Meet Our Team

Let us introduce ourselves

Kim Bruchez-Lester


Karen Lolli


Mika Lester

Swim Instructor

Anthony Lolli

Swim Instructor

Sydney Bruchez-Lester

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It all began in 1967 in Villars Sur Ollon Vaud – Switzerland

Jean Fouace – Founder

Alexis the son of a French swimming teacher Jean Fouace, was playing at the pool side in a holiday resort, when his father was called away to the telephone, needless to say the child decided to get a closer look at the water… and SPLASH! … Seconds later his father saw what happened and noticed he had his mouth tightly closed and his eyes wide open. The pool attendant surprised to see his father observing the child, jumped into the water to rescue the child… The adventure started there, Jean decided he was going to work on a method of teaching babies and young children the aquatic safety skills of turning onto their back to float with their respiratory tracts out of the water, after a lot of research and practice his method teaches babies and children a conditioned reflex that can their lives.

At the age of 4 Alexis was the youngest ever swimmer to participate in the Federal Swimming Championships in Switzerland. Jean has trained hundreds of teachers worldwide with his method to help prevent children from drowning by teaching them conditioned aquatic safety reflexes followed by high quality Aqua Educational Skills allowing them to be totally at ease in the water.

His method is now taught in Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, South Africa, Chile, South America, North America and recently the United Kingdom.

Les Bébés Amphibies International

Meet Kim and Karen

After meeting Jean Fouace in Switzerland and going through his revolutionary swimming lessons with her own children, Kim was so pleased with the results that she ultimately went on to train to be a qualified instructor of his method. She then she became a licensed teacher, working personally with Jean for over 5 years before opening up pools of her own in Switzerland.

In 2013 she moved back to the UK, with Jean’s blessing and the help of her long term friend Karen Les Bébés Amphibies International was born in 2014.

In July 2014 Jean came to visit at the pool in Birmingham and he was amazed with her results, as well as the number of students, as they had over 250 students per week! By then Jean was terminally ill with cancer and wanted Kim and Karen to take over Les Bébés Amphibies. Jean was confident Kim and Karen would stay true to his teaching method, and gave them World Wide Exclusive Rights to his use method and name to promote “Aquatic Safety & Swimming Skills” to help STOP children from drowning. Since then Les Bébés Amphibies has it’s European headquarters in Birmingham, UK.

Since 2015, when Jean Fouace passed away, Kim and Karen have continued with Jean’s dying wish that Les Bébés Amphibies  – Jean Fouace Method continues, making sure that his method is not changed in any way. Also in 2015, a Swimathon was organised in his memory and almost £10’000 was raised for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where children as young as 5 months to 8 years floated or swam for 20 minutes.

They have now created a charity in Jean’s Name “Jean Fouace Foundation – Join OUR Mission to STOP Children from Drowning”, and will be organising swimathon’s amongst other things to raise money to build their own pool, to teach 0 months to 8 years, and adapted for children with extra needs. If you wish to help us on this journey please check out our Facebook charity page or contact us

In 2017 they started to expand throughout the UK training new Instructor’s and Franchisees.

“My name is Alexis, son of the late Jean Fouace and Founder of Bebes Amphibies in 1967.

Crawling around my father’s “office” swimming pool on that particular November day of 1967, I was undeniably attracted to the edge… and beyond ! This is how it all started.

50 years latter, I would like to pay tribute to my father’s achievement and take this opportunity to thank Kim and Karen for their incredible work as well as for their sustainable growth over the past few years. They both strive to make “Les bébés amphibies” a benchmark and I can only encourage them to be prosperous, thus allowing all children to receive the right kind of swimming education, and the knowledge to save themselves.”

Alexis Fouace Switzerland


Our Teachers…

Our teachers must be minimum 23 years of age and have a nationally recognised, mainstream teaching qualification such as STA or ASA. If they do not have one they must complete a course before their training can start with us, Once this has been completed they must then attend a full  “Les Bébés Amphibies Int.” Training Course which involves  a minimum 30 Full days in the pool. Which is then followed by 4 full assessments of teaching the following age groups:

0-24 months, 2-4 years, 4-6 years, 6-8 years and an optional advanced course teaching life saving skills, recovery and CPR to  5 to 8 year olds.

Once they have passed these assessments successfully we help them to open their own pool where they will be supervised and receive extra help for the first 10 weeks.


Our Values…

We provide fast and progressive results based on the individual development of each child. We recruit the best instructors and give continuous training throughout the year, allowing continuous improvement in our lessons, instructors and services.

Our Mission…

Bébés Amphibies International are passionate about giving babies and young children the knowledge to survive until help arrives, giving them a very good chance of surviving if ever they fell in. Our methods teach aquatic safety, followed by a good swimmming skills education, giving them the pleasure of being at ease in the water no matter what the depth of the water, and allowing them to achieve a lifetime of safe swimming and aquatic pleasure.