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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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It's all changing at Water Babies!

-          An improved programme – we’ve learnt lots more about your baby.

-          A magical book to record your baby’s progress – including stickers and badges (what a keep sake)

-          An opportunity to capture a magical moment – your photoshoot is now included for all 'Chapter 1' swimmers

-          Brilliant teachers - Innovative training 

Our new term starts in September, venues we currently have space in, for babies under 12 months, are listed below



Ravensbourne School - Hydrotherapy pool - Mondays at 17.00 - 4 SPACES LEFT

Ravensbourne School - Hydrotherapy pool - Saturdays at 12.45 - FULL


The Croft - Warm pool - Tuesday 11.30 - FULL


Glenwood School - Hydrotherapy Pool - Saturdays at 12.30 - FULL


Aqua Belle - Hydrotheraphy Pool - Wednesdays at 12.30 - 2 SPACES LEFT

Aqua Belle - Hydrotheraphy Pool - Thursdays at 15.30 - 3 SPACES LEFT

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 - 4 SPACES LEFT

Lawana - Warm Pool - Saturdays at 12.30 - 2 SPACES LEFT


The Sycamores - Warm Pool - Wednesdays at 9am - 1 SPACE LEFT

The Sycamores - Warm Pool - Fridays at 9.30 – 3 SPACES LEFT

The Sycamores - Warm Pool – Saturdays at 14.00 –  FULL

The Sycamores - Warm Pool – Saturdays at 14.00 – SPACES

The Sycamores - Warm Pool - Sundays at 10.00 - 1 SPACE LEFT


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

South Ockendon

Beacon Hill School – Hydrotherapy Pool – Wednesdays at 16.30 - 7 SPACES LEFT


Lancaster School - Hydrotherpay Pool - Thursdays at 14.45 - 8 SPACES LEFT


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. 

*New Pools*

We have just started swimming at a new pool in the Chelmsford/Maldon area! Warren Lodges is a lovely warm pool situated on beautiful grounds. We are running beginners classes here and if you would like to find out more please call us on 01708 444345



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