Water Babies Ireland North West

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 North West Ireland are run by Jamie & Lisa Cobbe, whose two passions – besides family – are music and water. An accomplished guitar and sax player (though not both at the same time), Jamie indulged his love of music before switching careers to work with adults at a local disability organisation, where swimming played a large part in their development programme.

Meanwhile Lisa (‘a great singer’, Jamie says) was carving out a career as an archivist at the National Library. Both keen swimmers and surfers, friends introduced them to Water Babies after their son Leon was born – and he’s now joined in the pool by little sister Marley and brother Dexter. ‘We loved it from the word ‘go’’, recalls Lisa, ‘especially watching the babies’ advancement as the weeks progress. So running our own lessons was the natural next step.’

The wonderfully enthusiastic Ingrid 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 Galway Facebook page.

Local news

Mid-Term Break Feb 10 to Feb 16 inclusive

We are not swimming over the mid term from saturday 10 Feb until friday 16 Feb inclusive

Classes are running on Saturday 10 Feb in The Clayton sligo and Sunday 11 Feb in Enable Ireland only.


Spring Term We are Taking Bookings for Chapter 1 Classes - We have limited places available 

Monday           Ocean Fitness, Salthill                09.45
Wednesday     Shearwater Ballinasloe              12.00 new class
Sunday            Enable Ireland, Newcastle         13.30  1 space 

Thursday         Radisson Blu, Rosses Point      09.00 - 1 space

Monday           Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road     11.30 - 4 spaces
Sunday            Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road     11.00 - 2 spaces

***Spaces are filled on a first come basis, please call us if you want to hold a space.  We can hold a space for a couple of days for you.  
**** Babies under 11 weeks must start in a Hydro Therapy Pool, which are Enable Ireland in Galway and St Gabriel's in Limerick , all other pools babies need to be 11/12 weeks and 11/12 Lbs.

Spring Term 

The Winter Term runs from Saturday 3 February and will run up to 27 April  2018, we will take a break for mid-term from 10 February to 16 February inclusive, St Particks Day 17 March and 19 March and Easter from 27 March to 2 April inclusive..  

We run structured and progressive courses for babies and teach water safety, water confidence and underwater swimming. Babies can start our lessons from birth in a hydrotherapy pool (Galway and Limerick) and 11/12 weeks in all other pools. Our only rule is that they have to be under 13 months when they start.

Our terms are 10 weeks long and each class is 30 minutes. Our beginner packages include the 10 lessons, and complementary attendance at our underwater photoshoot at the end of the term (prints/products are not included and cost extra) you also get a lovely keepsake sticker book to document your journey through the programme in your welcome pack.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us here on 091388256. You will also find some more interesting information here on our Water Babies course

You can register your details on our website to receive emails and text messages when we start taking bookings. http://waterbabies.ie if you search the area you are interested in and enter your details. You can also contact us in the office and we will take your details and addthem to our database.

We Teach Babies to Swim in the following Pools

Monday Ocean Fitness Salthill Hotel

Monday Greenhills Hotel Limerick

Tuesday The Clayton Hotel Galway

Tuesday Ocean Spirit, Hotel Westport

Wednesday Core Fitness, Claregalway

Wednesday Shearwater, Ballinasloe

Thursday Healthstyles Leisure, The Radisson Blu Sligo

Thursday St Gabriel's Dooradoyle, Limerick

Friday Tranquility Leisure, Raheen Woods Athenry

Friday The Clayton Hotel , Galway

Saturday Core Fitness, Claregalway

Saturday Enable Ireland , Newcastle, Galway - Hydrotherapy Pool 

Saturday Club Vitae, The Clayton Hotel, Sligo

Sunday Core Fitness, Claregalway

Sunday Enable Ireland, Newcastle, Galway

Sunday Breaffy House Hotel, Mayo

Sunday GreenHills Hotel, Limerick

Sunday St Gabriels Hydrotherapy Pool , Dooradoyle Limerick


Office Opening Hours

The office will be open from Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm. The office number is 091 388256 , if you need to contact us after office hours or at the weekend please email surfing@waterbabies.ie as we do check in.


Looking for gift ideas?

We've lots of gift ideas for your little one. You can have a closer look at the wide range of swimwear that we have available on our online shop.

A Water Babies gift voucher is another ideal birthday or christening present. Grandparents, godparents, family and friends can make a difference by purchasing a practical and useful gift that will be used, loved and enjoyed all year round.

The gift vouchers can be put towards Water Babies lessons or underwater photography sessions and they can also be used to buy baby wetsuits, happy nappies and toys for the pool or bath. Water Babies gift vouchers are available in a range of denominations from just €10.

You can email us at surfing@waterbabies.ie or give us a call on 091 388256 to purchase a voucher.


Water Babies Check List..

Here's a handy check list to remind you what you need to bring to your classes...

  • Your Happy Nappy
  • Swimming Nappy
  • Wetsuit (if you need one!)
  • Snuggly Towel
  • Blanket
  • Warm hat for baby
  • Baby food for a feed after the class
  • Your own swimming togs and a towel

Water Wobble Tips!

If you are looking for some more information about the Water Wobbles, blogger 'The Dadventurer' has written a very informative piece about his tips for getting through the wobbles. You can read more here.

Some of our top tips on coming through the Water Wobbles include:

  • By arriving early to your class, your little one can watch the other babies swimming and having fun in the class before theirs.
  • Bring your little one to a pool outside the classes and when you are in the pool, focus on the skills that your little one enjoys doing.
  • Persistance - it is very important to attend as many classes as you can even though you will be tempted to give up. Our teachers are used to little ones going through the Water Wobbles and will support you every step of the way until your little one comes through this phase.


If you would like a bit more information about what the Water Wobbles are and how to get through them, we have penty of information available in our office. We also have teachers on hand to talk you through this developmental stage. If you would like more information please do give us a call on 091 388256 or send us an email at surfing@waterbabies.ie.

Most Popular Water Babies Songs

The results are in from our Pregnancy and Baby Fair Facebook Competition! The most popular baby swimming songs in Water Babies classes are..drum roll please!

No. 1 Splish Splash
No. 2 Humpty Dumpty
No. 3 Wibble Wobble

Thanks to everyone for entering the competition - prizes are winging their way to you all!

Water Babies and Water Safety

We love this fabulous vidoe made for Irish Independents Mother and Baby iMag talking about the safety aspects of our classes. Enjoy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGEZbnYvUW4


Water Babies Swimming Survey Report

The results of the Water Babies swimming survey were astounding with over 59% of parents saying that they were not confident swimmers, 4% being afraid of water and 5% never having learnt to swim. Read our full survey report by clicking here. summer safety campaign

To launch Water Safety Awareness Week, Water Babies in association with Irish Water Safety and sponsored by Glohealth have created a Water Safety Awareness postcard for parents. Pick up your postcard at Water Babies classes week beginning May 26th and cards will also be available at selected stores nationwide.
Water Babies is working closely with Irish Water Safety, the statutory body established to promote water safety in Ireland, to educate parents and change behaviour to prevent drowning and water related accidents. By following these guidelines parents and carers can minimize the chances of a tragic incident befalling their child this summer and all through the year:
Actively supervise young children around water
* Parents must keep an eye on their children at all times – they can be easily distracted chatting to other parents, reading a newspaper or talking on the phone.
* Supervising adults should be in arms reach of children under five so that if a child slips underwater, they can be pulled to safety immediately
* The adult watching must be able to swim and not afraid to jump in the water.
* If leaving, even momentarily, take your child or designate a known adult to supervise – never leave an older sibling in charge around water.
Be safety conscious at the poolside
* Make sure there is a qualified lifeguard in attendance before you or your children enter a public swimming pool.
* Check where the rescue equipment and lifeguards are.
* Do not swim in a swimming pool which has cloudy pool water or where you can’t see the pool bottom
* Save the local emergency numbers on your mobile phone.
Flotation devices are not life preservers
* Toys and inflatables are often unstable and therefore a hazard.
Do not swim at beaches with large waves, a powerful undercurrent or no lifeguards
* Find out where the lifeguards are and learn water symbols and flags indicating current beach conditions. Please follow their advice, available at Irish Water Safety’s website, www.iws.ie
Stay sober
* Drinking can impair your supervision and swimming skills – especially when combined with the mid-day heat.
Learn BLS (Basic Life Support)
* Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) may provide the seconds needed to prevent death or brain damage.
Teach your children these water safety rules:
* Always swim with others, never alone
* Do not push or jump onto others or participate in any dangerous behaviour in a swimming pool – ie horseplay, wrestling, running, jumping and dive bombing – it might result in injury.
* Do not dive into water. Diving into insufficient water depths can cause face, head and spinal injuries and even death
* Know what to do in an emergency and where to get help. Call 999 or 112.
* Make sure everybody wears a lifejacket when boating or fishing that is age and size specific and has a correctly fitting crotch strap.
Contact your local Water Babies office for your free water safety postcard! Or check out www.iws.ie for more water safety advice.

Water Babies were on ITV's This Morning!

Very exciting news! Paul Thompson aka Mr.Water Babies was interviewed on ITV's 'This Morning with Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield'! In this interview Paul chatted about all things Water Safety related and gave out some great tips! You can have a look at the segment here!


We were on Today FM!

Carol along with our lovely customer Jil Gallagher spoke to Matt Cooper about the benefits of babt swimming. We were very proud of Carol & Jil - they did a great job!

Listen to Today FM Interview