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A Week in the Life of Puddle Ducks' Technical Director - Part 7

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 Seven – Friday
Up at 4.45am to take son to swim training and I went for a long run. He was finished for 7.30am and then it was a mad rush to get everyone ready for school and out of the house on time. The morning was spent on technical administration, looking at observation forms submitted by Senior Teachers, to ensure new teachers were on track with their training. I also managed to start writing an eLearning module which has been sat on my action list for a while. The afternoon was spent writing up a couple of reports and speaking to franchisees who wanted to discuss teacher training plans and new programme launches. I was on school pick up today and as soon as that was done we headed up to the Lake District for me to take part in a night swim in Windermere. The weather was pretty horrendous but it didn't stop the glow sticks for glowing in the pitch black. A great experience.

Another busy week ahead next week with seven days away from home, visiting franchisees, assessing teachers and delivering a course. Every day is different and that's why I love what I do. From strategic work at Duck HQ to supporting teachers on the ground floor - all of it makes up the amazing world of Puddle Ducks.

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