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Meet the Team

Meet the Team

  • Claire Bailey – Owner/Teacher

    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 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 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 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 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 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 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!

  • Jodie Richardson - Poolside Assistant

    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 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 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.