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 1100 Puddle Ducks customers swimming in the North East including her own William and his little brother Jack!
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.
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.
Claire first joined us as a Poolside Assistant when we launched in 2010. She then completed her teaching training in 2012 and was promoted to the position of Senior Teacher three years later.
Claire teaches baby and pre school classes, swim academy and elite swim academy and was the winner of our teacher of the term award in Summer 2018.
Claire has two Puddle Ducks of her own - Anna and Natasha who both swim in our elite swim academy classes.
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 and Summer 2017.
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.
Nicola has her own Puddle Duck, Finn who has just graduated from our Swim Academy classes.
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 Wednesdays and Fridays. Lisa won the Puddle Ducks teacher of the term award in Summer 2016.
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 Radisson Blu.
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 and 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.
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 on Saturdays and at Woodlawn and Keelman's Way on Sundays. She also swims at Woodlawn with Cas and her little girl, Clara.
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 Pine House.
Customer Care & Marketing 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. Kiera also produces all of our marketing reports and manages our social media accounts.
When she's not at work you might bump into Kiera at the pool watching Gray in our swim academy classes or in the pool with her one year old daughter, Bronte!
Customer Care Executive
Amy joined our office team last year and deals with all your phone calls, e-mails and class bookings.
Amy also looks after our Facebook messages so if you have ever contacted us via our Facebook page, it is usually Amy who will respond to you!
Although she doesn't work at the pools, Amy often joins us for a splash with her children Archie and Piper!
Linda joined the poolside team two years ago when her grandsons were swimming with us.
Linda works at Durham Trinity on Wednesdays and 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.
Robyn joined us in Autumn 2017. Robyn is a former Auditor and after bringing her baby daughter Evelyn to our Splashers classes she decided to embark upon a new career with Puddle Ducks!
Robyn works at Dryden and Woodlawn.
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!
Tia first joined Puddle Ducks in 2017 as a teacher for our neighbouring franchise in Teeside. When the opportunity came up to teach in Newcastle Tia applied and has been with us ever since!
Tia teaches our baby and pre-school classes at Beacon Hill and swim academy classes at Percy Hedley on Sundays as well as her original classes in Teeside on week days.
When she isn't in the pool, Tia's two little boys keep her busy!
Sarah is the newest member of our teaching team having qualified in the summer of 2018. We first met Sarah when she brought her little boy to our classes at Woodlawn, after having her daughter she decided to make the leap from customer to teacher and has never looked back!
Sarah teaches our baby and pre-school classes at Mowden Hall on Saturdays.
Jess is a full time student currently working towards her A levels and planning to study law at university. Jess works for us on Sundays at Keelman's Way school pool in Hebburn.
Jess has lots of experience with little ones as she has a fourteen month old sister! She also has a pet labrador.
Nieve joined the Puddle Ducks team in September 2018 and is our Poolside Assistant at Trinity school pool in Durham on Saturday mornings.
Hannah joined our team in October 2018 and is our Poolside Assistant on Sundays at Beacon Hill. When she isn't at the pool, Hannah is a sixth form student studying for her A levels.