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? Or check out the banter on the Water Babies Manchester South Facebook page.

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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.

We offer a free first Happy Nappy to anyone who books, worth £10.50! 


Monday                    10.30             The Marriott Hotel, Hale Barns, WA15 8XW

Monday                    14.30             The Waterside Hotel, Didsbury, M20 5WZ

Monday                    12.00             Whaley Bridge Primary School, SK23 7HX *FULL*

Tuesday                    16.00             Delamere School, Flixton, M41 6AP

Tuesday                    10.30             Pictor School, Timperley, WA15 6PH *FULL*

Wednesday             11.00             The Marriott Hotel, Hale Barns, WA15 8XW

Thursday                  11.30             The Marriott Hotel, Hale Barns, WA15 8XW *FULL*

Friday                        12.30             Total Fitness, Altrincham, WA14 2DE

Friday                        12.00             The Waterside Hotel, Didsbury, M20 5WZ * 2 spaces remaining*

Sunday                      13.30             Cedar Mount Academy, Gorton, M18 7DT *FULL*

Sunday                      11.00             Total Fitness, Altrincham, WA14 2DE *FULL*


Early Bird Offer for this week only!!! If you book on and pay in full this week (22nd Jan - 26th Jan) you will receive 10% discount 


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

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!!!! :-)


Don’t forget to add your bump or baby to our waiting list for future lesson information. Our next term started from the 4th of September - why not get in touch so we can add you to our waiting list!

Register your interest by clicking on the 'Ask about classes!' link in the Contact us section of this page. Spaces book up really quickly so get your details over to us as soon as possible!


Our Locations

We teach in pools across South Manchester, covering Trafford, Stockport, Tameside and the High Peak:

  • Total Fitness, Altrincham
  • Pictor Academy, Timperley
  • Manchester Airport Marriott Hotel, Hale Barns
  • Delamere School, Flixton
  • Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club, Didsbury
  • Cedar Mount Academy, East Manchester
  • Peak School, Chinley
  • Whaley Bridge Primary School, High Peak



Our next fabulous underwater photo shoot will be on Sunday the 11th Februaryat Pictor School in Timperley so get in touch if you would like to book a space!!!!