Puddle Ducks teaches children, from birth to 10 years, to swim independently, beautifully and confidently, and to love and respect the water.
Classes are packed full of fun – watch as your little one develops into a confident swimmer without even realising they are learning to swim! We recognise that every child is different; our expert teachers individually tailor activities to suit your child’s ability and confidence levels. We often see children achieving their 10m award before they start school.
Teaching water safety from a young age is also core to our classes. Babies as young as six months start to learn water safety and personal survival skills, and our school-aged children also learn life-saving skills. Every term we hold pyjama parties – not only to put these skills into practice, but also to have lots of fun!
Our highly qualified teachers are passionate, professional, nurturing, fun and loved by our swimmers. Our innovative programme, incorporating bespoke songs and rhymes, is consistent with research development in infant physiology and infant psychology and with technical advances in swimming. Our baby and pre-school programme leads to beautiful surface swims, progressing to child-led rolling to breathe and then into beautiful stroke development in our Swim Academy programme; a true child-led swimming progression with amazing results.
We work closely with Birthlight and the STA on the best and safest way to submerge children so that they feel empowered and never forced. The answer is simple; the child decides. Submersions are encouraged at every opportunity but are no longer an official activity within our lesson plans.
As a result of this research we also decided to stop offering underwater photoshoots as we now know that a child is susceptible to taking a huge step backwards in their swimming journey if they are submerged in the way a traditional underwater photoshoot requires them to be. We are proud to be the only independent, national baby and child swimming school who have put their principles ahead of their profits.
2020 Update: Our lessons have been adapted in line with the government and STA guidelines to ensure we can stay safe and Covid-19 secure. Our ethos remains the same: Our babies and children have always been at the centre of everything we do. For now, our teachers will teach from the poolside and we ask parents of older children to stay in the water for longer. All staff will wear the appropriate PPE, we have extra cleaning measures in place and we will continue to support the rest of the country in the fight against the pandemic.
We are constantly developing, ensuring our lessons are safe for all involved and of the very highest standard, because our mission is simple: we want every child to love and respect the water and learn to swim beautifully.
Classes with Puddle Ducks Lincolnshire & Newark are now being offered in:
- Lincoln: Dean’s Sport and Leisure, Burton, Queens Park Community Hub, The Priory Witham Academy, Haddington
- Newark: Little Carlton
- Grantham: Oceans Grantham