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All you need to know – Portfield School

Parley Lane, Christchurch BH23 6BP

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

Location: Portfield School

Parking: Ample free parking outside the school. 

Spectators: 1 spectator per child is allowed at this venue poolside, plus additional spectators may sit by the window looking onto poolside

Essential Information:

  • Secure codes are in place at this venue.  On arrival, the gate will be locked.  Call the “Therapy Pool Reception” and say you are with Puddle Ducks on the key code and we will let you in.
  • Once you have parked follow the pathway to the Swimming Pool entrance
  • Please remove your outdoor shoes on arrival and pack in your bag.
  • 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 yet fully potty/toilet trained. Why not buy one of our great value Starter Packs which contain everything you need for your swim lesson? 
  • All Swim Academy Children must wear swim hats in the pool. You can find these plus our range of goggles and other Swim Accessories here
  • You can find lots more useful information about attending our swim classes on our FAQs page
  • 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: Changing rooms are available at this pool.

Exclusivity: Puddle Ducks have exclusive use during hire.

Technical information

  • Pool temperature: 32-33°C
  • Poolside assistant: There is no Puddle Ducks poolside assistant - Portfield School team member is available at pool reception desk.
  • Depth: 1.3m throughout
  • Maximum class ratios:
    • 10 children/adult pairs:1 teacher (Floaties, Splashers, Kickers, Little Dippers, Dippers)
    • 8 children:2 teachers (Level 1 and 2)
    • 8 children: 1 teacher (Level 3, 4, 5, 6) or 10 children: 2 teachers

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 play-park

West Parley Play Area, Christchurch Road, West Parley

Closest café

Blossom Café, Plowman’s Garden Centre, 392 Christchurch Road, West Parley BH22 8SW

Wyevale Garden Centre, 359 Christchurch Road, West Parley BH22 8SJ

Closest soft play

Monkey Madness Reid Street, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 2BT. 

Other local attractions

Adventure Wonderland Merritown Lane, Hurn, Christchurch BH23 6BA.  30 rides and attractions including large soft play.  Ideal for little ones.

Bournemouth Aviation Museum Merritown Lane, Hurn, Christchurch BH23 6BA

Snowtrax Matchams Lane, Christchurch BH23 6AW. Dry ski slope with ski/snowboarding lessons, ski bobbing and ringos, plus Alpine Adventure Park and restaurant if you don’t want to hit the slopes!

Moors Valley Country Park Horton Road, Ringwood BH24 2ET. Fantastic family location including play trail, 2 adventure playgrounds, steam train.

Avon Heath Country Park, Birch Road, Ringwood BH24 2DA


If you need to contact us, here’s your local Puddle Ducks office details:

Call us on 01202 674676

Email us on [email protected]


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