her first dip into the pool at just 7 days old.

Proud Dad Paul has been enjoying his time in the water and experiencing the thrill of seeing Ella's first underwater swims, "I would highly recommend Dad's to join in where they can and if you can fit baby swimming into your schedules, it's a totally brill time to spend with your little ones." Paul.

You can follow Ella's Water Babies journey in pictures here.

We are the UK's fastest growing charitable event!

Incredible news that Tommy's and Water Babies' joint fundraising event Splashathon blew the competition out of the water and was named the UK's fastest growing charity event! Massive thanks to all who took the plunge and made this event such a fabulous success last year, we're looking forward to planning the next one already!

Find out more about Tommy's and Splashathon here.

Evening and Weekend classes too - perfect for Daddy!

With our Water Babies sessions being one of the few baby activities out there to offer weekend and evening classes they're perfect for Daddy and the whole family to get involved.

To find out more call and check our latest availability give us a call on 01325 728728.

Name... Ready... SNAP!

All of our fabulous beginner's packages include a space at our professional underwater photo shoot. The next shoots are scheduled for:
February 2018 - The Education Village, Darlington
For more information take a peek at our photos page!
There are also spaces for toddlers or older babies on our shoot give the office a ring on 01325 728 728 for more information.

Wow Water Babies have won yet another award!

This time it's the whole Water Babies Network who have been recognised as the Best Franchisor of The Year 2016 by the British Franchise Association. We were up against the likes of McDonald's so not an accolade to be sniffed at. Well done everyone, what an achievement!

If you're interested in becoming a Franchisee yourself head over to our Franchising page and see about becoming part of our family.

Looking for that unique Christmas gift?

We do gift vouchers in various denominations starting at just £5 right up to a full course and everything in between. Why not give the gift of swimming this Christmas?

Give us a call on 01325 728728 and we can get them to you in time for his special day.

Did you know we have 17 different levels or Chapters as we like to call them?

When most people think of Water Babies they think of tiny babies in the water. It's true our Chapter 1's are tailored to babies from birth to around 12 months but there's so much more to Water Babies.

We have a specialised and structured swimming programme that we developed with our extensive teacher network experience and The ASA (the governing body for teaching swimming). This means that swimming with us you can be confident that your baby or child will develop their swimming and confidence at their pace whilst being challenged each week.

Our Chapter 1 classes start off with our world class instructors giving you the confidence to to teach your baby to swim. Helping you with the best swimming position, showing you how to help them fall in safely, practicing gentle underwater swims and teaching them to hold their breath.

There are so many skills, fun and games in beteween to list here but by the time your little one has got to Chapter 17 they'll be at ASA Stage 3 level. Amazing given most 4 and 5 year olds haven't even started Stage 1. This means they'll be swimming confidently and independently across our pools, surprising us with their techniques from backstroke to butterfly, diving in to the water safely and picking up treasure from the bottom. We're really proud of how much our Water Babies achieve each term and celebrate with a cloth badge.

Come along and join in the fun: email splash@waterbabies.co.uk or give us a call on 01325 728728, if you get our answer phone, sorry! Leave us a message and we'll get back to you.

Don't worry if your little one is already over 12 months, although its best to start at Chapter 1 you can start at any Chapter subject to availability. Give us a call and we'll find the best class for you.

ITV Coverage for Water Babies!

Did you see our co-founder Paul Thompson on This Morning with Holly and Phillip? It's great to be able to raise awareness of the importance of teaching your baby important life saving skills. It's why we do what we do!

To watch the interview click through to:


Or its available straight away on our national Facebook page www.facebook.com/waterbabies

Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research opens!

BIG news for the fabulous Tommy's! Today is the official opening of the Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research - so for all of you who took part in our Splashathon last summer, the £806,477 you raised is what helped to make all this possible. A big 'thank you' from the bottom of our hearts. xxx

For more information on the work that Tommy's do click the link on the right hand side of this page.

Our gift vouchers are perfect for any occassion - give an experience that lasts a lifetime, any time!

Are you looking for that thoughtful Christening or birthday gift? Have you run out of ideas for a family who has everything? Why not give them the gift of swimming? Our classes are fun, sociable and informative but most of all teach babies essential life saving and swimming skills.
We offer gift vouchers that you can purchase in multiples of £5, £10 or £20 or you could even purchase a course of lessons. We sell the toys used in our classes too so if you'd like baby to have something to open you could add some toys to your gift.
For more information on what we offer please give us a ring in the office on 01325 728 728 or email splash@waterbabies.co.uk

Have you seen our links along the right hand side of this page?

A lot of these companies are run by our very own Water Babies Mummies. Why not give them a try next time you're looking for ideas for gifts, something to do or even looking at capturing those special memories.
If you've got a business you'd like us to help promote then please get in touch with Penny on 01325 728 728 or penny.gordon@waterbabies.co.uk.

Oliver Joyeux makes a splash at 3 days old!

The youngest ever Water Baby nationally was 1 day old Phoenix but our local babies are pretty close to the record. Baby Oliver joined our classes at just 3 days old showing its never too young to start. He had lots of fun with Mummy and Daddy at our lovely warm hydrotherapy pool in Darlington Education Village. Check out their story here.
We use a number of hydrotherapy pools across the region that are suitable for babies from birth. If you'd like more information then please give us a ring on 01325 728 728.

About our venues

All of our venues operate at a minimum of 30 degrees. We also have hydrotherapy pools available which are heated to 32 degrees or more. 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 on 01325 728 728.
There is room poolside for spectators at all venues so family and friends never miss out on watching your little one's magical journey. We actively encourage you to take photographs to capture those special memories too - your baby's first swim, first time under the water etc.