set up in 1999 by Wendy Edmondson a baby swim instructor and qualified
primary school teacher. Wendy took the step of leaving full time
teaching to set up Aqua Babies when she saw that there was a lack of
local baby swimming programs using these techniques in the North West.
Having taught classes one evening each week popularity grew with
classes now running on a daily basis in many areas.
have a natural response underwater
using the gag reflex (often confused with the mammalian diving reflex)
to allow breath holding when submerged. This reflex is at it's
strongest in small babies, though our techniques can be used with
babies up to 18 months. The sooner your baby is
introduced to water after birth the more natural the transition is.
Becoming an Aqua
Baby is a magical development process
through many stages each one building on confidence and gentle
progression. Our program based on play, word association, popular
nursery rhymes and lots of smiles encourages babies to become
confident, relaxed and able to help themselves in water. Many
parents also report excellent sleeps on the day of their lesson!
Babies are very
liberated in the water. Due to it’s weightless properties
water is extremely enabling for babies. It allows tremendous
movement also exercising a multitude of muscle groups, strengthening
both the heart and lungs. This in turn stimulates appetite leading to improved
sleep and eating patterns.
special bond; Aqua Babies classes focus on the development of
that special bond
between adult and child. This is achieved through facial expression and
both skin to skin and eye to eye contact whilst in the water.
In addition to
this; Aqua Babies sessions , especially those in hydrotherapy
pools have been recommended for babies and toddlers with downs
syndrome, cerebral palsy,
babies in hip harnesses and babies with delayed motor skills(for a wide
variety of reasons). The combination of warm water temperature and
weightless exercise encourages muscle use and development.
For all known medical conditions always seek clearance from your doctor
prior to attending sessions.
Starting to swim
early helps avoid traumatic experiences.
One to one adult and baby support develops trust and confidence even in
deeper water. This along with the absence of floatation aids enables
toddlers to experience their own buoyancy level and swim
comfortably below the water surface.
you so much for all you’ve taught Aleksei. He’s been coming to you for
3 years and is now a very happy and confident swimmer. As a result I…
have total confidence when taking him swimming too! Carol thank you for
being a consistent presence in his swimming lessons. I’ve really valued
All my friends in Manchester who have had children in the last 3 years
have been to you…
Aleksei adores swimming he has no fear, I couldn’t ask for more”
Teri, mum of Aleksei aged 3