Water Babies Tees Valley and North York Moors

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 Tees Valley & the North York Moors are run by Pamela Hargreaves, after a friend’s underwater photograph of her twin boys kick-started a series of events that would change her life forever. “When she told me the photograph was from Water Babies”, Pamela says, “I went straight home and looked for classes for my 6-week old daughter, Alice!”
Pamela and Alice started classes just a few weeks later and, in her own words, “was one of those mums who was a nervous wreck in my first lesson. Alice is now in Chapter 15, and I’m constantly astounded by what she can do, and at such a young age. That’s what I love about Water Babies – we don’t just take babies on a journey, but their mums and dads too. And as a teacher, I feel truly honoured to be guiding them on such a wonderful adventure!”
The wonderfully enthusiastic Vicky, Debs and Blossom are the friendly voices in the office, 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? Or check out the banter on the Water Babies Tees Valley & North Yorks Moors Facebook page!

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February - May beginner classes are about to be released!

Our new term of world class, award-winning lessons starts on Monday 19th February.  We are releasing the class timetable to our Priority Waiting List first before they go out to the public so to get first choice of classes, send the following details to the office on offtherail@waterbabies.co.uk: 
Your name: 
Baby's name: 
Date of Birth: 
Weight (if known)
Contact number:
Things you need to know:
  • Little ones can swim with us from day 1 as we have a range of pools to suit little ones of any weight including several hydro pools where the water is 32 degrees minimum
  • Little ones do not need to have had their injections before they start swimming with Water Babies. These are the latest guidelines from the NHS website 
  • All our babies swim using a double nappy system no matter how old they are (see below for more info). We can all get a little over-excited when we're having fun and accidents happen so we ask that all little ones use them, no matter if they are potty trained or not, this is because our pools make it a condition of us using them. 
  • Our courses run in Chapters from 1-17 and run alongside school terms so 9 or 10 weeks. Payments are made for the full term. 
  • There is always a member of the Water Babies team there to meet you on your first lesson as we know it can be daunting to do something new, espcecially as a new parent who is probably carrying far too much stuff :-) 
  • Our classes are small enough for you and your little one to get the attention you need to develop but large enough for you to meet new people, have fun and make new friends. 

To book onto our award-winning lessons or to talk through class times, give us a ring on 01642 711734 or send us an email to offtherail@waterbabies.co.uk 

Free Taster Sessions

We run regular free taster sessions throughout the year to give little ones and carers the opportunity to find out more about what makes our swimming programme so unique.
Our next Taster Sessioins will be on: 
  • Wednesday 7th February at Total Fitness, Stockton at 4.50pm
  • Thursday 8th February at Jurys Inn, Middlesbrough at 11.00am
  • Saturday 10th February at High Tunstall Hydro at 9.30am 
  • Tuesday 13th February at Sporting Lodge, Stainton at 10.00am
It's a good idea to like our Facebook Page as we always post our taster sessions on our page, along with information about all of the other exciting things we get up to. 

A big hello to our new Water Babies :-)

We'd like to wish all of our new little Water Babies a big splashy hello. We're delighted that you chose to swim us and look forward to seeing you enjoy your lessons, develop in confidence and learn lots of new swimming skills.
If you have any questions for us throughout the term, or you just want to keep up-to-date with what all of our little Water Babies are up then follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

And farewell to our Chapter 17 swimmers...

Goodbye to our fabulous toddler Water Babies who left us last term at the end of the programme. We loved every minute of you swimming with us and hope that you'll keep swimming.

Baby not arrived yet?

Are you pregnant? Are you interested in Water Babies? It's not too early to put your name on our contact list.

Just send us an email to offtherail@waterbabies.co.uk with the following information:

Your Name:
Your Address:
A Contact Number:
Email Address:
Baby's Due Date:
Once we have this information we can add you to our contact list which means we will be in touch as soon as the classes are released. We will also send you an information pack in the post so you can see what we do in our lessons.

Double nappy system

All babies and children, regardless of age, must use the double nappy system, this means they must wear a swim nappy e.g. huggies little swimmers and then a Happy Nappy on top. This is a specialist nappy with cuffs around the waist and legs to help keep any 'accidents' inside of the nappy rather than in the pool.

Happy Nappies are designed to be a snug fit so please don't buy a larger size with 'room to grow' as little accidents mean that classes could end up being cancelled.

About our venues

All of our venues operate at a minimum of 30 degrees. We also have hydrotherapy pool available which are heated to 32 degrees or more, perfect for little ones of all ages.

Any baby who is under 12lbs or 12 weeks old will need to swim in one of our hydrotherapy pools.

If you are unsure about what venues are available near you or what is most suitable for your little one, give the office a ring on 01642 711734.