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 are now taking bookings for our next term, September to November, and have the following classes available for you! Call and book before the 3rd September to take advantage of our great offer!
Monday @ 12.00 The Marriott Hotel, Hale Barns - suitable from 12wks - FULL
Monday @ 12.30 Pictor Academy, Timperley - suitable from new born - FULL
Monday @ 14.30 The Waterside Hotel, Didsbury - suitable from 12wks - FULL
Tuesday @ 12.30 Peak School, Chinley - suitable from new born - FULL
Tuesday @ 17.00 Delamere School, Flixton - suitable from new born
Wednesday @ 11.00 The Marriott Hotel, Hale Barns - suitable from 12wks - FULL
Wednesday @ 11.30 The Marriott Hotel Hale Barns - suitable from 12 wks - NEW CLASS
Thursday @ 11.30 The Marriott Hotel, Hale Barns - suitable from 12wks
Thursday @ 11.45 Total Fitness, Altrincham - suitable from 12wks - 1 space available
Friday @ 11.00 Delamere School, Flixton - suitable from new born - 2 spaces left!
Friday @ 12.00 Pictor Academy, Timperley - suitable from new born
Friday @ 14.00 The Waterside Hotel, Didsbury - suitable from 12wks - FULL
Friday @14.00 Total Fitness, Altrincham - Suitable from 12 wks - NEW CLASS
Saturday @ 11.00 The Marriott Hotel, Hale Barns - suitable from 12wks - FULL
Saturday @ 14.00 The Waterside Hotel, Didsbury - suitable from 12wks - FULL
Saturday @ 16.30 Cedar Mount Academy, Gorton - suitable from new born - 2 spaces left
Sunday @ 9.30 Total Fitness, Altrincham - suitable from 12wks - FULL
Sunday @ 13.00 Cedar Mount Academy, Gorton - suitable from new born - 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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16th August – Enjoying some precious family time

The team are all enjoying a bit of much needed family time at the moment, from Cornwall, to The Lakes and further afield to Ireland and Croatia. But wherever we are and whatever we do, we can’t help but see life skills learnt in Water Babies classes coming into action!

I’ve been lucky enough to take my two camping in the Lake District for a few days, and while we’re more hikers than water sports enthusiasts, it really struck me how in so many everyday outings, learning to swim and to be safe around the water is so important. In just our few days we did walks crossing rivers, paddled in lakes, took ferry rides and almost got flooded out of our campsite when it rained so hard our tent ended up on island!

As the kids get older I’m sure we’ll give rowing, kayaking and canyoning a try – Charlie and Megan were fascinated watching other children and families, and itching to give it a go. The water confidence they’ve gained in their swimming lessons, along with physical benefits like balance, strength and coordination, as well as understanding the dangers involved with water and how to keep themselves safe have opened up so many opportunities for them and for us as a family to enjoy ourselves and learn new skills in the future.

Hope you’re all enjoying your summer holidays!

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!