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About Us

Welcome to Aquabelle Swim School

Aquabelle has been established since 2012 starting with only 24 swimmers through recommendation and word of mouth. We are now one of the largest independent swim schools in Essex with around 900 swimmers per week.

For the last 6 years we have come runner up in the Essex Mums Awards this is due to our reputation and loyalty from our clients and we hope this can continue with your support.

Aquabelle is an accredited Swim Star Swim School with the STA (Swimming Teachers Association) and Swim England both of whom we use their learn to swim programme of which you will receive a Badge & Certificate three times a year.
The Aquabelle team is run by Directors Mel & Dawn whom between them have over 35 years of experience in teaching and coordinating.
We pride ourselves on teaching each swimmer to their individual needs and aim to bring out the best in their ability.

We teach with a fun and friendly manner in a safe and comfortable environment. 

Benefits of Baby Swimming

Swimming is one of the best loved family activities.

It is the largest participation sport in the UK and many children say it is their favourite family pastime. So, one of the benefits of baby swimming is that it starts building water confidence early. Swimming helps to improve coordination and balance. Because much of your baby’s body is supported by water, the main focus for them is on maintaining balance.

On the whole, babies who swim have a much better balance out of the pool.

Swimming helps to build muscles. Working and strengthening all of their muscles effectively helps to make them stronger.

Swimming provides quality bonding time. We always have less time that we would like with our kids; it is an unfortunate effect of being so busy. Time in the pool is one of the few times when your child has your undivided attention for the duration, so make the most of it. Swimming strengthens your baby on the inside.

While swimming will help to develop their muscles and joints, it also improves the strength of their heart and lungs, and helps to develop their brain.

Swimming can improve their sleeping pattern. While it isn’t going to make them sleep through the night every night, the extra exercise will help to make your baby sleepier.

Swimming can improve a baby’s appetite. Lots of gentle exercise and warm water helps to make a baby hungry, so make sure you have some sort of snack or milk for after they finish.

Swimming builds water confidence. Many parents pass on an uneasiness of water to their children because they themselves are not confident swimmers.

Going in the water with your baby will not only make them more assured about being in and around water, it can build your confidence too!
Meet Our Teachers

The amazing team behind Aquabelle Swim School

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Mel Carnaby



Dawn Laverty



Kelly B


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Vicky S


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Kelly S


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