Water Babies Surrey East and Crawley

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 Surrey East & Crawley are run by Nicky O’Connor, who was first introduced to Water Babies in 2014 when she started her swimming journey with her elder daughter, Eloise.

Nicky’s had an avid love of swimming since early childhood – surreptitiously jumping off the 10m board at just 4 years old, her parents had trouble keeping her out of the water! Then, while at 6th form college she channelled her love of swimming to teaching 3-12 year-old youngsters.

So when Eloise came along, and Nicky & husband James were looking for a bonding activity to do that was also fun, Nicky didn’t need any convincing about the joys of baby swimming. “Eloise loved the water from day one,” Nicky recalls. “In fact, it’s fair to say she was a real water baby! And because James is the one in the water with Eloise, her Water Babies lessons have become their special one-to-one time every week.”

When the opportunity arose to train as a Water Babies teacher later that year, Nicky didn’t hesitate. Then in March 2016, baby Frankie arrived and started her own swimming journey at around 6 weeks old. “Frankie was a little more cautious to start with,” says Nicky, “but she soon grew to love it just as much as her elder sister, and now there’s no stopping her!”

Nicky has a true passion for all things baby swimming: “I can’t wait to be there with you every step – or should I say, kick – of your Water Babies journey!” She’s joined in the office by the wonderfully enthusiastic Fay and Charlotte; and in the pool by a team of highly qualified teachers, who complete 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 (East Surrey), or join their Facebook Group where you'll find a warm welcome waiting for you.

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Welcome to Water Babies East Surrey and Crawley!

Here at Water Babies East Surrey and Crawley we run baby and toddler swimming lessons suitable for babies from birth up to around 4 years of age.
We offer classes in beautiful warm pools across Crawley, Reigate, Redhill, Caterham, Oxted, Wallington and Croydon. With a range of classes available 7 days a week we are sure to be able to find the right class for your and your little one to come and enjoy some precious bonding time in the water whilst learning an essential life skill!
Swimming gives your little one a complete workout, strenghtening heart, lungs and their respiratory system which in turn aids brain development. Regular swimming can enhance their awareness whilst improving sleeping an eating patterns - a definate bonus for parents!

Exciting News!!

We are incredibly excited to announce that from the start of our Summer term we will be swimming at a new venue in the Crawley area on Wednesdays and Thursdays. To be first in the know don't forget to register your details with us and we'll do the rest.

Spring Term bookings are now open!

We are now taking bookings for our spring term, which runs until May. We still have availability at the following venues:

New 7 week Mini Course's just released (0-12 months) includes free happy nappy!!

Mondays: 12:30pm - Clifton Hill School, Caterham 
Thursdays: 09:30am - Wray Common School, Reigate 

Catch ups:

We recognise life's commitments can get in the way of scheduled activities. We would love to be able to accommodate all requests for alternative lessons when a class has been missed for illness or holiday, unfortunately, we have very few classes available with spaces to accommodate everyone. Our catch up policy is designed to be fair to everyone whilst still giving you the opportunity to make up the odd missed lesson. We have therefore introduced a one catch up lesson per term, subject to availability.  

About our venues:

All of our venues operate at a minimum of 32 degrees, however we do have a handful of hydrotherapy pools available which are heated to 33/34 degrees or more. Any baby who is under 12lbs or 12 weeks old needs to start their swimming journey in water of 32 degrees or more, if you need more details as to the suitability of venues do give us a call. All venues have parking. There is room poolside for spectators at all venues so partners and grandparents never miss out on watching little one's magical journey.

If you want to stay up to date on our latest news and offers, why not like our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/WaterBabiesSurreyEast/ or come and join our fun and friendly group for advice, competitions and more - https://www.facebook.com/groups/WaterBabiesSurreyEastCrawleyParentsCarers/

Swimming and vaccinations!

We are often asked if you need to wait until your baby has had their vaccinations before starting swimming lessons and with lots of conflicting information out there we thought we might be able to help!! Here are Water Babies we follow the NHS guidelines when it comes to baby swimming and vaccinations. The high quality of the water required in public pools makes the likelihood of transmitting infections very unlikely; plus, the diseases against which your baby is inoculated can't be carried in chlorinated water anyway. So your baby is no more likely to pick up an infection whilst swimming than they are at a soft play or whilst you are out having coffee with friends! So the right time to start swimming really is 'any time'!

Getting in touch:

Tel: 01293 279 229
Mobile: 07513423576
Email: holidayswim@waterbabies.co.uk
Our office is open weekdays from 09:00am - 5:00pm. If you reach the answer phone please leave us a message so we know you called, we will happily return your call.