Best Swim School


Water Babies has an outstanding reputation as the world’s biggest, most professional baby and toddler swimming programme, welcoming over 41,000 children (and their Water Babiesparents/carers) into warm water at around 560 local pools every week.

Their swimming lessons progressively develop children’s water skills in line with their physical, mental and emotional development phases. Learning to get to the side, hold on or swim from a young age has saved several Water Babies’ lives after they have fallen into water elsewhere.

Water Babies also offers world-class, once-in-a-lifetime high-resolution photography of babies and toddlers swimming underwater, and an online shop featuring delightful, practical swimming accessories.

Locations across Essex.

Highly Recommended: First Strokes

First Strokes Swim Schools are the UK leaders in providing the total swimming experience. From our purpose built facilities and expert water-based tuition to our innovative award systems, our swimming pools provide the perfect conditions to learn to swim in a fun, informative and enjoyable way.


Highly Recommended: Aquabelle
Aquabelle Swim School is Dedicated to Teaching Individuals to Swim Confidently and Safely.

We hold ‘Parent and Baby’ swimming lessons everyday of the week including weekends! The age range we teach is from 3 months (12 weeks) up to 4 years of age. We teach ‘Water Confidence’ through fun as thats the quickest way for a child to learn .


Highly Recommended: Miniswimming
Mini Swimming was born from a love of taking our own babies and children to swimming classes. We found that we and our children loved going to the lessons and enjoyed them above all of the other classes and groups we tried. We looked forward to the weekly sessions, missed them when they weren’t on and not only found that our children became confident swimmers but we also made some great friends along the way!

2017 Winner: Water Babies

2016 Winner: Water Babies
2015 Winner: Water Babies
2014 Winner: Baby Nurture

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  1. Most teachers at Palmer Swim are lovely but sadly the owner is rude and unapproachable. Her response to a complaint was “I’m the only one who’s going to see it”. Our daughter flourished with another teacher at Palmer swim but Carryn’ s rough and physical approach in the lesson she led left our daughter in tears. One parent said their child refused to go in Carryn’s group because he is terrified of her. They may have won an award but there are plenty of example of families who did not stay with Palmer Swim because of the owner. Pay up front and then she has your money and doesn’t care.

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