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Local swim school Puddle Ducks Bristol & Bath is celebrating the success of one of its graduates who has been accepted to join the prestigious Calne Alpha Artistic Swimming Club.

At just eight years old, Isla Wood of Melksham in Wiltshire attended the club trials showcasing her incredible swimming ability developed during her time at Puddle Ducks, where she started her swimming journey at just 12 weeks old.

Now a graduate, Isla’s Puddle Ducks teachers, Sarah and Diana, had mixed emotions on her departure, with Sarah commenting, “Isla had her very last Puddle Ducks class in May and we all had mixed emotions of pride and sadness. Sadness because Isla has been swimming with Puddle Ducks since 2016 and will be missed, yet pride because she’s become such an incredible swimmer since she started swimming with us”.

Diana added, “It’s such a privilege to teach all our children to swim. However, seeing Isla develop her swimming skills and strokes over eight years truly demonstrates how our unique child-led swimming program can benefit children.

“Watching Isla swim fills me with pride. I wish her all the very best of luck at Calne Alpha Artistic Swimming Club. Isla works so hard; I’ve no doubt she’ll be fantastic.”

Isla’s mum Emily Wood added, “Isla, my husband and I, have all loved going to Puddle Ducks over the years. The swim teachers at Puddle Ducks really get to know your child and because of this, children progress quickly and most importantly confidently. 

“When we swim with friends, Isla’s ability and swimming style really stands out. Puddle Ducks has always been a positive experience throughout the eight years we’ve swam with them. Isla has genuinely loved and looked forward to every single class.We’re really excited about this new chapter and will keep in touch with Puddle Ducks to let them know how she’s getting on.”

Puddle Ducks provides innovative baby and child swimming lessons to close to 1,500 children, currently teaching at 16 pools across Bath, Wiltshire, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Somerset. To find out more visit or call the team on 0117 9717165