COVID-19: Lesson updates

At Water Babies, one of our promises to you is that we’ll always put the safety and well being of your child above anything else.

Monday 16 March | All classes suspended until further notice

Thanks to the amazing Water Babies family for all the support since our COVID-19 announcement on Friday. In our communications, we shared with you our promise that we’ll always put the safety and well being of your child above anything else.

In light of the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening stating ‘everyone’ should now avoid social contact with others and stop non-essential travel to help fight coronavirus, we are following Government guidelines as we said we would, and suspending all of our lessons with immediate effect.

We'll update you with more information in line with governmental advice.

Water Babies is a network of small family owned businesses, which together, with you our swimmers makes up our wonderful Water Babies family. We’re going to do everything we practically can to support our little swimmers, carers, teachers and staff and we have every confidence that by helping one another we will see this through together. Stay safe.

Friday 13 March | Lessons still running

At Water Babies, one of our promises to you is that we’ll always put the safety and well being of your child above anything else.

We also share a similar promise with all of our staff – ‘We’ll care for you like family. We’re in this together.’ Safety is our highest priority and something we relentlessly strive for, no matter what.

With this in mind, we are closely following government guidelines and recommendations around the COVID-19 virus and what that means for your swimming lessons with us.

Currently, where pools remain open, lessons will still be going ahead as normal. According to the latest advice from national Governing bodies for swimming, who have in turn taken the advice from a range of UK Government bodies, there is a unified view that it remains safe to go swimming. This message has been reaffirmed by the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) who has said the following:

“PWTAG has consulted with relevant authorities “we have checked with our national leads who confirm that Coronavirus would be inactivated at the levels of chlorine used in swimming pools.”

Given the consistency of advice from all the appropriate agencies and Government bodies, we at Water Babies are satisfied that it is safe to continue swimming.

For more information, see our FAQs below:


  • We take the safety and hygiene of our lesson environments very seriously.

    We lead the way in the baby swimming industry having actually written the British Standards specific for the operation of swim schools teaching children 0-4 years of age. These standards promote best industry practice with specific reference to; pool water treatment, the general cleanliness of the pool environment and pool water temperatures.

    Now, with the arrival of Coronavirus, these standards are even more relevant and necessary.

    Following the recent PWTAG (Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group) advice and in-line with our standard operating procedures, we are continuing to work with, as we always have, each and every one of the pool operators where we hold our lessons to continually coordinate all recommended health and safety measures.

    Our 4 point action plan supports the following:

    1. Frequent and regular testing of pool water quality.
    2. Full compliance of pool water pH and disinfectant levels.
    3. Regular pool water bacteriological tests carried out by specialist laboratories.
    4. Structured cleaning regime of ALL areas used by the public including the changing rooms, pool surrounds and all teaching equipment to fully comply with not only industry standards, but government recommendations also.

    We understand that a Water Babies lesson is not just about the pool, it’s the entire experience. And it’s our overriding purpose to make your experience as safe and enjoyable as possible.

For more detailed information for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, please see the official statements below.




Northern Ireland

For your continued safety outside of the pool, please make sure you are also following official advice on prevention best-practice. Thoroughly washing and sanitising your hands, coughing and sneezing into disposable tissues or sleeves and not touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands aren’t clean.

We will continue to review everything as the situation progresses so please keep an eye on this page or contact your local office for updates.

We are all one big Water Babies family. We’re here to help and support all of our members stay safe and healthy throughout this time.

All the best,

The Water Babies Team