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Leo West Hurst from Belfast enjoying his Water Babies class

Leo West Hurst from Belfast enjoying his Water Babies class

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Emma West Hurst, photographed for Water Babies by Alice South..

Emma West Hurst, photographed for Water Babies by Alice South..

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Little Evie Preston is just one of the babies making a splash at underwater swimming classes

Water Babies Little Evie Preston is just one of the babies making a splash at underwater swimming classes

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Little Edan McGrillen is just one of the babies making a splash at underwater swimming classes

Water Babies Little Edan McGrillen is just one of the babies making a splash at underwater swimming classes

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Little Harry Paul is just one of the babies making a splash at underwater swimming classes

Water Babies Little Harry Paul is just one of the babies making a splash at underwater swimming classes

Edan McGrillen
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Little Edan
McGrillen is just
one of the babies
making a splash
at underwater
swimming classes

Edan McGrillen Water babies. Little Edan McGrillen is just one of the babies making a splash at underwater swimming classes

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Little Emily McCann is just one of the babies making a splash at underwater swimming classes

Water Babies Little Emily McCann is just one of the babies making a splash at underwater swimming classes

Leo West Hurst from Belfast enjoying his Water Babies class

Belfast youngster Leo West Hurst gets into the Christmas spirit under water during one of his Water Babies classes.

The classes teach babies how to swim and promote water confidence, self-reliance and water safety.

Over recent years many babies – some as young as two days old – have been photographed as they go underwater in special swimming classes around Belfast.

The Water Babies programme is designed to make the most of babies' natural affinity with water.

Babies have natural reflexes that mean they instinctively hold their breath when submerged.

Belfast Telegraph