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ur Charity Pyjama Week takes place from Oct 14th to Oct 20th

What to wear for Pyjama Week:

  • Floaties, Splashers & Kickers: sleepsuits or short or long sleeved pyjamas. Don't forget to wear your usual double swim nappies underneath
  • Little Dippers & Dippers: short or long sleeved pyjamas. Don't forget to wear your usual double swim nappies underneath or swimwear if potty trained
  • Dabblers: short sleeved pyjamas
  • All parents/carers involved in pre-school lessons should wear pyjamas.

A top tip is to bring a plastic carrier bag for all the wet pyjamas as they make bags and towels very wet.

What our Pyjama Week teaches:

  • If accidents happen, often it's when fully clothed. We strongly believe it's our duty to ensure that our swimmers know what it feels like to be in water while wearing clothes
  • Even just this short experience will help them to realise that even though they feel heavier, they can still do those all-important reactions of kicking to the surface, turning and reaching for the side
  • We do all of this while making sure your child has lots of fun!

Who are we raising money and taking donations for?

Being diagnosed, or living with a heart or circulatory condition can be overwhelming. So can finding out you're at risk of developing a condition. But The British Heart Foundation are here to help.

They fund over £100 million of research each year into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that cause them. Heart diseases. Stroke. Vascular dementia. Diabetes. They're all connected, and they're all under The British Heart Foundation's microscope.

Research has given us machines that can restart hearts, the ability to fix arteries in tiny babies, the power to give someone a heart they weren’t born with, and so much more.

But heart and circulatory diseases still kill 1 in 4 in the UK, they cause heartbreak on every street. And that’s why the British Heart Foubndation's work is as urgent and vital as ever.

Their research, is the promise to protect the people we love. Our parents. Our brothers. Our sisters. Our grandparents. Our closest friends.

Research is who they are. The promise of future preventions, treatments and cures.

People’s donations have got us this far. Every breakthrough they’ve made, funded by people like you.


Charity PJ Week

  • At Puddle Ducks we are completely mad about swimming and to prove it we like to encourage all of our swimmers, from the youngest to the oldest to participate three times a year in our very popular Pyjama Week.

    So what does this have to do with learning to swim and what benefit do our babies/children get from this somewhat odd activity? Those with previous experience of life-saving or personal survival classes in their youth may think that they already have the answer and no, it doesn’t include tying knots in the trouser legs of your PJ's, blowing them up, and using them as a life preserver (never done that? I must be showing my age!), though I know many of you know to what we are referring and are smiling with fond memories!).

    Seriously though, any good swimming school will focus on and invest a substantial amount of class time to not just helping you and your child to increase your levels of water confidence and to introduce and develop basic swimming skills in your little one but also to teaching you and your little one great water safety skills, leading to personal survival skills (individuals learning to help themselves in the water) and ultimately life-saving skills (learning how to help others in difficulty in the water). All of our classes have a water safety element to them every week. Our Pyjama Week gives all our swimmers a regular session where the babies/children are exposed to what it might feel like to be in the water with their clothes on. We do not positively encourage our swimmers to jump into the water whenever they can fully clothed – quite the opposite – but we can provide them with the opportunity to see how it would feel to be in the water, following an accidental submersion/fall into water, showing them that they can still swim, practice turning etc.

    In our Summer Pyjama Week, we tie into the STA’s Water Safety Week and we encourage all our swimmers and their adults to browse the materials that STA produce – including some very emotional stories about families who have experienced personal loss through drowning.

    Every autumn sees our annual Charity Pyjama Week where our local Puddle Ducks teams raise money for a cause local to them. We ask for a voluntary donation for those attending the lessons but many of our little swimmers choose to raise sponsorship money for completing a personal survival lesson plan in their pyjamas. Over the last 2 years we have raised more than £105,000!

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