Kent Science Park, Sittingbourne
Baby & Pre-School swimming lessons available
All you need to know about Kent Science Park: A Sittingbourne based large, warm swimming pool from which we run our Baby & Pre-School swimming lessons. Midweek classes here are suitable for babies from birth, toddlers and children up to the age of 5 years old. Our expert swimming Teachers tailor the lessons to progress every individual at their own pace. We want all of our children to love the water and learn to swim beautifully in a fun, relaxed environment. We look forward to welcoming you to our swimming lessons at the Kent Science Park!
Location: Broadoak Road, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 8AG
Parking & Directions: There are multiple parking spaces in our allocated car park on Shimmin Road. The Puddle Ducks car park is the first right off Shimmin road. The pool is then just across the road with the entrance on the left off Galley Drive. Please read the following specific directions before your first visit to the pool ...
Kent Science Park (KSP) is a secure site so as you pull off Broadoak road, follow the ‘visitor’ markings on the road and park in the temporary car park on the left . All visitors must sign in at reception and receive a pass for the access barrier which will also let you into the pool. Once you have your pass return to your car and using your card to open the Barrier, drive straight up the hill along Guillat Avenue and after building number 700 the road goes round to the left. The car park for Puddle Ducks is then on the right hand side on Shimmen Road.
Please note – Puddle Ducks site passes are specifically coded to let us access the pool during our hire times. KSP employee access cards will not access the pool during Puddle Ducks hire. Therefore if you are a KSP employee and swimming with us, please do still get a Puddle Ducks access pass from reception on your way into the site and ensure you return it on the way out so you can access the pool for your classes.
There are multiple parking spaces in our allocated car park on Shimmen Road. The Puddle Ducks car park is the first right off Shimmen road. The pool is then just across the road with the entrance on the left off Galley Drive.
Please do not park in any other car parks or on the roads around as cars will be removed. Please also ensure you stick to the 15 mph limit when on site – there are mobile speed cameras and cars caught speeding or inappropriately parked will no longer be allowed on site and will be made to park at the front gate.
Once parked – walk out of the car park entrance and turn left and across the road (Guillat Ave). The pool is directly ahead of you (opposite the car park) and the entrance to the pool is off Galley Drive. Use your access card to open the pool doors where you will be met by the Poolside Assistant. The changing room entrances are as you come in the front door.
- 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 nappies and swim nappies must be taken home and not left at the pool. Nappy bags are provided by your Puddle Ducks Teacher, if needed.
- You can find lots more useful information about attending our swim classes on our FAQs page
- Poolside Assistant: There is a Puddle Ducks Poolside Assistant.
- Pool Temp: 30°C.
- Pool Dimensions: 23m by 8m.
- Depth: 0.9m - 1.4m.
- Max Pre-School Class Ratios: 10 children/adult pairs: 1 teacher.
Pool accessibility: The outside access to the pool is via steps, and the changing facilities are on the same level as the pool. Please be aware that this pool has a high freeboard, and is only accessibly via a ladder. Whilst there is plenty of room poolside to spectate, seating is minimal.
Spectators: There is space poolside for family and friends to watch these classes.
Changing Rooms: There are large female and large male changing rooms with separate cubicles and communal changing areas. There are showers in each changing room.
Exclusivity: Puddle Ducks have exclusive use during hire times.
Mobile Phones: Please remember that whilst it is fine to have your phone with you to take photos in Splash Time (as long as there are no other customers in the background), please do not use your phone in the changing rooms.
We look forward to welcoming you to our swimming lessons at Kent Science Park!