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Swimming Classes and Pools in Exeter

Swimming Classes and PoolsThe Exeter Baby Activities listing page for Swimming Classes and Pools in Exeter with details of swim schools and leisure centres.  If you’d like to find out a bit more about why baby swimming classes are so important and how to choose the perfect swim school for your little one, Rowan from Water Babies has all the answers.

Why Baby Swimming? Because it’s educational, potentially life-saving and great fun!

It promotes bonding; the skin-to-skin contact and total reliance your baby has on you in the pool is great for bonding. With mums generally getting more opportunities for baby activities, daddies find swimming a great way to connect with their babies.

It’s a great for physical and mental development; swimming is one of the few activities babies can do from birth. Despite looking gentle, swimming provides a complete physical workout, strengthening the heart, lungs and respiratory system which, in turn, aids development of the brain. What’s more, regular swimming can enhance babies’ eating and sleeping patterns – a definite bonus for parents! With a 30-minute session burning up to 300 calories, parents get a good workout too.

It teaches water safety; babies who swim on a regular basis develop a respect for water and can be taught potentially lifesaving skills. Learning to get to the side, hold on, get out and/or swim can save children’s lives.

Choosing a swim school

Teaching babies to swim is a skilled profession, requiring in-depth knowledge. However, there is fairly limited regulation, so here are some things to consider:

  • Training; check the qualifications and experience of the teachers and don’t be afraid to ask questions!
  • Insurance; check that the swim school is fully insured. They should be happy to show you a copy of their current Public Liability insurance certificate.
  • Structure; some classes simply get your child used to the pool, whilst others are more structured, with a distinct course progression designed with key milestones.
  • Fun! Baby swimming is a relaxing and enjoyable activity, perfectly designed to enhance the parent/child bond. The emphasis should always be on you feeling like you’re evolving at your child’s own pace and on both of you having fun.

Water Babies classes are available across Devon. For more information, please ‘phone Rowan and her friendly team on 01392 790100, email pushtheduck@waterbabies.co.uk or visit www.waterbabies.co.uk.

Water Babies

Dozens of weekly classes in and around Exeter.  Famous for their “chapters” lasting from newborn to around 4 years plus.

Contact: 01392 790100

Swimming Schools in Exeter

Turtle Tots

Turtle Tots baby swimming lessons ExeterOur Turtle Tots classes are specialist, progressive Baby and Toddler swimming classes. We use singing, toys and games to teach children water confidence, vital life saving skills and to have fun! The classes are wonderful bonding time for you and your baby (a precious, uninterrupted 30 minutes together) and swimming from a young age offers a huge number of both physical and psychological benefits for children.  Our programme has the added benefit of giving you a toning workout where you could burn up to 250Kcal per class and has been endorsed by Professor Greg Whyte, who has a specialist interest in postnatal fitness. A percentage of all our class fees is donated to the Exeter based Child Bereavement charity Balloons.

Turtle Tots baby swimming classes ExeterTurtle Tots baby swimming classes ExeterWe teach little ones aged from birth to 3 years in pools in and around Exeter. All our teachers are trained to the highest possible level with either the STA or ASA and are fully insured and DBS checked to give you complete peace of mind. We pride ourselves in offering a personal, high quality service to all our lovely families and we offer a class catch up system to help give you the best value for money.

For more information please contact Claire at jumpin@turtletots.com or on 07947319955.

You can also visit our website which has lots more information about our fantastic Turtle Tots programme.

BabyPaddlers_logo-NEW-01Baby Paddlers

Classes held in Exeter and Crediton. Free taster sessions are available.

Baby Paddlers 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 – 4 years, and love helping them develop, from the special first Splash, to their first Kick and the all-important first Swim.

Please visit our website for more information.

Parkwood Leisure Centres

Aquazone swimming scheme that follows Amateur Swimming Association’s National Plan for Teaching Swimming. Also baby swimming lessons plus aquanatal classes.

Contact: Riverside in St Thomas –  01392 221 771, Pyramids in Heavitree – 01392 253 553  and Northbrook in Beacon Lane – 01392 667 020.

Splash Swim School

Holds classes at Middlemoor:  Parent and child for 4 months to 3 years, then group lessons with other children.

Contact: 01392 83307

University of Exeter

Classes at St Lukes, 7 days a week for ages 3 years and up.

Contact: 01392 722905

Water Babies

Dozens of weekly classes in and around Exeter.  Famous for their “chapters” lasting from newborn to around 4 years plus.

Contact: 01392 790100

Swimming Pools in Exeter


Parkwood Leisure Centres

Run swimming pools at:

Riverside in St Thomas –  01392 221 771  Main pool plus toddler pool with a variety of sessions including adult swim, lanes  and fun float sessions.

Pyramids in Heavitree – 01392 253 553 Main pool plus learner pool (much deeper than a toddler pool).  Variety of sessions including adult swim and fun floats & family splash.

Northbrook in Beacon Lane – 01392 667 020  19m swimming pool and activity room.  Variety of public sessions.

Please check website for up to date session times – Website 

Riverside Leisure Centre    FEBRUARY 2017 the whole centre is closed due to extensive fire damage.
Cowick Street,

Pyramids Leisure Centre
Heavitree Road,

Northbrook Swimming Pool
Beacon Lane,

Topsham Outdoor Pool

Seasonal (April to September) heated outdoor pool.  Community run – no council funding so a big thanks to the committee and volunteers.

Fore Street,

website information@topshampool.com  01392 874477

University of Exeter

All year round pool at the St Lukes Campus: 22.8 meter indoor pool  heated to a constant 29°c, is four lanes wide and 2.5 meters deep at the deep end.  Limited casual swimming.

Summer opening outdoor pool at Cornwall House: four lane 25 metre outdoor swimming pool is set in a large grass and patio area, heated to a constant 29ºc and staffed by qualified lifeguards making it great for relaxing during those warm summer days.  Please call 01392 722515 to check opening times.

St Lukes Campus,
between Heavitree Road and Magdalen Road,
01392 724940

Cornwall House,
Streatham Campus,
St German’s Road,
Exeter EX4 6TG
01392 722515

Exeter Golf and Country Club

Membership required.  17.5 m indoor pool and heated outdoor pool during summer months. Offers family sessions as well as adult only times and toddlers pool and play area during the summer months.
Countess Wear

01392 874139

David Lloyd

Membership required. Indoor and outdoor heated pool (summer months). Indoor splash pool for children.

Sandy Park Way,
0345 125 7019