Water Babies Ireland South West

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 South West Ireland are run by Denise & Dave Ganly. Denise was born with a passion for water: swimming competitively as a child, she broke her first Irish record aged just seven - and is still breaking them! She originally trained as a mainstream swimming teacher, a path she returned to after the birth of children Hannah and Arron.

On discovering Water Babies whilst doing a sponsored swim for Temple Street Hospital in Dublin (for whom Water Babies were also raising money), Denise wasted no time in finding out more. “I was hooked from the first lesson I watched,” she laughs, “and the smile hasn’t left my face since!” She qualified as a Water Babies teacher as soon as she could, teaching for 2 ½ years in Dublin before setting up her own classes in Cork and Kerry.

While Denise is in the pool, husband Dave still has his feet firmly on dry land and his is the friendly voice at the end of the phone, running things in the office. The effect that Water Babies has had on Denise is clearly infectious and he now shares her unbridled enthusiasm. Describing himself as a ‘sportaholic’ (admitting that “if I can either play it or watch it, I will”), he enjoys finding ways of getting the whole family involved in physical activity together.

With a team of highly qualified teachers completing the Water Babies crew, they'd love to hear from you - so why not give them a call? Or check out the banter on the Water Babies Ireland South/West Facebook page.

Local news


The Summer term will start mid to late May in all of our pools below.  Please contact the office then to book into classes. 

  • Clayton Hotel City Centre, Saturday morning
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island, Thursday 
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island Friday 
  • MacDonald (Carlton) Hotel Kinsale, Monday 
  • St. Joseph’s Pool Charleville Saturday 
  • Rochestown Park Hotel Thursday 
  • Midleton Park Hotel Tuesdays 
  • Clayton Hotel, City Centre Wednesday
  • Dunmanway Pool Thursday 

Water Babies Check List..

Here's a check list to remind you what you need to bring to your classes! .

  • Your Happy Nappy
  • Swimming Nappy
  • Wetsuit (if you need one!)
  • Snuggly Towel
  • Blanket
  • Warm hat for baby
  • Baby food for a feed after the class
  • Your own swimming togs, a towel and flip flops


Water Wobble Tips!

If you are looking for some more information about the Water Wobbles, blogger 'The Dadventurer' has written a very informative piece about his tips for getting through the wobbles. You can read more here.

Some of our top tips on coming through the Water Wobbles include:

  • By arriving early to your class, your little one can watch the other babies swimming and having fun in the class before theirs.
  • Bring your little one to a pool outside the classes and when you are in the pool, focus on the skills that your little one enjoys doing.
  • Persistance - it is very important to attend as many classes as you can even though you will be tempted to give up. Our teachers are used to little ones going through the Water Wobbles and will support you every step of the way until your little one comes through this phase.

If you would like a bit more information about what the Water Wobbles are and how to get through them, we have penty of information available in our office. We also have teachers on hand to talk you through this developmental stage. If you would like more information please do give us a call on 021 2428426 or send us an email at splishsplash@waterbabies.ie.


Come work with us...

We are delighted to announce that due to the fantastic response to Water Babies classes in Cork and Kerry we are now in a position to employ a swimming teachers for the Kerry area (Kenmare, Killarney ,Tralee)
If you wish to find out more details please email us at splishsplash@waterbabies.ie .