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Meet our Doncaster and South Humberside Puddle Ducks Team...

  • Nicola Codd

    Nicola Codd

    Franchise Owner

    I launched Puddle Ducks baby and pre school swimming classes in Doncaster and South Humberside in 2014 and since then I have had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of babies and children. 

    I really do believe that there is no greater skill you can teach your child. I began taking my son Chester to swimming classes when he was five months old and I saw the benefits to both myself and him. His confidence grew and I adored being in the water with him, watching his skills develop. I'm now expecting my third baby and can't wait to introduce them to the pool. 

    As well as teaching valuable water safety skills, our classes are fun too and I love seeing your little ones progress.  

     

     

  • Tina Cawood

    Tina Cawood

    Office Manager

    I joined Puddle Ducks as a customer when my little boy was 5 months old (he is 2 and a half years now) and loved the classes and the whole ethos of Puddle Ducks, especially how they teach babies/children such an important life skill. When an opportunity came up to work for Puddle Ducks I immediately jumped at the chance to join the team.

    My role as the Office Manager is mainly focused on customer service, dealing with new enquiries, bookings, queries and above all ensuring our customers are getting the best experience from swimming with Puddle Ducks!

    When not working I enjoy spending time with my two favourite boys (My husband and son) and our two dogs, as well as socialising with family and friends - with an occasional glass of prosecco thrown in for good measure!!

  • Nikki Riley

    Nikki Riley

    Senior Teacher

    I joined Puddle Ducks as a poolside assistant, but completed my training to become a swimming teacher in 2016.

    Having worked with children since 1999, previously as Deputy Manager of a private day nursery, I was attracted to Puddle Ducks as I love the fact that we are teaching life saving skills!

    A mum of two myself, it's  great working with children and seeing the bond that parents have with their child in the pool.

  • Vicky Gravel

    Vicky Gravel

    Senior Teacher

    Working with children is something that I have always wanted to do, particularly since having children of my own. I'm delighted to now have my perfect job!

    It's so much fun and rewarding. I love seeing how children develop from a Floatie to a Dipper. On a personal level it has been brilliant seeing my daughter go from being scared of water, to joining in throughout every lesson..she is now always in a rush to get in to the pool and practices in the bath at home!

  • Rebecca Lord

    Rebecca Lord

    Teacher

    I joined the Puddle Ducks team in 2016 and  I absolutely love teaching children a life saving skill.

    I have always taken my little girls swimming and have seen first hand the benefits. It is great to see children confident and enjoying themselves in the water.

    When i'm not working, I can be found enjoying a tub of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, yum! 

  • Sarah Priestly

    Sarah Priestly

    Teacher

    I joined Puddle Ducks as a Poolside Assistant in October 2016, but decided to take the 'plunge' and train to become a teacher. I qualified and began teaching classes at Heatherwood School, DW Fitness Selby and Aegir School in 2018 and I love it! The best part of my job is seeing the children I teach gain confidence in the water and progress to safe and happy swimmers. 

    A mum of two myself, the whole family love swimming and generally having fun in the water. We love to spend time at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and being outdoors - I have three dogs (and five tortoises!).  I also love gardening when I have the time. 

     

     

  • Madi Mace

    Madi Mace

    Teacher

    I started training with Puddle Ducks Doncaster in February 2018, having spent the last ten years working for a large retail bank. I became a qualified swimming teacher in June 2018 and currently teach at Epworth Pool. 

    The best bit about being a Puddle Ducks teacher is watching the children progress week on week. A very different career to banking, as I can see that I am really making a difference by teaching children a real life skill! 

    I have two children, aged two and one - being a mother and a Puddle Ducks customer myself, I can appreciate how hard it is to just get out of the door, never mind to a swimming lesson! But it is always the highlight of our week and it is great to see lots of other families enjoying it too. In my spare time I like to be in the garden - I grow lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and the kids help me too, so it's very rewarding! 

  • Caroline Brooks

    Caroline Brooks

    Marketing

    Keeping everyone up to date with what's going on at Puddle Ducks Doncaster and spreading the word, I handle our communications and events. I've worn the Puddle the Duck costume several times in the name of PR...yes it is very hot in there!

    A mum of two myself, I love working with Puddle Ducks as it allows me the flexibility to work around my children and it's great fun too!