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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

     

  • Claire

    Claire

    Business Manager

  • Heather

    Heather

    Senior Teacher, Technical Manager and Customer Services Coordinator

    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 and office 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

  • Alison

    Alison

    Poolside Assistant

    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 Bostock

    Jessica Bostock

    Poolside Assistant

    For Jessica, sports has always been her ‘thing’ for as long as she can remember, especially football and tennis. She also started swimming when she was six years old and has loved it over since. She is currently in her first year of A-Levels, studying maths, physics and geography.

    Jessica is wonderful at being able to interact with the little children and watch them progress through their swimming journey, it’s what Jessica says makes her job so enjoyable!

  • Jo

    Jo

    Poolside Assistant

    Jo is our fab Pool Side Assistant in Ellesmere Port and Mercure Abbots Well Hotel. 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.

    Outside of work, Jo loves to go on holiday, eat out and socialise with friends and family. She is a Londoner who married a Northener(!!) and has a daugher.

    Qualifications:

    STA Safeguarding for Children certificate/ DBS checked

  • Helen

    Helen

    Helen first came across Puddle Ducks when her eldest was a baby. She has always loved swimming. Helen fell in love with Puddle Ducks whilst attending classes with both her children. As her children progressed through the levels she always thought about how much of a fantastic job it must be.

    After being a childminder for 9 years Helen decided it was time for a change and Puddle Ducks was where she wanted to be!

    She absolutely loves teaching her classes and seeing the childrens and parents confidence grow each week. Listening to the stories that the children choose to share and celebrating their achievements makes the job all the more special.

    When not in the pool, Helen enjoys family time, walking her dog and trips away in the caravan!

  • Beth

    Beth

    Baby and Pre School Teacher

    Beth is a Puddle Ducks Mum, both of her children started in Floaties at just a few weeks old, they are now in Swim Academy.
    Beth qualified as a registered general nurse in 2010 and currently works in the community as an NHS district nurse.
    Having talked for many years about joining the Puddle Ducks' team, Beth finally made the jump and trained to become a BPS teacher in 2022 and she couldn't be happier!
    Juggling both jobs, Beth certainly enjoys a challenge and is always motivated to learn new skills. She is a trained reflexologist, spent some time practising aesthetics and she is super proud of her juggling skills.
    Out of work Beth enjoys spending time with her family, camping and having a good old boogie on the dance floor!

    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

  • Donna

    Donna

    Senior Teacher: 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 loves to travel, socialise and shop! Her favourite place is Las Vegas. Donna's two boys and Bulldog Cilla also keep her very busy and you will no doubt hear all about them in class!

    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

  • Daisy

    Daisy

    Poolside Assistant

  • Katie

    Poolside Assistant and Trainee Swim Academy Teacher

  • Becky

    Customer Care Coordinator

  • Armena

    Armena

    Poolside Assistant

    Swimming has been always part of Armena’s life. As a child until teenage years, she was a swimmer. From 17 years old Armena started working as lifeguard and water sports instructor, for 15 years. At the same time moving to Athens from the island she grow up in, to be able to study, Armena then started working as a swimming teacher for two swimming clubs: Panionios and Olympiakos, which are the biggest and best clubs in Greece.

    In 2012 Armena became a Mum of her one and only Ilektra. She started to teach her swimming skills from one month old. In 2018 they moved to UK, Chester. She started to improve on her English at Chester College and re-did her swimming qualifications from ground up, to be able to start working again as a swimming teacher… And here we are now! Working for Puddle Ducks as a swimming assistant and still taking steps for her next qualifications.

    Qualifications

    Certificate of higher education in training. Certificate of higher education in Kinesiotherapy. Diploma of professional Lifeguard. Speed boat operator license. Certificate of waterski and wakeboard – Teacher/Coach/Trainer. Qualification SEQ level 1 Swimming Assistant. STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming. STA Safety award for Teachers.

  • Jessica Perestrelo

    Jessica Perestrelo

    Baby and Pre School Teacher

    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 in Dietetics / 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

  • 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

  • Charlotte

    Charlotte

    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.

  • Roshene

    Roshene

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

    Roshene is 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. She left her career in product development to start teaching as she loved the lessons so much.

    Roshene is a popular teacher and approaches her lessons with lots of structure, planning and progression for her swimmers; to get the best out of their swims. We are surrounded by water be it the sea, canals or rivers and learning to be safe in the water is just as essential as having fun in it. Roshene has her Level 3 Baby and Pre School Swimming Teaching Diploma which takes baby swimming to a whole new level with her understanding, knowledge and ability to adapt and individualise each lesson to our swimmers' needs.

    Roshene 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 and enjoys the adventures of travelling.

    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

  • Rachael

    Rachael

    Poolside Assistant

    Rachael loves working in the Puddle Ducks team and meeting new families. She is learning lots of new life skills and has felt very welcomed.

    Rachael has an A* A level in Art, and was originally going to study a Fine Art degree at Brighton, instead she is now looking forward to travelling with her friends.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Marianne

    Marianne

    Poolside Assistant

    Marianne is currently studying for her A Levels in history, psychology and business in a sixth form college, whilst working with Puddle Ducks at the weekend. She is interested in criminology and would like to go into this in the future.

  • Florence

    Trainee Swim Academy Teacher

    Flo is fun, approachable and lively. Since working with children and babies for over 10 years, Flo became a swimming teacher after the covid pandemic. Flo loves teaching swimming and assisting your little ones to develop water safety, confidence in themselves in the water and develop their skills and swimming development in a safe and enjoyable environment.

    Qualifications:

    BA (hons) degree / PGCE / STA Level 2 Swimming Teaching Award / STA Level 2 Baby and Pre-School Swimming Teaching Award / Puddle Ducks Accredited Teacher / STA Level 2 Safety Award for Teachers / 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

  • Faye

    Faye

    Poolside Assistant and Trainee Swim Academy Teacher

  • Michelle

    Michelle

    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


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