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

  • Jay

    Jay

    Owner of Puddle Ducks Chester, Wirral and North Wales and Head of Teaching

    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.

  • Donna

    Donna

    Senior Teacher: Chester and Wirral areas, Pre-School and Swim Academy

    Donna has been teaching for Puddle Ducks for nine years. Both of her sons started swimming with us as babies and continued onto our Swim Academy classes - which inspired her to become a teacher.

    Her lessons are fun, fun, fun, and filled with charisma!  We guarantee you 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 by developing a great rapport and trusting relationship with everyone around her. Donna also trains and develops our teachers within her senior teacher 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 little monkeys!

  • Kelly

    Kelly

    Swim Academy and Baby & Pre School Teacher

    Kelly started teaching for us after starting classes with her baby son when he was just a few weeks old. Having always worked with children as a nursery nurse, Puddle Ducks was the natural choice to be able to balance family life with a job that she loved.

    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 with family time being the most important thing to her. Kelly also loves shopping, exercising, running and holidays - especially camping with plenty of fresh air!

  • Helen

    Helen

    Baby and Pre-School Teacher

    Helen is our longest serving teacher, with over 13 years experience. Not only that, she’s been teaching children swimming since she was 16 years old. So there’s not a great deal she doesn’t know about teaching children to swim, and that certainly comes across in her classes and the feedback we receive from her customers. 

    Away from work, Helen is a keen hockey player and also slightly obsessed with Disney world and loves holidays with her family. 

  • 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!

  • Paula

    Paula

    Baby and Pre School Teacher

    Paula discovered the wonderful world of Puddle Ducks when her daughter was just 8 weeks old. She joined our South Cheshire franchise firstly as a Poolside Assistant, and then trained to be a teacher. We were very lucky to have her transfer to our team in 2017.

    With three children under the age of five, Paula doesn't get much time for anything else! although she does have an obsession with skiing, campervans and loves the great outdoors! 

    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.

  • Jodie

    Jodie

    Baby and Pre School Teacher and Swim Academy Instructor

    Jodie is fun, lively and full of charisma!  A trained actress, Jodie is a regular as an extra on TV shows such as Coronation Street and Hollyoaks when she's not taking her little one to their Puddle Ducks lessons! Jodie has 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!

  • Michelle

    Michelle

    Baby and Pre-School and Swim Academy Teacher

    The warm and bubbly Michelle is a passionate Puddle Ducks mummy, with both her children swimming in our classes from small babies. 

    During the weekdays Michelle is a college maths teachers in Liverpool. She loves educating children, and finds nothing more satisfying than the moment that lightbulb switches on and the children "get it".

    Out of work, she is a keen dancer and loves a bit of karaoke!  

  • 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.

  • Roshene

    Roshene

    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. Recently qualifying with 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 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!

  • Michelle

    Michelle

    Baby and Pre School Teacher (Foxfield School Thursdays and Sunday Hydro Pool))

  • Beth

    Beth

    Swim Academy Teacher, Customer Services Coordinator and Poolside Assistant

    With a degree in Zoo Management this lady can definitely mange 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 and spending time with her family.

  • Vicky

    Vicky

    Baby and Pre School Teacher

    After the birth of her baby girl, Vicky attended Puddle Ducks and fell in love with baby swimming from very the first minute.  Previously a jet pilot instructor and commercial airline pilot Vicky is one high flyer teaching our little ones to fly through the water and enjoy every moment!

  • Katrina

    Katrina

    Swim Academy Teacher

    Katrina recently joined our Puddle Ducks team after attending lessons with her new baby.  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.

  • 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 new 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!

  • Trisha

    Trisha

    Swim Academy Teacher and Poolside Assistant

  • 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

    Poolside Assistant at Queens School

  • Jo

    Jo

    Poolside Assistant

    Jo is our fab Pool Side Assistant in Ellesmere Port on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays! 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.

  • Kieran

    Kieran

    Swim Academy Teacher and Poolside Assistant at Holiday Inn

    Kieran, loves being around all our little Puddle Ducks and is a true gentle giant. Whilst teaching our swimming lessons he also is studying for an open degree in Psychology and loves languages too. Namely French and German so be be sure to say, 'salut' and 'Hallo' at the pool!

  • Jessica

    Poolside Assistant

  • Charlotte

    Poolside Assistant


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