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Ashdown Primary School

Upcoming Holiday Dates (inclusive):

Monday 24th July 2017 - Wednesday 6th September 2017

Monday 23rd October 2017 - Sunday 29th October 2017

All timetables are correct at time of publishing. Any changes to your class times will be communicated to you by your local office either by phone or email.

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Meet the Teachers at Ashdown Primary School

  • Charlotte

    Charlotte

    Tuesdays (From September)

    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.

  • Clive

    Clive

    Sundays (in conjunction with Karen)

    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 daugher 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!

    This session is primarily Karen's but I will be filling in on a pre-arranged basis when Karen is unable to teach due to her other role as an Airline Stewardess for BA.

  • Janina

    Janina

    Wednesdays (From September)

    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 2 and 4 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; 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.

  • Karen

    Karen

    Sundays

    Karen has already been a part of our Puddle Ducks team for almost two years working as an Emergency Cover Poolside Assistant.

    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 has been qualified in Baby & Preschool swimming teaching for some time but has only recently trained and qualified as a Puddle Ducks teacher which was the natural progression for her from her Poolside Assistant role.

  • Sarah

    Sarah

    Thursdays

    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 preschooler achieve their 5m badge.

    I look forward to teaching you and your little one in a class soon.