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Baby, Child and Antenatal Swimming Classes in Dorset & West Hants

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Welcome to Puddle Ducks Dorset & West Hants!

We’re very proud to be the only independent swim school to provide a complete swimming journey from birth to 10 years. Our programmes are designed by leading baby and child swimming experts and are held at pools across Dorset & West Hants (inc. Bournemouth, Poole, Ferndown, Blandford, New Milton, Christchurch and Wimborne).

Click ‘Find a class!’ above and use your postcode or location to see all the swimming lessons and antenatal classes suitable for both you and your child in your area.

Not sure which is the right class? Contact our friendly office team for an informal chat to find out more

Tel: 01202 674676

(office open Monday to Friday 9.30am-2.30pm)

or Email: dorset@puddleducks.com

Jane has been running Puddle Ducks in Dorset & West Hants for over 10 years, we provide: Baby and pre-school swimming classes for children (from birth -4 years), Swim Academy classes for school-aged children (4-10 years) and Aquanatal classes for mums-to-be at any stage of pregnancy.

We run three core swimming programmes. Each is tailor-made to give your child confidence in the water and to teach them the technique to grow and become strong swimmers.

Puddle Ducks Baby & Pre-school

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

Taught in lovely warm pools with a maximum of nine children, our classes incorporate rhyme, music and movement based on extensive child development research. Our lessons are so well received that the children we teach can often swim over 10 metres before they start school.

Swim Academy

We also run classes for older children in our Swim Academy classes, so we will be with you throughout your whole journey from baby to independent swimmer and who knows, maybe a future Olympic champion!

Whether your child is coming from a pre-school class, or has never been in the water before, you can be sure that they will get the attention that they need as our activities are individually tailored to suit each child.

Puddle Ducks Aquanatal

Our Aquanatal classes are a fabulous activity for mummies-to-be. They are expertly designed Aquanatal programmes that take a holistic approach to an expectant mums’ physical and mental well-being, combining relaxation with cardiovascular exercises to help prepare the body for birth.

We look forward to welcoming you into the Puddle Ducks Dorset family very soon!

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"We started going when Leon was 5 months old, as he hated having a bath, and I thought swimming might help this. I spoke to the teacher Jane, and started lessons, and have been going ever since. The classes are amazing, and the children really get their confidence in the water. They don't use armbands, just woggles. Jane is a fantastic teacher. They are doing strokes at the moment, and I can really see the strokes coming on since they started in September. They also do life-saving skills once a term, which they do as a pyjama party, to get the children used to being in the water with clothes on. This is really important to us as a family, as we live by the sea, and often walk by the river. I can't rate them highly enough, and have also recommended them to friends, who have also been really happy with the lessons. We have had the same group of children from the start with very few changes, so it is really consistent. We have made some amazing friends through the swimming. Leon loves the lessons, and is really confident in the water. It also cured his bath phobia!" Joan & Leon



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