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