Water Babies Notts and Derby

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 Notts & Derby are run by Marie & Martin Smith, who were originally introduced to the concept of baby-swimming through taking both their children to Water Babies classes. And despite having had a highly successful career in pet food manufacture, in 2005 Marie decided that setting up her own swimming classes would give her the flexibility and family business lifestyle that she and Martin so craved.

'Swimming with the kids became such a huge part of our lives,’ Marie explains ‘and seeing just how much they benefited from it in so many ways convinced me I should grab the opportunity to get involved when it arose.’

Since starting the business, the couple have been joined by a fantastic crew of teachers, all of whom were equally inspired to retrain, having experienced the course as parents first. And then there's the equally fabulous Linda Ross in the office, or Aunty Linda as she might be called. 'Who not only runs everything brilliantly but waters the plants, puts the bins out, and rescues me from the hairdressers when I forget my purse,' Marie fondly recalls. Sounds like we could all do with a Linda looking after us!

They’d love to hear from you, so why not give them a call? Or check out the banter on the Water Babies Notts & Derbys Facebook page.

Local news

19th Jan 2018 New Year, New Classes! We have a new term of classes starting w/c 12 Feb in Nottingham, Mandsfield & Derby and we are now booking on - contact us for more details!

19th Nov 2017 Do you know of any warm private, gym or leisure pools in Nottingham or Derby that we could use for our classes? They must be consistently over 30 degrees C. Please get in touch as if we end up using the pool you recommended we can offer you a free course of lessons as a reward. 

15th Nov 2017 New classes available in Nottingham, Derby, Mansfield and Chilwell starting from next Monday. Please ring us fo latest availability to teach your baby to swim

8th Nov 2017 we had a fantastic time at our photoshoot in Mansfield this weekend..... now watch this space for details of new classes starting soon in Derby, Nottingham and Mansfield

31st Oct 2017 It is our photoshoot this coming weekend at Portland College in Mansfield on Sat and Sun...spaces still left available

30th Oct 2017 Classes are back on today! Yippee......hope you have practising over the holidays!

20th Oct 2017 There are no classes at our venues in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire from 23-29 Oct inclusive to coincide with school holidays

24th Sep 2017 Our teacher Lisa has started a lovely instagram account about her little baby neice's journey in swimming lessons at Portland College. Ellie was only 7 days old when she started last week! Follow her on Instagram @auntie_of_a_water_baby

18th Sep 2017 Our Splashathon total raised locally was a whooping £14478 - well done to all of you - it is the most we have ever raised and £5000 more than 2 years ago in Notts and Derbys

17th July 2017 Splashthon is here - some amazing costumes on display at Portland College in Mansfield and Ivy House School in Derby today....what pirate or princess creations will tomorrow bring?....

13th July 2017 Our own Marie S was interviewed live this morning on BBC Radio Nottingham explaining why drown proofing is not the way to teach baby swimming in the UK...