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The Waterbabies Story

Kel Neva

The Waterbabies® program was founded by Kelly Rae in 1991.

From small beginnings and a core group of six families, Kelly has developed Oceanic Waterbabies into a world class program, teaching thousands of parents over the years how to safely and joyfully teach their babies to swim.

“I wanted the program to be nurturing, educational and empowering for parents. Our philosophy of doing it with your child... not to them, helps create a happier and more connected learning process for both parents and their babies, and it has to be fun”.

Kelly's own children were her primary teachers in understanding the importance of the parent child relationship in water and the motivation behind this highly successful program. 

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Kelly initially undertook training with her mentor, Australian infant aquatic expert, Cookie Harkin from Melbourne. “Cookie provided a fantastic learning foundation, believed in me and continued her support and encouragement through the years. One week with Cookie and I knew this was the work I was born to do. What could be better than the combination of working with gorgeous children, their loving families and a great environment… the water."

Kelly’s natural teaching ability and motivational speaking has been inspirational at conferences and training seminars in Australia and internationally in New Zealand, Canada, the UK, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

The Oceanic Waterbabies story continues to unfold, driven by a deep unrelenting passion to provide the very best guidance and support for parents wishing to teach their babies to swim.