Puddle Ducks at Aqua Nurture, Gee Cross

Back in August Amy was invited to have a cheeky extra Puddle Ducks swimming lesson in the summer holidays at Aqua Nurture.  Aqua Nurture was opened back in March and had been a real labour of love for Gary and Suzanne (owners of the Puddle Ducks Greater Manchester franchise).  They had a dream and boy did they go for it, selling their own home to finance the re-purposing of a pub in Gee Cross, Hyde into a fantastic new venue for local families – of course the main focus is the Puddle Ducks swimming lessons in the bright, warm 8m x 6m hydro pool but the venue also plays host to a number of mother and baby groups including baby massage and baby sensory making it a real “family hub”.

Aqua Nurture has a really welcoming atmosphere (as you would expect if you’ve ever had any dealings with Gary & Suzanne who are both utterly lovely and so very passionate about the work they do).  The café area serving delicious coffees, soft drinks and cakes is great value and there’s even a play area.  I must admit that this alone had me wishing we could swap our lessons over to Aqua Nurture but Claire’s sessions clash with Amy’s nursery for now.  I love the idea of settling in for a brew & a bit of cake after a swimming lesson in cosy surroundings … Who wouldn’t?

Kids at Aqua Nurture
Aqua Nurture cakes

The changing areas are well thought out with changing tables in each spacious cubicle and large buckets to store your belongings in – no faffing about with coins or locker keys which if you’ve ever been swimming with a toddler, will come as something of a relief.  Once you get pool-side there’s plenty of space for spectators, which of course Amy loved. She’s always super motivated when she has Ben and Chloe to perform to!

Aqua Nurture hydro pool

The pool itself is smaller than you may be used to but I loved this – rather than the high ceilings and big noisy spaces of your average swimming pool this feels safer and more secure for your little one.  Oh and it’s lovely and warm!  Amy normally wears a Konfidence shorty wetsuit for her lessons but there was no need at Aqua Nurture.

Amy’s lesson at Aqua Nurture was a joy.  Both Claire and I had fully expected that after the long summer break that Amy would be nervous and perhaps a little lacking in enthusiasm but she proved us wrong!  Whether it was the warmth of the water, the smaller pool or just the mood she was in I don’t know but she had a fantastic lesson and impressed us all.

Mummy & Amy in the pool at Aqua Nurture

One of my most favourite things about swimming at Aqua Nurture is that, because it’s not a public pool, you are allowed to photograph & film your child swimming – not during the lesson itself but during Splash Time at the end and of course you must be careful not to photograph other people’s children.  It won’t surprise you to know that I took full advantage of this and made a video to show you exactly how Amy is getting on….

Amy has been swimming with Puddle Ducks for over a year now and in that time her both confidence and skills have flourished.  Since filming this video back in August, Amy has increased in confidence and now even manages the occasional underwater swim for me so I’m hoping to go back to Aqua Nurture in the new year to make another video showing off more of her skills!

Follow our full Puddle Ducks / Swim Academy journey here!

Amy swims with Puddle Ducks free of charge for the purpose of regular reviews and updates – all thoughts and opinions remain our own

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  1. Amanda Blackburn
    November 16, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    Sounds great for little ones. Wish we had something like that in our area. All the swimming pools are so cold and not very clean.

  2. November 19, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    Fab pictures! It looks like a lot of fun for Amy. x

  3. November 19, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    This is so lovely and yay Amy. I am trying to encourage my sister to get the twins, aged 2, into the water and learning to win as soon as she can x

  4. November 20, 2016 / 10:26 am

    Learning to swim can be a tough and stressful thing for kids so the right environment is so important x

  5. Hannah
    November 20, 2016 / 3:53 pm

    This sounds great for little ones, I loved swimming as a kid!

  6. November 20, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    I’ve heard fantastic things about Puddle Ducks! This venue sounds really great too!

  7. Rebecca Smith
    November 20, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    This looks like lots of fun, I’ve heard some great things about Puddle Ducks

  8. November 20, 2016 / 11:16 pm

    Looks like such a great place to learn how to swim! Wish the pool where I learned how to swim was like this.

  9. November 21, 2016 / 10:49 am

    Aw, I miss those days. Now mine just try to duck me, while splashing me in the face and laughing – such fun! How fab to have some photos to look back on too.

  10. November 21, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    This looks like so much fun. And I’m LOVING the rubber ducks. I’m a bit obsessed 🙂 Well done Amy for being a swimming pro!

    • Colette
      November 21, 2016 / 8:01 pm

      They’re ace aren’t they! They have little ones in our lessons usually so she thought the huge one was super exciting!

  11. November 21, 2016 / 12:31 pm

    Swimming with little ones is so so good. Erin is a fish in the water and I think it is such an important skill to learn.

  12. Catherine @ Story Snug
    November 22, 2016 / 8:07 am

    This looks like a wonderful venue. Learning to swim in warm, cosy surroundings is so much more successful than the cold public pools I remember from my childhood!

  13. November 22, 2016 / 8:17 am

    I love the little video, well done Amy, great progress and clearly enjoying her lessons too

  14. November 22, 2016 / 8:19 am

    Sounds fantastic all round from the place itself to the lessons #TriedTested

  15. November 22, 2016 / 8:36 am

    I have just read another blog review of Puddle Ducks and they sound really great. Will have to take my kids swimming lessons next year #TriedTested

  16. November 22, 2016 / 10:54 am

    She’s doing so well! We did 12 weeks of lessons with another swimming group when Arlo was little but sadly couldnt continue it but I feel bad about it all the time! I will get them swimming though!

  17. November 22, 2016 / 11:32 am

    Wow that looks perfect. I’ve always been a bit lazy about taking my kids swimming because of all of the issues you’ve mentioned with public pools but this one seems to address all of those brilliantly.


  18. November 22, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    She looks like she loves the water, it’s great to see little ones learning to swim, I wish I took mine more when they were younger! #triedtested

  19. November 22, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    It is such a brilliant idea and a lovely place to learn to swim.

  20. November 22, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    That looks like such good fun, I love the idea of the building being dedicated to children learning to swim. I’ve heard lots of good things about Puddle Ducks. #TriedTested

  21. November 22, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    How fab! We do council run lessons which piglet loves, but the pool is huuuuuuuuuuuge so they run a couple of classes at the same time. Its ok at the moment but I imagine he may find that distracting as he gets old #triedtested

    • Colette
      November 22, 2016 / 8:09 pm

      Yes my older two do the same – I’m not a massive fan of their lessons tbh but at least it gets them in the pool regularly. I wish they’d swum with Puddle Ducks instead.

  22. Life Loving
    November 22, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    Lovely photos – looks like a really great place for the little ones to learn to swim

    Sally @ Life Loving

  23. November 22, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    It sounds like a lovely place and a great idea to build confidence in water!

  24. Emma Lofthouse-Burch
    November 22, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    Wow this looks lovely, such a nice space and the cakes look delicious too!! #triedtested

  25. Jodie Melling
    November 22, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    These looks fun. I know that my daughter would love swimming but I never go because I wear glasses and wonder how it will work. Contacts are a no go at the moment.

    Jodie x

    • Colette
      November 22, 2016 / 8:06 pm

      The parents who wear glasses just wear them in the pool – it never seems to be a problem x

  26. November 24, 2016 / 10:45 am

    Aww lovely photos, Amy seems so happy in the water. I would love a place like this to open up near me!xx #triedtested

  27. Viki Marden
    November 25, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    This sounds great, I would love to do something like this with my little girl 🙂

  28. November 25, 2016 / 10:27 pm

    Swimming is a great skill to acquire and through enjoyment it is easier to acquire. #TriedTested

  29. November 25, 2016 / 10:45 pm

    It looks like a lovely place to learn to swim! #TriedTested

  30. November 25, 2016 / 10:54 pm

    Learning to swim is such an important thing. This sounds fan and I’d love to do this with my little one. Well done xx

  31. November 26, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    I wish we had something like Puddle Ducks near us – O has been on the waiting list for swimming lessons for over 12 months :o/ x

  32. November 27, 2016 / 10:19 am

    This looks absolutely amazing!! I am hoping to get my 3 year old some swimming lessons next year and also my 6 year old who started to learn at age 5 but didn’t do very well at all. Funny how kids are all different isn’t it? Our 9 year old started learning at 6 and moved up 3 badges in 18 months! 🙂 hoping my boy will do well.

  33. November 28, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    We do Puddle Ducks swimming lessons too but at the moment they’re not going so well after a bad underwater photoshoot experience…still trying to get Little B’s confidence back #TriedTested

  34. November 29, 2016 / 10:05 am

    This looks amazing. Boo goes swimming with her daddy each week but I think next year I might look in to lessons as I think she would love them. those ducks are fab!

  35. November 29, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    That looks like a lovely swimming pool to go to, nice and quiet, which makes it lovely and calm. Well done to her doing so well

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