National Baby Swimming Week

National Baby Swimming Week runs from Monday 2nd - Sunday 8th October and it's the time of year when we get to shout about all of the amazing benefits that baby swimming brings to children. Who are we kidding? That’s what we’re always doing! 

You can use this page to discover the amazing benefits of baby swimming and find out what our Water Babies graduates have been up to.

It's more important than ever to give our children the opportunity to embrace the gift of swimming. Moving their arms and legs in the water, finding their balance and working those new found muscles are incredibly important for helping children tackle the world. Not just that, but we've heard that it tuckers them out brilliantly, giving mum, dad or carer a chance to get some well deserved shut-eye.

Echo's Learning Lab

During ‘National Baby Swimming Week’, we’ll be visiting ‘Echo’s Learning Lab’ in our lessons. Alongside Pearl, we’ll be learning the benefits of baby swimming, and how the skills we teach help little ones to learn a skill for life and #BecomeSwimvincible.

​This National Baby Swimming Week, we want to raise awareness of all the benefits early years swimming can bring, highlighting how little ones can learn to become swimvincible through understanding how to swim safely.


Our Head of Scientific Research

Echo comes at swimming and water play from a purely scientific standpoint. Always one to pop up with an interesting fact, or a compelling stat, he was recruited to spread the word about how swimming has been shown to improve memory, cognitive function, immune response, and mood in children. On a mission to educate and excite, his favourite catchphrase is “the sooner you swim, the smarter you’ll be.”


The youngest of the group, Pearl is keen to learn everything and always moves at a million miles an hour – keeping the other swimvincibles on their toes. A huge fan of jumping overboard to swim with Bubba the whale by holding onto one of his fins, Pearl can be a real handful but is a true water baby. She’ll make friends with any water dwelling creature. She always says to her Water Babies friends “I’m flipping like a pancake”. 

Sometimes the babies that start in our classes actually end up on the tracks to Olympic stardom. Yes, we're talking about the incredible Alex. 

Alex was once fearful of going underwater in his class, but through perseverance (and a little help from his teacher, Nina!) he's now swimming with the best of them in Olympic sized pools. Watch his incredible story here.

Water Babies is much more advanced

It focuses more on safety skills and confidence in the water. The other programme I went to was just singing songs while bouncing your baby in the water.

Water Babies Customer

Oh my gosh, Water Babies is amazing!

The instructors are brilliant. In one session we learnt and did far more than other swim classes. As a parent I felt confident with my baby in the water. I felt included and it was just an all round fantastic experience.

Water Babies Customer

I can only say how much me and my son love going.

How confident he is in the water and how fun the lessons are. Also how much we bond during the lessons is amazing.

Water Babies Customer

Besides the obvious safety benefits, baby swimming lessons are one of the best things you can do to bond with your baby, as well as being excellent for their development: they help little ones develop learning skills, boost their confidence, improve their co-ordination and enhance their wellbeing.

Physical development starts with swimming!

Swim, eat, sleep, repeat. Swimming helps regulate all of these essential activities.

Babies and toddlers who swim with us have...

  • Have stronger heart and lung functions.
  • Have better balance and are better at grasping things. 2
  • Are significantly stronger and more co-ordinated. 3
  • Walk earlier than their peers.
  • Have improved appetites and sleeping patterns.

Swimming promotes cognitive growth and wellbeing!

Compared to non-swimmers, water babies are top of the class when it comes to cognitive development.

Griffith University of Queensland, Australia found that children that had swum as babies were...

  • 11 months ahead in oral expression. 1
  • 6 months ahead in mathematics. 1
  • 2 months ahead in reading. 1
  • 17 months ahead in story recall. 1
  • 20 months ahead for understanding directions. 1

Nurturing the bond

Swimming with us provides you with the perfect backdrop to support the bond between you and your little one.

  • Promotes bonding.
  • Boosts confidence. 3
  • Stimulates positive emotions. 3
  • Provides structure.
  • Rewards achievement.


Aquasphere proudly supports National Baby Swim Week to promote water safety and early childhood development. We believe in fostering a lifelong love for swimming from a young age, ensuring children gain essential aquatic skills while enjoying a fun and safe environment. 

Our commitment to this event reflects our dedication to promoting healthy lifestyles and ensuring that families experience the joy of swimming together. Our goggles and masks are a crucial tool to enhance comfort and confidence in the water, promoting a positive swimming experience. We are thrilled to be part of an initiative that encourages water confidence, bonding, and safety, ultimately contributing to the well-being of future generations.


ukactive exists to improve the health of the nation by getting more people, more active, more often. It also provides a range of relevant services, and works in partnership with a range organisations from across the whole sport and leisure industry. 

As a strategic partner, ukactive are supporting National Baby Swimming Week and raising awareness of the benefits baby and toddler swimming can bring to families. We are actively collaborating together to champion the importance of activity in early years, from providing support across our channels, to Water Babies being a speaker on the latest ukactive Virtual Membership Update Webinar to discuss National Baby Swimming Week.


Non-slip shoes and swimwear for the pool, beach and home

As parents, we're constantly searching for ways to enhance our little one's development while creating memorable experiences. One activity that ticks all the boxes is baby swimming. Not only does it offer a unique bonding experience, but it also provides a wide array of benefits for both you and your precious bundle of joy. In this blog, we'll dive into the wonderful world of baby swimming and explore the numerous advantages it brings.

Plus,  to ensure  your journey into swimming with your little one is as fun and relaxing as possible we want to share some of our top ‘Slipfree®  Family Swimming Hacks’ to keep tucked away with your swimming kit…

Ready to start your Water Babies journey?

Hear from our Director of Aquatics on the importance of baby swimming

Why Is It Important for Babies to Swim?
Written by our Director of Aquatics, Hannah Smith, this blog will explain in more detail the importance of baby swimming and how to introduce your baby to the water.
Why Is It Important for Babies to Swim?
Written by our Director of Aquatics, Hannah Smith, this blog will explain in more detail the importance of baby swimming and how to introduce your baby to the water.

Water Babies Customer Research

A total of 3879 families took part in this study.

491 respondents had swam with other swim schools previously. These ranged from other privately owned swim schools to local swim schools in public pools.

Overwhelmingly, water safety and water confidence are priorities for parents and guardians.

When asked to describe their experience of their Water Babies’ lessons, there were a wide range of words used including but not limited to ‘fun’, ‘safe’, ‘supportive’ and ‘engaging’.

Research was carried out by the independent experts at Good Play Guide.

1 The Early Years Swimming Research Project, Griffith University 

2 Norwegian University of Science and Technology 

3 German Sports College, Cologne