Water Babies Leicestershire and Rutland

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!

Charlie and Chris Craven run classes across Leicestershire & Rutland, and with more than 9,000 dives as scuba instructors between them, we reckon they've got water, not blood, running through their veins!

Before they discovered the water, Chris spent 10 years as a coal miner and Charlie was a manager at Boots. But then they met on a dive boat in Turkey, lured by an exciting underwater world of whale sharks and manta rays. After an idyllic wedding 6 years later in South Africa, Luke came long in 2006, and teaching him to swim from birth seemed the natural thing to do. So a now land-logged Charlie got back into her cossie and joined local Water Babies classes.

She enjoyed it so much that within 9 months she was a fully qualified swimming teacher; 2 years later, Chris joined her in their dream of setting up their own local Water Babies business.

They’d love to hear from you, so why not give them a call? You can find them on Facebook at Water Babies (Leicestershire & Rutland), where you'll find a warm welcome waiting for you.

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Our New term from the end of August and we are in the process of putting together all of the new classes for then. You can register your interest and we'll keep you updated on all of the new sessions and where they will be.

We have classes running across the Leicestershire and Rutland area.

Splash into a Water Babies class this Autumn.

Now is an ideal time to get out of the house and start your new activities with your little one. 

With all our pools being toasty warm and 30 degrees or above, you will find just half an hour swimming will provide you and your baby with a complete work out.

They’ll be exercising muscles they’d never even find on land and swimming is great for enhancing their confidence and awareness, as well as helping to improve eating and sleeping patterns.

Chapter 1 classes are perfect for babies from birth up to 12 months old…

Chapter 1 classes are designed for little ones from birth up to 12 months of age if they haven’t had any structured swimming classes before.

Your Chapter 1 information is listed below.

Our New term will start in May and we are currently in the process of creating all of the new Chapter 1 classes for then. We will be looking to release them by the end of March, so just register your interest and we'll keep you posted on when and where they will be.

To book a place or need more information, just click here to ask about classes or give us a call in the office on 01664 567302.

…And we have classes for up to 4½ year olds too

We have seventeen Chapters throughout our programme which are all aimed at both a little ones age, swimming ability and stage of child development too - so we don’t just pop them into an age related group.

If you would like a chat about classes for children over 12 months, just click here to ask about classes or give our friendly team a call on 01664 567302.

We can have a little chat about any swimming your little one may have done previously - and it doesn’t matter if they haven’t. We can then go through all of the classes that we have that would be best suited to you both.

Your Chapter 1 Schedule...

Our new Chapter 1 classes have started over the last week and a half and we have been busy meeting all of our new little ones who have started their Water Babies journey so far.  

Regulations state If a baby is under 12lbs and or under 3 months of age, they should be swimming in a pool that is a minimum temperature of 32 degrees. 

If they are over that threshold, then a pool that is 30 degrees or above is ideal. 

All of the pools we swim in are at least 30 degrees and some are Hydrotherapy temperature pools that are 32 degrees or above, so you know your little one is in safe hands.

Although the classes have now started and we have now stopped booking for this current term, Please see below to give you an idea of where are classes are held and on what days.

Mon at Ashmount School, Loughborough (Hydro)  

Mon at at Grange Spa, Pointon (hydro) 

Tue at Roundhill Academy, Thurmaston 

Wed at  Ashmount, Loughborough.(Hydro)

Wed at  Oakham C of E, Oakham (Hydro)

Thu  at Roundhill Academy, Thurmaston 

Fri at Oakham C of E, Oakham (Hydro)

Fri at Uppingham Sports Centre

Fri  at Rainbows, Loughborough (Hydro)

Sat at Ashmount, Loughborough (Hydro)

Sat  at King Edward, Coalville

Sat at  Oakham C of E, Oakham (Hydro)

Sat at  West Gate, Leicester (Hydro) 

Sun  at Roundhill Academy, Thurmaston 

Sundays at West Gate, Leicester (hydro)

Dip In Sessions...

If you are still deciding whether you would like a join a Water Babies class and would like to try out a lesson before committing to a term, the Dip In session would be an ideal opportunity to see what we are about. You would only pay for one class, where you can meet our fab team of instructors and to discover what makes us different from other baby and toddler swim schools that are out there. 

Just give us a call in the office on 01664 567302 for availability.


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Our fantastic Underwater Photo Shoot session is now included as part of your Chapter 1 (beginners) course.




For a sneak preview of your Water Babies magical underwater photo shoot, take a look at this short video.


For more details of our courses which include an underwater photography session, please call: 01664 567302 or email: surfthewave@waterbabies.co.uk

Looking to return after a break from swimming?

Have you previously swum with us but taken a break? Have your circumstances changed? Did you opt out but have changed your mind? Do you want to get your little one back in the pool?

Just give us a call on 01664 567302 or email surfthewave@waterbabies.co.uk and we'll check our latest availability for you and find you a place.