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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 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 Frances 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 Essex Facebook page.

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Join in the fun!

We're now taking booking for our new term which starts in November and details of our baby swimming beginner classes (for babies under 12 months) are listed below:


Ravensbourne School - Hydrotherapy pool - Monday 16:30 and Saturday 10:15


The Croft - warm pool - Thursday morning


Glenwood School - Hydrotherapy Pool - Saturday morning


Aqua Belle - Warm Pool - Thursday afternoon


Newlands Spring School - Warm Pool - Saturday 16.00


Lawana - Warm Pool - Wed 11am, Fri 11:30 and Saturday at 14:30


The Sycamores - Warm Pool - Weds 09:00, Fri 09:30, Sunday 08:30


Brentwood centre - full


Becontree Leisure Centre - Friday 10:30

If your litte one is over 12 months old and/or has had previous swimming lessons elsewhere, please give us a call now on 01708 444345 so we can discuss available options with you.

Government health advice to parents on exercise for children under five

We love what we do and this link helps explain why we in Essex have such a huge passion for getting babies and Toddlers into the water at an early age.

Photo Shoot

We are looking forward to our next photo shoot on the 9th November.