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We are a friendly bunch at Puddle Ducks Oxfordshire and we wanted you to know a little bit more about us and why we do what we do.

  • Beccy

    Beccy

    Franchisee

    I became passionate about baby swimming after taking my eldest daughter, Isabella, to classes when she was four months old.  I have always been a keen swimmer and Isabella’s lessons quickly became the highlight of my week.  She is still a keen swimmer and loves spending time at the pool. My youngest, Amelia, started swimming at seven weeks old and is equally at ease in the water.

    I enjoyed baby swimming classes so much that I decided not to go back to my original HR career and starting teaching baby, toddler and pre-school swimming lessons instead and I can honestly say that I have never looked back!

    Beccy teaches at Hoburne Cotswolds, South Cerney.

  • Flis

    Flis

    Senior Teacher

    My job is so rewarding. I love kids enjoying and being safe in the water, and having lots of fun.

    Flis teaches at Eynsham Hall and Oxford Witney Hotel.

  • Kat

    Kat

    Senior Teacher

    I came to join the team after having my eldest two children and wanting to share my passion for swimming with others. I teach our baby and preschool and swim academy classes. I will bring fun and enthusiasm to your class.

    Kat teaches at East Hanney, Summer Fields School, Lincoln Farm Park and Radley College Sports Centre.

  • Sam

    Sam

    Teacher

    A Little Bit About Me

    I'm originally from Stafford and moved to this area with my husband and son, Reece, in 2016.  I've always loved swimming and used to swim competitively breaststroke and freestyle for the Staffordshire county APEX team.
    I served 5 years in the RAF but wanted a change of career. I chose to work for Puddle Ducks because of how I believe and love the way their programmes are structured. 

    A Few of my Favourite Things

    • Going on family adventures with Reece and our dog Ziggie
    • Eating cake
    • Running or going to the gym
    • Watching my swimmers progress and build in confidence.

    Sam teaches at Hoburne Cotswolds & Radley College Sports Centre.

  • Emily

    Emily

    Teacher

    A Little Bit About Me

    I'm Emily and I have 2 children. I joined Puddle Ducks as a teacher in 2014 when I decided to give up my full time job and have loved every lesson since!

    My favourite thing to do is have a picnic in the sunshine with my children.

    My most memorable moment is helping a child achieve their 5m who I had taught since they were tiny!

    Emily teaches at Radley College Sports Centre, Summer Fields School, Lincoln Farm Park and East Hanney.

  • Jade

    Jade

    Teacher

    A Little Bit About Me

    I was looking for a new challenge and a change from my previous role in customer services. I have a background in instructing so felt that was something I could go back to. I've known Kat for many years and she suggested that I look at Puddle Ducks and I haven't looked back since. I started as a poolside assistant, as I didn't quite have the confidence to jump straight into teaching, however it quickly became apparent that this is what I was supposed to do. Within a few months I was booked and ready to go on my journey to be a qualified Puddle Ducks teacher. I honestly believe I have the best job and most rewarding job in the world and I look forward to going to work every day.

    A Few of my Favourite Things

    • Chocolate
    • Baking with my son
    • Running (so I can eat the chocolate and baked goods!)
    • Exploring new places with my family
    • Reading
    • Spending quality time with my family.

    My Most Memorable Moments

    • Flis telling me I’d passed my assessment
    • Becoming a mummy to my monkey, Finley

    Jade teaches at Oxford Thames Hotel, Radley College Sports Centre & Summer Fields School.

  • Tash

    Tash

    Teacher

    A Little Bit About Me

    After having Max I quickly realised I didn’t want to go back to my full time office job.  I was looking for swimming lessons for Max and thought that teaching children to swim is something I would love to do.  I contacted the Puddle Ducks Oxfordshire office and the rest is history…

    A Few of my Favourite Things

    • Playing with my little boy, Max
    • Swimming
    • Reading
    • Food

    My Most Memorable Moments

    • Having Max
    • Getting married
    • Buying my first house

    Tash teaches at Shilton Pool and Summer Fields School.

  • Camilla

    Camilla

    Teacher

    After qualifying in childcare and subsequently teaching 5-9 year olds to swim, I then joined Puddle Ducks to pursue my love of sport through babies and toddlers - I love guiding my ducklings. 

    I have a fun but empathic teaching style which I hope inspires confidence in both the new swimmers and their parents.

    Camilla teaches at Radley College Sports Centre.

  • Lynn

    Lynn

    Teacher

    A Little Bit About Me

    I have 3 children of my own who have always enjoyed their swimming lessons.

    Once my twins started school I very quickly realised I needed something to keep me busy...I’m not used to being home alone in a quiet house! I knew a few of the Puddle Ducks ladies and made some enquiries and started as a poolside assistant. I really enjoyed watching the lessons and chatting to the mums and little ones and decided to take the plunge and commence my teacher training. I’m so glad I did as I love my job and couldn’t imagine doing anything else!

    A Few of my Favourite Things

    • Spending time with my family
    • Tapas......yum!
    • Running....it keeps me sane.....almost!

    My Most Memorable Moments

    • Finding out I was pregnant.....with twins!
    • Going to Buckingham Palace with my husband for an awards ceremony
    • Bringing each of my children home from the hospital after they born

    Lynn teaches at Hoburne Cotswolds, Lincoln Farm Park, RAF Brize Norton & Shilton Pool.

  • Sarah

    Sarah

    Teacher

    A Little Bit About Me

    I started my Puddle Ducks adventure as a poolside assistant, however I quickly realised that I wanted to be in the water teaching!
    I love using the skills in the water that I gained as a children's Physiotherapist to help my teaching, such as child development and movement patterns. Learning to swim is such an essential life skill that really can save lives, and I feel proud to be involved in your child's swimming journey.


    A Few of my Favourite Things

    • Playing at home with my family
    • Skiing
    • Wales!
    • Swimming in the sea

    My Most Memorable Moments

    • My Winter wedding
    • Watching my little girls meet Father Christmas in Lapland
    • Meeting a US President!

    Sarah teaches at Blunsdon House Hotel and Minster Lovell.

  • Keri

    Keri

    Teacher & Poolside Assistant

    A Little Bit About Me

    Hi, I live with my husband, 2 children and chocolate Labrador. I spent most of my time, while growing up in South Africa, in swimming pools so feel quite at home in water.

    My 2 children are very keen swimmers so when I am not in the water teaching, I am either at swim training or poolside at a swimming gala.

    I love watching little one’s progress through our programmes and having FUN at the same time.

    A Few of my favourite things

    • swimming and snorkelling
    • baking with my daughter
    • going on family walks with our dog, Zazu

    My most memorable moments

    • Meeting my husband
    • Living in Italy for 2 years
    • Swimming down the wild water rapids with my kids at Center Parcs while it was snowing 

    Keri teaches at Hoburne Cotswolds & Whelford.

  • Ruth

    Ruth

    Teacher

    A Little Bit About Me

    My daughter swam with Puddle Ducks and I was impressed with the way the teachers get to know each child and what they need to feel happy and confident in the water. When looking for rewarding work, I could fit around her school hours, it seemed an obvious choice.

    A Few of my Favourite Things

    • Pulling faces at my 6 year old while practising our "funky" underwater dance routines
    • Sculpture
    • Mangoes

    My Most Memorable Moments

    • Walking down the aisle to my husband
    • Our daughter's birth
    • Splashing about in a natural spring in a desert oasis with my best friend

    Ruth teaches at Whelford.

  • Sharon

    Sharon

    Teacher

    A Little Bit About Me

    After being made redundant from a management job in an office I decided to have a career rethink. I thought about what I love doing, what I want to get out of working and how to balance work with my young family. I swam with a club when I was young and have always loved the water so I decided that teaching swimming would be the new career for me!  I took my own children to various swim schools but when I spoke to Puddle Ducks I knew that they were the perfect fit. I love the Puddle Ducks ethos, the care they have for all of our customers and they are such a friendly and supportive team to be part of.   

    A Few of my Favourite Things

    • Playing with my two boys
    • Movies
    • Netball

    My Most Memorable Moments

    • Having children
    • Getting married in Thailand
    • Travelling to Canada with my family

    Sharon teaches at Alexandra House in Wroughton & Hoburne Cotswolds, Cirencester.

  • Suzy

    Suzy

    Teacher

    A Little Bit About Me

    Hi I’m Suzy and live in South Oxfordshire with my husband and two children. Prior to Puddle Ducks I spent ten years working as a civil servant where I had the opportunity to travel to lots of different places around the world but was looking for a career change which would allow me to spend more time with my family doing something I felt passionate about.  It was through taking my own children swimming which sparked my interest in becoming a swim teacher myself. I have always had a love for swimming and I honestly can’t think of anything more rewarding than seeing a child’s confidence in the water grow, watching them transform from nervous beginner to pretending to be mermaids or dolphins swimming under water across the pool!  It is my aim to encourage every child I teach to enjoy the water and develop their skills in a fun and safe way. 

    A Few of my Favourite Things

    • Spending quality time with my family 
    • Baking 
    • Keeping fit so I can keep on baking those cakes... 

    My Most Memorable Moments

    • The birth of my children 
    • Seeing the northern lights on a husky sled in Lapland 
    • Getting my swim teacher qualification!

    Suzy teaches at Radley College Sports Centre & Eynsham Hall, North Leigh.

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    Office Administrator

    A Little Bit About Me

    I met Beccy at the swimming club where our children swim together and we both volunteer. Having left my career after having my third child I spent some time at home, then Beccy mentioned she needed someone to work in the office. As a family who eat, sleep and drink swimming it's the perfect job for me!

    A Few of my Favourite Things

    • Spend time with my children (and husband!)
    • Drink tea and eat cake
    • Read in the sunshine
    • Travel the world

    My Most Memorable Moments

    • Appearing on Supermarket Sweep (we didn't win)
    • The birth of my children
    • Prince Philip telling me my skirt was too short!
  • Nicki

    Nicki

    Marketing Advisor and Office Administrator

    A Little Bit About Me

    I joined Puddle Ducks Oxfordshire after having my 3rd child and needing a bit more flexibility with my job.  I work in the office and travel around the county attending events, baby groups and letting as many parents as possible know how brilliant our lessons are.

    A Few of my Favourite Things

    • Days out with my children
    • Going to the cinema
    • Spending time with family and friends
    • Sleep!

    My Most Memorable Moments

    • Having my children
    • Getting married
    • Shaving my head for charity
    • Walking the Great Wall of China
  • Georgie

    Georgie

    Office Administrator

    A Little Bit About Me
     
    I moved back to Gloucestershire from London after I had my first daughter.  I now live in Kemble with my husband and two girls.
    Both my girls have loved learning to swim with Puddle Ducks, so I was thrilled to become part of the team!

    A Few of my Favourite Things

    • Going to the cinema
    • A good glass of wine
    • Spending time with my children and husband

    My Most Memorable Moments

    • Having my children
    • My wedding day
    • Getting my Masters degree