Category Archive: Baby Swimming South London & Surrey

Waterlife Swim School provides baby and toddler swimming lessons in South London & Surrey with venues in Balham, Morden, Bagshot, Petersham, Richmond, South Croydon and Woking.

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Infant Submersion Classes in South London & Surrey

Babies may commence Waterlife Swim School’s infant submersion classes between the ages of 3-14 months. It is not necessary for babies to have had their inoculations,although advice may be sought from paediatricians, health advisers, or online at

Babyswim19From the outset, babies will be encouraged to develop life saving skills, such as holding on to the poolside and raising their heads above the surface, and floating on their backs.

Through a program packed with games and songs babies quickly increase their ability to propel themselves independently through the water both vertically and horizontally.

As the babies progress through the levels they will be taught to turn around underwater, resurface and hold on, sitting dives, basic back stroke and gliding, all whilst having the utmost fun!

For toddlers (14months +) who’s diving reflex may naturally have diminished, we use a combination of toys and floats, along with familiar songs and games to allay their initial fears and increase confidence, gaining basic aquatic skills along the way.

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About Us

Experienced and Qualified ‘In-water’ Instructors at Our Baby and Toddler Swimming Lessons in South London and Surrey

WaterLife Swim School holds baby and toddler swimming classes 6 days a week at various venues across South London and Surrey.

Waterlife Swim School Baby and Toddler Swimming in South London and Surrey

All our Instructors are ASA / STA  trained, CRB checked and insured; they are required to complete the National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches biennially, are experienced in other aquatic disciplines and working with children of all ages.

Amongst our team we have instructors with both personal and professional experience of working with babies, toddlers and children of all ages with additional needs including down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, partially blind and hearing difficulties.

One team member is also Makaton trained enabling better communication.

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Welcome to Waterlife Swim School

Baby, Toddler and Children’s Swimming Lessons in South London & Surrey

Waterlife Swim School provides baby and toddler swimming lessons in South London & Surrey with venues in Balham, Morden. All our instructors are ASA / STA trained and specialise in infant submersion teaching methods.

Waterlife Swim School was run by Lizzie Emler who first discovered the joys of baby and toddler swimming when she attended classes with her son in 1998. She went on to train as a baby and toddler swimming instructor and worked with a highly reputable company for almost a decade; it was with their blessing that she set up the Waterlife Swim School in 2008.  In 2020, Lizzie decided to hang up her costume and her long term instructor Kirsty took over the running of her swim school.

Waterlife Swim School now provides South London & Surrey with swimming lessons for babies and toddlers.  We accommodate babies from approximately 3 months onwards with our highly praised teaching methods. Our enthusiastic and experienced “in water” swimming instructors ensure that each child reaches their full potential, expands their natural swimming ability, gains water confidence and life saving skills in a fun and relaxed environment.


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