After almost 10 years in the leisure industry Emma decided to take the leap into running her own business, after a lot of deliberation over the name in January 2018 Emma's otters was born.
In January 2018 it was just Emma and a vision working 4 days a week panicking over if it would succeed or if she would need a "real" job, fast forward to October 2018 when We expanded to Medina house in Newport, 2 evenings a week also bringing Jessie into the team, swiftly followed buy an additional day at UKSA. Early 2019 we started at Pondwell in Ryde adding our biggest pool to the collection and Annalise to the team. September 2019 the expantion continued with an additional night at Median house as well as a day and a half of lessons for the school. The expansion continued in early 2020 with the Lakes at Rookley.
Unfortunately Covid hit and we are back to rebuilding and restarting but September 2020 seen more lessons for medina house school and the launch of Open water in both the sea and an island first of a lake!
Meet the team
Hello I am Emma the person to blame for all the madness!
I am qualified through the STA in baby and toddler swimming and hold level 2 qualifications in swimming teaching including open water coaching and swimming with disabilities. Additional add ons such as Adult swimming, Artistic swimming, school swimming lessons and no doubt many more. I also hold qualifications in pool plant operation through the STA.
My RlSS qualifications include leisure management, lifeguarding in both the pool and open water, trainer assessor qualifications (i basically teach or asses lifeguards) as well as Survive and save and Rookies.
Other Qualifications include NVQs in Autism and Learning Difficulties......better still I am Dyslexic and have a little dyspraxia so am able to relate! I also hold personal training qualifications and all sorts other other sports/management related NVQs in level 2 and 3!
Especially for Emmas otters I have under taken Aqua sensory training allowing me to bring a new outlook to teaching in the pool.
Finally a bit about me!
I have lived on the island all my life and absolutely have a love for anything active or outdoors! I will find any excuses to be in or around water, if aim not in the water or working I am usually found out on my horse so if you phone me and hear clip clop you know know why!
Annalise -Currently on Maternity leave
I love swimming and spend most of my time either in the water or with my family.
I used to swim competitively and competed for the Island several times.
I love my job at Emma's otters and find every lesson rewarding especially when someone does something new or overcomes a fear whether its small or big.
Annalise holds her STA certifacte in teaching, disabilty and baby and pre school teaching qualifactions well as her lifeguard.