Les Bébés Amphibies International - Aquatic Safety & Swimming Skills

Jean Fouace Method from Switzerland, founded in 1967

Welcome to Les Bébés Amphibies Int. Aquatic Safety & Swimming Skills

Our main goal is your child’s safety in and around water! First we teach them Jean Fouace Aquatic Safety Skills, which were developed in Switzerland and officially founded in 1967. These skills were designed and perfected to enable fully dressed babies and children to stay above water for at least 20 minutes, buying them that critical time for help to arrive.

We believe that every child should be able to swim without any buoyancy aid for a minimum of 25 metres by the age of 3 and most definitely be a confident swimmer before they start school. The current national curriculum in the United Kingdom is 25 meters at 11 Years! We at Les Bébés Amphibies International believe this is too late. Once your child has mastered the Aquatic Safety Skills we move on to various swimming techniques.

Please note: Due to the fact that our children work very hard in their lessons maximum lesson time in the pool for children under 4 years of age is 20 minutes.

Babies from 0 to 12 months max 6 per class (Babies under 12 months are slowly built up to 20 minutes. The instructor may stop your lesson at anytime if the baby is tired or cold as the health and safety of your child is our prime concern.

Children from 1 to 8 years maximum 4 per class

We are vary passionate about what we do; we don’t just teach a healthy sport, we teach your children vital skills that can save their lives.

Our Aquatic Safety & Swimming Skills Programme

0 - 36 months

We teach your children aquatic safety skills! We introduce babies from birth to floating in a horizontal position. This is the safest position for a baby as they aren’t strong enough to be able to keep their head above the water on their front. There are maximum 6 babies per class up to the age of 12 months, then maximum 4 per class from 12 months up. Once they can do this we teach them other safety skills & to swim, jump and dive.

3 - 5 years

Give your child the knowledge Be as safe as possible and if ever they were to fall in the water by rolling on to their back and floating fully clothed, this is followed by teaching them the 3 main traditional strokes such as Backstroke, Crawl, Breast stroke, surface diving recovering objects from bottom of pool and distance swimming.

4 - 6 years

We believe that every child should be able to swim at least 25 meters in at least one stroke by the age of 3 years old, from 4 to 6 years old we then start perfecting their strokes. Most of our 4 year olds can swim 100 to 400 meters in at least one stroke. They also learn survival skills & swimming fully clothed with shoes and winter coat.

6 - 8 years Beginners

Whether they are total beginners or can swim a little we will teach them Aquatic Safety Skills that could save their lives if ever they were to fall in, swimming fully clothed they will learn Breast stroke, Backstroke and Crawl, jumping in, surface dives, retrieving objects from the bottom, distance swimming and stroke perfection & distance swimming.

Advanced & Lifesaving

This group is reserved for our advanced students, that can already swim breast stroke, Backstroke, Crawl, etc. They will learn lifesaving skills, stroke perfection, recovery position, Basic knowledge of CPR How to help someone in distress, underwater swimming, retrieving objects from the bottom, distance swimming. Bronze Silver Gold Levels.

Advantages of regular swimming

Swimming with your baby is an exciting, enriching experience for both parent and child. While we are teaching your child life Aquatic Safety Skills, they will also be enhancing their communication and social skills among many others.


Helps to keep you fit and healthy

Swimming with your children is good for their health & development, and can allow them to become interested in competitive swimming as they grow older. Swimming provides a complete physical work-out, strengthening the baby’s heart and lungs and also helps to develop the functioning of the brain with swimming all 5 senses  – taste, smell, touch, sight and sound are stimulated.

Is a vital life saving skill

Drowning is the second largest cause of accidental death amongst young children in Europe. Learning to float until help arrives, holding on, getting out or swimming could one day save the life of your child, Bébés Amphibies teaches these life saving skills from birth.

Aids physical development

Being in the water helps improve co-ordination and balance. Babies who can swim have better balance and can grasp objects more easily. Their coordination is also usually more developed than those who can’t swim. Learning to float and turn on to their back means that babies use more energy and strengthen their muscles faster in water than they do on land.

Improves psychological well being

Babies and young children learn to swim without being able to touch the bottom of the pool, so they are not afraid to swim in deep water. Whether the floor is 1 metre or 10 metres away, it’s all the same to them. Exercises that involve moving around the pool independently in the water and learning to hold on to the side are really good for your baby’s confidence.

Helps to develop social skills

Swimming strengthens the bond and trust between you and your child creates a special bond between parent and baby.

Babies tend to learn quicker

You can start from birth! Responding to repetitive voice commands can sharpen your baby’s mental skills and increase their levels of understanding. A German study found that swimming babies had advanced motor development, social skills and intelligence.

Pool Locations

Find one near you!

Currently serving:
Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport

Bicester Coming in September!


A team of professionals

Les Bébés Amphibies instructors are fully trained and qualified in both Aquatic Safety and Swimming Skills & various other swimming techniques.

Proud members of

Special Thanks

A special thanks to the Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport for the great years of partnership!


Here is what our clients have to say:
  • This  group is a must! After just nine lessons, my three year old has gone from scared of the water, to being able jump in, turn onto his back and swim a length of the pool. We are immensely proud of what he has achieved in such a short space of time, as is he. The support, encouragement and calm atmosphere created by both Kim and Karen is why it is so successful. We prefer this group as it is nice to go to a swimming group that is focused on the children gaining skills rather than singing songs.

    Rachel and Roman Barr
  • Harry joined at 18 months and is now 3.5 years. He is a great little swimer now and I feel confident that he can cope in the water should he fall in. Great lessons teaching an invaluable life skill.

    Sadie – Harry’s Mom
  • Kim and Karen are dedicated and passionate about teaching children, not only to swim but most importantly, to save their life. We started attending lessons with Kim at Bebes Amphibies 4 and a half years ago after a friend recommended it to us. We were amazed and thrilled with the rapid progress our 2 young children made. At the time they were 2yrs old and 11months old. Within 10 weeks they were both able to float independently and before much longer had passed their self survival test. From then onwards they made rapid progress learning various strokes and developing their confidence. Currently our youngest child, who has just turned 1, is able to float in her pyjamas for 20 minutes WITHOUT flotation devices! She is so relaxed that she often falls asleep in the water. We cannot recommend these classes highly enough. Our children LOVE to swim and that is thanks to Kim and Karen and the amazing Bebes Amphibies swimming techniques.


    Natasha Archer
  • My daughter who was aged 2 when we began has always enjoyed going swimming and was confident in the water. I thought she would take to it straight away but unfortunately this wasn’t the case even though she did everything that was asked of her she would cry for the whole time, which many can agree as a mother is awful to hear. However, Kim was amazing and has the patience of a saint, each lesson she would calm my daughter down, with a soft and calming voice and gave her the encouragement to continue. From week to week my daughter has got more and more confident and her techniques are coming along and this is down to the soft and calming approach of both Kim and Karen. So, if your reading my story it’s probably because you’re unsure if this is the class for you and your child. The answer is simple if you want your child to know the basic survival skills and be a good swimmer then this is the class for you! Kim and Karen cannot thank you enough for the time and effort you have given. The passion you both have, to make sure every child is safe and confident in the water is truly remarkable.

    Ann Marie Adler – Esme’s Mom
  • When my sister recommended I took my 6 month old daughter to Bebes Amphibes, I was very unsure. I was adamant that she would learn to swim young but thought 6 months was too young. But Kim proved me wrong and I’m so glad I gave her the chance to do so! Hollie passed her self survival test before she was 8 months old and now loves her swimming! The results are incredible. As a Mum it is so important for me to equip Hollie with the survival skills that I hope she will never need to use and to give her the confidence and ability to enjoy the water safely-without floating aids that give a false sense of security! To have a teacher that I completely trust has enabled us to do this. Thank you Kim!

    Fiona Ruck – Solihull
  • Swimming lessons are hard work for the children but the results are quick and amazing. We spent approximately £1000 on swimming lessons for our 2 children. After 3 lessons with Kim our 3 year old was jumping in to pool and swimming on her back to other side. Our 1 year old can float too. Really pleased with Bebes Amphibies and in our opinion this is the best course you could send your children on

    Elaine and Matt Collins Marston Green
  • When we joined Bebe Amphibies, our son hated water and clung to us, screaming as we entered the pool. Within 9 lessons he was floating, un aided, fully clothed for 20 minutes, passing his self-survival test and now in lesson 13 he is jumping off the side with confidence, swimming on his back, retrieving items off the bottom of the pool and loving the water. He is so proud of himself and we are equally proud of him. The results are amazing. Thank you Bebes Amphibies

    Clair Cleeton – Moseley
  • I am so impressed by the effectiveness of the course and cannot believe just how quickly my two year old daughter has learnt to float on her back unaided.
    I cannot recommend Bebes Amphibies highly enough. In just twelve lessons my daughter is well on her way to passing her survival test and is gaining more confidence in the water every week. Every parent should know about Bebes Amphibies and every child should have the opportunity to learn this life saving technique.

    Avril – Solihull
  • I had been taking my 2 year old son swimming since he was 8 weeks old. I tried 2 local schools and after 2 years and hundreds of pounds he hasn’t learnt anything (except a few songs). With just 10 lessons over 5 weeks with Bebes Amphibies Sam learnt how to jump in, float fully clothed for 20 minutes it was amazing. I’m so confident now that my son could save himself and that’s all thanks to Kim. He is going from strength to strength and can dive in and is not even 3 years old! Unbelievable results. Thanks Kim – now it’s my 11 week olds turn!!

    Sarah, Sam & Ted Sharp Henley in Arden
  • Although there may be a few tears at first the look of pride on my daughter’s face at the end of each lesson is second to none A truly positive learning experience Kim is a committed and determined teacher.

    Clare Gozra – Solihull
  • When we started swimming with bebes Amphibies, Oscar had only had a couple of ‘conventional’ lessons using floating aids. Kim made Oscar very comfortable and confident and he is now able to swim around the pool unaided at just 20 months. Yes we have had a few tears and tantrums – but the outcome and achievements are second to none and Oscar is so proud of how much he can now do. He jumps in, dives in, swims underwater, swims on his back alone and his front with help! No armband or float in sight! Amazing!

    Absolutely 100% highly recommended – I wouldn’t go anywhere else!

    Claire Gardener – Sheldon
  • Going swimming or being near water was never much fun with my 3 year old daughter & 20 month old son. Both were afraid of water & neither enjoyed swimming. I knew I had to do something. I found Kim (or super Kim as we now call her) & Bebes Amphibies & I am so glad that I did. I am amazed at how far both children have come in such a short space of time under Kim’s excellent hands-on teaching. Both are now confident in the water and are even jumping in/swimming underwater to collect rings from the pool floor.  More importantly though, they are safe in the water having been taught self- survival skills. I cannot recommend Bebes Amphibies highly enough – the tuition is unlike any other swimming lesson I have come across.

    Darla Parsons – Solihull