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  • 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.

     

  • Amy

    Amy

    Head of Teaching

    Amy is both our Head of Teaching and our longest serving teacher here in West Yorkshire.  She started as a poolside assistant in 2014, training to become a teacher in 2015, moving to become Senior Teacher in 2016 and now Head of Teaching in 2018.  She has always loved swimming and trained with a club when she was younger, she also tried her first open water swimming event last year and loved it. Her 8 year old daughter Amelia completed our Swim Academy program and is a great swimmer and loves being in the water too. 

    Amy used to work full time in an office before starting Puddle Ducks but wanted something that gave a better work/life balance while also doing something she’s passionate about.  She has never looked back and feels so lucky and grateful that she loves what she does and that she can look forward to going to work every day. From watching a tiny baby fall asleep during a floating exercise, to gaining a toddlers trust and seeing their confidence grow, right through to seeing a child swim 25 metres front crawl beautifully; it really is the best and most rewarding job ever and she also gets to spend lots more quality time with her family.

  • Lucy

    Lucy

    Teacher (Baby & Pre-School and Swim Academy)

    Lucy started her Puddle Ducks journey in 2016.  After the birth of her first child, Freddie, she really wanted to start something new that gave her the chance to have a great work/family/life balance.  Before joining Puddle Ducks Lucy worked in retail for 8 years....

    The best and most rewarding thing about Puddle Ducks for Lucy is getting to see swimmers achieve and enjoy life skills every day, not forgetting the brilliant smiles and dances they do for ‘jelly on a plate’!

  • Nicola

    Nicola

    Teacher (Baby & Pre-School and Swim Academy)

  • Marie

    Marie

    Teacher (Baby and Pre-School)

    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.

  • Cheryl

    Cheryl

    Teacher (Baby & Pre-School)

    Cheryl joined us in November 2017 as a weekend poolside assistant and has now just completed her training to become a Puddle Ducks teacher.

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    Teacher (Baby & Pre-School)

    Rebecca joined Puddle Ducks and started her training in September 2017, she now teaches our weekend classes at DW Fitness in Yeadon.  Rebecca used to work in HR but after the birth of her first son, she decided she wanted a better work/life balance and discovered Puddle Ducks.  She has been taking her son swimming since he was eight weeks old and feels passionately that it is a vital life skill that everyone should learn.  

    Rebecca is also a dairy farmer’s wife who loves nothing more than being out and about with all the animals, in her down time (when she manages to find some) she writes a blog all about being on the farm!) 

    Rebecca is currently on maternity leave after the birth of her second child.

  • Leeah

    Leeah

    Poolside Assistant & Trainee Teacher (Baby & Pre-School)

  • Michelle

    Michelle

    Poolside Assistant

    Michelle joined Puddle Ducks in January 2019. She is recently married to her husband Carl and they have a boisterous 2 and a half year old called Billy who keeps them firmly on their toes, along with their rescue cat Pancake.

    Michelle absolutely loves swimming, and being a Pisces she feels like she was born to be around water! She satisfied this need for five years by running away to work on cruise ships in which she travelled around the world sailing the seven seas. However, since she returned and ‘settled down’, Michelle works part time at Leeds Beckett University in a project management role, but also trained to be a Baby and Pre-school swimming teacher whilst she was on maternity leave in 2016. She took a break from teaching early in 2018, but is delighted to be still involved in delivering lessons with Puddle Ducks as a poolside assistant. Michelle loves seeing the babies and children just thriving in the water, and especially when the nervous ones develop and become super confident little swimmers! It’s so rewarding – and she love singing so is always singing along to the songs poolside!

  • Bridget

    Bridget

    Poolside Assistant

    Bridget is our Poolside Assistant.

    She will soon be leaving us to start her maternity leave before the birth of her second child.

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    Customer Care Executive

    Rebecca is currently on maternity leave after the birth of her second child, Elsie, in November.  She 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

    Customer Care Executive

    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 4 and 9 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 ...