Find out more about our wonderful team - both in and out of the water!
Founding Partner, Teacher & Aquanatal Teacher - wherever I'm needed!
PADI Qualified Scuba Diver, STA-Qualified Pool Responder and STA Level 2 Baby & Pre-school teacher (and best cub scout at Faversham swimming Gala 1981!). I gained my passion for swimming at a very young age having nearly drowned as a younger child.
It was my lovely daughter Gracie May who introduced me to the delights of baby swimming and I haven't looked back since.
My classes are fun and lively but always with the focus on progressing your child to be happy, safe and loving the freedom that confidence in the water brings
Out of the water I run all operational aspects of the business; teacher recruitment, training and competency, marketing, pool relationships and pool acquisition. I also love a good spreadsheet!
While it might be Clive that you see out and about teaching, coaching, organising, fixing something or generally messing about, Lindsay actually runs the show!
From her kitchen table desk Lindsay pulls the strings that make our team what it is, as well as looking after Charlie, Gracie - and Clive!
Lindsay is absolutely focused on providing the very best experience both in and out of the water that we possibly can. Everything she does is dedicated to that goal.
Holly has been with us for seveal years and runs our office administration. She's super efficient, super quick and generally just...Super!
Holly has three of her own little Puddle Ducks - Mia, Imogen and Georgia.
Jenny very ably supports the rest of the customer service team.
Based in Crowborough, Jenny's focus is on customer retention and service. If you've got tricky logistics, siblings to try and fit in or need a bit of extra help you may well end up speaking with Jenny!
Marketing, Customer Service and Finance,
Louisa has been a part of our team for several years and there really is very little that she hasn't turned her hand to at some stage!
Louisa's main role is is to manage our marketing relationships and copy - but she also attends events, does occasional Poolside Assisting, financial control, training compliance and provides regular customer service cover on Sundays.
Louisa is logical, efficient and a great planner. She is the team member who loves a good spreadsheet even more than Clive!
Rachel is our customer service queen!
Many of you will have exchanged emails or spoken with Rachel about your classes - but very few of you will realise that Rachel lives in Manchester! Rachel joined us mid 2015 having re-located from Manchester to East Grinstead - and then promptly moved back again!
Rachel is dedicated, flexible and passionate about giving all of our Puddle Ducks the very best service possible, she's also been instrumental in helping us through our transition to our new computer systems.
It doesn't matter where she has her laptop open, Rachel is always ready to help - and we love her for that!
Teacher: East Grinstead to Sevenoaks
Having been a Puddle Ducks customer for over a year, swimming daughter Mabel, Allie joined the team in March 2019.
Allie had previously run her own cosmetics business which she continues to run alongside her teaching and Poolside Assisting.
Allie lives in Tonbridge and teaches in East Grinstead, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells.
Teacher: Hailsham to Tunbridge Wells
It took me a long time to become confident in the water. I was pushed into the water by a stranger as a child before I could swim and that was probably the reason why I started with a fear of the water.
My parents encouraged my swimming lessons with the promise of a Five Star LP but even that wasn't enough encouragement!
I eventually broke my fear at secondary school and with the help of my PE teacher I achieved my 25 metre award. I've been a confident, strong swimmer ever since.
Having two children now, I have made it my mission to make the water environment as fun as possible. I didn't want my children to fear water - respect it, yes - but not fear it as I did. I also didn't want them missing out on water activities like I did growing up.
I started working at Puddle Ducks as a Poolside Assistant in 2016 and was approached to take up teaching. After some consideration, I decided to go for it!
My main driver was that I could help at least one nervous child to become confident in the water.
I am now so excited to be part of the Puddle Ducks team and to help you on your journey of teaching your child to swim.
My love for water and swimming began in the Berlin Olympic pool when I was about five.
Since then swimming has been part of me - I swim as many times a week as I can and for some years did the Swimathon.
I started teaching swimming at the Burgess Hill Swimming Club where all four of my children swam weekly. I have also taught at primary level and for the last sixteen years I have been teaching babies and toddlers.
Teaching swimming gives me the greatest "buzz," it combines my love of children and water and gives me the opportunity to pass on the confidence and passion that I have.
It is my dream job!!!
Teacher:Haywards Heath to Maidstone
Emma started her Teacher training for Puddle Ducks in Hampshire but then when she decided to move to Tunbridge Wells her future with our team was settled.
Emma started her life with us Poolside Assisting at Fosse Bank School while she completed her Teacher Training and waited for a teaching opening to arise.
Now teaching several sessions across the Region, Emma has established herself as a key Teacher in our team.
Senior Teacher & Aquanatal Teacher: Crowborough to Otford
I have always loved to swim, I just love the feeling of being in the water.
I started both my boys swimming when they were 12 weeks old and found it to be a beautiful experience (they are 4 and 6 now and both adore the water too).
I started with Puddle Ducks as a Poolside Assistant and then went on to do my teacher training the first chance I could.
It’s an amazing job on so many levels; from seeing the babies relaxing in the water for the first time with their carers, to seeing Dippers achieve fully independent swims is just so fulfilling. I also love the fact that we not only teach children swimming techniques but also how to keep themselves safe in the water – I am so lucky to be able to do a job I love that also allows me so much time with my family.
Senior Teacher: Maidstone to Tonbridge
After leaving school, my first job was as a lifeguard and sports teacher to many school aged children, which I thoroughly enjoyed. When I left the Leisure Centre I tried other jobs but nothing satisfied me quite like being in the pool and teaching environment.
I joined Puddleducks because I not only believe in how important it is to learn to swim, but also to teach life preservation skills from a really young age.
What I love most about being a Puddle Ducks teacher is that the classes are such fun - whilst still teaching important life skills. I also love being able to progress each child at their own pace.
I really look forward to seeing you at a class soon.
Teacher: Brighton to Crowborough
Karen has been a part of our Puddle Ducks team for years, working as an Emergency Cover Poolside Assistant and then as a Teacher.
Karen has visited most pools in our region at one time or another so you may well have seen her out and about already! She balances her work with us with her other job as a BA Airline Stewardess and has two lovely children of her own.
Karen qualified in Baby & Pre-school swimming teaching long before she trained and qualified as a Puddle Ducks teacher which was the natural progression for her from her Poolside Assistant role.
Karen's Teaching style is calm, quiet and nurturing.
Senior Teacher: Goudhurst & Tunbridge Wells
I have always loved being in and around water, as a young child I loved collecting pennies from the bottom of the pool that my Dad used to throw in.
After being spotted aged 8 by a diving coach throwing myself into the pool in a somersault at the local leisure centre I was asked to join the local diving team. This soon led to County and National teams where I won National medals and a couple of National titles.
At the age of 16 it was time to choose between my two loves - diving and musical theatre, I chose the latter and went on to train at London Studio Centre and perform in many shows.
After my daughter was born I knew I wanted her to have the same confidence, respect and love of the water that I have. A friend of mine recommended Puddle Ducks and I have not looked back!
I instantly fell in love with the whole concept and I knew I had to be a part of it. I count myself so lucky to be able to do a job that I love, find so rewarding and teaches an invaluable life skill.
I'll look forward to seeing you soon x
Teacher: Brighton area
I have always loved being in the water and living near the sea I truly believe that swimming is a vital life skill.
As a child, I swam for my school, after my dad had helped to build our school pool and spent most of my summer holidays windsurfing and kayaking.
When I had children of my own I knew I wanted them to have swimming lessons. What I didn't know was how much I would enjoy being a part of them. It really is a wonderful experience for both parents and children alike. I knew then that this was what I wanted to do and I love being part of the Puddle Ducks family.
I look forward to seeing you and your little ones in the water soon.
Teacher: Crowborough / Tunbridge Wells Area
Before deciding to train to teach I have been a Puddle Ducks customer for a number of years, swimming with each of my two ducklings since they were eight weeks old!
I absolutely love swimming and so it is an important bonding time each week for me and my children as well as teaching them an essential life saving skill. I now struggle to get them out of the water!
I teach alongside running my own psychotherapy business and for me teaching babies and pre-schoolers to swim is such a lovely balance with my other profession.
I just love the child-led ethos that Puddle Ducks promotes and I can’t wait to see you and your Puddle Duck in the water soon!
Lead Senior Teacher: Crowborough to Tonbridge
I have always loved the water, one of my very early memories is being in my backyard, in a huge paddling pool and going under the water for the first time, all by myself. After that my parents had trouble keeping me out of the water.
By the age of 11 I was training at squad level and regularly competing for my local team, my school and at county championships. I discovered lifesaving when I was about 14 and started to participate in both pool and open water competitions, my spare time was filled with swimming in one guise or another. Unfortunately, this all took a dramatic halt after I developed a knee injury at the age of 16.
I then had my daughter in 2012. After taking her swimming, seeing how much she loved it, I knew I had to become a baby and pre-school teacher.
I feel very privileged that I have joined the Puddle Ducks team, not only do I get to do something I love, I get to share with parents the joy they have when their child learns a new swimming skill. There are not many jobs in the world which can be as rewarding.
As a mum myself I understand the importance of teaching my little one to love and enjoy the water - but I also realise that allowing them the freedom to truly develop their skills can be daunting for mum (or dad). It certainly was for me when I submerged Lyra for the first time!
I think this understanding enables me to help my mums and dads feel as comfortable as possible with their little ones in the water.
I look forward to spending time with you soon!
Swimming has always been a big part of my life and I love he freedom you feel when in the water. From a young age I swam competitively for my county and whenever I got he chance I would be in the swimming pool.
Since having my children and taking them to lessons and seeing how confident they are now in the pool made me think that teaching swimming is something I would love to do and when I saw Puddle Ducks advertising I had to get in contact.
From day one I knew this was the job for me! The feelings you get seeing babies understanding the water, leading into them growing and taking their first independent swims is the best feeling - especially knowing you have played a massive part in that progression.
I can truly say I love my job!
Teacher: Maidstone to Tonbridge
I have two children, a full-on mermaid and a mermaid-in-training... She just loves being in the water and I take them both swimming regularly as a fun activity, knowing that being able to swim is a really important life skill.
My background is as an IT Trainer within the NHS for 10+ years, but more recently I've made the lifestyle choice to work on the deli counter at Waitrose! I have always thought that teaching these skills would be such a rewarding job so when the opportunity to become a Puddle Ducks teacher came up I jumped at the chance!
I'm looking forward to teaching your little ones these skills and seeing them develop through safe, fun Puddle Ducks activities, making for lots of happy, confident water loving children.
I look forward to meeting you and your little swimmers soon!
Senior Teacher: Crowborough to East Grinstead
My first insight to baby swimming classes was when I took my then 4-month old son to his weekly classes. It was the highlight of our week and a lovely bonding time as well as teaching him a life skill.
Having previously been a Legal Advisor, I decided to change careers and do something I really care about. I've been teaching swimming to all ages from babies to pensioners since 2012 and I love it.
I joined Puddle Ducks in 2013 and after witnessing the classes I quickly became a customer. The classes are fun and energetic whilst teaching life preservation skills and my kids love it. I was especially impressed with the focus on teaching the children as individuals as well as within the group and giving each child the appropriate progression.
It's such a rewarding job whether it's watching a baby enjoying the freedom water provides before they can even crawl or seeing the pride of a pre-schooler achieve their 5m badge.
I look forward to teaching you and your little one in a class soon.