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
**New 5 week baby swimming class now available**
We have released a new 5 week class at Total Fitness in Altrincham, perfect for getting water confident before the summer holidays.
The class will be at 12.30pm on Thursday, beginning on 27 June and is suitable for babies from 12 weeks to 1 year old.
Give us a call on 0161 928 6385  or fill in our enquiry form today to book on to avoid disappointment. 
** Coffee Morning to Support Drowning Prevention Week 15 - 23 June **

Drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental deaths in children. That’s why learning safety skills is a very important part of Water Babies lessons and something we practise in every lesson. We think that every baby should be given the skills they need to help themselves should the worst happen, and toddlers should understand when it's safe to go in the water and who to call for help.

To support Drowning Prevention Week we’ve teamed up with Mini First Aid Manchester South so provide free CPR demonstrations at the Marriott Hotel, Hale Barns 10am - 1pm on Monday 17 June. Stop by for a chat and a coffee and a free demonstration. For more info email 123swim@waterbabies.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you there!


** Tommy's Splashathon is coming to your class soon! **

We'll be holding pirate themed lessons throughout the week 24 - 30 June (13 July at Springwood Primary) to raise money for Tommy's baby charity. Your donations will help continue the research they do into baby loss and will help fund a new centre aimed at improving maternity care for all families in the UK.

You can set up a fundraising page for your little one at vmgiving.co/splashMS or make a donation to the teachers' team page at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ManchesterTeachers

Find out more at tommys.org/splashathon

Thank you for all your donations!


** Specialist Toddler Classes Available for Booking **
Did you know you can begin swimming lessons with us at any time up to 5 years old? Toddlers don't need any previous swimming experience and can join part way through the term, so you'll immediately experience all the benefits of specialist toddler swimming lessons:
*They’ll begin in a class with children of the same age, regardless of their swimming experience. Our lessons are tailored for their level of development and your teacher is trained to adapt their lessons to match the abilities of the children in the class
*You get to accompany them in the water giving them lots of support and security while they build their confidence
*They won’t need armbands – we teach you different ways to support your child so they become aware of their own buoyancy in water, and can get into a much more streamlined swimming position from day 1
*We teach you to teach your little one to swim – you’ll get lots of tips and ideas of things you can do in and out of lessons to help them find their love of swimming
Spaces available across all our pools for babies and toddlers aged 1 to 5 years. Give us a call on 0161 928 6385 for fill in our enquiry form to find out more!
Want to know more about 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.

South Manchester Locations Available:

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

North Manchester Locations Available:

Springwood Primary is suitable from newborn, other locations are suitable from 12 weeks.


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're winners in the Greater Manchester Hoop Awards 2019 in the 'Best for Getting Active' category.

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 2017 Raring 2 Go Awards.

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!