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

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

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

COVID Guidelines:

Masks are required by everyone over age 5, except while showering or in the pool.

No spectators allowed; only class participants are permitted in the facility.

Enter the building no more than 5 minutes before class time (10 minutes is okay if you have to change baby’s diaper.)

Note: At this time, only WaterBabies (parent-tot) classes are offered at this location.

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.

Personal Items: There are cubbies on deck to store personal items. Lockers are also available to us if you bring your own locks.

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.

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

Note: Only WaterBabies (parent-tot) classes are offered at this location.

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

Note: Only WaterBabies (parent-tot) classes are offered at this location.

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.

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.

Veronica C.

WaterKids Instructor Trainer

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Veronica

WaterKids Instructor Trainer

Joined Our Team: March 2006

Teaching Style: Dedicated, Inspirational

World Language: Spanish

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 & WaterKids Instructor Trainer

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Haley

WaterBabies & WaterKids Instructor Trainer

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.

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.

Chandrika F.

Joined Our Team: January 2019
Teaching Style: Holistic, Relaxing, Joyful

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Chandrika

WaterKids Instructor

Joined Our Team: January 2019

Teaching Style: Holistic, Relaxing, Joyful

Chandrika grew up swimming in the lakes, rivers, and ocean beaches of Northern California; water has always been a source of connection, relaxation, fun, healing, and joy for her! Her love for children and all things earth and water led her to pursue a Master’s in Environmental Education with the Islandwood program at UW. She loves the holistic and developmentally appropriate Waterbabies curricula that guide children to fully understand how to work with water. Beyond Waterbabies, she can be found supporting womxn of color in the water through classes and workshops at Oshun Swim School, or hiking and backpacking in the mountains around Seattle.

Jeff L.

Joined Our Team: August 2021
Teaching Style: Encouraging, Relaxed, Patient

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Jeff

WaterKids Instructor

Joined Our Team: August 2021

Teaching Style: Encouraging, Relaxed, Patient

Jeff has been swimming for 10 years. While currently swimming competitively for his high school and  club teams (IST), he also participates in other school clubs including Robotics, Speech and Debate. He aspires to one day go to UC Berkeley to study political science and law. In the meantime, he tries to  enjoy himself and find happiness in the little things! Jeff was drawn to Waterbabies because he was hoping to find a job that could incorporate his swim experience. As it turns out, Waterbabies is a great fit!

Jaycee B.

Joined Our Team: July 2021
Teaching Style: Hands-on, Fun, Adaptive

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Jaycee

WaterKids Instructor

Joined Our Team: July 2021

Teaching Style: Hands-on, Fun, Adaptive

Jaycee swam competitively for 14 years and played water polo for 5 years. In 2019, she moved to Washington from California with her husband, dog and cat. She currently attends school online for business and hopes to have her own floral shop one day. Jaycee loves working with kids and watching them grow to be confident with themselves in the water.

Natallie G.

Joined Our Team: March 2021
Teaching Style: Playful, Attentive, Supportive

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Natallie

WaterKids Instructor

Joined Our Team: March 2021

Teaching Style: Playful, Attentive, Supportive

Natallie has been swimming her entire life; in the water any chance she could get, learning to wakeboard, surf & much more. From eastern Washington, she currently lives in Covington and is an All America & All State cheerleader. When not at work, she’s always playing in some type of sport. She became interested in Waterbabies when she learned about the effective balance of learning, play and developing a love for the water. She loves seeing the progress of the students she works with each week, and seeing how proud and confident they become.

Mia F.

Joined Our Team: December 2019
Teaching Style: Fun, Silly, Structured

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Mia

WaterBabies Instructor

Joined Our Team: December 2019

Teaching Style: Fun, Silly, Structured

World Languages: Tagalog, Japanese

Before coming to WaterBabies, Mia was a lifeguard and swim instructor at a pool in Shoreline. She always knew teaching kids to swim would be a good experience, and that became a reality after she started in Shoreline. Her previous experience teaching babies and preschool-aged kids really helped her be successful with Waterbabies. Mia lives in Kent with her parents and her 7 Shih Tzus and is enjoying her Gap year before she applies to the University of Washington. Mia’s hobbies include drawing and writing, as well as volunteering at Childhaven.

Natasha F.

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

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Natasha

WaterKids & WaterBabies Instructor

Joined Our Team: September 2018

Teaching Style: Fun, Structured, Patient

World Language: Spanish

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.

Sarah R.

Joined Our Team: August 2016
Teaching Style: Gentle, Silly, Relaxed

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Sarah

WaterBabies Instructor

Joined Our Team: August 2016

Teaching Style: Gentle, Silly, Relaxed

Sarah first taught swim lessons during her college summers; after earning a BA in Creative Writing and a Master’s of Communications, the water called her back into service. Guided by the belief that swimming is an essential life skill, she relishes introducing little ones to the joys of the water. Her favorite thing about Waterbabies is the focus on songs and play, because swimming should be fun! When she isn’t in the pool, you’ll find her writing, dancing, playing ukulele, baking sweet treats, or lounging with her husband on the rooftop deck of their home in Fremont.

Tiffany N.

WaterBabies Instructor Trainer

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Tiffany

WaterBabies Instructor Trainer

Joined Our Team: March 2014

Teaching Style: Positive, Passionate

Tiffany graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a BA in Biology and was a Marine Mammal Trainer for 10 years. She discovered the Waterbabies program when her daughter was born, and was so impressed with the program that she was inspired to join the teaching staff. She loves to watch her students learn new skills, and she is committed to passing on her passion for all things water related.

Nick G.

Joined Our Team: June 2021
Teaching Style: Structured, Engaging, Flexible

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Nick

WaterKids Instructor

Joined Our Team: June 2021

Teaching Style: Structured, Engaging, Flexible

Nick began swimming when he was three and has been in love with the water ever since! At ten, he joined the swim team and eventually became captain of his high school team. Nick has always had a passion for working with kids and child development. In the past, he’s worked as a Summer Camp Counselor where he worked in the sports camp. Waterbabies was the perfect mixture between his past experience working with kids and swimming competitively.

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.

Administrative Director

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Courtney

Administrative Director

Courtney has been with Waterbabies since 2009, and has held many roles in the office. Currently serving as Administrative Director, 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.

Director of Operations

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Jackie

Director of Operations

Jackie loves to watch her students develop, learn, and grow in the program just as her own two children have done.  As the Director of Operations, she oversees the trainers of our Waterbabies and WaterKids Programs, handles payroll and many other duties. She attended the University of Montana on a four-year scholarship for volleyball, and graduated with a BA in Psychology, focusing on child development.