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Meet the Team

  • Jenny

    Jenny

    Franchisee

    Having been a competitive swimmer and lifeguard, Jenny is passionate about swimming and water safety.  She started Puddle Ducks West Yorkshire in 2011 when she was on maternity leave with her first child Daisy.

  • Marie

    Marie

    Senior Teacher (Baby and Pre-School & Swim Academy)

    Marie is currently on maternity leave following the birth of her first child

    Marie joined Puddle Ducks in the Summer of 2017.  She decided to join Puddle Ducks as she has always loved swimming and working with young children. She has worked in childcare for the last 15 years in a variety of different roles starting as a nanny and progressing into her current full time role of a primary school teacher.

    Marie feels the best thing about working for Puddle Ducks is seeing children confident and enjoying themselves in the water.  She loves getting to know both the children and parents in her classes, that bond she sees is so special and makes for safe, happy and enjoyable lessons.

    In the spare time that she has, Marie enjoys getting out in the fresh air for a run, and going to the gym, her latest achievement is completing the Great North Run in 2017.

  • Bethany

    Bethany

    Teacher (Baby & PreSchool, and Swim Academy)

    Bethany joined Puddle Ducks in July 2020, just as the first lockdown was winding down.  She thought it would be a great stop gap before she was able to travel again.  It's now the best job she’s ever had (and longest) - working with amazing people and having so much fun with children and their parents. Beth loves teaching in the water and making sure everyone is having a fantastic time learning, it makes her so happy. 

    In her spare time she likes to train aerial hoop, pole and strongman, she has also recently started violin - it is painful to hear.

    Beth is currently studying to become a Primary school teacher because working with children is her passion, she wants learning to be fun and fair for everyone!

    Interesting fact: a couple of the children in swim academy are taller than her and they find it hilarious.

  • Sally

    Sally

    Teacher (Baby & Pre-School)

  • Emma

    Emma

    Teacher (Baby & PreSchool, and Swim Academy)

    Emma started to work for Puddle Ducks in 2023, in part because she loves to be in the water and wanted to spend more time there. Emma  feels that swimming is a fundamental life skill, but strongly believes that doesn't mean that learning to do it should be dull and boring. She feels phenomenally privileged to be a part of a child's swimming journey, and it makes her so happy to be able to watch them grow, learn and develop in the water, both in confidence and technical ability.
    In her spare time, Emma likes to move. She enjoys climbing and paddle boarding. She claims to not exceptional at either, but she just loves moving and being outside, so is pretty happy to have a go at anything! 
  • Nicola

    Nicola

    Teacher (Baby and Pre-School)

    Nicola discovered Puddle Ducks with her first baby in 2020 and loved spending some quality one to one time with her little boy in the water. Her first son has now grown into a Little Dipper that loves to drench her with a watering can during splash time! Nicola has since had another little boy and a baby girl, and she is loving experiencing Splashers and Kickers lessons as a customer again with them.

    Nicola joined Puddle Ducks as a teacher in 2022 and it slotted in perfectly around her part time job as a primary school teacher. She enjoys teaching swimming so much that she's always surprised when her last lesson finishes each week. Nicola loves seeing children's confidence grow in the water as they learn important skills but her absolute favourite part of the job is watching parents and babies have a lovely, relaxing time together.

    In her free time, Nicola enjoys exploring new places and playing board games (which can be very interesting with 4 and 2 year old double trouble trying to get involved!). 

  • George

    George

    Teacher (Swim Academy)

    George joined Puddle Ducks in Spring 2022 as a Poolside Assistant, and then went on to complete the training to become a Swim Academy teacher in December 2022.  He feels that the best thing about working at Puddle Ducks is seeing the children grow in confidence and leave classes having progressed and feeling happy.

    Away from the pool, George is currently studying for his A-Levels and learning to drive.  He also enjoys mountain biking and training at the gym in his spare time.

    George also has a crazy cockapoo called Winnie who loves chasing frisbees.

  • Rebecca B

    Rebecca B

    Teacher (Baby & PreSchool)

  • Anna

    Anna

    Teacher (Baby & PreSchool)

  • Rebecca S

    Rebecca S

    Teacher (Swim Academy)

  • Emily

    Emily

    Teacher (Baby & PreSchool)

  • Poolside Assistants

    Barnaby, Charlie, Barney and Isaac

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    Business Operations Manager

    Rebecca has been working with us here at Puddle Ducks West Yorkshire since July 2016, she’s one of the friendly voices at the other end of the phone, sorting out your bookings, payments and making Puddle Ducks fit around your busy lifestyle.

    Previously Rebecca worked as a Purchasing Executive for Zenith Vehicle Contracts and made the career move to Puddle Ducks to tie in with her eldest son Freddie starting full time school as the part time hours fitted perfectly around her family life. Freddie has also previously enjoyed Puddle Ducks classes as a Little Dippers where he built amazing water confidence! 

    Rebecca really enjoys working at the Puddle Ducks office, the new routine has given her a fantastic work life balance and she enjoys speaking to all our lovely customers and the rest of the team to ensure all expects of customer service are in place and running smoothly.

    In her spare time Rebecca enjoys spending time with family, especially on the East Coast where her mum has a caravan sited, going to gigs (when she can bribe a babysitter!) and going out for meals with friends and family. 

  • Vicky

    Vicky

    Vicky has been with us in the office since October 2017, initially as maternity leave cover for Rebecca, but she loved it so much she has decided to stay.  She has 3 children between the ages of 9 and 15 who run rings around her and keep her very busy.  But after a 6 year career break raising a family, she felt it was time to get back to work and the part time hours means she is still able to do the daily school run.

If you are interested in joining our amazing team, please see our vacancies page  for any current opportunities.


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