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Our flagship North Bristol pool, where we offer classes for children aged from six months all the way up to 10 years old every Sunday.

  • Ample free onsite parking
  • Spectators welcome
  • Baby and pre-school lessons run at the same time as Swim Academy classes – perfect if you want siblings to swim at the same time!

For class times, booking and a location map, click here.


Address: Sports Village, Flaxpits Lane, Winterbourne, BS36 1LA

Venue: Winterbourne International Academy

Parking: The swimming pool is in the Academy Sports Village where this is a large free car park, and overflow car park.

Essential information:

  • Spectators are very welcome on poolside.
  • There are no nappy bins at this venue so please take your nappy home with you.
  • No food is permitted on the poolside or in the changing rooms, please save your child’s snack until after you have left the pool.

Changing rooms: There are two large changing areas, one male and one female, both with showers. Please bring your child’s towel poolside so you can wrap them up after class. 


  • A well-fitting neoprene swim nappy must be worn with a disposable swim nappy or an environmentally friendly NappyWrap & Liner underneath, if your child is in Floaties, Splashers or Kickers, or in other programmes if they are not yet fully potty/toilet trained. We recommend one of our great value Starter Packs which contain the swim lesson essentials at a fantastic price.
  • All Swim Academy children must wear swim hats in the pool. You can find these plus 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, changing mats and much, much more!
  • You can find lots of additional useful information about attending our swim classes on our FAQs page.

Exclusivity: Puddle Ducks has exclusive use of the swimming pool.


The swimming pool is located in the Academy Sports Village accessible from Flaxpits Lane. Once you’ve parked your car, walk into the Sports Village, turn left past the Reception and the swimming pool entrance is on your left. 

If the car park is full, you’ll find an overflow car park further up Flaxpits Lane on the left hand side.  The car park does get very full if there is a weekend sporting event at the school.    

Please note that the swimming pool can’t be accessed from the main school entrance.  If you find yourself at the Main Entrance, exit the school, turn left and then take the first left onto Flaxpits Lane.  Drive past the rank of shops and you’ll see the entrance to the Sports Village on the left hand side.  

Technical information:

  • Pool temperature: 30°C.
  • Poolside assistant: There isn’t a Puddle Ducks Poolside Assistant at this venue.
  • Depth: 0.9m to 2.99m
  • Maximum class ratios:
    • 10 children/adult pairs:1 teacher (Baby and Preschool classes)
    • 4 children: 1 teacher (Swim Academy Level 1 and 2)
    • 8 children: 1 teacher (Swim Academy Level 3 and 4)

Helping you to make your special time last even longer…that’s the Puddle Ducks’ difference

Closest café

Old Down Country Park is three miles away where you’ll find their Barn Café.  Here you can relax in the daytime with cup of fair trade coffee or a pot of tea and homemade cake next to the log burners or on the sofas.