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We want every child to love swimming, respect the water and swim beautifully. That’s why our standards are the highest and our approach is unique.

At Puddle Ducks, our highly trained and qualified teachers are experts at identifying children’s levels of ability and adapting activities to the individual, nurturing confidence and encouraging natural ability.

Our lessons are taught in specially selected pools with limited class sizes. Classes incorporate rhyme (our bespoke songs have been written by professional musicians) and movement based on extensive child development research.

Our programmes and teacher training are continuously developed in the latest techniques, ensuring our teaching standards remain the highest.


  • Led by founders Tracy Townend and Jo Stone, Puddle Ducks was built on a unique ethos of developing parent/child bonding through an activity that not only equips children with essential life skills but also builds their confidence in the water and other areas of their lives. Read more about Our History...

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  • The Technical Team, led by Technical Director and Head Teacher, Ali Beckman, are supported by experts in child psychology, child development and midwifery and are fully accredited by the STA (Swim Teachers’ Association), the world’s largest independent swimming teaching and lifesaving organisation. Meet our team of experts...

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Puddle Ducks is totally committed to building a national programme of baby and child swimming that leads naturally to graceful and efficient swimming for older children. Many of our team are parents who have taken their babies through the Puddle Ducks programme. We are all passionate about the positive benefits that early swimming can offer and especially the carefully structured, musical programme that Puddle Ducks has developed.

What Our Customers Think

Swimming with Sharks!

"Because of his confidence in the water, my 8-year old son Blair (who’s in the Advanced class) was able to go scuba diving with the sharks at The Blue Planet Aquarium at the weekend. He had basic scuba training and was then in the shark tank for around 30 minutes. He was able to see a variety of sharks, rays, eels and plenty of fish up close. He loved it and can’t wait for his next scuba dive! Thanks to all the Puddle Ducks teachers that have taught him over the years!"