Water Babies Manchester South

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 Manchester South are run by David and Vicki Oldfield. A synchronised swimmer in her youth, Vicki went on to pursue a career in child and adolescent mental health nursing, but her love of water never left her and when son William was born, he took his first dip with Water Babies when he was just a few weeks old.

Meanwhile David, a primary school teacher, took the parenting reins when he became full-time Daddy Daycare. But a chance conversation with William’s Water Babies teacher led to him becoming a baby-swimming teacher himself. So it was no surprise that Emily (born in the bath at home and delivered by David with the midwife knocking on the door!) had her first introduction to a real swimming pool when she was only 5 days old.

Swimming is a big part of Oldfield family life. “Water Babies has brought so much fun, enjoyment and confidence to our own children,” says Vicki, “and we see it as a privilege and pleasure to watch other babies blossom, too!”

They’d love to hear from you, so why not give them a call? You can find them on Facebook at Water Babies (South Manchester), or join their Facebook Group where you'll find a warm welcome waiting for you.

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Welcome to Water Babies in South Manchester! 
If you would like to find out about swimming with us or book on to a course, please feel free to give us a call on 0161 928 6385, email us at 123swim@waterbabies.co.uk or fill in an 'Ask about classes' enquiry online for your preferred location. We are in the office 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and are happy to answer any of your questions! Alternatively come follow us on Facebook at Water Babies (South Manchester) or Instagram @waterbabieswhitters
We have now released our chapter 1 classes for our new term starting in February (Classes start week commencing the 11th or 18th of Feb - check when you call!). Give us a call to find out more information an to book a space. We look forward to speaking to you!
Classes are as follows :

Monday12.00 The Marriott Hotel, Hale Barns with Jenny (suitable from 12wks)

Monday 14.30 The Waterside Hotel, Didsbury with Jenny (Suitable from 12wks) ***NEW CLASS ADDED*****

Tuesday 10.30 Pictor Academy, Timperley with Quyen (suitable from new born)

Thursday 12.30 The Marriott Hotel, Hale Barns with Vicki (suitable from 12wks)

Thursday 12.30 Total Fitness, Altrincham with Hannah (suitable from 12wks)

Friday 11.30 Total Fitness, Altrincham with Hannah (suitable from 12wks)

Friday 12.30 Delamere School, Flixton with David (suitable from new born)

Friday 16.30 Pictor Academy, Timperley with Vicki (suitable from new born)

Saturday 8.30 Pictor Academy, Timperley with Quyen (suitable from new born)

Saturday 11.30 Pictor Academy, Timperley with Quyen (suitable from new born)

Saturday 16.00 The Waterside Hotel, Didsbury with Jenny (suitable from 12wks) **FULL**

Saturday 17.00 Cedar Mount Academy, Gorton (suitable from new born)

Sunday 10.00 Total Fitness, Altrincham with Sarah (suitable from 12wks) **FULL**

What we do:

Your baby can start their Water Babies swimming lessons from newborn or they can join our toddler programme right up until 5 years old. Our warm water pools are a great place to start their swimming journey and we do four terms a year, starting in February, May, September and November. The terms are ten weeks of lessons and half an hour each week! Classes can fill quickly so we would advise to register your interest as soon as possible and that way we can keep you up to date with information and available classes as soon as we release them!

The Water Babies journey starts with baby swimming lessons from Chapter 1 and toddler lessons from Chapter 6, with each chapter building on swimming and safety skills along with a little ones own personal progression and development. The lessons are great fun and kept to a small number per group.

With every booking you get a Welcome Pack with a magical Water Babies Journey book to track their progression, some special goodies and a free Happy Nappy, something we ask all little ones to wear in the water. There is also the opportunity to come along to an amazing underwater photo shoot at the end of the term as well.

Locations Available:

Cedar Mount Academy, Delamere School, Pictor Academy and Peak School are suitable for babies from new born and all other locations 12wks and above. 


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Join our closed Facebook group ‘Water Babies Manchester (South) Parents and Carers Group’ to keep up with everything we’re up to and watch out for competitions and giveaways coming soon!

14th January - Making memories for life with your journey book

I may be a teacher myself, and a Mum to two Water Babies – one almost at the end of his journey in Chapter 17 and the other in Chapter 12 – but I have a confession to make…

I’ve never really been very good at keeping on top of their journey books! Right, I’ve admitted it!

But on a wet, dark January afternoon I stumbled across them in the cupboard and fished them out and it actually turned into a lovely rainy-day activity.

I sat down with Charlie and Megan and we stuck all the stickers in, reminding them (and me!) of all the amazing things they’ve achieved in their swimming journey so far.

We talked about their favourite activities. Charlie loves races so his favourite badge is from chapter 15 – ‘I raced across the pool’. Megan is a big fan of surfing with Bubba and loves to sing the song whenever she sees a Bubba, even if it’s just while I’m cleaning and packing away my kit after teaching!

We even got down their underwater photos (which do take pride of place on the wall at least!) and talked about when and how they were taken and how young they were when they started. It’s hard to believe now they were just 5 and 7 weeks!

So if you also aren’t great at keeping on your journey books, don’t worry, but maybe try sitting down with your toddler and having a bit of fun with them one day. Or if they’re feeling a little bit wobbly in lessons, dig it out and have a bit of fun talking about all the things they enjoy doing and which stickers they can look forward to doing in their next lessons.

Love Sarah x  


Gift Vouchers, Swimwear and Toys:

Did you know you can purchase gift vouchers from your local office as well as the swimwear and toys used in lessons? If you are looking for a unique gift for a christening, baby shower or birthday why not give us a call on 0161 928 6385 to see what we have available. A wider range of deisgns and products are also available direct from our website.


***WE ARE WINNERS!!!!!***

We recently won the amazing award of 'Best Family Friendly Children's Activity Provider' at the Tommy's Awards.

We are extremely proud to have been voted the "Best under 5's class" in last years Raring 2 Go Awards. This is especially important to us as it was voted for by the lovely people who swim with us!!!! Thanks guys!!!! :-)

We're also really proud to have been awarded Feefo's Gold Service Award for 2018! Thank you so much to everyone for their support and we are happy to assist with anything needed!