Learn through play, teach with love: Our Story and the beginning of Merbabies from Anna, Merbabies Founder & Business Owner 


In 2016 my son was born and we took him to swim classes, which were a great experience for us both. I fell in love with baby swimming.  I loved the one to one time, the cuddles, the giggles and was so proud of how quickly he was learning.

As I got chatting to the woman who ran the lessons we attended I learned she was looking to move in a different direction and I knew instantly this was an opportunity to do something amazing, and create the kind of early years swim classes and customer experience, I knew were possible. So making a decision, almost instantly, I resigned, completed swim teacher training and set about building and creating Merbabies in March 2017. 

I wanted to offer classes that were about how babies learn, develop and thrive and create a community of swim families who really joined us on the journey. Baby swimming shouldn’t feel dull, soulless or even worse scary. It has to be about love, laughter and fun.  
I developed our ethos of Teach with Love, Learn through Play and we began to grow!  We now have over 500 swimmers a week across Edinburgh the Lothians and Fife. We are rated as 5* by our customers, as well as STA accredited. But more than anything we see the smiles on our swimmers faces, and see their confidence and joy in the water, and know we are doing a really good job. 

As a team we are passionate about providing our swim families the very best lessons, the best customer service, the widest choice of venues and class times and real value for money. 

I hope you have enjoyed learning more about Merbabies, and feel inspired to get in the pool with your own little one, and perhaps to join us at lessons at a pool near you!
Anna x x

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