In 2003 Laura & George Molloy set up Swimbabes, a company dedicated to teaching babies to swim. It was a decision they made after joining Aquababies in Manchester with their son Joshua were the benefits for both Josh and Mum and Dad where clear to see. In fact Laura and George loved the swimming lessons so much that she decided to train as baby swim instructors and in 2003 took the leap and set up Swimbabes just after the birth of their second child, Eve. Laura states: “Giving up a job that I had done for years was scary but I knew I needed to make changes in my life… Swimming had been so rewarding for Joshua I decided to challenge myself and set up my own business, and I am so glad I did”.
In October 2003 Swimbabes ran their first sessions at the Trinity Hydro pool in Huddersfield with just 11 little swimmers, extending later that year to run classes in Sheffield too with over 150 swimmers by the following summer. The business continued to grow and in 2005 opened the Swimbabes shop to sell lots of the items that were used in the lessons. In 2007 Swimbabes looked to extend its team and Rachel and Karen joined the team and have gone on to be our office and shop managers respectively. Becci joined in 2009 and Alex in 2010 and we continued to grow with Katie, Kerry, Jacqui, Stevie and Alex all joining us between 2012 and 2014. In 2014 we set up our Swimstars programme to run at Inkerman house and later that year at Stocksbridge. Swimbabes now offer lessons across Yorkshire and North Derbyshire with over 1800 little swimmers attending classes each week.