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Meet the Team

Meet our Chester, Wirral and North Wales Puddle Ducks Team.....

  • Jay

    Jay

    Swim School Owner/ Baby and Pre School, Senior Swim Academy and Senior Elite Swim Academy Teacher

    I am the very proud owner of the Puddle Ducks franchise for Chester, Wirral and North Wales. Swimming has always been a huge part of my life.  At a young age, I held the Welsh record for 50 meters Butterfly and the Girls Medley Relay which took a bit of going with my little legs going like the clappers! After competing in national galas, I naturally progressed into swimming teaching and coaching whilst under taking a degree in Psychology and Neuroscience at Liverpool University.

    After becoming a mummy, I switched from my career in the medical industry to begin a new chapter. I now head up our talented team of passionate teachers, poolside assistants and customer service coordinators. My priority is making sure all our Puddle Ducks families get the best start to their aquatic journey.  Whether it be precious skin to skin bonding after birth, learning essential water survival skills in our Baby and Pre School programme or developing beautiful and elegant stroke technique within our Swim Academy for school aged children.  We are here to make sure you and your little one is nurtured and supported to develop an extra special love for water and to share incredible memories together as a family, from birth and beyond.

    Qualifications:

    BSc degree Psychology & Neuroscience/ STA Level 2 Operational Pool Plant/ Swim England Level 2 Swimming Teaching Certificate/ STA Level 2 Baby and Pre School Swimming Teaching/ Puddle Ducks Accredited BPS and Swim Academy Teacher/ STA Safety Award For Teachers (Lifesaving)/ STA Safeguarding for Children certificate/ STA Water Treatment and Testing/DBS checked

     

  • Donna

    Donna

    Head of Teaching and Quality - Baby and Pre-School and Swim Academy Teacher

    Donna's lessons are fun, fun, fun, and filled with charisma!  We guarantee you and your little one will leave with a smile on your face. There is also a very serious side to Donna who is dedicated to getting the most from your child's swimming time with us in the water.  Donna also trains and develops our trainee teachers within her Head of Teaching and Quality role - making sure that our teachers are well supported and consistently deliver top quality lessons time after time.

    Outside of work, Donna is possibly our coolest teacher, she loves going to Glastonbury and Las Vegas! She loves travelling, socialising, shopping, and of course, spending time with her two sons which keep Donna very busy!

    BSc degree/ STA Level 2 Swimming Teaching Award/ STA Level 2 Baby and Pre School Swimming Teaching/ Puddle Ducks Accredited BPS and Swim Academy Teacher/ STA Safety Award For Teachers (Lifesaving)/ STA Safeguarding for Children certificate/ DBS checked

  • Roshene

    Roshene

    Senior Teacher - Baby and Pre-School Teacher (with additional Diploma qualification)

    Roshene is a Puddle Ducks mum through and through. All three of her children have learnt to swim at Puddle Ducks where Roshene started her Puddle Ducks journey and her children were tiny babies.

    Roshene is a hugely popular teacher and approaches her lessons with lots of structure, planning and progression for her swimmers to get the best out of their swims. Roshene has recently passed her Level 3 Baby and Pre School Swimming Teaching Diploma, Roshene takes Baby swimming to a whole new level with her understanding, knowledge and ability to adapt and individualise each and every lesson to our swimmers' needs. 

    Roshene also trains, develops and assesses our new and existing teachers to make sure all our Puddle Ducks teachers deliver first class lessons week in week out.

    Roshene is originally from South Africa, so enjoys the adventures of travelling. She is also a dab hand at baking and enjoys socialising with friends over food and a glass of wine!

    Qualifications:

    BSc degree/ STA Level 2 Swimming Teaching Award/ STA Level 3 Baby and Pre School Swimming Teaching Diploma/ Puddle Ducks Accredited Teacher/ STA Safety Award For Teachers (Lifesaving)/ STA Safeguarding for Children certificate/ STA Water Treatment and Testing/ DBS checked

  • Heather

    Heather

    Swim Academy Teacher, Baby and Pre School Teacher and Poolside Assistant

    Always there to greet you with a wide smile, with 4 of her own young children Heather comes with boundless love, empathy and a nurturing nature.

    Heather started off at Puddle Ducks as a Poolside Assistant and then progressed into a teaching role after completing all of her national and Puddle Ducks teaching qualifications.  With a fitness and swimming club background, Heather has a real love for water and an even bigger love for all of our children.

    Qualifications:

    STA Level 2 Swimming Teaching Award/ STA Level 2 Baby and Pre School Swimming Teaching/ Puddle Ducks Accredited Teacher/ STA Safety Award For Teachers (Lifesaving)/ STA Safeguarding for Children certificate/ DBS checked

  • Paula

    Paula

    Baby and Pre School Teacher

    Paula discovered the wonderful world of Puddle Ducks when her daughter was just 8 weeks old before she then had twins and trained to be a Puddle Ducks teacher seven years ago.  

    Always prepared, Paula is compassionate and incredibly informative during her lessons - striving for the best for you and your little ones to achieve their goals.

    Paula also an obsession with skiing, campervans and loves the great outdoors! 

    Qualifications:

    STA Level 2 Baby and Pre School Swimming Teaching/ Puddle Ducks Accredited Teacher/ STA Safety Award For Teachers (Lifesaving)/ STA Safeguarding for Children certificate/ DBS checked

  • Bethan

    Bethan

    Swim Academy Teacher, Baby and Pre School Trainee Teacher, Customer Services Coordinator and Poolside Assistant

    With a degree in Zoo Management this lady can definitely manage our little Puddle Ducks!  A true professional, cool as a cucumber and gentle approach; Beth is sure to win over your little ones and nurture them through their swimming journey every step of the way.  In Beth's spare time she loves riding her horse called Paris and spending time with her family.

    Qualifications:

    BSc degree/ STA Level 2 Swimming Teaching Award/ STA Level 2 Baby and Pre School Swimming Teaching/ Puddle Ducks Accredited Teacher/ STA Safety Award For Teachers (Lifesaving)/ STA Safeguarding for Children certificate/ DBS checked

  • Michelle Mckendrick-Smith

    Michelle Mckendrick-Smith

    Baby and Pre School Teacher

    Michelle is a Puddle Ducks mum through and through.  Both of Michelle's children have swum with us since Floaties and as a family have loved Puddle Ducks lessons for the last 7 years. Michelle recently trained to be a Puddle Ducks teacher after over 300 hours of intense training and passed her assessments with excellence.  Incredibly thorough, technically minded, empathetic and professional Michelle fills parents with confidence and knowledge to swim with their children to the best of their ability.

    BSc degree/ STA Level 2 Baby and Pre School Swimming Teaching/ Puddle Ducks Accredited Teacher/ STA Safety Award For Teachers (Lifesaving)/ STA Safeguarding for Children certificate/ DBS checked

  • Lucy

    Lucy

    Customer Services Coordinator

    Previous Head of Languages at Rhyl High, Lucy speaks a handful of languages including Welsh, French, German, Spanish, Italian and thankfully English too! Friendly and welcoming, Lucy will be here to assist you with all your Puddle Ducks needs from bookings, to queries, ordering award badges, courtesy class and booking holidays. Fantastico!

    Qualifications:

    BSc Languages and Geography

  • Jodie

    Jodie

    Baby and Pre School Teacher and Swim Academy Teacher

    Jodie is fun, lively and full of charisma! Her ability to teach every child as an individual always shines through.  Jodie is sure to energise your little ones to learn lots of new skills and to have lots of happy time and laughter in the water whilst entertaining mummies, daddies and carers too!

    STA Level 2 Swimming Teaching Award/ STA Level 2 Baby and Pre School Swimming Teaching/ Puddle Ducks Accredited Teacher/ STA Safety Award For Teachers (Lifesaving)/ STA Safeguarding for Children certificate/ DBS checked

  • Katrina

    Katrina

    Swim Academy Teacher

    Katrina joined our Puddle Ducks team after attending lessons with her new baby.  A Duke of Edinburgh senior leader with a wealth of coaching experience and enthusiasm, Katrina has a smile and laugh which brightens up the room! Outside work Katrina is a superb hockey goal keeper and loves playing sport and socialising with friends and family.

    BSc degree/ STA Level 2 Swimming Teaching Award/ Puddle Ducks Accredited Teacher/ STA Safety Award For Teachers (Lifesaving)/ STA Safeguarding for Children certificate/ DBS checked

  • Jo

    Jo

    Poolside Assistant

    Jo is our fab Pool Side Assistant in Ellesmere Port on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays! Previously a Teaching Assistant in a primary school - Jo loves being around kids and keeps the pool running tickety boo to make sure our Puddle Ducks are well looked after at the pool at all times.

    Qualifications:

    STA Safeguarding for Children certificate/ DBS checked

  • Emily

    Emily

    Swim Academy Teacher and Poolside Assistant

    Emily, a previous Primary School Teacher, definitely knows how to make sure your little ones are looked after!  A mum herself Emily is sure to be a hit with your little ones and make sure your time at Puddle Ducks is as bright and sunny as she is!

    BSc degree/ PGCE/ STA Level 2 Swimming Teaching Award/ Puddle Ducks Accredited Teacher/ STA Water Treatment and Testing/ STA Safety Award For Teachers (Lifesaving)/ STA Safeguarding for Children certificate/ DBS checked

  • Kelly

    Kelly

    Swim Academy and Baby & Pre School Teacher

    Kelly is an experienced teacher and has been a Puddle Ducks teacher for over nine years.

    Her classes are lively and fun and Kelly is extremely diligent about understanding the progressions for each individual child to ensure they learn confidence in the water as quickly as possible.

    Outside of work, Kelly looks after her two children and loves shopping, exercising, running and holidays - especially camping with plenty of fresh air!

    Qualifications

    STA Level 2 Swimming Teaching Award/ STA Level 2 Baby and Pre School Swimming Teaching/ Puddle Ducks Accredited Teacher/ STA Safety Award For Teachers (Lifesaving)/ STA Safeguarding for Children certificate/ DBS checked

  • Trisha

    Trisha

    Swim Academy Teacher and Poolside Assistant

    Trish has a long standing background working with small children and this certainly comes across in her Swim Academy lessons.  With a kind caring nature, Trish enjoys helping children develop their technique and gaining water confidence in a structured way whilst having fun in class at the same time.

    Qualifications:

    STA Level 2 Swimming Teaching Award/ STA Level 2 Water Testing and Treatment/Puddle Ducks Accredited Teacher/ STA Safety Award For Teachers (Lifesaving)/ STA Safeguarding for Children certificate/ DBS checked

  • Amy

    Amy

    Poolside Assistant

    Amy is our lovely Poolside Assistant at Stanley School on a Saturday.  With her great customer service and friendly smile she will be sure to make your lessons in Pensby as fantastic experience looking after all of our Puddle Ducks grown ups and children. 

  • Alison

    Alison

    Poolside Assistant at Queens School

    Alison has been our poolside assistant for four years now and is always there to give a helping hand!  Calm and collected, Alison is there to make your Puddle Ducks experience comfortable and is to the high standard that you come to expect at our pools.

  • Jessica Perestrelo

    Trainee Baby and Pre School Teacher and Poolside Assistant

    Jessica is a lovely warm and approachable teacher.  During the week Jess is a Paediatric nutritionist in the NHS and is a clever, bright and smiley professional.  Playful and fun, Jess absolutely loves teaching children to swim and develop a safe and positive environment for child and parents to learn.

    Qualifications:

    BSc degree/ STA Level 2 Baby and Pre School Swimming Teaching/ Puddle Ducks Accredited Teacher/ STA Safety Award For Teachers (Lifesaving)/ STA Safeguarding for Children certificate/ DBS checked

  • Charlotte Wilson

    Charlotte Wilson

    Poolside Assistant

    Charlotte is a lovely, smiley lady and always there to welcome our swimmers at Queens school.  With a flare for photography Charlotte is currently studying for her A levels close by in Chester and enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

  • Jessica Bostock

    Poolside Assistant

  • Helen Vincent

    Trainee Baby and Pre School Teacher

    Qualifications:

    BSc degree/ STA Level 2 Baby and Pre School Swimming Teaching/ Puddle Ducks Accredited Teacher/ STA Safety Award For Teachers (Lifesaving)/ STA Safeguarding for Children certificate/ DBS checked

  • Beth Paynter

    Trainee Baby and Pre School Teacher

    Qualifications:

    BSc degree in Nursing/ STA Level 2 Baby and Pre School Swimming Teaching/ Puddle Ducks Accredited Teacher/ STA Safety Award For Teachers (Lifesaving)/ STA Safeguarding for Children certificate/ DBS checked


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