We are so proud to be working with a franchise that cares so much about the quality of the service it provides and the support it provides to franchisees both new and old. Our experience from initial contact 9 years ago to becoming a mature franchise has been nothing but positive, the network feels like a family and Puddle Ducks HQ have invested a lot of time and effort improving the programmes, the brand, the operating systems and marketing strategies over this time. With Puddle Ducks we have built a successful business that we love. We have no regrets whatsoever and look forward to many more years of working with Puddle Ducks.
I'd wanted to own my own Puddle Ducks franchise since my daughter was just 3 months old. At the time I was working full time for BT in a job that involved lots of travel and didn't quite have the flexibility that I wanted once I became a Mum. After I had my second baby I took the opportunity to buy a Puddle Ducks territory, since then I have bought two additional territories and have grown my business from 14 children in week one to close to 1000 in 2019. My children are now 11 and almost 13 and having been a franchisee for 9+ years I would recommend to anyone looking for fantastic flexibility around their family whilst also giving them great financial rewards. Both head office and the network of franchisees are a massive support to me and I couldn't have done it without either of them.
I started looking into buying a franchise when my I was on maternity leave with my first child. My priorities had changed and the thought of going back to the day job and missing out on so much time with her was the main driving force. 9 years later and it is the best decision I ever made. The support from HQ and other franchisees ensures you still feel part of a team whilst also running your own business and building your own mini empire. It�s hard work but the rewards both financially and in terms of work/life balance are there for the taking.
Fantastic brand & product, that really is at the top of it's game, a supportive network of franchisee's & excellent support from the franchisor, in always ensuring our product is the best & that we can all continue to grow & manage profitable sustainable business going forward, I have never regretted buying my franchise. Yes it's hard work in the early days but I am reaping the benefits both financially & in terms of my work/life balance now.
I have been a franchisee for 11 years now and I have no hesitation in rating them 5/5! Puddle Ducks has changed a lot since I joined and that's one of the things I love about them. They embrace change and feedback from the whole network and are constantly striving to improve. The Head Office team are absolutely fantastic - real experts in their respective fields, giving us the very best swimming programme out there and all the tools we need to make our business a success. It's been a huge adventure, one I would recommend to anyone who is willing to work hard, wants a challenge and to make a difference.
Puddle Ducks gave me the opportunity to run my own business and be my own boss. At the same time being part of a franchise network gives you the confidence to be your own boss as you are working with a proven business model working on a trusted brand, loved by everyone who touches it. A Puddle Ducks franchise gave me the opportunity to work around my family whilst still enjoying a high level of income as my franchise became established.
I became a Puddle Ducks franchisee back in 2008 and it was the best decision I ever made. It's been hard work of course but the benefits have far outweighed the negatives. Top of the list is I have NEVER missed a school sports day or performance - my son was 3 years old when I launched my Puddle Ducks franchise and he is now 15 and taking his GCSEs. Being able to work flexible hours around my family is hugely advantageous. I also love being my own boss, managing a brilliant team of dedicated teachers, poolside assistants and admin staff. Managing people can be challenging but I'm certain the Puddle Ducks business and brand attracts the most lovely, hardworking, reliable people. My teacher team are 100% dedicated to teaching little ones to be confident and safe in water. There's nothing more satisfying than watching my Puddle Ducks swimming classes seeing the teacher, parents and children having the best time! It's hard work but there's lots of joy along the way.
The Puddle Ducks Franchise has given me the opportunity to be my own boss, working flexibly around my family, whilst bringing in a good income. Having started the business when my youngest was just 1, I feel lucky to have found something that has enabled me to spend time with my children at the same time as securing our financial future. The Puddle Ducks Head Office team are extremely supportive, and provide invaluable advice, in addition to producing and updating the award winning lesson plans. Processes are in place to make you successful - you just have to follow them! The pressure of running your own business can be hard at times, but the support of both Head Office and the franchisee network is always there - I would recommend this business to anyone!
Why would I recommend a Puddle Ducks franchise to others its simple, a brand and product to be proud of alongside multifaceted support network has enabled me to develop and operate my own business successfully around my family life. Looking to start a business for myself and my family had been rattling around in my head for years on and off. But whatever path I investigated there was always a niggle in the back of my mind; it just wasn’t worth the risk for my family for me to come out of secured employment. When I looked into Puddle Ducks Franchising opportunities; it made complete sense; Puddle Ducks offers an established brand, a product with longevity- “who doesn’t want their children to learn to swim” and the commercial support in the initial phases of set up made the opportunity stand out. Setting up the Franchise was straight forward; I am 2yrs in now and able to start enjoying the benefits of my hard work.
Opening my Puddle Ducks franchise has been the wisest business decision I have made. My plan was to run a profitable business while raising a young family, essentially giving me the ultimate work/life balance. I could not have imagined when I started how successful this mini operation of mine would become! Within a three years the business was turning over a 6 figure profit, I have a fantastic team in place to ensure the day to day running of our swim school is second to none, I have unlimited support from Puddle Ducks HQ and my franchise network. I am grateful that we are continually evolving both nationally and regionally, our opinions are taken on board by the Franchisors, the Technical Team ensure that our classes are providing stimulating content that is relevant to each specific customer from learning to swim to life saving skills. It is stressful starting a new business but the support provided made it that much easier. Work life balance has successfully been achieved!
I would definitely recommend a Puddle Ducks franchise to anybody. It's very hard work at the beginning but over time, and as you are able to recruit a team, the work / life balance and personal earnings are well worth it. Not to mention the feeling of satisfaction knowing you are teaching 1000s of children to swim and be safe in the water.