The Baby Paddlers Experience

We teach you and your children to be water confident – something we believe starts with having fun! Our classes provide a great bonding opportunity and are tailored to support you both. We welcome all children from 0 – 5 years, and love helping them develop, from the special first Splash, to their first Kick and the all-important first Swim.

Prices and Locations

We offer competitive prices, whilst ensuring great quality swimming lessons and a fantastic service – something we are happy to say our customers agree with.

We run a number of baby swimming classes in locations across Dorset, Devon, Hampshire and Wiltshire. Take a look below to find out where.

Why not give us a try?

We’d love to meet you and your child. Book up for a term and if after your first class you decide it’s not for you we offer a full refund for all new customers.  It’s a chance for you to meet the team, test out the pool facilities and experience the Baby Paddler way firsthand.

Just fill out this form and we’ll be in touch. We look forward to meeting you both soon.

You will not find better quality swimming lessons for better value anywhere. 

We specialise in the 0 – 4 year old range, starting with parent and baby swimming lessons, focusing on building water confidence and water safety skills. Our toddler swimming classes work with you both to bring your child towards independent swimming. Most importantly we do all of this whilst having fun!

baby swimming lesson

At Baby Paddlers we understand how quickly your baby develops which is why our baby swimming classes are split into three levels tailored to their developmental stage.  We encourage babies to attend from birth, however we welcome all abilities and welcome you to join at any time.

To help ensure you get the most from the class, we limit numbers to 8 – something we feel strongly about and we’re sure its why so many of you come back term after term.

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Baby swimming classes provide fantastic health benefits for you and your baby, including promoting cardiovascular health through the workout it provides, as well as furthering brain development.

Baby swimming stimulates all five senses – our parents have often said how swimming has helped with their child’s appetite and sleep patterns.  And the great news is our parent paddlers get a good work-out too! Each 30 minute session can burn up to 300 calories – surely that justifies the cake after?

baby swimming teachers

Are you a parent looking to change careers or a swimming teacher who has a passion for teaching younger children to swim?

Baby Paddlers is expanding and would love to talk to you about opportunities to have an amazing balance between parenting and work!

Read more here…

Locations for Baby Paddlers

Baby & Toddler Swimming Lessons across the South

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Find your nearest class


Our Instructors

All of our teachers understand young children and have a huge amount of experience supporting a variety of abilities. Each of them specialise in the baby, toddler and pre-schooler age groups. Our swimming teachers are the main reason so many of our Paddlers come back term after term.

Laura Skilton | Baby Paddlers Founder
Laura Skilton

Baby Paddlers Founder, passionate about life, children and swimming who thinks she has the best swimming teachers in the world.

Emma Preston Southampton Swimming Teacher
Emma Preston

Mum of two super swimming boys Campbell and Blake. Emma is calm and focused, she teachers the way she wants her children to be taught, with love, care and attention.

Baby Paddlers Swimming Teacher Kristina Twinley
Kristina Tyldesley-Holley

Mum to Taylor and brilliant with all ages. Kristina loves her job and adores teaching and gets a real buzz from seeing the little ones progress from babies through to independent swimmers.

Baby Paddlers Swimming Teacher Nadina Robson
Nadina Robson

Mum to Grace and Harrison, Nadina is known locally as being an outstanding teacher, passionate about teaching children to have fun in the water and supporting individual and group progression.

Alex Francis Winchester Swimming Teacher
Alex Francis

Mum to Tia & Elliot, Alex has been teaching baby swimming since 2009. Before Alex was a primary school teacher and now combines her love of baby swimming with paediatric first aid training for parents.

Nicky Jackson Salisbury Swimming Teacher
Nicky Jackson

Mum to Samuel, Nicky is extremely passionate about teaching high quality but above all fun classes, and focuses on treating everybody as an individual, ensuring each child progresses as well as they should.

Viki Smith baby swimming teacher
Viki Smith

Mum of one, Viki has previous experience working with children at a day nursery, and now combines a love for swimming with teaching. Viki is an enthusiastic teacher, who loves to see children enjoying their time in the water and increasing in confidence each lesson.

Emma Dobson baby swimming teacher
Emma Dobson

Mum to Zoe, Kassie & Alice, Emma has always loved swimming & loves teaching young children an essential skill in a fun & engaging way.  Emma believes water confidence comes from creating a happy & relaxed learning environment where children are supported to progress at their own pace.

Maria Shannon baby swimming teacher
Maria Shannon

Maria has been teaching swimming to a variety of ages since 2013 and is normally kept busy by her 3 energetic young children who all share her passion for the water.  When Maria’s not in a swimming pool she can normally be found at the beach paddle boarding or walking her dog.

Elaine Colley baby swimming teacher
Elaine Colley

Elaine is a relatively new mum herself and joined the team after attending lessons with Thomas from an early age and seeing the benefits it bought them both in terms of water confidence and ability.  Elaine wants to help others to enjoy the special bonding time you have  in the pool and help teach skills that will last a lifetime!


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