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A Week in the Life of Puddle Ducks' Technical Director - Part 3

Ali Beckman is Puddle Ducks' Technical Director and Head Teacher, and she is one of the country’s leading experts in swimming teaching.

Puddle Ducks turned 15 in October and Ali (who was a competitive swimmer in her youth, and has always loved being in the water) was the company’s very first employee, joining as a swimming teacher in March 2005. By December of that year she was writing her first set of lesson plans for the newly launched Dabblers class and then started writing the first teaching manual and lesson plans for other programmes shortly after.

Over seven weeks, we’ll be sharing with you a week in the life of Ali, focusing on one day per week. We’ll be learning about what she does on a day to day basis and how she spends her (rare) time relaxing.

Day Three – Monday
Feeling exhausted this morning after such a busy weekend working in the North East and Scotland, but lots of paperwork to complete, as every technical visit needs to have a report completed for it. Trying to do this and catch up with emails and phone calls is sometimes difficult and I struggle to switch the phone off! I had a chat with a franchisee who wanted advice on whether to promote a teacher to the role of Senior Teacher or not – we discussed the teacher’s teaching experience, her rapport with the rest of the teaching team and what her paperwork was like – fortunately all the boxes were ticked and the franchisee was happy to start the interview process. The rest of the day was spent catching up with emails which varied from advice given to franchisees and teachers, information on medical conditions and trying to plan for my project day tomorrow. I finished work at 3:30pm when my daughter arrived home from school and then it was homework, catch up with some housework and then I left Mr B in charge whilst I went out for a 30km run. I’m training for a marathon at the moment so need to keep up with my training plan – it’s hard work trying to get the running hours in but I’m enjoying it and I often spend the time thinking about work, composing emails in my head, thinking up new ideas for the business and wishing I could run with a pen and paper! Arrived back at 9pm and raced to the swimming pool to collect my son after his training session with Northwich Centurions Swimming Club.

P.S. Since this was written I did my marathon and survived….although I may have cried a little!

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