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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 Natalie 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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Now taking bookings for our Winter Term!

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

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 Twitter and Instragram


To our current Water Babies

Welcome back! We are so pleased to see you back in the pool again!

These early years really are a special time and it is a huge privilege to be a part of your little one’s journey.

On that note, don’t forget to update your magical journey book to record all of those first swimming memories, milestones and accomplishments!

We hope you have a lovely summer, keep up with the swimming and look forward to seeing you all back in the pool for a splashing start in September!


About our venues

We currently teach at:

The Croft, Hockley SS5 4TA – 32°+

Glenwood School, Benfleet SS7 4LW – 32°+

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

Lawana, Dunmow CM6 1PB – 30°

The Sycamores, Upminster RM14 2YE – 32°+

Becontree Heath Leisure Centre, Dagenham RM10 7AY – 30 Degrees

Lancaster School,Southend SS0 0RT – 32°+

Ravensbourne School, Romford RM3 8HN32°+

Quilters Junior School CM12 9LD - 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 degrees or more.

There is room poolside for spectators at all venues so partners and grandparents never miss out on watching little one's magical journey. 


We are an Essex Mums Award winner!

Yet again Water Babies Essex has been voted Essex Mums 'Best Swim School' and to make it even more wonderful, our amazing instructor Katherine won runner-up in the 'Most Outstanding Group Leader' category! We are very proud! Thank you to all of you who voted, we couldn't have done it without your continued support. 


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Our Chapter 1 course now includes a chance to attend an underwater photoshoot. The next shoot is scheduled for:

Sunday 6th November 2016

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...