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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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Getting ready for next term!

Are we having a lovely sunny summer? We're really looking forward to seeing you all again in September and welcoming our new little splashers to our watery world! We hope that you have been practicing your swimming over the summer and can't wait to get splashing again soon.

Get kitted out....

You can get all sorts of goodies from our web shop- check out the cool things you can buy, from new Happy Nappies to Bubba the Whale float and lots in between!


Venues we still have space in, for babies under 12 months, are listed below:


Ravensbourne School - Hydrotherapy pool - Mondays at 17.00 - FULL

Ravensbourne School - Hydrotherapy pool - Saturdays at 12.45 - FULL


The Croft - Warm pool - Tuesday 11.00 - FULL

The Croft - Warm pool - Tuesday 11.30 - FULL


Glenwood School - Hydrotherapy Pool - Saturdays at 12.30 - FULL

Glenwood School - Hydrotherapy Pool - Sundays at 16.00 - FULL


Aqua Belle - Hydrotheraphy Pool - Wednesdays at 12.30 - FULL

Aqua Belle - Hydrotheraphy Pool - Thursdays at 15.30 - FULL

Aqua Belle - Hydrotheraphy Pool - Thursdays at 13.30 - FULL

Aqua Belle - Hydrotheraphy Pool - Saturdays at 8.15. - FULL

Woodham Walter

Warren Lodges - Warm pool - Mondays at 10.30 - FULL


Lawana - Warm Pool - Wednesdays at 12.30 - FULL

Lawana - Warm Pool - Saturdays at 12.30 - FULL


The Sycamores - Warm Pool - Wednesdays at 9am - FULL

The Sycamores - Warm Pool - Fridays at 9.30 – FULL

The Sycamores - Warm Pool – Saturdays at 14.00 –  FULL

The Sycamores - Warm Pool – Saturdays at 14.30 – FULL

The Sycamores - Warm Pool - Saturdays at 15.00 - FULL

The Sycamores - Warm Pool - Sundays at 10.00 - FULL


Beacontree Heath Leisure Centre –Warm Pool - Fridays at 9.30 – FULL

Beacontree Heath Leisure Centre - Warm Pool - Fridays at 11.00 - FULL

South Ockendon

Beacon Hill School – Hydrotherapy Pool – Wednesdays at 16.30 - FULL


Lancaster School - Hydrotherpay Pool - Thursdays at 14.45 - FULL


If your little 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.

Water Babies leavers 

We want to wish our graduating babies all the best as they leave us to progress onto 4 year old + classes! We have really enjoyed teaching you and will miss you all very much! Please do keep in contact with us on your journeys. 

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 8th November