Award-winning baby swim program Turtle Tots, has just launched in Melbourne to help boost water confidence in children from birth upwards.  Local mum of three, Rachel Hope, from Sandringham has purchased a licence from Turtle Tots to run the classes in the southeast suburbs. 

Originally from the UK, Rachel previously worked in public relations and then in corporate communications. She moved to Melbourne with her Australian husband in 2008 and has been a full-time mum for the past two years.  Turtle Tots is the career opportunity she has been looking for. 

Rachel explains “I’ve been swimming with my children from a very young age and I wanted to do something more flexibly around my growing family.  I completed my Austswim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety accreditation in 2011 and gained my Infant and Preschool Aquatics qualification last year.  So when the opportunity came along to head up Turtle Tots in Melbourne, I carried out further training for the swim program in the UK and have never looked back.”

Rachel is excited about bringing the popular baby swim classes to Australia: “There is nothing more rewarding that seeing an infant learn a new skill or overcome a challenge.  Turtle Tots as a business model is a unique and progressive program. Not many swim schools locally offer classes to parents with babies under six months of age.”

Turtle Tots prides itself on preschool swim classes that are structured, safe and friendly for all.  Rachel has always been sporty by nature with a childhood love of swimming, ballet, gymnastics and netball.  Running and pilates are her passions at the moment and she is also a keen tennis player so she hopes to inspire parents and children in Melbourne with her energy and enthusiasm for getting active.

 Co-founder of Turtle Tots, Gaby Lixton commented “I’ve known Rachel for many years so I’m confident she will be a great asset to our brand and our ambitious strategy for global growth.  Turtle Tots is about building water confidence in all children regardless of the country they live in, and its also very much about creating a fun activity that can create that extra special bonding time for parents and their children, something we are very proud to be associated with.”

Rachel’s classes are running at Berendale School, Hampton East and Bentleigh Bayside Community Health in Bentleigh East. Both lovely and warm hydrotherapy pools 34 degrees. 

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