National Baby Swimming Week

National Baby Swimming Week runs from Monday 4th - Sunday 10th 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, blog posts on the importance of swimming your baby and your chance to win exclusive Water Babies products. Sound good?

Since March 2020, every aspect of children’s education has been impacted, and this includes the life-saving skill of learning how to swim. The Impact of Coronavirus on School Swimming and Water Safety report reveals that more than one million children could leave school unexpected to swim. And even before the pandemic, almost one in four children could not swim the statutory 25 metres when they left primary school.​

This is why 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.

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.

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!

Sleep, eat, exercise, 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.

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.

Hear from our amazing partners about the importance of National Baby Swimming Week

The Importance of Teaching Kids Swimming and Water Safety with Nuffield Health
Not only has the pandemic affected children’s education, they’ve also missed out on learning crucial life skills such as how to swim. Ross Harris, National Fitness Development Manager, explains why we should make sure kids are taught swimming and water safety from a young age.
The Importance of Teaching Kids Swimming and Water Safety with Nuffield Health
Not only has the pandemic affected children’s education, they’ve also missed out on learning crucial life skills such as how to swim. Ross Harris, National Fitness Development Manager, explains why we should make sure kids are taught swimming and water safety from a young age.

Hear from our partners at Splash About

Getting Babies and Children Back in the Pool with Splash About
Splash About are one of our most treasured partners and they understand the importance of swimming pre-school children as much as we do. Read their guest blog post to discover some of the challenges that we have to face when it comes to teaching our children essential life skills.
Getting Babies and Children Back in the Pool with Splash About
Splash About are one of our most treasured partners and they understand the importance of swimming pre-school children as much as we do. Read their guest blog post to discover some of the challenges that we have to face when it comes to teaching our children essential life skills.

Hear from our partners at the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS)

National Baby Swimming Week with The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS)
We love the Water Babies strapline – Learn for life, as it compliments so well our Royal Life Saving Society UK strapline, Enjoy Water Safely. It is in all our interests and indeed roles, to help everyone enjoy water safely, building the life skills and knowledge to engage in the many benefits involved with water – including having fun!
National Baby Swimming Week with The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS)
We love the Water Babies strapline – Learn for life, as it compliments so well our Royal Life Saving Society UK strapline, Enjoy Water Safely. It is in all our interests and indeed roles, to help everyone enjoy water safely, building the life skills and knowledge to engage in the many benefits involved with water – including having fun!

Hear from our partners at Piccolo

2 Great Breakfast Recipes for Your Baby
The morning is a great time to introduce some new textures, as babies are typically hungry after their long (albeit interrupted) night of sleeping. Slow releasing breakfasts like our Apple Pie Overnight Oats or Blackberry & Apple Quinoa Porridge are sure to keep the energy levels up after a fun swimming session.
2 Great Breakfast Recipes for Your Baby
The morning is a great time to introduce some new textures, as babies are typically hungry after their long (albeit interrupted) night of sleeping. Slow releasing breakfasts like our Apple Pie Overnight Oats or Blackberry & Apple Quinoa Porridge are sure to keep the energy levels up after a fun swimming session.

Hear from our partners at Slipfree

National Baby Swimming Week with Slipfree®
Slipfree® is thrilled to be supporting Water Babies in National Baby Swimming Week. As parents we understand the importance of starting swimming lessons as early as possible…
National Baby Swimming Week with Slipfree®
Slipfree® is thrilled to be supporting Water Babies in National Baby Swimming Week. As parents we understand the importance of starting swimming lessons as early as possible…

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Center Parks

Center Parcs offers short breaks in beautiful forest settings, giving families the chance to spend quality time together, away from the stresses of daily life. At the heart of every Center Parcs village is the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, complete with rides, slides and specially-designed play areas to introduce little ones to the water and help build their confidence. Center Parcs is all about making memories, and seeing your children learn to swim for the first time is a moment you’re sure to never forget.

1 The Early Years Swimming Research Project, Griffith University 

2 Norwegian University of Science and Technology 

3 German Sports College, Cologne