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The Swimming Experts

Meet our East Kent Team

At Puddle Ducks East Kent, we all pride ourselves in being enthusiastic, friendly individuals who form this fantastic team! Let us introduce ourselves below, from our Teachers to our Office staff. We look forward to seeing you in person in our classes!

  • Caroline and Victoria

    Caroline and Victoria

    Franchisees

    Victoria and Caroline are the Franchisees behind Puddle Ducks East Kent since taking on the task back in 2015!

     

    Prior to taking on this exciting challenge, both Victoria and Caroline held other roles within Puddle Ducks; Victoria is fully-qualified as a Baby & Pre-School, Aquanatal and Swim Academy Teacher. Caroline is fully-qualified in our Baby & Pre-School Classes, and has also held a prestigious role with Duck HQ as a Programme Assessor.

     

    Now in their third year of being Franchisees, Victoria and Caroline welcome new additions to our ever-growing team and continue to expand our franchise into new pools and locations across East Kent. Determined to provide Puddle Ducks’ classes at the highest quality, Victoria and Caroline hope that you will come, swim and see for yourself!

  • Jenny

    Jenny

    Senior Teacher

    Jenny has been part of the team for 4 years now, and aside from her duties as a Senior Teacher, Jenny can be found teaching our Baby & Pre-School classes at Ashford Friars Prep-School and William Harvey Hospital.

     

    “When I first came to Puddle Ducks I was worried as Joseph was premature and we went through a tough time. We came when he was 12 weeks I told Jenny our story and she has been so supportive, and Joseph loves the water and his classes. Thank you!”

  • Leanne

    Leanne

    Senior Teacher

    Adding ‘Senior Teacher’ to her list, Leanne is also fully qualified in teaching our Baby & Pre-School, Aquanatal and Swim Academy programmes! Leanne teaches at St Lawrence and Blue Wave Hydrotherapy Pool!

     

    “Leanne was my Aquanatal teacher and now my daughter’s teacher, in both classes she was hugely supportive particularly as I had a lot of pain problems in pregnancy, on a number of occasions she had to help me out of the pool and into the changing room and did so without making me feel embarrassed. She’s always encouraging and makes you feel comfortable and confident during every part of the class, especially the daunting bits like submerging your 6-week-old for the first time! My now 11-week-old isn’t fazed by going under the water and I owe that to Leanne’s calm and encouraging nature. We love Leanne and am so happy she is a part of my baby girl’s swimming journey!”

  • Jenna

    Jenna

    Senior Teacher

    In addition to her new Senior Teaching Role, Jenna also teaches Swim Academy, designed for Primary School-aged children, and Aquanatal for mummies-to-be. Jenna works at many different pools across Kent, including Westlands Primary School, Spindles Grand Burstin Hotel, Sutton Valence and Duke of York.

     

    "Amelia loves her swimming lessons. Even with a full class of excited children Jenna still finds the time to engage them all individually. Her words of personal encouragement make Amelia feel special and have made a real difference to her."

  • Charmaine

    Charmaine

    Baby & Pre-School Teacher

    In addition to her Senior Teacher role, Charmaine is fully qualified in our Baby & Pre-School and Swim Academy programmes, and currently teaches Baby & Pre-School classes at Birchington Vale, Blue Wave Hydrotherapy Pool, DW Fitness and Kent & Canterbury Hospital.

     

    “We have swum with Charmaine for a while now and Florrie just loves her! She is patient and kind - all the class respond so well to her. We had some time without Charmaine and missed her so much that we waited for the new pool to open! Florrie talks about her all the time (especially in the bath) saying ‘Charmaine will be proud of me!” as she blows bubbles!”

  • Pippa

    Pippa

    Baby & Pre-School Teacher

    Pippa has recently returned to teaching Baby & Pre-School classes at Sutton Valence School after welcoming her second child to the world. Pippa has been teaching with us for years and fits her teaching role perfectly around her family life!

     

    “Pippa always takes the time to explain activities fully and offers ways of adapting them when the boys don't want to play along. She is always on hand to offer advice and support. She is always so cheerful and clearly has a passion for teaching that she wants to share”

  • Katie

    Katie

    Baby & Pre-School, Swim Academy & Aquanatal Teacher

    Fully qualified as a Baby & Pre-School, Swim Academy and Aquanatal Teacher, Katie has many dedicated swimmers who are thriving under her teaching! Katie teaches across Kent at Blue Wave Hydrotherapy Pool, DW Fitness, QEQM Hospital, Spindles Grand Burstin Hotel and The Duke of York Royal Military School.

     

    “Katie’s positive, supportive and encouraging teaching ensures that regardless of ability every child has an opportunity to develop and grow with their swimming.”

  • Sarah

    Sarah

    Baby & Pre-School, & Swim Academy Teacher

    Sarah teaches both Baby & Pre-School and Swim Academy classes, so is a real favourite with all ages! Sarah teaches classes at Sutton Valence School, New Beach Holiday Park and The Wyvern School.

     

    Euan has come back to swimming lessons, after a break and Sarah has been fantastic. We needed someone and somewhere that Euan could regain his lesson confidence and Sarah has done just that. Euan loves being in the water, loves his lessons and loves Sarah - I can’t ask any more than that!”.

  • Lisa

    Lisa

    Baby & Pre-School Teacher

    Qualified in our Baby & Pre-School programme, Lisa teaches our Floaties through to Dabblers classes! You can find Lisa teaching at New Beach Holiday Park in Dymchurch, and at The Wyvern School in Ashford!

     

    Lisa is an amazing teacher. When she first started teaching Florence she was very nervous and unsure but now she’s so happy in the water and has even moved up to Kickers and that’s all thanks to Lisa!”.

  • Laura

    Laura

    Baby & Pre-School Teacher

    Laura is a recent addition to the teaching team, as she qualified as a Baby & Pre-School teacher back in the Summer of 2017. Some of you may have already met her as she has taught classes across a couple of pools in East Kent, however going forward she will be taking on Baby & Pre-School classes at Spindles Grand Burstin Hotel and Kent Science Park!

     

    "It was so wonderful to see Laura again. My son lit up when he saw her, she is an amazing Teacher!"

  • Charley

    Charley

    Swim Academy Teacher

    Last year, Charley added to her Poolsiding shifts and decided that she wanted to work in the pool, too! Now also teaching Swim Academy and Aquanatal classes, Charley has lessons at Blue Wave Hydrotherapy Pool, St Lawrence, Spindles Grand Burstin Hotel and DW Fitness.

     

    Charley is always a positive happy addition to the lessons. She gets to know the children, pays full attention to the lessons and congratulates the children on any accomplishments they make. She is a real breath of fresh air!”.

  • Melissa

    Melissa

    Baby & Pre-School Teacher

    Melissa joined the team back in 2017 and is a fully qualified teacher in our Baby & Pre-School programme. Melissa has been a welcomed addition, and delivers fantastic Puddle Ducks’ lessons at Blue Wave Hydrotherapy Pool and St Lawrence College!

     

    "Melissa is amazing. Friendly, kind and great with the children making them believe they can do it. Challenging children when needed and still making swimming fun and enjoyable!"

  • Daisy

    Daisy

    Baby & Pre-School Teacher

    Like Melissa, Daisy joined the team towards the end of 2017, and since then has gone on to win the hearts of her swimmers and her first ever local Teacher of the Term competition in Spring 2018! Daisy is one of our Baby & Pre-School teachers, and teaches at Abbey Court School, Hilltop Primary School, Westlands Primary School and Kent Science Park!

     

    “Daisy makes all the lessons informative and fun, welcoming new people whilst progressing seamlessly with familiar faces. Leo absolutely loves his lessons and happily demonstrates techniques with Daisy. I only recently found out that Daisy is a new teacher - she comes across as a seasoned pro!”.

  • Our Poolside Assistants

    Our Poolside Assistants

    Laurie, Karl, Katye, Daniel, Ella H, Ella C, Leila, Amy, Chloe, Helen, Mel and Sonia!

    Our Poolside Assistants are often your first point-of-call when attending one of our lessons, as their friendly faces are there to greet you and help you with any questions you might have.

     

    Laurie, Karl, Katye, Amy, Helen, Mel and Sonia all balance working as Poolside Assistants around family time, many of whom are raising beautiful children of their own. Daniel, Ella H, Ella C, Leila and Chloe take a break from their studies to provide excellent customer service and on-hand help for Teachers, with their Poolside work!

  • Alison

    Alison

    Office Manager

    Alison is our Office Manager, and after expanding and moving to a new site back in early 2017, was one of the newest additions to the team. Alison brings her management expertise, people-skills, love of spreadsheets & to-do lists, and lots of fun to the office to keep everyone on task and working hard every day! In her down time, Alison is enjoying all things Disney and Marvel with her two beautiful children.

  • Haidee

    Haidee

    Marketing Assistant

    Like Alison, Haidee joined the team back in 2017 after the Franchise continued to grow. Haidee is our Marketing Assistant and works hard to promote brand awareness and continuing customer relations. Haidee is also behind our social media channels and produces content for our website. Outside of work, Haidee is fanatical about RuPaul’s Drag Race!

  • Sophie, Katie and Laura

    Sophie, Katie and Laura

    Our Office Team

    Katie, Sophie and Laura are our Office Administrators, and will be your point of contact when enquiring about classes, booking your space and for any queries throughout your Puddle Ducks’ Journey. Here to provide excellent customer service and help you with anything Puddle Ducks-related, these ladies are the friendly voices on the other side of your calls and emails.

     

    Katie and Sophie are seasoned-pros when it comes to Puddle Ducks and have worked in the office for over 4 years! Outside of the office, both lovely ladies have two children of their own – all of whom are now at primary school!

     

    Laura left the office to go on maternity leave back in September 2017, and after welcoming her second beautiful daughter on Halloween, is enjoying some family time before returning to work later this year.