Water Babies Essex

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 Essex are run by best friends Sarah Smith and Jill Rackham, who previously worked in programme scheduling (for the BBC World Service) and as a new media account manager. So they bring lots of valuable skills and creativity to the business — including, apparently, ‘weirdly good time keeping’! But don’t worry, they won’t be timing your baby doing laps of the pool.

They both fell in love with Water Babies when they took their sons, Nat and Max, to classes in 2008. In fact, so much so that they think baby-swimming classes should be compulsory for all children, “especially because of the incredible progression you see — right from day one.”

The wonderfully enthusiastic Natalie is the friendly voice in the office, while a team of highly qualified teachers completes the Water Babies crew. You can find them on Facebook at Water Babies (Essex), or join their Facebook Group where you'll find a warm welcome waiting for you.

Local news

Join our brand new Facebook Group!

We have just launched oyr very own Facebook Group 'Into Water Babies Essex'. This is a place to mix the Water Babies Essex team and their customers. You can share your pictures, ask any questions or enter our frequent competitions. We are also on Instagram @splashing_fantastic where you will find the insight and behind the scenes of Water Babies Essex. 

See you over there!!

We have 2 new pools!

If you live in the Billericay or Leigh On Sea area, we have some lovely new lessons beginning in these locations very soon. Please contact us directly for more details!


Haven't booked your Water Babies course yet?

If you would like to sign your little one up for the next term please click here to be added to our mailing list. We will then be in touch with details about our courses and lesson availability.

If your little one is over 12mths and for any other enquiries, just call us on 01708 444345 or drop an email to splashingfantastic@waterbabies.co.uk.

Each term runs for 10 weeks and costs £165. The course includes a complimentary underwater photo shoot at the end of term (photos are sold separately), a magical Water Babies Journey Book which is a lovely way of recording each milestone as you progress through each term with stickers and badges, and membership to our Water Babies club, 'My Water World' which gives you access to discounted products and services!

For regular updates, you can like our page on Facebook or follow us on Instragram


About our venues

We currently teach at:

Brentwood Centre CM15 9NN - 32°+

Glenwood School, Benfleet SS7 4LW - 32°+

Lancaster School, Southend SS0 0RT - 32°+

Lawana, Dunmow CM6 1PB - 30°

Little Burstead 32°+

Newland Spring School, Chelmsford CM1 4UU - 32°+

Ravensbourne School, Romford RM3 8HN - 32°+

The Oaks 32°+

VIP HQ, Stapleford Abbotts RM4 1JR  - 32°+

All of our venues operate at a minimum of 30 degrees; however we do 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° or more.

There is room poolside for spectators at all venues (this may be behind screens at some of our pools), so partners and grandparents never miss out on watching little one's magical journey.        


Voted Essex Mum's Best Swim School!

Essex Mums Award

With your help, we've only gone and done it again!!!!

Water Babies Essex have won the award for 'Best Swim School' and our teacher Katherine is 'Highly Recommended' in the 'Most Oustanding Class Leader' Category.

Thanks so much for all your votes, we couldn't have done it without your support!


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Our Chapter 1 course now includes an invite to attend our magical underwater photo shoot. The next shoot is scheduled for:

Sunday 13th May 2018

If you aren’t in a Chapter 1 class, but would like magical photos captured of your little one, please contact us in the office for details on how to get booked on.

For more information take a peek at the photos page!


We're on a pool hunt!

Water Babies Essex are currently looking for private pools in Essex to fulfil demand! If you have a lovely warm pool, or you know someone who does, please get in touch.

The benefits of hiring your pool out to Water Babies are endless......