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Babies and toddlers in Ilkley will soon be learning unique swimming and lifesaving skills, as Puddle Ducks West Yorkshire the local business that was launched by Jenny Brown, in 2011 is bringing it’s classes to Ilkley Grammar School in Ilkley from 3rd September 2017.  Parents who sign up for Puddle Ducks swimming lessons at Ilkley Grammar will be able to take their children, who can start at any age from a few days to 4 years old, to the classes to have fun while they learn to swim in a safe, encouraging environment.


Puddle Ducks classes, which last 30 minutes, teach activities including swimming, submersion, floating, songs and games.  Each session incorporates rhyme, music and movement written by professional musicians.  The focus is on fun and bonding for new and experienced parents and their little ones, meaning youngsters don’t even realise they’re learning to swim and are acquiring a skill that could save their lives.


Jenny, mum to two children herself, says: “I firmly believe that swimming is a skill that all children should be taught from an early age.  It’s fun, helps them interact with other children and encourages them to lead a healthy life style right from the start.  A whopping 15% of UK children can’t swim, and we’re on a mission to change that, so it’s fantastic that we’ve signed up a new pool in Ilkley from which to teach our classes![i]


Puddle Ducks is a national company which was founded in 2001.  Quality of teaching has been the business’ number one priority for ten years, so parents know they are getting the very best for their little ones.    


Jenny continues: “The teaching programme and methods we use are constantly evolving, from the songs that we sing while the babies and parents are in the pool together, to the techniques we teach.  Puddle Ducks classes are based on age, not ability, so children are learning amongst their peers – this provides a great opportunity for parents to meet other local mums and dads, and many become friends for life. Class sizes are limited to ten, so we can really give everyone the best attention. And, because we’re trained to recognise and work with different ability levels within the same group, babies and toddlers are given an individually tailored swim programme that builds their confidence and lets them learn at their own pace. We also put a real focus on teaching water safety, encouraging children to learn to save friend’s lives without endangering themselves, as well as learning how to stay safe themselves.”  


The first lessons at Ilkley are already selling out fast.  For more information, visit

for class timetables and availability.


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