About Us

Turtle Tots Ltd was founded in 2011 by Gaby Lixton and Caroline Sparks.

Before launching Turtle Tots, Gaby ran a successful swimming business in Oxfordshire and Berkshire for four years, teaching over 1000 babies a week to swim with a team of ten teachers and two full time administrators. In 2008 Gaby sold the business and moved to Bristol with her young family where she concentrated on settling her children in to their new school. Finding that she missed running her own business and teaching baby swimming, Gaby then decided to launch Turtle Tots.

Turtle Tots is an innovative and unique swimming programme, which begins during pregnancy, and continues once the baby is born. Not only does it focus on teaching babies, toddlers and young children to swim, it also promotes pre-natal and post-natal fitness and provides an excellent aqua natal toning workout for mums. Of course the programme is open to dads as well, who also love to come to the classes!

Having successfully launched and established Turtle Tots in Bristol, the natural progression for Gaby was to license Turtle Tots and offer others the opportunity to run their own Turtle Tots business.

Gaby is passionate about introducing babies and young children to swimming at an early age. Gaby commented: “It has long been known that babies and children enjoy numerous social and physical benefits from learning to swim. The Turtle Tots uniquely formulated swimming programme is fun, safe, and sociable. It starts even before your baby is born and continues afterwards to provide a perfect bonding experience and stimulating exercise.”

Caroline worked in internal communications and marketing for a large telecommunications company, but after having her second child wanted a more flexible job and decided to start her own exhibition business. For five years Caroline organised baby and toddler exhibitions across the South West, before selling her business to join Turtle Tots.

Caroline’s excitement about the brand and the opportunity is obvious:  “Turtle Tots is such a vibrant, distinctive and exciting brand. Becoming a licensee is perfect for anyone who wants to run their own business, with the benefits of using a proven formula and the support of a great team!”

Click here to find out more about running your own Turtle Tots Swimming Classes.