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BRISTOL St Mary Redcliffe School

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St Mary Redcliffe School pool is conveniently situated in the heart of Bristol city centre. Here we offer pre-school classes for ages 15 months to 4 years and Swim Academy lessons for primary aged children. These lessons are taught parallel to each other, allowing siblings to swim at the same time.

Pool temperature: 30°C

Depth:  0.98m to 2.92m


Address: Somerset Square, Bristol BS1 6RT

Exclusivity: Puddle Ducks has exclusive use of the pool.

Poolside assistant: There is a Puddle Ducks Poolside Assistant at this venue.

Parking: There is ample free parking immediately outside of the venue.


  • After entering the school building, please follow the signs to the swimming pool.
  • Please arrive no more than 10 minutes before the start of your lesson, and be poolside ready for the start of your lesson.
  • There are no nappy bins at this venue so please take your nappy home with you.
  • No food is permitted in the venue, please save your child’s snack until after you have left the pool.


  • There are two changing areas, one male and one female, both with a shower and toilet.  Please bring your child’s towel poolside so you can wrap them up after class. Please be aware that private changing cubicles are not available at this pool and that children will change with their parent, and other parents of the same sex.
  • All adults and Swim Academy children are requested to arrive swim-ready (i.e., wearing their swimwear under their clothes).
  • All pre-school children are able to use the changing rooms to get ready prior to class.
  • There is a single shower in each changing room. Showering is encouraged before and after your lesson.
  • Please ensure all children out of nappies visit the WC before their class.


  • Swim Academy all levels - One spectator per child is allowed poolside.
  • Baby & Pre-School classes - No poolside spectators allowed for baby & pre-school classes.
  • If you require assistance due to a disability (either your own disability or your child’s), then you are able to bring a spectator poolside to any class, to help as necessary.


  • Baby and Pre-School: a well-fitting neoprene swim nappy must be worn with a disposable swim nappy or an environmentally friendly Nappy Wrap & Liner underneath, if your child is not yet fully potty/toilet trained. We recommend one of our great value Baby Swimming Kits, which contain the swim lesson essentials at a fantastic price.
  • All Swim Academy children must wear swim hats in the pool. We provide a complimentary swim hat when you join us. You can find our range of goggles and other Swim Accessories in our online shop.
  • Our online shop stocks a fantastic kids swimwear collection plus super useful bags, towels and much more!

Maximum class ratios

8 children: 2 teachers (Swim Academy Level 1 and 2)

8 children: 2 teachers (Swim Academy Level 3)

10 children: 1 teacher (Baby & Pre-school)


Any other queries?

You can find lots of additional useful information about attending our swim classes on our FAQs page.

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St Mary Redcliffe School is close to lots of restaurants and cafés, many that overlook the water.   It's just a short stroll from Wapping Wharf!


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