Water Babies Suffolk and North East Essex

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 Suffolk & North East Essex are run by Bex Succamore, who was originally introduced to the concept of baby swimming through taking her first child, Nathan, to Water Babies classes when he was 8 months old. ‘As a child, I’d hated swimming,’ Bex confesses, ‘so when a friend suggested going along to classes I thought it would be a good way to ensure Nathan had a positive experience with water, right from the start. I was a rather nervous mum when we turned up to our first lesson, but we both loved it, and I’d say that I learned just as much from the lessons as Nathan did!’ So much so, in fact, that Bex put her second child’s name on the waiting list before he’d even been born!

Ask any Water Babies teacher (and most parents) what their favourite part of our baby swimming lessons is and almost without exception, they’ll all talk about the same thing – progression! ‘I love the fact that at Water Babies, each lesson builds on the last,’ Bex explains, ‘and it’s incredible to watch the little ones as they journey from splashy beginnings through to becoming swimming superstars. My second son, Daniel, was swimming full lengths of the pool at just 3 years old!’

Abigail is the newest addition to the family and is currently swimming her way through Water Babies in true family tradition.

Bex's husband, Ian, looks after things in the office and is joined by the wonderfully enthusiastic Sadie, while a team of highly qualified teachers completes the Water Babies crew.

They’d love to hear from you, so why not give them a call? You can find them on Facebook at Water Babies (Suffolk & NE Essex), or join their Facebook Group where you'll find a warm welcome waiting for you.

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Come and join in the fun at Water Babies.

Classes available from birth to 5 years old


The start of your Water Babies Journey......

Our Beginners (Chapter 1) programme consists of 10 gentle and progressive lessons accompanied by our lovely Story Book, free gifts and end-of-term badges & stickers PLUS complimentary attendance at our amazing underwater photo shoot!
We teach you how to swim your baby safely and in the correct position. We teach them how to hold onto the side on their own, how to fall in safely, and how to control their breathing so that they can swim underwater - all very important lifesaving skills!

Taster Sessions

If you are thinking about starting baby swimming then we are currently offering taster sessions. They are £5 to attend but if you book on to our next term (starting week commencing 13th or 20th May) this will be deducted off your course fees - so you would have had the taster session for free!
We have the following taster sessions available for babies up to 12 months old. However, if your little one is older than this then don't worry, we specialise in teaching children up to school age Just get in touch and we will be able to offer a trial lesson in an age appropriate class.
Upcoming Taster Sessions:
  • Tuesday 23rd April at 11.30am at The Mill House, Swilland
  • Thursday 25th April at 11.30am  at The Holiday Inn
  • Thursday 25th April at 4.45pm at Thomas Wolsey (*)


  • Tuesday 30th April at 11.45am at Semer
Bury St Edmunds
  • Wednesday 24th April at 10.30am at Barrow School
  • Thursday 25th April at 12.30pm at The Ickworth
  • Friday 26th April at 11.30am at Culford School
  • Monday 29th April at 12pm at Culford School
  • Saturday 11th May at 10am at Stourwood Pool

(*) hydrotherapy pool - suitable from birth. All other pools are suitable for babies from 12 weeks/12lbs 

If you have any questions or want to get booked in then give us a call on 01206 841126, email us at blastoff@waterbabies.co.uk or use the 'Ask about Classes' button on this page



Water Babies have a NEW venue in Ramsay, near Colchester/Harwich (CO12 5ND). 

Stourwood Pool is a private warm water pool, located just a couple of minutes drive from the A120. The pool is a 20 minute drive from Colchester and less than a 10 minute drive from Harwich!

Classes will be starting on Mondays from May and on Saturdays from September.

Please contact the office on 01206 841126 or email blastoff@waterbabies.co.uk for more information or to register your interest.


Did you know... we have 17 different levels or Chapters as we like to call them??

When most people think of Water Babies they think of tiny babies in the water. It's true our Chapter 1's are tailored to babies from birth to around 12 months but there's so much more to Water Babies and we teach children right up to age 5.

We have a specialised and structured swimming programme that was developed with our extensive teacher network experience and The ASA (the governing body for teaching swimming). This means that swimming with us you can be confident that your baby or child will develop their swimming and confidence at their pace whilst having lots of fun and remaining challenged each week.

Our Chapter 1 classes start off with our world class instructors giving you the confidence to to teach your baby to swim. Helping you with the best swimming position, showing you how to help them fall in safely, practicing gentle underwater swims and teaching them to hold their breath.

There are so many skills, fun and games in between to list here but by the time your little one has got to Chapter 17 at around age 4 or 5 they'll be working towards ASA Stage 3 level. This means they'll be swimming confidently and independently across our pools, surprising us with their techniques from backstroke to breaststroke, diving in to the water safely and picking up treasure from the bottom. Amazing given most 4 and 5 year olds haven't even started Stage 1.

We're really proud of how much our Water Babies achieve each term and celebrate with a cloth badge to sew on their costume or towel and stickers along the way for their individual journey books.
Come along and join in the fun: email blastoff@waterbabies.co.uk or give us a call on 01206 841126.

Don't worry if your little one is already over 12 months, although its best to start at Chapter 1 you can start at any Chapter subject to availability. Give us a call and we'll find the best class for you both.



We may be called Water Babies - but we teach children right the way up until school age!
With teachers who are not only fully qualified swimming teachers in their own right, but who also have additional, extensive training specific for teaching pre-schoolers - why look anywhere else?

We are offering a FREE TRIAL for toddlers over 12 months old.
Contact the office to book your place - give us a call on 01206 841126 or email us at blastoff@waterbabies.co.uk.



Water Babies in Suffolk and North East Essex works in partnership with Mama Wellness. Mama Wellness is run by Nina and focuses on Pregnancy and Postnatal fitness, wellbeing and rehabiliatation.

  1. Attend 3 or more Aqua Bump or Aqua Blast Sessions and you can claim 10% off your first term of Water Babies classes. This offer can only be redeemed on your first term and must be mentioned at time of booking.
  2. Any mama who books a term with Water Babies in Suffolk and North East Essex gets £5 off a Mummy MOT. www.mamawellness.co.uk.  One offer per client only.



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