Meet the Team
Claire Bailey – Owner/Teacher
Having always wanted to run her own business and with swimming something she believes all children should learn, Claire launched Puddle Ducks Suffolk in October 2013.
Claire says ‘I am very lucky to have a great team, super venues and such wonderful customers. I believe every child should love swimming, respect the water and swim beautifully. That is why our standards are the highest and our approach is unique.’
Becky Wright - Customer Care Manager
Becky joined Puddle Ducks Suffolk on our very first day as Poolside Assistant. After just a handful of customers she has seen us grow to a thriving pre-school swimming school. After seeing how much fun being a teacher was Becky completed her teacher training. In 2020 she took on the role of Customer Care Manager and in 2021 she hung up her costume but you will still see her Poolside.
Becky says ‘Puddle Ducks is a great swimming school because we tailor each class to the needs of the individual child so they can progress at their own rate as well as learning invaluable life saving skills while having fun’.
Leanne Thomas - Senior Teacher
Leanne brought her daughter to Puddle Ducks when she was eight weeks old to the very first Puddle Ducks lesson and they both loved their lessons. Leanne started as Poolside Assistant soon after and as soon as a teaching opportunity came up she took it.
Leanne says ‘From both a parent and teacher view Puddle Ducks is such a happy and positive environment to be in. Children are not just taught as part of a class but as individuals by highly skilled and trained teachers’.
Hollie Richardson - Teacher
Hollie started bringing her son to Puddle Ducks when he was four months old and thought being a teacher would be an amazing job. When a position became available she jumped at the chance and has loved every minute of it!
Hollie says ‘At Puddle Ducks we strive to make every single child and parent as comfortable in the water as possible, going that extra mile for difficult times. We have the highest standards of health and safety and always have fun’.
Sam Porter - Teacher
Sam's daughter Poppy started with Puddle Ducks in 2013 and then Willow was soon to follow. Seeing her children enjoying and learning such an important skill made Sam want to become a Puddle Ducks teacher as soon as the opportunity became available.
Sam says ‘Puddle Ducks is a fab swimming school, essential life saving skills are taught in a fun and productive way’.
Emma Holland - Teacher
Emma started with us as Poolside Assistant and then qualified as a teacher.
Emma says 'I loved swimming as a child and knew that when I had kids of my own it was something I would get them to try. My two children love the Puddle Ducks lessons and are now very confident in the water. Puddle Ducks is a great way for babies and young children to learn to swim in a fun, friendly and safe atmosphere.
Claire Ling - Teacher
Claire also known as (Disney) started bringing her little boy to Puddle Ducks when he was 10 weeks old and fell in love with it. Having been in the water from a young age she knew she wanted to get him swimming as soon as she could. Watching him grow in confidence in the water has been amazing.
Claire jumped at the chance of becoming a teacher when a vacancy came up!
Charlie Beard - Poolside Assistant
Charlie is a Poolside Assistant at Stratton Hall, Levington
Charlie says 'I fell in love with Puddle Ducks after bringing my son to a Splashers class and seeing his confidence in the water grow enormously. We have now moved up to a Kickers class and it is something we both look forward to doing each week; it's a special time for us.'
Jodie Richardson - Poolside Assistant
Jodie is a Poolside Assistant at Stratton Hall, Levington
As a parent I know how important it is for children to be able to swim and get confident in the water. I loved making memories and spending time with my own children in the pool
Jessica Gallant - Poolside Assistant
Jessica is a Poolside Assistant at Letts Swim, Hadleigh
I've always been drawn to the water and I love working with children. One of my favourite things in swimming lessons is seeing the amazing progress and confidence the children gain from them. Swimming lessons aren’t just about learning to swim, they are about water confidence, safety in and around the water and making friends along the way
Molly Evans - Poolside Assistant
Molly is a Poolside Assistant at Letts Swim, Hadleigh
I have always loved swimming, and it is amazing that I get the chance to see young swimmers become confident in the water, and to become part of an amazing team.
Georgie Bennett - Poolside Assistant
Georgie has been bringing her daughter to lessons at Puddle Ducks since she was 7 weeks old and was very eager to join the team.
Georgie says ‘Both my daughter and I love coming to lessons each week, we have lots of fun and I’m so impressed at how much she has picked up. I’m really looking forward to starting my exciting new role with Puddle Ducks’.
Katie Driver - Poolside Assistant
I have always loved swimming and know how important it is from a young age to feel happy and confident in the water, and to have fun! Now as a mummy to two young children myself I understand even more how you can build on these life skills from a young age and I love how Puddle Ducks can do this. I can't wait to be apart of the Puddle Ducks journey for you and your children.