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Our Teachers

  • Jane Leyland

    Head of teaching

    Jane has two roles within Puddle Ducks Derbyshire, her Head of teaching role, which is all about ensuring our team are teaching to the very high standards we expect in Puddle Ducks, delivering training sessions, mentoring new trainee's and ensuring our teachers paperwork and health and safety requisites are all up to scratch.

    Oh and on top of this she Teaches Baby and pre-school, Swim Academy and Elite, it is fair to say that this lady is loved by all, customers and colleagues, dedicated, passionate, totally committed to her role in every way. I think this is one of the reasons she is voted for teacher of the term every single term by her customers. If you are lucky to have Jane as your teacher you are truly fortunate

  • Rebecca Pridmore

    Rebecca Pridmore

    Baby & pre-school and Swim Academy Teacher

    Meet the lovely Rebecca, who qualified in October 2014 after, you guessed it being inspired by attending classes with her baby daughter Alanis in our Floaties class. Rebecca is a much loved teacher who has great presence in the pool, technical knowledge of our programme, an amazing smile and a warm welcome will await anyone who is lucky enough to have Rebecca as their teacher.

    Rebecca also has an amazing singing voice and sings in a Motown band when she is not in the pool or spending time with her family, so as music plays such an important part of our classes the delivery of the songs will be top notch (no pressure Rebecca!) 

    As if this wasn't enough, Rebecca has won the national teacher of the term not once but twice, we hope you love Rebecca as much as we do.

  • Tina Bagshaw

    Tina Bagshaw

    Baby & Pre-school and Swim Academy Teacher/Senior Teacher

    Tina is also a Puddle Ducks customer, the best teachers usually are, Tina joined us in Splashers with Archie who is now in our Swim Academy, it was abundantly clear that she loved her classes and made it clear from the outset how much she would love to teach. She wowed us at her interview when she sung our welcome song to us as part of her presentation.

    Tina is a bundle of enthusiasm, passion and energy and her customers adore her, Tina's approach is tailored accordingly and she has continued to train to become a Swim Academy teacher too. You cannot fail to fall in love with this bubbly lady.

    Tina was promoted to the role of senior teacher in November 2016, proving that the right attitude can reap rewards. 

  • Louise Buxton

    Louise Buxton

    Baby & Pre-school Teacher

    Louise was also a Puddle Ducks customer who joined us with her baby Jasmine in our Floaties class at Woodlands school, Jasmine is all grown up now & moved on from Swim Academy. Louise initially worked for us in a Poolside Assistant role at The Royal Derby Hospital. Louise then went onto qualify to teach Baby and preschool in the Autumn of 2014.

    Louise has become an excellent teacher whose ability to interpret and understand both her children and parents needs is second to none, she loves teaching and this shows in a big way, you are truly blessed if Louise is your teacher, you could not wish to meet a kinder person. Or a better teacher, we kid you not !

  • Caroline Sanders

    Caroline Sanders

    Baby & Pre-school Teacher

    Caroline is quite the clever young lady, she has a degree in Psychology with Counselling. She is also Mummy to 2 gorgeous Puddle Duck girlies, Ava-Poppy & Beatrix. Caroline started to bring Ava-Poppy when she was a tiny baby and it was clear from the huge smile on Mum’s face that she loved our classes. Skip forward 2 and a bit years and Caroline is back to do it all over again with Beatrix. Caroline completely wowed us through the whole recruitment and training process with her drive, passion, commitment & grasp of the many technical aspects of our programme.

    If Caroline is your teacher, you are very lucky indeed, her smile will warm the cockles of your heart.

  • Kayleigh Holt

    Kayleigh Holt

    Kayleigh has been a Puddle Ducks customer with her 2 girls, Harriet who is a Swim Academy swimmer & Piper who is a Splasher. Not only this, Kayleigh worked as a Poolside Assistant for us at Butterley Grange from Nov 2014 to July 2015.

    She had the most wonderful lilac coloured hair and even then Kayleigh was really keen to train to become a Puddle Ducks teacher but the timing just wasn’t right for her and her family.

    She has a keen interest in swimming and has swam competitively. Kayleigh started to teach Swim Academy in December 2018 and her passion for swimming and sharing her extensive knowledge is evident in spades. She is also a qualified Baby Pre-School Teacher.

  • Michele Clerc

    Michele Clerc

    BPS teacher

    Michele had worked in the public, community and voluntary sector all her working life up to present day and has worked with individuals of all ages and abilities and communities to improve well-being, happiness, health and community cohesion through creative and leisure activity.  After ten years in the NHS she recently made a rather dramatic career change to allow her to work more flexibly and follow her passions. One of which is swimming, we are thrilled to say as it means we get to have this wonderful lady on our team, full of personality & drive, Michele likes to do her heart & soul into everything she undertakes, she has performed on stage so you can expect lots of fun in Michele’s classes. When she is not in the pool or supporting communities in her Live & Local role, she goes on adventures in her camper van & loves wild & open swimming in water that is a lot colder than our pools….brrrr

  • Lisa Leake

    Lisa Leake

    Lisa has always enjoyed Swimming, so when she became mum to Libby she looked for the best classes around and found Puddle Ducks.

    She fell in love with Baby and Pre-School Swim classes and just knew it was the job for her, Jumping at the chance to train to Teach when she saw a job advertised.

    Qualifying in December 2019 - Lisa has gone on to build busy classes with happy customers. You will find her outgoing personality and smile infectious along with attention to detail and a wonderful work ethic, she truly is born to Teach. 

  • Michele had worked in the public, community and voluntary sector all her working life up to present day and has worked with individuals of all ages and abilities and communities to improve well-being, happiness, health and community cohesion through creative and leisure activity.  After ten years in the NHS she recently made a rather dramatic career change to allow her to work more flexibly and follow her passions. One of which is swimming, we are thrilled to say as it means we get to have this wonderful lady on our team, full of personality & drive, Michele likes to do her heart & soul into everything she undertakes, she has performed on stage so you can expect lots of fun in Michele’s classes. When she is not in the pool or supporting communities in her Live & Local role, she goes on adventures in her camper van & loves wild & open swimming in water that is a lot colder than our pools….brrrr



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