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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.

  • 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.

  • Helen

    Helen

    Poolside Assistant

    A Little Bit About Me

    I joined Puddle Ducks because I felt like something new, so decided to try working with children in the swimming pool.

    A Few of my Favourite Things

    • Reading
    • Trying new things
    • Spending time with family and friends

    What am I proud ok?

    • My little boy

    Helen poolsides at our Whelford pool, nr Fairford.

  • 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
  • Sarah B

    Sarah B

    Office Administrator

    A Little Bit About Me
     
    I came to work for Puddle Ducks after I met Beccy & Rebecca at swim club and came to work in the office to keep them entertained.

    A Few of my Favourite Things

    • Sunshine
    • Tea
    • A good book

    What are you proud of?

    I am proud to be an Open Water swimming coach introducing teenagers to a swim world beyond the blue line!


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