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Find out more about our brilliant North East team - both in and out of the pool!

  • Carolyn

    Carolyn

    Franchisee

    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 1100 Puddle Ducks customers swimming in the North East including her own William and his little brother Jack!

  • Dani

    Dani

    Business Manager

    Dani trained as a Puddle Ducks teacher in 2013 after having her son, Joshua. In 2015 Dani was promoted to the position of Business Manager and she now runs the Puddle Ducks North East office as well as overseeing the customer care team and managing our pool relationships.

     

  • Julie

    Julie

    Head of Teaching & Technical

    Julie was one of our first customers when we launched in 2010 when she brought eldest child, Libby to Splashers classes. She loved Puddle Ducks so much she trained as a teacher soon after and was then promoted to Head of Teaching and Technical in 2013.

    Julie teaches baby pre-school, swim academy, elite swim academy and aquanatal classes. She trains and manages the North East teaching team and also works for Puddle Ducks HQ as a Programme Assessor and Tutor.

  • Nadine

    Nadine

    Teacher

    After graduating from University and training as a lifeguard, Nadine joined us as a Poolside Assistant in 2012. She then completed her teacher training and now teaches baby and pre-school, swim academy and aquanatal classes.

    Nadine is often at the pool even on her days off because her nieces and nephews all swim with us! Nadine won the Puddle Ducks teacher of the term award in Autumn 2015, Spring 2017, Summer 2017 and Autumn 2018.

  • Nicola

    Nicola

    Teacher

    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 and swim academy classes at weekends.

    Nicola has her own Puddle Duck, Finn who has just graduated from our Swim Academy classes and she also works at a Primary School during the week.

  • Lisa

    Lisa

    Teacher

    Lisa is one of most loyal customers having brought her eldest son, Sam to our classes since 2010. Lisa also attended our aquanatal classes when she was pregnant with her twins and now all three of her children swim with us!

    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. Lisa won the Puddle Ducks teacher of the term award in Summer 2016.

  • Kimberley

    Kimberley

    Teacher

    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 weekend baby and pre-school classes at Keelman's Way and Beacon Hill.

  • Sam

    Sam

    Senior Teacher

    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 alongside her other job in an Accountancy firm. She also swims twice a week with Oscar and his little sister, Jasmine!

    Sam was the winner of our teacher of the term award for Spring 2018 and Summer 2019 and she was promoted to the role of Senior Teacher in June 2019.

  • Rachael

    Rachael

    Teacher

    Rachael brought her son, Cas to our classes in 2014 and applied to become a teacher as soon as the opportunity came up!

    Rachael now teaches our baby and pre-school and swim academy classes at Mowden Hall and Percy Hedley on Saturdays and at Woodlawn on Sundays. Rachael was the winner of our Star Teacher Award Spring 2019.

  • Victoria

    Victoria

    Teacher

    Victoria has three children (Oliver, Oscar and Heidi) who all swim with us. After being a customer for a number of years, Victoria started working for us as a Poolside Assistant in 2015 then completed her teacher training two years later.

    Victoria teaches baby and pre-school classes at Josephine Butler and Heel & Toe and Swim Aacdemy classes at Benfield and Beacon Hill. Victoria also works part time in our office as a customer care executive.

  • Kiera

    Kiera

    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 three 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 Gray and his sister Bronte in our swim academy classes.

  • Linda

    Linda

    Poolside Assistant

    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.

    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.

  • Aimee

    Aimee

    Marketing & Events Assistant

    Aimee is the face of Puddle Ducks North East when we are out and about at events across the region. She co-ordinates all our marketing and promotional activity at events, exhibitions and groups.

    Aimee has two little swimmers of her own - Lola and Theo!

  • Caitlin

    Caitlin

    Poolside Assistant

    Caitlin joined the team in December 2018 and is our Poolside Assistant at Beacon Hill on Sundays. Caitlin is from Whitley Bay and is a full time student.

  • Laura

    Laura

    Poolside Assistant

    Laura has worked for us on a temporary basis for a number of years having first joined the team when she was just sixteen years old.

    She currently works for us at Heel & Toe in Chester-le-Street alongside her full time job as a nursery nurse.

  • Susan

    Susan

    Teacher

    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 and teaches our baby and pre-school classes at the Grand Hotel and Mowden Hall.

  • Emelye

    Emelye

    Teacher

    Emelye passed her Puddle Ducks teacher training in September 2019 and teaches our baby and pre-school classes at Trinity School in Durham. Emelye is a University student and a competitive swimmer!

  • Holly

    Holly

    Poolside Assistant

    Holly is our Poolside Assistant at Woodlawn School on Sundays. Holly is a sixth form student and when she isn't at the pool, she is studying hard for her A levels.

  • Jemma

    Jemma

    Poolside Assistant

    Jemma is our Poolside Assistant at Keelman's Way on Sundays. Jemma is also a qualified swimming teacher and Mum to her little girl, Belle.

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