About us


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!      

Battered and bruised but we didn’t die a

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.