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Bowles Outdoor Activity Centre

Upcoming Holiday Dates (inclusive):

Monday 22nd October 2018 - Sunday 28th October 2018

Monday 24th December 2018 - TBC January 2019

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 Bowles

  • Charlotte

    Charlotte

    Fridays (Baby & Preschool)

    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

    Fridays Swim Academy (In Conjunction with Janina & Rebecca)

    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!

  • Janina

    Janina

    Fridays Swim Academy (In Conjunction with Clive & Rebecca)

    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. Its 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.

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    Mondays, Fridays Swim Academy (In Conjunction with Clive & Janina) and Saturdays

    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 Puddleducks 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 new 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!