class locations

Renton

Waterbabies Aquatic Center

17110 116th Ave SE, Suite D
Renton, WA 98058
425 643 3533 | waterbabiesusa.com

Facility Information

Renton

Waterbabies Aquatic Center

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Pools: Both pools are chlorinated and have temperatures of 90-92°.

Parking: There is plenty of parking in front of and behind the building.

Check-in: Upon arrival, please check in at the front desk.

Parent Changing: Locker rooms & changing areas are available for use. Lockers are available in the Mens & Womens changing rooms to use if you bring your own locks.

Baby Changing: There are changing tables in both locker rooms. There are baby rinsing sinks in both locker rooms.

Showers: Everyone must take a cleansing shower before entering the pool. There is one shower on deck, and several in each of the changing rooms.

No Shoes on Deck: No street shoes are allowed on the pool deck. There will be shoe racks at each pool entry door, and shoe covers available for use if needed.

No Glass on Deck: No glass containers of any kind are allowed on the pool deck or changing areas.

Extra swimming: Extra swimming is only permitted during open swim hours with the purchase of a stamp card or drop-in fee. Click here for more information.

Store Products: Swim diapers, goggles, swim caps and more will be available for purchase at this facility.

Bellevue

Bellevue Aquatic Center

601 143rd Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98007
425 452-4444 | ci.bellevue.wa.us

Facility Information

Bellevue

Bellevue Aquatic Center

Sign-in: Upon arrival, please sign-in at the front desk.

Chlorine: These are chlorinated pools.

Pool Temperature:
Warm Springs Pool: This warm water pool is 90-92°. All Parent-Tot and Preschool classes are held in this pool.
Blue Lagoon Pool: This lap pool is 82-83°. Our more advanced classes are held in this lap pool. In order to get the most efficient swim lesson, it is very important to make sure your child is warm, calm & happy; therefore, a wetsuit is REQUIRED for kids in this pool. If you need recommendations on where to purchase a wetsuit, let us know and we will be happy to send you some links.

Locker Rooms: Locker rooms with showers and changing areas available for use.

Showers: Everyone must take a cleansing shower before entering the pool.

No Glass on Deck: No glass containers of any kind are allowed on the pool deck or changing areas.

Downtown Seattle

Embassy Suites by Hilton

255 South King Street, 8th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
206 859 4400 | hilton.com

Facility Information

Downtown Seattle

Embassy Suites by Hilton

Check-in: The first two weeks there will be someone at the security desk on the first floor to direct customers to the floor that the pool is located on.

Parking: There are many parking options. Parents can choose to pay for street parking, pay for valet at the hotel or pay for garage parking under the hotel which charges by the hour. Families may also choose to take advantage of the bus/train which stop 1 block away at King Street station. We recommend the first week to come extra early to figure out parking and locate the pool. From the garage you can head straight up to the pool through the elevator. If you find street parking or choose to valet you can enter through the lobby and head to the pool through the elevator.

Shower + Changing Tips: A family change room is located between the men’s and women’s locker rooms but does not have a shower. Men’s and women’s locker rooms/restrooms are available right off the pool deck. Please do not use the towels that are outside the bathrooms. We recommend you come with your swimsuit underneath your clothes. By law, all patrons must shower off before entering the pool. These showers are on deck. You cannot use shampoo or body wash in the deck showers.

If you are using the family change rooms, please remember that other families are waiting to use them and be respectful by getting in and out as quickly as possible. If you are sitting out of the pool watching classes, please do not go into the changing room before your swimmer exits the pool – changing rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Disposable Diapers: The facility asks that you take your child’s soiled diapers home to dispose of them, and to please not throw them in the facility trash bins.

Chlorine: This is a chlorine-treated pool.

Pool Temperature: The pool temperature is between 89-91 degrees.

Swimming Before/After Class: There is no swimming before or after classes and the hot tub is restricted to use by hotel guests only.

Kirkland

Columbia Athletic Club at Juanita Bay

11450 98th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98033
425 821 0882 | columbiaathletic.com

Facility Information

Kirkland

Columbia Athletic Club at Juanita Bay

Sign-in: Due to security needs at the Columbia Athletic Club pools, everyone must sign in at the 2nd floor front desk.

Saltwater: This is a saltwater pool.

Pool Temperature: The pool temperature is 90°.

Shower & Changing Tips: Family change rooms are located on deck. Men’s and Women’s locker rooms/restrooms are available right off the pool deck. We recommend you come with your swimsuit underneath your clothes. By law, all patrons must shower off before entering the pool. These showers are on deck. You cannot use shampoo or body wash in the deck showers. There is a table on deck with change pads for you to change your child on.

If you are using the family change rooms, please remember that other families are waiting to use them and be respectful by getting in and out as quickly as possible. If you are sitting out of the pool watching classes, please do not go into the changing room before your swimmer exits the pool – changing rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

We realize it may be hard to use the restroom, shower and get dressed if you are attending class alone with your baby, so CAC is providing umbrella strollers for your use if you need one. Additionally, toddlers seats are available in changing rooms #2 and #3 to keep your child off the floor.

Disposable Diapers: The facility asks that you take your child’s soiled diapers home to dispose of them, and to please not throw them in the facility trash bins.

No Glass on Deck: No glass containers of any kind are allowed on the pool deck or changing areas.

Club Membership: Club membership is NOT REQUIRED to attend Waterbabies classes at this facility. If you would like to become a Columbia Athletic Club member, click here for a link to their website.

Non-Member Swimming: If you are not a member of the CAC, you cannot get into the pool to swim before or after your Waterbabies swim class. Please respect the member open swim space and remember we all are guests at this facility. Please enter and exit pool promptly.

Mill Creek / South Everett

Columbia Athletic Club at Silver Lake

505 128th St SE
Everett, WA 98208
425 745 1617 | columbiaathletic.com

Facility Information

Mill Creek

Columbia Athletic Club at Silver Lake

Sign-in: Due to security needs at the Columbia Athletic Club pools, everyone must sign in at the front desk.

Saltwater: This is saltwater pool.

Pool Temperature: The pool temperature is 90°.

Changing Table: A changing table is provided on deck, next to the pool.

Showers: Everyone must take a cleansing shower before entering the pool.

Disposable Diapers: The facility asks that you take your child’s soiled diapers home to dispose of them, and to please not throw them in the facility trash bins.

No Glass on Deck: No glass containers of any kind are allowed on the pool deck or changing areas.

Club Membership: Club membership is NOT REQUIRED to attend Waterbabies classes at this facility. If you would like to become a Columbia Athletic Club member, click here for a link to their website & fees.

Non-Member Swimming: If you are not a member of the CAC, you cannot get into the pool to swim before or after your Waterbabies swim class. We want to be able to continue with the classes we now have at this facility so please respect the member open swim space and remember we all are guests at this facility.

Sammamish

Columbia Athletic Club at Pine Lake

2930 228th Ave SE
Sammamish, WA 98075
425 313 0123 | columbiaathletic.com

Facility Information

Sammamish

Columbia Athletic Club at Pine Lake

Sign-in: Due to security needs at the Columbia Athletic Club pools, everyone must sign in at the front desk.

Pool Types: The small pool is saltwater. The lap pool is chlorinated.

Pool Temperatures: The small pool temperature is 90°.  The lap pool is much cooler at 82-85°. For this reason, a wetsuit is REQUIRED for all WaterKids classes held in the lap pool. This is very important in order to get the most efficient swim lesson, by keeping your child warm, calm & happy. Children in this level won’t be moving around in the water nearly as much as the advanced swimmers in order to stay warm. If you need recommendations on where to purchase a wetsuit, let us know and we will be happy to send you some links.

Showers: Everyone must take a cleansing shower before entering the pool.

Changing Table: A changing table is provided poolside on deck for parent-tot families.

Disposable Diapers: The facility asks that you take your child’s soiled diapers home to dispose of them, and to please not throw them in the facility trash bins.

No Glass on Deck: No glass containers of any kind are allowed on the pool deck or changing areas.

Club Membership: Club membership is NOT REQUIRED to attend Waterbabies classes at this facility. If you would like to become a Columbia Athletic Club member, click here for a link to their website & fees.

Non-Member Swimming: If you are not a member of the CAC, you cannot get into the pool to swim before or after your Waterbabies swim class. We want to be able to continue with the classes we now have at this facility so please respect the member open swim space and remember we all are guests at this facility.

OUR TEAM

Consistent with our commitment to excellence, Waterbabies instructors must complete over 80 hours of intensive training. They are certified in Adult/Child/Infant CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguarding/Basic Water Rescue.

Vera G.

Waterbabies Owner/Founder

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Vera

Waterbabies Owner/Founder

After participating in baby-swim classes with her youngest child, Rose, Vera was inspired to develop her own infant swim program which combined family centered learn-to-swim techniques with the latest research in early childhood development. She founded Waterbabies in 1996 and continues to run the business to this day. She is a passionate advocate for children and continuously seeks to enhance the Waterbabies curriculum to better assist in the mind and body development of her students.

Jackie W.

WaterBabies Program Manager

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Jackie

WaterBabies Program Manager

Joined Our Team: August 2010

Teaching Style: Holistic, Encouraging

Jackie loves to watch her students develop, learn, and grow in the program just as her own two children have done.  As the Waterbabies Program manager she oversees the training of all our Waterbabies Instructors.  She attended the University of Montana on a four-year scholarship for volleyball, and graduated with a BA in Psychology, focusing on child development.

Veronica C.

WaterKids Lead Instructor

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Veronica

WaterKids Lead Instructor

Joined Our Team: March 2006

Teaching Style: Dedicated, Inspirational

Coming from a competitive swimming background, Veronica was naturally drawn to Waterbabies and has been involved in the growth and development of the curriculum through her work as our Waterkids Program Director. She is dedicated to quality swim instruction and is diligent in her training of new instructors. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in physiology, biology from the University of Washington.  She hopes to inspire a love of swimming in her students.

Haley N.

WaterBabies Lead Instructor

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Haley

WaterBabies Lead Instructor

Joined Our Team: July 2015

Teaching Style: Energetic, Structured but Flexible

Haley has been living in Bellevue for most of her life. She currently lives with her family while she attends Bellevue College, pursuing her love of snowboarding during the winter months. She has always enjoyed swimming and being in the water, and she LOVES babies. When considering joining our teaching staff, Haley decided that working for Waterbabies would be a perfect match with her drive to help others learn, and she is rewarded by seeing the progress her students make.

Abby R.

Joined Our Team: October 2006
Teaching Style: Firm but Gentle, Caring

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Abby

WaterKids Instructor

Joined Our Team: October 2006

Teaching Style: Firm but Gentle, Caring

Abby has enjoyed swimming since her childhood. She was drawn to Waterbabies by a flyer at her local gym and was impressed by the focus on water safety. This focus complemented her desire to share a love of swimming with the next generation. She tailors her lessons to her student’s needs, to help them gain skills, have fun, and be safe in the water. Abby has an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree, is the mother of six and continues to swim in the program with her youngest son.

Bahar F.

Joined Our Team: March 2019
Teaching Style: Energetic, Fun, Competitive

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Bahar

WaterKids Instructor

Joined Our Team: March 2019

Teaching Style: Energetic, Fun, Competitive

Bahar wants to create an atmosphere for kids to enjoy this amazing sport. She has been a competitive swimmer for 8 years and loves it. She dedicates her time to helping kids gain more comfort with the water in the hopes they might pursue swimming as a sport when they get older. That’s why she was so drawn to Waterbabies’ unique style of teaching. Beyond Waterbabies, she travels a lot with her family and was born in Iran, where she lived for 8 years.

Beth G.

Joined Our Team: November 2016
Teaching Style: Encouraging, Enthusiastic

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Beth

WaterBabies Instructor

Joined Our Team: November 2016

Teaching Style: Encouraging, Enthusiastic

Beth’s greatest childhood memories are swimming, diving, and playing endless rounds of Marco Polo with her brother. She was drawn to Waterbabies because of our focus on safety, play, parent-child bonding, and helping children develop true comfort in the water, and she finds such joy in helping kids learn something new, especially such an important life skill as swimming. Beth lives in Kenmore with her husband and their crazy cat. She holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from UW, and out of the water she likes to hike, read, knit, and bake.

Bethany H.

Joined Our Team: April 2019
Teaching Style: Calm, Supportive, Body Aware

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Bethany

WaterBabies Instructor

Joined Our Team: April 2019

Teaching Style: Calm, Supportive, Body Aware

Bethany used to be a dance instructor but switched over to swimming after having her son. She enjoyed classes so much she decided to give teaching them a try. The body awareness and movements in swim class are very similar to dance without the pressure to perform. She loves the calm and supportive approach Waterbabies program offers to getting kids comfortable in the water. She is a full-time mom to her own Waterbaby and lives in Seattle near the stadiums, Go Mariners! She has a love for cats, crafts and creativity!

Meredith B.

Joined Our Team: November 2015
Teaching Style: Supportive, Playful

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Meredith

WaterBabies & WaterKids Instructor

Joined Our Team: November 2015

Teaching Style: Supportive, Playful

Meredith believes strongly in the philosophy of learning through play and embraces that approach with all of her students. She is a fun person and enjoys playing in the water as well as on land; she joined Waterbabies as an instructor because of the company’s similar philosophy to her own, plus the excitement of happy kids swimming! Meredith lives in Kent with her three children and the family dogs.

Natasha F.

Joined Our Team: September 2018
Teaching Style: Fun, Structured, Patient

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Natasha

WaterKids Instructor

Joined Our Team: September 2018

Teaching Style: Fun, Structured, Patient

Natasha came to Waterbabies to surround herself with kids and their constant enjoyment. She was introduced to the program when her younger sibling enrolled in classes, and she was drawn to our unique teaching style. For her, the best thing about teaching is seeing skills develop over time. Currently a student at Lindbergh High School, Natasha dries out by playing volleyball and softball, reading and speaking new languages (she’s currently learning Russian), and going on adventures with her friends.

Randi E.

Joined Our Team: June 2018
Teaching Style: Energetic, Positive, Patient

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Randi

WaterBabies Instructor

Joined Our Team: June 2018

Teaching Style: Energetic, Positive, Patient

A trained Wildlife Conservationist and longtime veterinary assistant, Randi came to Waterbabies looking for a fun and rewarding change of pace. She most loves bringing water safety and swimming skills to kids through silly songs and directed play, all while nurturing relationships between parents and children. Randi lives with her betrothed and their beautiful kitty in Covington, where she relaxes with a good book, video games, and the occasional crafty project.

To complement the dedication of our water instructors, our office staff work to provide the best possible customer service to current and prospective Waterbabies families. As a team, they support every aspect of the program by managing class schedules across multiple pools, overseeing session enrollment, coordinating marketing and communications efforts, and fielding questions and comments about our curriculum and instructors.

Vera G.

Waterbabies Owner/Founder

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Vera

Waterbabies Owner/Founder

After participating in baby-swim classes with her youngest child Rose, Vera was inspired to develop her own infant swim program which combined family centered learn-to-swim techniques with the latest research in early childhood development.  She founded Waterbabies in 1996 and continues to run the business to this day. She is a passionate advocate for children and continuously seeks to enhance the Waterbabies curriculum to better assist in the mind and body development of her students

Mateo G.

General Manager

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Mateo

General Manager

Matthew (Mateo) comes to us from a Regional Director position with an international development organization. Currently he works with the office staff in various roles and manages the Renton facility. He will apply his project and staff management experience to move Waterbabies in new, exciting directions. He has his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and teaching certification from Seattle University. He lives in Kent with his veterinarian wife and newborn waterbaby.

Courtney B.

Enrollment Manager

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Courtney

Enrollment Manager

Courtney has been with Waterbabies since 2009, and has held many roles in the office. Currently serving as Enrollment Manager, she is responsible for creating the schedule of classes each session, overseeing the registration system and process, and working directly with each facility around pool time. With her degree in Graphics Technology she was a natural shoe-in to contribute to the website and much of our visual marketing material. In her personal life Courtney enjoys creative projects including photography, digital artwork, and jewelry design. She lives in Bothell with her husband and an energetic dog.

Jackie W.

WaterBabies Program Manager

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Jackie

WaterBabies Program Manager

Jackie loves to watch her students develop, learn, and grow in the program just as her own two children have done.  As the Waterbabies Program manager she oversees the training of all our Waterbabies Instructors.  She attended the University of Montana on a four-year scholarship for volleyball, and graduated with a BA in Psychology, focusing on child development.