An organisation offering swimming lessons for babies from birth and children aged up to 10 has added Royal Wootton Bassett to its locations.
The town and the Oxfordshire hamlet of Goring Heath are new territories for Puddle Ducks, which has also relaunched its sessions at Cotswold Hoburne Pool, Radley College Pool (weekdays only), Wantage East Hanney Pool, and Carterton Shilton Pool.
The Royal Wootton Bassett pool is at Vastern Wharf hotel The Wiltshire.
Puddle Ducks was forced to halt swimming lessons due to the nationwide lockdown.
Pools have been allowed to reopen since 25 July, but Puddle Ducks pushed back its relaunch date to September in order to ensure venues were completely safe and fully up to date with the company’s comprehensive covid-19 guidelines.
Beccy Stenson, owner of Puddle Ducks Oxfordshire, said: “We are excited to have re-started lessons at some of our locations and are so happy to have welcomed our children back to the pool!
"Lockdown has seen many youngsters miss out on six months of swimming, so we are delighted we can now welcome them back to lessons to continue developing their confidence in the water.
“Throughout lockdown, we have provided skills and activities for our little swimmers to practice on dry land, in the bath or in their paddling pools via our weekly newsletters, but nothing can compare to being in the pool.
"Learning to swim is an essential life skill, and we have made sure children can get back to lessons as safely and as soon as possible.
“We have taken extra time to relaunch our lessons to ensure our company’s covid-19 guidelines are adhered to across all our pools. Things to look out for at lessons include children bringing their own equipment for lessons. If equipment is borrowed, it should be frequently disinfected and not shared between children during a lesson.
"You should avoid lessons where instructors are in the pool or spectators are allowed by the side, as these lessons are not fully adhering to the government guidelines.”
Puddle Ducks says plenty of hard work has gone into making sure that lessons can restart safely, with the company going above and beyond to ensure the safety of their little swimmers. Over 140 lesson plans have been rewritten with slight changes to the usual format of classes, however sessions continue to deliver high quality teaching in small groups which focus on individual development and fun.
There has been an overwhelming interest from parents wanting to get their children back into the pool, with Puddle Ducks receiving 15,000 enquiries since lockdown began.
A full outline of Puddle Ducks' covid guidelines and measures can be found at https://www.puddleducks.com/faqs-regarding-the-restart-of-puddle-ducks-lessons-in-relation-to-covid-19
The Puddle Ducks website is www.puddleducks.com/local-teams/oxfordshire