Water Babies Wellington

Baby swimming with Water Babies is an exciting, enriching experience for both you and your little one. Not only does it teach vital life skills, but it also enhances the way babies and toddlers learn other skills, too. No one else reaches our high standards of professionalism, and no one else works harder to make sure you and your little one feel happy and safe. And we always incorporate lots of bonding, fun and socialising, so you can be sure that a Water Baby is a happy baby!

Classes across Wellington & Auckland are run by Kelly Williams who, after hearing one of her close friends raving about how wonderful the swimming lessons were when she was living in the UK, decided to find out more. “Growing up, we lived close to dozens of beaches” Kelly explains, “so I spent most of my time either on, in or under the water - and wanted my children to be completely at home in the water too.”

She was hooked after the first lesson and made the decision to leave the corporate world of HR behind to train as a Water Babies teacher – which she duly did (whilst having another Water Baby of her own) - and she’s been completely in love with her change of career and teaching lots of happy babies and toddlers to swim ever since.

“As a parent, the classes were the highlight of my week and so I’m delighted to be bringing this wonderful experience to lots of Kiwi families back in New Zealand,” Kelly continues. “I want to change the concept in New Zealand that babies shouldn’t swim until they’re 6 months old – bringing them into the water much earlier is such an important lifesaving skill, an amazing bonding experience for them and their parents and is also a fantastic medium to allow them to exercise and build their stamina in a way that they just can’t do on dry land.”

She’d love to hear from you, so why not give her a call? Or check out the banter on the Water Babies New Zealand Facebook page.

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Our next term runs from the 22nd of July until the 29th of September, so contact us today to register for Chapter 1 classes and start your Water Babies journey.

Chapter 1 is ideal for little ones aged 0-12 months.  Your little one can start with us from newborn and they don't have to wait for their immunisations as we only teach in lovely warm pools.     

We also run classes for older babies and toddlers up until 4 years of age – so please contact our friendly team to find out the best class to suit your child’s individual needs.

Our chapters (terms) are 10 weeks long and cost $295.  For new starters, the course includes a complimentary underwater photoshoot at the end of term (photos are sold separately) and a magical Water Babies Journey Book which is a lovely way of recording each milestone as you progress through each term with stickers and badges.

Below are the Chapter one (beginners) classes currently available:


Monday 11am - Palliser Rd, Roseneath (FULL)

Wednesday 10.30am - Palliser Rd, Roseneath (FULL)

Wednesday 11.30am - Palliser Rd, Roseneath *New class added

Friday 10am - Palliser Rd, Roseneath 

Saturday 2.30pm - The Aquadome, Wellington East Girls’ College, Mt Victoria 

Sunday 12.30pm - The Aquadome, Wellington East Girls’ College, Mt Victoria

Sunday 12.30pm – Discovery School pool, Whitby



Saturday 12.30pm – AUT hydrotherapy pool, Northcote

Spaces fill up quickly so if you would like more information you can –

1.     Go to our website – waterbabies.co.nz and register via the ‘Ask about classes’ section (on the top right on our web page) register your little one today.


       2.     Call our friendly team on 0800 2 WATER

       3.     or email us on bubbasurf@waterbabies.co.nz

And one of our friendly team will get back to you shortly with more information about baby swimming and the timetable for new classes. 

* We also have spaces available for older babies and toddlers aged 1-4 years. Give us a call so that we can talk you through the options available!


WEB SHOP – for Swim nappies, Wetsuits, UV Suits, Sun hats, Swim and bath toys…

Our wonderful Water Babies shop has a fantastic selection of swim wear, sun protection, swim toys and accessories.  You can purchase anything from swim nappies, bath toys and sun hats.  Just click on the link below to have a look, you can then order via the webpage or by calling the office on 0800 2 WATER




Water Babies NZ is currently looking for more swim instructors in Auckland & Wellington with a passion for working with babies! As a Water Babies instructor, there are tons of new opportunities across both regions. If you love working with babies and are looking for a new challenge, drop us a note any time at bubbasurf@waterbabies.co.nz.



A unique part of our programme is ‘The Magical World of Water Babies’ that sets out the journey you will go on together term by term, detailing the skills you will learn on the way.

Once booked into a Chapter 1 class you will receive a lovely new journey book in the post, containing stickers that allow you to chart your progress through each new skill, each new milestone and each new term over the duration of the entire four-year Water Babies adventure. It also serves as a record of your little one’s Water Babies experience and has spaces for you to put in pictures of them, note personal milestones and it also contains many of the songs we sing in class. It’s a wonderful book, and a lifetime keepsake. Looking through it you will be able to see what is coming up in future courses, and see what you and your little one will be covering term by term. It truly is unique.

Because it’s a story, our programme is split into Chapters: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and so on right up to Chapter 17 when your little one leaves us around aged four.

And it doesn’t stop there, because at the end of each Chapter we reward all our little swimmers with cloth badges that can be sewn onto their swim costumes, or a towel, as a way of celebrating all they have achieved!



Are you looking for that thoughtful gift? Feel like giving something completely unique? Why not give them the gift of swimming? Our classes are fun, sociable and informative but most of all teach babies essential life-saving and swimming skills.

We offer gift vouchers that you can purchase in any denomination or you could even purchase a course of lessons. We sell the baby and toddler swimwear – happy nappies, wetsuits, rash suits, sun suits and toys used in our classes too so if you'd like baby to have something to open you could add some toys to your gift.



Our Chapter One course now receive a complimentary place on our underwater photoshoot (images to be purchased separately) as part of their first term of lessons. Our underwater photoshoots are great fun and produce incredible images of your little one in a truly unique setting! You can view your photos on the same day.

Our next underwater photoshoots are running on the 21st September (Auckland) and 22nd September (Wellington). 

For more information, take a peek at our photos page!



Water Babies Wellington and Auckland are currently looking for warm pools across both regions to fulfil demand! If you have a lovely warm pool, or you know someone who does, get in touch. Hiring a pool to Water Babies means working with a professional, experienced swim school and can be great from a financial point of view! If the pool is suitable and we are able to offer lessons, we will reward you with a free term of lessons!



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