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!
Booking for Chapter 1 classes starting in May - spaces still available!
We now have limited spaces for our Chapter 1 classes, starting week of the 14th May. To start your Babies Water Babies journey see above for how to contact us. 
Wednesday 12.00 @ The Marriott Hotel, Hale Barns (Suitable from 12 weeks) - 2 spaces left!
Thursday 12.00 @ The Marriott Hotel, Hale Barns (Suitable from 12 weeks) - 1 space left!
Friday 10.00 @ Delemere School, Flixton (Suitable from birth) - 1 space left!
Friday 16.30 @ Pictor Academy, Timperley (Suitable from birth) 
Friday 13.30 @ The Waterside Hotel, Didsbury (Suitable from 12 weeks) - 2 spaces left!
Saturday 17.00 @ Cedar Mount Academy, Gorton (Suitable from birth) - 2 spaces left!
Tasters Now Available:

As we are supporting Children’s Activities Week, between the 30th April and the 4th May, encouraging families to join local classes and check out their benefits we are doing taster sessions of our lessons for just £5.00 on selected dates.

Thursday 3rd May 12.00 @ The Marriott Hotel, Hale Barns (Suitable from 12 weeks)
Friday 4th May 17.00 @ Pictor Academy, Timperley (Suitable from birth)

The money raised from these taster sessions will go to the Caudwell Children charity, who do amazing work with disabled children and their families, and The Children’s Activities Association, helping to highlight the positive impact children’s activities have on children’s physical and mental health.

Read on for more information about what we do!


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 new 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 May 2018 - We’re still buzzing about Children’s Activities Week

Well we think Children’s Activities Week was a resounding success. Your team of trusty bees had an absolute ball in their swimming lessons and we were over the moon (flying of course) with the efforts put in by lots of you and your babies and toddlers. We had some flying fairies, beautiful butterflies and soaring super heroes, plus an awful lot of zooming around the pool like rockets, flying over woggles and buzzing around flowers.

But in all seriousness, it was a resounding success because of your generosity in donations at all your swimming classes. They have gone a long way in helping the Caudwell Children Charity, which does amazing work to enhance the lives of disabled children and their families, providing access to services and support.

The Children’s Activities Association has been created to raise standards in all organised children’s activities, to offer parents peace of mind, which is something we care deeply about at Water Babies and why we go the extra mile to ensure our teachers are the most qualified and your lessons are delivered to the highest standards and in the safest environments.

See you again for more flying lessons next year? We hope so!

A really big THANK YOU from your team of bees at Water Babies South Manchester 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 the recent 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!