The Swim Whisperer
The Swim Whisperer

The Swim Whisperer

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Introduction: I save lives, help people overcome fears and build confidence. I have been a swim coach for 15 years and am truly blessed that my career is my passion!
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Serves Bensenville, IL

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8 years in business

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Nicole S.
Aug 8, 2023
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I cannot say enough about our positive experience. My child went from not being able to swim to having the confidence to swim the entire length of the pool in six short weeks. Diving for rings in the deep end has become a new favorite. This was the best investment we could have made for the safety of our family. We look forward to lessons next summer!

Details: Young child (18 months - 5 years old) • Beginner • Comfortable in water • Improve swimming technique • Become more comfortable in water • Yes, a pool at my home • 30 minutes • My home, venue, etc.

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Obele B.
Jan 25, 2022
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The Swim Whisperer is amazing! We did private lessons at our home last year and she taught my 5 year old how to swim in the first session. By the end of the summer, he was swimming laps and knew how to swim different strokes. This summer, she will be working with him to prep for joining a swim team. He did Foss for a year and learned more in his first lesson with Kristi than the year with Foss (never put his head in the water at Foss, couldn’t swim without floaties). Highly recommend 🙌🏾

Details: Young child (18 months - 5 years old) • Beginner • Comfortable in water • Become more comfortable in water • Improve swimming technique • Learn basic strokes • Yes, a pool at my home • 45 minutes • My home, venue, etc.

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Christina K.
May 20, 2019
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Kristi was an awesome instructor. She was quick to respond to messages. I traveled to her Barrington location, which was about an hour drive, but it was worth it. She was patient and friendly, as well as professional. I learned quite a lot, during my private swim lesson with her. I would definitely recommend hiring her.

Details: Adult (18 or older) • No experience • Comfortable in water • Learn basic strokes • Become more comfortable in water • Yes, a pool at my home • 60 minutes • The swim instructor travels to me

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Carrie R.
Jul 5, 2016
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Kristi B. is the instructor I have been hoping to find for over six years! My daughter, J, had two severely traumatic experiences in the water by age four and until last week, had been beyond fearful of getting her face wet. I hired a private 1:1 swim instructor for my son, who has multiple social and emotional special needs, nine years ago, when he was six. The instructor is a wonderful public school special education teacher. He was extremely successful with my son. He was not, however, to develop the trusting relationship necessary with my daughter, for her to be comfortable working with him. Kristie, after interviewing over the phone and meeting me, sat down with J to let her describe, in her own words, her previous experiences in the water and how they made her feel. Keeping J's perspective in mind, Kristie was able to get in the pool with her and begin the teaching process. I was fascinated by how Kristie arranged the steps to instruct my daughter were different than the order in which my son was taught. It seems she tailors her approach to the student's needs-kind of like an I.E.P. for swimming. : ) By the end of the first lesson, my daughter was putting her face in the water and floating on her back independently! When Kristie asked, J said she thought she'd never swim on her back. J was beaming with pride. I'll never forget her expression. :) Two days later, Kristie had J going completely underwater, by herself. I loved that Kristie taught her how by demonstrating the physical goal, not by putting her hands on her (in this specific teaching area) to guide my daughter through the motions. It showed J that only she was in control of her body and Kristie was not going to rush or force her into something she was not ready to try. Empowering words and consistent, positive reinforcement had J swimming the width of the pool, on her back, by the end of the second lesson! At home, we're recording the achievements made during each class on the calendar to provide a visual of her achievements. My number one goal for my daughter is to be safe in and around water. I can't express how excited, thankful and relieved I am that J is swimming on her back and quickly developing more potentially life saving safety skills. By the time Jackie will no longer need lessons, I know she will continue swimming just for fun. I can't recommend Kristie enough! I can't wait to see what will develop during tomorrow's lesson!
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Tom r.
Jan 14, 2024
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Kristi connected right away with my son and helped him improve immensely. She did a great jon

Details: Adult (18 or older) • Beginner • Comfortable in water • Improve swimming technique • Train for an event • Yes, a pool that allows private lessons • 30 minutes • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc.

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