Tried and Tested: Puddle Ducks

Puddle Ducks baby swimming classes
Puddle Ducks baby swimming classes

Teaching a child to swim is one of life’s most important lessons – and they are never too young to start – as the team at Puddle Ducks demonstrate.

They invited me down to see how they teach, and I’ll admit I was nervous. Bea was only just walking and talking, so swimming seems like a big thing to learn. Admittedly, she’s a real water baby, she’ll happily swim on holiday and loves the bath and shower, so it was probably me who was more nervous. But I needn’t have worried.

Jay Nash is the proud owner of Puddle Ducks Chester, Wirral and North Wales. She makes sure that every baby, child, parent and carer feels at ease, and her team of experienced, enthusiastic and friendly teachers, pool and office staff are there to support families  through every step of their Puddle Ducks journey.  

Their Baby & Pre-school programme is a wonderful bonding experience. Progressive lesson plans instil a water confidence and a love of swimming whilst the nurturing teachers tailor activities to your child’s abilities and needs. 

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Taught in lovely warm pools – we learnt at Stanley School in Pensby – with a maximum of nine children, their classes incorporate rhyme, music and movement based on extensive child development research. Bea loved her sessions with Nicky, and quickly developed confidence putting her face under the water and blowing bubbles. Nicky said that lessons are so well received that the children she teaches can often swim more than 10 metres before they start school.

Puddle Ducks also run classes for older children in their Swim Academy, meaning little ones can stay with the school throughout their journey from baby to independent swimmer and who knows, maybe a future Olympic champion.

I was impressed by the teaching and the individual focus – Nicky somehow remembers every child’s name – so while Bea had lots of fun with the other children, she also got the attention she needed as our activities were individually tailored to suit each child.Puddle Ducks Aquanatal programme is also fantastic for mummies-to-be, offering the perfect combination of gentle exercise, muscle strengthening and relaxation.

If you’re looking for a family new year’s resolution, swimming is a great place to start, and Puddle Ducks will help your little ones jump right in.

Puddle Ducks runs sessions across the region. To find your local class see