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
Our hotly anticipated Chapter 1 classes are now available to book. Please see below the list of Chapter 1 classes we now have available for our term starting on the 19th of November.
Call us on 0161 928 6385 or e mail 123swim@waterbabies.co.uk to book on!!!
Monday 11.30 @ The Marriott Hotel, Hale Barns - Suitable from 12 weeks
Tuesday 17.00 @ Delamere School, Flixton - Suitable from birth - 1 Space left
Wednesday 11.30 @ The Marriott Hotel, Hale Barns - Suitable from 12 weeks
Thursday 12.00 @ Total Fitness, Altrincham - Suitable from 12 weeks
Friday 12.00 @ Delamere School, Flixton - Suitable from Birth - NOW FULL
Friday 12.30@ Pictor Academy, Timperley - Suitable from birth (NEW CLASS ADDED)
Friday 13.00 @ Total Fitness, Altrincham - Suitable from 12 weeks
Saturday 14.00 @ Pictor Academy, Timperley - Suitable from birth (NOW FULL)
Saturday 17.30 @ The Waterside Hotel, Didsbury - Suitable from 12 weeks - 2 spaces left!
Sunday 14.30 @ Cedar Mount Academy, Gorton - Suitable from birth - 2 spaces left!
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!

5th November - It's all about the swimming in Winter

123 Swim blog 

This weeks blog is all about how great it is to swim over the colder months of winter!

Swimming in the winter time is actually really beneficial for babies yet this is quite often the time of year when people choose to take a break from swimming.

Often people think that swimming will make babies and toddlers catch a cold but there is no evidence to suggest that they are more likely to catch a cold from swimming than any other activity. A cold is a virus and not something that is caught more easily from being in a swimming pool. Swimming during the winter time actually keeps children fit and healthy and really boosts their immunity which means less illness over the colder months.

Babies and toddlers thrive from routine so if they love swimming there is no need to stop that fun part of your weekly routine just because the weather outside is a bit chilly. It doesn’t matter if it is raining as it is something that can be enjoyed despite the rain and all our pools are warm (some more than others!)

Swimming in the winter months also allows little ones to be much more mobile and therefore increases their strength and blood flow which is a really important part of staying healthy! Babies are often wrapped up in lots of layers which restricts their movement so swimming gives them lots of freedom to kick and splash and use up lots of excess energy which in turn helps them sleep better!!! Yayyy!!!!

Always take a hat for little one and make sure they are wrapped up before taking them back outside. Most of our venues have the facility to dry little ones hair if they are blessed with a luxurious mane so, if you have chance to give it a quick blast to take the excess dampness out of it that is a great idea.

The best part is when you get home you can feel very virtuous at having been out and done some exercise that you can curl up with a hot chocolate while your little one hopefully enjoys a well earned nap!!!



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!