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.

No Outside Shoes on Deck: (Beginning June 2023) To help keep the pool deck free from dirt and debris, no outside shoes are allowed in the pool deck area. If you are uncomfortable being barefoot on deck, be sure to bring a clean pair of sandals or flip-flops to change into before you enter the pool area. There will be shoe racks at each pool entrance.

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

Facility Information

Bellevue

Bellevue Aquatic Center

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.

Facility Contact: (425) 452-4444 | bellevuewa.gov   (NOTE: Please call the Waterbabies office at (425) 643-3533 with Waterbabies class and program questions.)

Kirkland

Columbia Athletic Club at Juanita Bay

11450 98th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98033

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.

Facility contact: (425) 821-0882 | columbiaathetic.com  (NOTE: Please call the Waterbabies office at (425) 643-3533 with Waterbabies class and program questions.)

Mill Creek / South Everett

Columbia Athletic Club at Silver Lake

505 128th St SE
Everett, WA 98208

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.

Pool: This is chlorinated pool, kept at a temperature of 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.

Facility contact: (425) 745-1617 | columbiaathetic.com  (NOTE: Please call the Waterbabies office at (425) 643-3533 with Waterbabies class and program questions.)

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.

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 embarked on her WaterBabies journey in 2015, initially as an instructor. Over the years, she demonstrated exceptional dedication and passion for her role, which led to her ascending to the position of Instructor Manager and Trainer. With her expertise and guidance, she has played a vital role in shaping the next generation of Water Babies instructors. Haley finds a deep sense of meaning when she helps her students and her team overcome challenges, fostering their growth and confidence in their abilities. She adores all her students, at every level, and enjoys developing a connection with them as she guides them through the joy of learning how to swim.

When she is not teaching or managing she is snowboarding, dancing, eating and playing board games with her loved ones. She lives in Seattle with her boyfriend and her cat, Mochi.

Aditi S.

Joined Our Team: May 2023
Teaching Style: Caring, Informative, Playful

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Aditi

WaterBabies Instructor

Joined Our Team: May 2023

Teaching Style: Caring, Informative, Playful

World Languages: Hindi

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Ali E.

Joined Our Team: March 2018
Teaching Style: Structured, Laid Back, Playful

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Ali

WaterBabies Instructor

Joined Our Team: March 2018

Teaching Style: Structured, Laid Back, Playful

Ali has always been drawn to the water, whether it’s a swimming pool or the wide open ocean. She loves the simplicity of the Water Babies approach to teaching swimming, and strives to make it fun and enjoyable for the kids to foster a natural love of the water. Her hope is to take all the fear and discomfort out of learning to swim. When she isn’t teaching classes, you’ll find her reading or exploring the natural world with her son, Noah.

Ava M.

Joined Our Team: February 2023
Teaching Style: Understanding, Kind, Excited

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Ava

WaterKids Instructor

Joined Our Team: February 2023

Teaching Style: Understanding, Kind, Excited

Born and raised in Washington State, Ava has always loved the water and being silly with kids.  She grew up taking swim lessons at Lindbergh high school and was on the swim team for 4 years.  She is especially excited to share her love of the water with other kids.  In her free time she can be found participating on the Cheerleading team and spending time with family.

Alexis H.

Joined Our Team: May 2023
Teaching Style: Friendly, Humorous, Organized

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Alexis

WaterKids Instructor

Joined Our Team: May 2023

Teaching Style: Friendly, Humorous, Organized

Originally from Minnesota, Alexis currently attends WSU and is pursuing a career in Zoology with hopes to attend Vet school and specialize in surgery, so if you have a pet she would love to hear about them!

Alexis has previously taught swimming and been a lifeguard since 2018.  Ever since she was in swim lessons she wanted to teach others how to swim because she wanted to share her joy of the water.  

Alexis was drawn to Water Babies by how structured the program is and appreciates it’s not as chaotic as other places that she has experienced. She thinks it’s important that everyone who works or comes here to learn how to swim finds a good balance between fun and becoming comfortable in the water.

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.

Chelsie L.

Joined Our Team: June 2023
Teaching Style: Structured, Fun, Knowledgeable

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Chelsie

WaterBabies Instructor

Joined Our Team: June 2023

Teaching Style: Structured, Fun, Knowledgeable

Chelsie moved to Seattle to marry her high school sweetheart from Louisiana where they have lived for the past 8 years.  She has a daughter and son. Chelsie loves water and competed all 4 years of high school and now has been teaching swimming for the past 5 years from babies to adults.

What drew Chelsie to Water Babies was the fun, friendly and family oriented atmosphere for both staff and customers.

In her free time she is a Dachshund breeder and her hobbies include swimming, singing and other outdoor activities. 

For 6 years Chelsie worked in direct health care with Autistic and special needs children and adults and would love to bring that expertise to Water Babies

Dawn T.

Joined Our Team: September 2023
Teaching Style: Fun, Informative, Positive

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Dawn

WaterBabies Instructor

Joined Our Team: September 2023

Teaching Style: Fun, Informative, Positive

World Languages: American Sign Language

Dawn started swimming when she was 3 and competitively by 7, and then to Olympic trials by 18.  She is also a PADI certified scuba diver and enjoys free diving.  She graduated from WSU with a dual degree in Zoology and Biology with a focus on Marine Mammalogy.  She has 2 cats, Teqalos and Heytotes and also a chinchilla named Freida.  She has been married for 30 years and has a 26 year old daughter.  In her free time she gardens, watches scary movies and reads books with her kittens.

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.

Jordan B.

Joined Our Team: July 2022
Teaching Style: Gentle, Supportive, Playful

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Jordan

WaterKids Instructor

Joined Our Team: July 2022

Teaching Style: Gentle, Supportive, Playful

Ever since he took swimming lessons at a young age, Jordan has loved to be in the water. He heard about Waterbabies from his sister and fellow-Waterbabies Instructor, Majaeh! He was drawn to the kind and loving atmosphere of the swim school, and enjoys working with the students.

A Seattle-area native, Jordan will be graduating high school in 2023, and plans to continue schooling to become a Radiologist. When not in school or teaching WaterKids classes, he likes to remain active by going on runs, walks, and roller skating. He also enjoys reading, watching movies and trying new foods from other cultures.

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.

Liz M.

Joined Our Team: March 2023
Teaching Style: Friendly, Patient, Meticulous

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Liz

WaterBabies & WaterKids Lane Instructor

Joined Our Team: March 2023

Teaching Style: Friendly, Patient, Meticulous

World Language: Russian (native), Japanese (intermediate), Korean (elementary)

Bio coming soon!

Lizzie S.

Joined Our Team: June 2023
Teaching Style: Lively, Hands-on, Structured

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Lizzie

WaterKids Instructor

Joined Our Team: June 2023

Teaching Style: Lively, Hands-on, Structured

Lizzie started swimming at the age of 6 in Alabama, and never stopped. When she moved to Nebraska her sophomore year, she transitioned from swim team to coaching.  Now after a short break and moving to Washington, she’s back in the water and ready to go!

Lizzie has taught students from toddlers to the elderly and is very excited about the Scholarship programs since she comes from the world of foster care and adoptions. Seeing people get the opportunity to learn a skill that will serve them a lifetime even if they don’t have the finances for it, means a lot to her. 

In her spare time she can be found painting, rock climbing, paddle boarding and hiking.

Mia F.

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

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Mia

WaterKids Instructor

Joined Our Team: December 2019

Teaching Style: Fun, Silly, Structured

World Languages: Tagalog, Japanese

Before coming to Water Babies, 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, her two dogs, and black cat. She has her Bachelor’s in Social Welfare, and is currently working on her Master’s in Social Work, aiming to be a child social worker. Mia’s hobbies include drawing, writing, and singing.

Rev O.

Joined Our Team: May 2022
Teaching Style: Happy, Energetic, Safety-Focused

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Rev

WaterBabies Instructor

Joined Our Team: May 2022

Teaching Style: Happy, Energetic, Safety-Focused

World Language: Spanish (somewhat). He knows enough to compliment students in Spanish if requested. 😊

A swimmer since he was a toddler, Rev and his brother used to put on floaties before they even entered a swimming facility because they would dive into any body of water to compete with one other. Rev is a musician, a sci-fi writer, and a former science and special education teacher. He has lived in Ohio, Louisiana, Texas, Montreal, Seattle, San Diego, and Alaska. He joined the Water Babies family because he wants to work in a happy place that serves the community.

Maura M.

Joined Our Team: February 2022
Teaching Style: Fun, Firm, Focused

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Maura

WaterKids Instructor

Joined Our Team: February 2022

Teaching Style: Fun, Firm, Focused

Maura has been swimming since age 3 and has been around water all her life. She loves swimming laps and traveling whenever she gets the chance. Currently a student attending the University of Washington Tacoma for Technical Writing and UX Design, her goal is to go into the gaming industry after she graduates. When not studying, Maura loves hanging out with friends, playing video games, and babysitting. She loves working with kids so working at Water Babies has been an opportunity to merge that with her love of swimming.

Majaeh C.

Joined Our Team: June 2022
Teaching Style: Engaging, Structured, Encouraging

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Majaeh

WaterBabies Instructor

Joined Our Team: June 2022

Teaching Style: Engaging, Structured, Encouraging

Majaeh’s love of water started from a young age, growing up swimming. She has always felt one with the water. Majaeh was drawn to Water Babies because of what it stands for and the developmental curricula behind it. She also loves being able to work with the children, parents, and grandparents.

One of her greatest loves is giving back to the community. She volunteered working with youth in her Mom’s homeless outreach ministry, Agape Love and also working with the youth in the community. After graduating high school, Majaeh went to Montana and Hawaii for YWAM and from there performed missionary work 2015-2019 in Thailand, Kona, Hawaii, Portland, and California. She continued her education and completed her AA Degree at Renton Technical College.

In her free time she loves to travel to Disneyland, checking out new local foodie spots with her friends, and going on walks to catch the sunsets with her husband and their two dogs, Max & Cassius Clay!

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 Water Babies program when her first daughter was born and was so impressed with the program she wanted to teach. She has been an instructor since the spring of 2014, and loves to watch her students learn new skills. 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 & Adults Instructor

Joined Our Team: June 2021

Teaching Style: Structured, Engaging, Flexible

Nick began swimming when he was 3 and has been in love with the water ever since.  Although he loves leisure swimming he also joined the swim team when he was 10 and eventually became captain of his high school team.  He was drawn to Water Babies because of his passion to work with kids and child development.  It is the perfect mix of his past experience working with kids and his love of competitive swimming.

He is originally from the Bay Area but grew up in Southeast Asia.  His family moved to the Pacific Northwest after he graduated high school and he just recently graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles.  In his free time he enjoys hiking, dancing and spending time with his dog Lucy.

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.

Mateo G.

Facilities & Client Acquisition Director

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Mateo

Facilities & Client Acquisition Director

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 & Retail Services Director

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Courtney

Administrative & Retail Services 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.

Aquatics Director

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Jackie

Aquatics Director

Jackie has been with Water Babies since 2010. She started out as an instructor, growing with her children throughout the program. In that time she developed her skills as a trainer, manager, and now director. She is committed to ensuring Water Babies provides well-trained and knowledgeable instructors for our families, as well as contributing to the on-going evolution of the curriculum. With a degree in Psychology and an emphasis in child development, her passion for the healthy development of the whole child is expressed in the Water Babies methodology.

Jackie completed her 800hr Yoga Therapy certification June 2023, which has also helped her continue the development of the Adult curriculum, and health of her employees. She recently completed running her 1st Yoga/Healing retreat July 2023, and is looking forward to running more in the future. She lives with her husband and their two children and two dogs in Las Vegas, and enjoys yoga, camping, drawing, volleyball and reading in her spare time.