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Puddle Ducks Host Baby Swimming Lessons with a Twist

Puddle Ducks Host Baby Swimming Lessons with a Twist
14 October 2014 1738 Views No comments

A baby swimming class has taught a lesson with a difference in Epworth in a bid to raise money for charity. While most classes require you to dress baby up in swimwear – like Konfidence's Babywarma – local baby and toddler swimming company Puddle Ducks provided two lessons as part of their pyjama party fundraising.

The lessons ran for half an hour each and included 12 children and their parents, all of whom wore pyjamas to raise money for the Children's Trust, reports The Star. But that wasn't all that was different about these lessons – they also taught children and parents different life-saving skills when it comes to water.

Having a lesson in their pyjamas was designed to help everyone how best to swim in clothes if they ever have to. As most people are used to wearing a swimsuit or wetsuit when it comes to being in the water, swimming in clothes can be quite difficult in an emergency, so the lesson aimed to pass on important tips.

Nicola Codd, owner of Puddle Ducks Doncaster, told the news reporter: “Each term we hold a pyjama party where we have a real focus on fun, but there’s a serious message behind it. Being in water in clothes helps children to realise how it could feel if they got into trouble while out playing.

“In a controlled environment in a pool they can learn how to cope with this situation, so if it unfortunately happened out there in the real world they’d be more equipped to deal with it.”

As well as teaching potentially life-saving skills, the classes have helped to raise awareness and money for the Children's Charity, which helps children with brain injuries across the UK. Last year, Puddle Ducks' Pyjama Week lessons ran throughout the country and helped raise £22,500 – a target they are hoping to beat this year.

If you're interested in starting baby swimming and getting involved with raising money for charity, look out for lessons in your area.