Find out more about our brilliant North East team - both in and out of the pool!
As an ex-competitive swimmer and lifeguard, swimming has always been a big part of Carolyn's life. After having her first son William, Carolyn decided to launch Puddle Ducks in the North East in 2010.
Carolyn now has over 800 Puddle Ducks customers swimming in the North East across 130 classes a week, including her second son Jack who swims in Elite Swim Academy!
Dani trained as a Puddle Ducks teacher in 2013 after having her son, Joshua, and taught Baby and Preschool and Swim Academy classes for four years. In 2015 Dani was promoted to the position of Business Manager and she now runs the Puddle Ducks North East office and is responsible for all day to day operations as well as overseeing the customer care team and managing our pool relationships.
After graduating from University and training as a lifeguard, Nadine joined us as a Poolside Assistant in 2012.
Nadine then completed her teacher training and now teaches baby and pre-school and swim academy classes.
Many of Nadine's nieces and nephews have all swum with us too.
Nicola starting working for us as a Poolside Assistant in 2014 then completed her teacher training the following year.
Nicola teaches baby and pre-school, Swim Academy and Elite Swim Academy.
Nicola's son, Finn, also swam with us from Baby and preschool classes right through to Swim Academy.
Lisa brought her eldest son, Sam to our classes when the business first began in 2010. Lisa also attended our aquanatal classes when she was pregnant with her twins.
Lisa started working for us as a baby and pre-school teacher in 2015 and now teaches at Percy Hedley school on Saturdays and Sundays. Lisa is also our Poolside Assistant at Woodlawn School on Fridays.
Like many of our team, Kimberley first joined Puddle Ducks as a customer with her son, Thomas. Kimberley starting working for us as a Poolside Assistant in 2014 then completed her teacher training in 2016.
Kimberley now teaches our baby and pre-school classes and our Swim Academy classes on a weekend.
Sam first joined us as an aquanatal customer when she was pregnant with her eldest child, Oscar in 2013. She then started working for us as a Poolside Assistant and completed her teacher training in 2016.
Sam teaches our baby and pre-school, swim academy and elite swim academy classes. Her two children Oscar and Jasmine both swim in our Swim Academy.
She is now our Senior teacher following being promoted in 2020.
Rachael brought her son, Cas to our classes in 2014 and applied to become a teacher as soon as the opportunity came up!
Cas and her daughter Clara both swim with us in Swim Academy.
Rachael now teaches our baby and pre-school and swim academy classes at Woodlawn and Percy Hedley on a weekend.
Customer Care Executive
Kiera joined our office team in 2016 after swimming with us for a number of years as a customer with her son, Gray.
Kiera works in the Puddle Ducks office four days per week dealing with all your phone calls, e-mails and enquiries.
When she's not at work you might bump into Kiera at the pool watching her daughter Bronte in our swim academy classes.
Linda joined the poolside team a number of years ago when her grandsons were swimming with us.
Linda works at Keelman's Way school on Saturdays and Heel & Toe on Sundays.
In her spare time Linda is a star baker and makes amazing celebration cakes. Any Puddle Ducks cakes you have seen at our parties and events have all been made by Linda.
Susan joined our team in Summer 2019 after deciding on a career change and re-training as a swimming teacher.
Susan has two children of her own, one of whom swims competitively.
Susan teaches our baby and pre-school classes at the Grand Hotel, Mini Skool Fishes and Josephine Butler as well as Swim Academy at Keelmans Way and Benfield.
Jemma first joined us a Poolside Assistant at Keelmans Way on a Sundays before taking the opportunity to train as a teacher. Jemma is now a Baby & preschool teacher following qualifying in 2020.
Jemma is Mum to her little girl, Belle, who swims with us in baby and preschool classes.
Baby and Preschool Teacher and Swim Academy Teacher
Anne joined Puddle Ducks in 2021 as a Poolside Assistant. Anne is our most recently qualified Baby and Preschool and Swim Academy Teacher.
Anne is also Mum to her daughter Rosie who swims with us in baby and preschool.
Megan joined the team in 2021 as a Poolside Assistant.
Megan trained in Childcare at college and is also a busy Mum to her young son.
Lauren joined us as a Poolside Assistant in 2021. Lauren is currently studying with the aim of going to university to become a Primary School teacher.
Chloe is currently studying for her A Levels and is our Poolside Assistant at Woodlawn on a Sunday.
Emma is currently studying for her A Levels and is our Poolside Assistant at Keelmans on a Sunday.