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 laugh 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!
I’m a mum of two (soon to be three) of boys and as a family we love to be on the beach.
Growing up I’ve always enjoyed being around the water, and now love to be with my family.
I love watching the fun that the water can bring to all ages and my favourite part of working for Emma’s Otter’s is watching children learn to love the water as well as getting to know the families.
You can normally find me on the poolside, in the water with the little ones, or filling out those important, we’ll earned certificates.
Jessie Holds the STA Baby and pre school qualifcation as well as a lifguad qualifaction and specilisums in Autisum.
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.
Is a commercially endorsed yacht master who's worked in the industry all of his working life (he's been around the water and sailing since birth)! He has worked with the likes of Clipper racing, Ellen MacAurthur cancer trust, UKSA and Many many more be it instructing,providing boat charters or delivery, maintenance and may more Activties!
Not only dose he have an impressive CV of work but He has actually been involved in safety cover for big point to point swims and cross solvent swims too!
he's agreed to help me out with the sea swimming and provideing cover around his Glapming venture and of course work within the marine industry.