About this pro
Instructor's Bio: Choosing a swimming instructor for yourself or your family can be somewhat of a challenge. The fit between the instructor, the student(s), and parents is often just as important as the experience and quality of instruction. I work as a college professor during the academic year and return to my first love as a swimming instructor each summer. I am available to provide both group and private swimming lessons. I have extensive experience teaching everything from basic water safety to advanced stroke development. I have over 18 years of experience teaching both private and group swimming lessons and coaching swim teams. I am lifeguard, YMCA and Red Cross certified. I gained my teaching experience by working as both a lifeguard and swimming instructor at the La Canada Flintridge Country Club, the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center, the Crescenta-Canada YMCA and as a private instructor in the La Canada, La Crescenta, Pasadena, Arcadia, Altadena, Montrose, and Glendale areas. I feel that my extensive swimming instruction experience paired with my master's degree in communication make me uniquely qualified to provide engaging, effective swimming instruction. I hope to have the opportunity to work with you! Teaching Approach: I work hard to develop a positive, trusting relationship with all of the families I work with so that the students feel comfortable with me and can trust that I have their best interests at heart. I have found that a positive relationship paired with the experience I have and methods I use yield very effective results. I would love to develop a personalized swimming program for you and/or your family. Success Stories: One of the aspects of teaching swimming I enjoy the most is the relationships I develop with the families I work with. Several of the families I teach have been clients for several years, as I teach the oldest children to swim and down to the youngest. I count these lasting, positive relationships as some of my greatest successes. I have had the opportunity to take several non-swimmers and guide them to water safety and teach them to swim confidently. Being able to facilitate that process is truly amazing (for me as the instructor, for the students, and for the parents) and is one of the many reasons I return to teaching swimming summer after summer. Teaching swimming is particularly rewarding with students that are fearful or apprehensive. I have had several such students and the process of teaching these students to swim is where I have the opportunity to blend my master's degree in communication with my experience in swimming instruction to encourage student's success and confidence in the water.