A lovely poem from Niall x

A big 'thank you' to Kellie Vaughan & Niall who cameto the end of their amazing Water Babies journey earlier this year. We couldn't resist sharing this with you ... I started lessons with you at 5 months old Initially as bonding time with my mum At first I loved it, thought it was fun The smile on my face each time I… Read more

Posted 6th December 2013  Tags fun water babies amazing journey lessons love mum swimming teachers

 

Nyree's news!

A big Water Babies welcome to one of our guest bloggers - one half of the golden couple of Paralympic swimming, Nyree Kindred, who's been a Water Babies mum since her daughter, Ella, was just ten weeks old. Hi there! Well it’s been a busy few months and time just flies by without you even realising it. We go to Water Babies every Friday with our teacher, Dawn, and Ella loves it! She’s constantly improving her skills and all… Read more

Posted 12th February 2014  Tags water babies swimming championships altitude Ella enjoyed event training wobbles

 

Pure Water Babies magic!

A magical video that's bound to get you in the mood for summer swimming - it's pure Water Babies magic! Read more

Posted 16th May 2014  Tags swimming Splish Splash summer

 

A focus on photography!

This month we have a guest post from the lovely Kate Westaway, who’s been taking amazing underwater pictures of our Water Babies for 11 years. I was always interested in photography in my teens and I had always loved the sea (I grew up in a seaside town in South Devon and spent most of the summers at the beach in the water). It was while on a diving conservation expedition to Tanzania as part of my gap year that… Read more

Posted 24th October 2014  Tags blog underwater photography water babies swimming kate westaway

 

A day in the life of a Water Babies teacher

This month we have a guest post from one of our splashtastic Water Babies teachers, the lovely Vicki Oldfield, who teaches classes across South Manchester. How did you first get into Water Babies? I don’t remember a time when I haven’t swum. Swimming was what we did as a family and it’s what Sunday mornings were all about - hot chocolate and Maryland cookies out of the vending machine, overpowering that very familiar swimming pool aroma! I… Read more

Posted 1st October 2015  Tags water babies lessons swimming wobbles teacher

 

Championing the UK's first Drowning Prevention Strategy

One person dies from drowning every 15 hours in the UK. It’s a shocking statistic from the National Water Safety Forum that has prompted the creation of the UK’s first Drowning Prevention Strategy, which was launched at Parliament this month. The 10-year strategy aims to halve the number of fatalities on or near water by 2026. According to recent statistics, around *400 people accidently drown every year, with a further 200 people committing suicide on our waters annually. (*source NWSF)… Read more

Posted 17th March 2016  Tags Water Babies swimming drowning prevention strategy

 

Cloth nappies...using even just one a day makes a difference!

It’s Real Nappy Week, so we’ve asked our friends at Baba+Boo to share their top tips on why you should try reusable cloth nappies - and we’ve also got a fab competition to WIN a bundle of 3 Baba+Boo reusable nappies of your choice! “At Baba+Boo we make reusable cloth nappies that are bang on trend and better for babies’ bums, plus they’re super easy to use – scout’s honour! So stop spending your hard-earned cash… Read more

Posted 18th April 2016  Tags blog Water Babies swimming baby swimming competition bababoosoliders nappy baba+boo

 

What’s it like being a parent to a Paralympian swimmer?

With Team GB securing medals in Rio, mum of a Paralympian swimmer spoke to us about her daugther's love for swimming from an early age. Jo-Ann Marren’s daughter Amy made her Paralympic debut at London 2012 aged just 14. Since then, the Essex-based swimmer has won gold at the World and European Swimming Championships and also passed her GCSEs and A Levels. She is now representing Great Britain at Rio where she is doing the country and her family… Read more

Posted 15th September 2016  Tags Water Babies swimming baby swimming baby classes Olympics paralympics

 

Bonding with your baby through swimming

Infant swimming doesn’t just have benefits for your baby; it’s also a great way for you and your little one to bond. Given the hectic schedule that comes with modern parenting, spending one-on-one quality time with your baby during their swimming lessons is the perfect way to both simply ‘be’ in the moment. The giggles, smiles and skin-to-skin contact that you’ll have in the pool are evidence of this strengthening bond. The benefits of skin-to-skin contact The benefits… Read more

Posted 27th February 2018  Tags baby swimming family bonding skin-to-skin contact