Meet our Chester, Wirral and North Wales Puddle Ducks Team.....
"Owner of Puddle Ducks Chester, Wirral and North Wales"
I am the very proud owner of the Puddle Ducks franchise for Chester, Wirral and North Wales. I absolutely love being in the water and meeting all our gorgeous little Puddle Ducks!
Swimming has always been a huge part of my life. At a young age, I held the Welsh record for 50 meters Butterfly and Girls Medley Relay which took a bit of going- with my little legs going like the clappers!
Nowadays my focus is making sure all our Puddle Ducks and parents get the best start to their aquatic journey. Whether it be your special time for aqua natal exercise before birth, precious skin to skin bonding after birth, learning essential survival skills, or developing beautiful stroke technique with our Swim Academy for school aged children, we are here to make sure your time at Puddle Ducks is nothing but the best.
Head of Teaching
Catherine has been a Puddle Ducks teacher for over 8 years and heads up our teaching team, so there isn’t a great deal she doesn’t know about our programmes!
Teaching in all levels in Puddle Ducks, from Aquanatal classes, Baby and Pre-school, Swim Academy and Elite Swim Academy - Cat and the senior team train, assess and develop our teachers through every part of their journey. Catherine recently gained her STA diploma in Baby and Pre School Teaching which enables our trainee teachers to be supported in the best way possible using the latest research and teaching techniques in the industry.
Her three children have all learnt to swim with Puddle Ducks, so she knows the joy (and sometimes challenges) of watching small children learn.
Out of work, Catherine always has immaculate funky nails, does boot camp classes to keep fit, but most importantly spends time with her family having fun and enjoying their time together.
Senior Teacher: Chester and Wirral areas, Pre-School and Swim Academy
Donna has been teaching for Puddle Ducks for seven years now. 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, 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 them. Donna also helps to train and develop our teachers within her senior teacher role - making sure that our teachers are well supported and consistently deliver quality lessons time after time.
Outside of work, Donna is possibly our coolest teacher, she went to Glastonbury and Las Vegas last year! She loves travelling, socialising, shopping, and of course, spending time with her two little monkeys!
Senior Teacher: Baby and Pre School Teacher Wirral
Our lovely Nicky has been a Puddle Ducks teacher for over 7 years, having been a Secondary School teacher before joining our team. Customer service is at the heart of everything Nicky does, and often goes over and above the call of duty to look after the children she teaches, to ensure their happiness and development in our classes.
She is a calm and gently lady, who gains the childrens and parents trust instantaneously.
Nicky is also one of our senior teachers who also has recently completed her STA Baby and Pre School Teaching Diploma. Nicky has a wealth of knowledge and this advanced teaching certificate is the cherry on the cake for Nicky!
Out of work, Nicky enjoys socialising with friends, usually involving food and drink. She also keeps fit by walking, Zumba and Congo!
Senior Teacher - Baby and Pre-School
Helen is our longest serving teacher, with over 9 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. Helen also uses this experience to help train and develop our teachers.
Both of Helen’s children swim in our Pre-School classes, and are shaping up to be as talented swimmers just like their mummy!
Away from work, Helen is a keen hockey player and also slightly obsessed with Disney. Her last few holidays have all been to Disneyworld, so you are very welcome to take the “Mickey” out of her when you next see her!
Baby and Toddler/ Senior Swim Academy Teacher: Chester and North Wales area for Baby & Pre-School and Swim Academy
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, (and her husband) with family time being the most important thing to her. Kelly also loves shopping, eating, running and holidays - especially camping and is a keen hoola hooper - with the bruises to prove it!
Baby and Toddler Teacher: Wirral, Chester and North Wales areas
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.
She now swims in our classes with her three children each week (with the addition of her twin boys) so there isn't a lot she hasn't experienced within Puddle Ducks.
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, having worked in ski resorts!
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.
Baby and Pre-School Classes and Swim Academy and Aqua Natal Trained based on the Wirral
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 secondary school maths teachers in Chester. 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 (when she has time that is, with her young family)
Aqua Natal, Baby and Pre-School Teacher
Roshene is a Puddle Ducks mum through and through. All three of her children have learnt to swim from young babies, and still swim in our Swim Academy programmes now.
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 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!
Baby and Pre School Teacher
French Canadian, Melanie emigrated to the UK with her family and has been enjoying her Puddle Ducks Baby and Pre-School and Swim Academy lessons with her children for the last 2 years.
A keen swimmer herself, with a doctorate in immunology, Dr. Melanie is one smart lady! Melanie passed the Puddle Ducks assessments with 100% in every level... which is seriously impressive and almost unheard of! So we are incredibly proud to have Melanie on our team doing such a fabulous job teaching our little Puddle Ducks to be the best swimmers that they can possibly be each and every week.
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 a lovely smile and is sure to energise your little ones to learn lots of new skills and having lots of happy time in the water whilst entertaining mummies, daddies and carers too!
Swim Academy Teacher
Our Northern lass Sophie has strong background in lifeguarding, swimming instructing, club swimming and dance teaching. An incredibly active and conscientious teacher, Sophie travels all the way from Halifax every Saturday to teach her beloved Puddle Ducks at Swim Academy. Currently in university studying Dance - Sophie loves performing on stage, choreography and supporting all our little Puddle Ducks at their swimming lessons to nurture them step by step through their journey.
Swim Academy Instructor and Baby and Pre School Instructor
Based in Denbighshire, Kay is an open water enthusiast with heaps of experience in the water! With her gentle, cool and calm nature, Kay brings with her a confidence and true love for water to your little ones classes. Her hobbies are long walks with her rescue dogs, open water swimming and teaching our Puddle Ducks of course!
Swim Academy Instructor and Poolside Assistant
Heather is one of our incredibly talented team members. Always there to greet you with a smile, with 4 of her own young children Heather comes with boundless love, empathy and a nurturing nature. With a fitness and previous swimming club background, Heather has a real love for water and an even bigger love for all of our children.
Aqua Natal Instructer and Swim Academy Trainee Teacher
Laura has an amazing background in sports and fitness with a degree from John Moores University in Liverpool. With here expertise, confidence and warm personality Laura has the patience and knowledge to support you through a wonderful Aqua Natal experience and entrust your little ones to learn to swim in the water. Laura's hobbies are netball, fitness training, being with her gorgeous kids and husband and Tropic beauty products!
Trainee Baby and Pre School Teacher and Poolside Assistant at Stanley School on Saturdays
Sarah will be there to welcome you to the Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port on a Saturday morning helping get your weekend off to a great start! Sarah is studying for a degree in archeology, is a true dog lover and has two little boys which keeps her busy!
Baby and Pre School Trainee Teacher
Hello, I’m Frances and I live in Wirral with my husband and three boys. I am from Yorkshire but fell in love with Wirral while I attended university in Liverpool. I decided to leave my job as a secondary school teacher to focus on my boys, during this time I enjoyed swimming with them and after seeing the amazing benefits I decided to become a Puddle Ducks teacher. It’s so lovely to be in the water and have so much fun at work. Besides swimming I love to run and am hoping soon to to complete a half marathon! I also love to bake and cook; lemon meringue pie is one of my main specialities! I am very excited for my role as a Puddle Ducks Baby & Pre School Teacher and can’t wait to meet everyone attending the classes!
Business Development Manager and Finance Guru
Gemma runs our office in Tarvin and is incredibly passionate about making sure your customer experience is nothing but the best. Also a chartered accountant, Gemma heads up our customer service team and all of our finances.
Her two children swam at our Baby and Pre School programmes and through to our Swim Academy levels with gusto and Gemma completely understands how important customer service is to everyone who swims with us.
Customer Services Coordinator
Madeline has been part of our office team for 5 years. She has been a Puddle Ducks mum for over 13 years until her son recently graduated from Elite Swim Academy.
As a customer of Puddle Ducks herself, Madeline knows all about what our customers should expect, and therefore does her very best to deliver the best service she can. There isn't a great deal she doesn't know about Puddle Ducks, so she will give you all the help you need when you speak to her.
Madeline makes a mean cup of tea and away from work, beside from looking after her two children, she spends her time walking her mad dog and standing in a horse field!
Customer Service Coordinator
Kate has been working a Puddle Ducks for over 3 years now. Her two children swam at Swim Academy and are now fabulous little swimmers. Kate has a background in corporate procurement so has a wealth of experience in customer service and building relationships.
Officially the tidiest person in the office, Kate's desk is always squeaky clean with her notepad at the ready!
Customer Services Coordinator
Amanda is our newest team member in our office working on Fridays and Saturdays. With over 25 years of working within customer services and running her own part time travel business - Amanda is a multi tasking queen and will be sure to support you come rain or shine to make your experience at Puddle Ducks is sunshine all year round!
Jo is our fab Pool Side Assistant who works at the Mercure Woodhey House Hotel 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 on the weekdays.
Poolside Assistant at Queens School on Saturdays and at Dorin on Sundays
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 Queens School on a Sunday morning is as bright and sunny as she is!
After working at B&Q for many years Sandra now prefers splashy Sundays at Puddle Ducks with our Paula! A mum herself, Sandra knows how to ensure little ones, mummies, daddies and carers are well looked after at the pool. With a gentle nature and lovely smile, Sandra is sure to make your time at Puddle Ducks on a Sunday an enjoyable one.
Poolside Assistant at Foxfield on Sundays
Debbie has been a Puddle Ducks mum from when her little one was a Floatie! With oodles of smiles and a lovely friendly bubbly nature, Debbie will look after you and your little ones at the Foxfield pool on a Sunday morning to make sure your time at Puddle Ducks is definitely a smiley and fun one!
Poolside Assistant at Holiday Inn on Saturdays
Kieran, our youngest member of the team and loves being around all our little Puddle Ducks at the pool and is currently studying for his A Levels and working towards becoming a Primary School Teacher. His favourite subjects are languages, namely French and German... so be sure to say Bonjour and Hallo at the pool!