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All you need to know – John Whitgift Academy

Crosland Road, Grimsby, DN37 9EH

We can’t wait to welcome you to Puddle Ducks at the John Whitgift Academy – in the meantime, here’s some information that we hope you will find useful. Have a splashtastic time!

Location: John Whitgift Academy

Parking: Ample parking is available in the Academy car park.

Essential Information:

  • Please only park in marked bays and do not park in disabled bays. Take care when walking from the car park into the pool. Although the pool hire time is outside of school hours, there may still be cars on the access/site roads.
  • You may need to call us to gain access if he door is locked. A poster will be displayed on the door with the number to call if so.
  • A well-fitting neoprene swim nappy must be worn with a disposable swim nappy or one of our environmentally friendly NappyWraps & Liners underneath if your child is in Floaties, Splashers or Kickers and in other programmes if they are not potty/toilet trained. Why not buy one of our great value Starter Packs which contain everything you need for your swim lesson?
  • You can find lots more useful information about attending our swim classes on our FAQs page

Changing Rooms: There are spacious male and female changing rooms. There are no lockers available but belongings can be hung up on the hooks whilst swimming. (Please don’t leave your belongings on seats or benches). The pool and changing rooms are secure and cannot be freely accessed and access is via a fob system only. However, we would advise against bringing any valuables with you to the pool. Please try to vacate the changing area as quickly as possible after your class to make room for the next group of parents. Please try not to arrive more than 15 minutes before the start of your class to assist with changing room congestion.

A play pen is provided in each changing room so customers should feel free to use this to keep little ones safe whilst changing.

Exclusivity: Puddle Ducks have exclusive use of the teaching pool during the hire time.

Access: Through the pool entrance. Customers will be met at the door by a member of Puddle Ducks staff who will direct you to the changing areas and pool.

Technical Information:

  • Pool Temperature: Approx. 32°C. Very young or premature babies may need a baby warmer. Older babies should not require thermal clothing.
  • Poolside Assistant: There is a poolside assistant at this pool who can assist with any queries.
  • Depth: 0.8m graduating to 1.0m
  • Maximum Class Ratios: 10 children/adult pairs:1 teacher (Floaties, Splashers, Kickers, Little Dippers and Dippers)

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

We like to make life fun and easy for our Puddle Ducks customers, so here are some local places we think you and your children may like. You could even meet up before or after the class with your Puddle Ducks classmates.


Closest Restaurant:

Closest Soft-Play: 

  • Time 4 Play offers a huge play centre with 3 level play zone in the centre of Grimsby and is open every day from 9.30pm until 6.30pm! Perfect if your little one still has the energy! They also have some Toddler activities throughout the week such as Bearobics and Crafty Time.
  • The Magical Castle - Pay just £1 entry for your child during their fab toddler sessions (9.30am-3pm, Mon-Fri, term time only). A safe and friendly soft play centre for children, with a dedicated area suitable for pre-school children below 90cm in height. 

Other Local Attractions:

What Our Customers Think


We do lessons at John Whitgift in Grimsby and they are the best lessons! I started taking my son when he was just 6 weeks old and he has learnt so much. He is a happy baby in the pool and always sees to enjoy himself. We have a lovely teacher who spends equal time with each person. She is always happy and polite to parents and children/babies. The lessons are worth what you pay!