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.

Local news

We are super excited to announce that we are booking on to our Spring termwhich is Starting week commencing 4th February.

We have classes running across the Leicestershire and Rutland area.

Splash into a Water Babies class this Spring...

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. To book a place, 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 term is starting from 4th February and here are all of our Chapter 1 classes that we will be running. 


Day Time Venue Area Dates


Tues 16:00 Roundhill Academy Thurmaston 5th Feb - 10 Weeks
        30th April  
Wed 16:45 Ashmount School Loughborough 6th Feb -  10 weeks
    *Hydro Pool*   1st May  
Wed 11:30 Oakham C of E Oakham 6th Feb -  10 Weeks
    *Hydro Pool*   1st May  
Thurs 12:45 Birchwood School Melton Mowbray 7th Feb -   10 Weeks
    *Hydro Pool*   2nd May  
Thurs 16:15 West Gate School Leicester 7th Feb -  10 Weeks
    *Hydro Pool*   2nd May  
Fri 16:00 Oakham C of E Oakham 8th Feb -  10 Weeks
    *Hydro Pool*   3rd May  
Sat 10:00 Ashmount School Loughborough 9th Feb -  10 Weeks
    *Hydro Pool*   4th May  
Sat  12:30 Charnwood College Loughborough 9th Feb -  10 Weeks
        4th May  
Sat 10:00 King Edward School Coalville 9th Feb -  10 Weeks
        4th May  
Sun 12:30 Roundhill Academy Thurmaston 10th Feb - 10 Weeks
        5th May  
Sun 16:45 Westgate School Leicester 10th Feb -  10 Weeks
    *Hydro Pool*   5th May  

If you have any questions or would like to join a class, just give us a call in the office on 01664 567302 and we'll be happy to go through everything with you. Alternatively, register your interest - it only takes a sec, and we'll be in touch very shortly.

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.

Ker-lick Kir-splash...

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.


Your next underwater Photo Shoot Session for the Autumn term are being held on:

4th November 2018 at Ashmount School, Loughborough.

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 swam 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.