I have been swimming since I was a baby. I joined my first swim team when I was 6-years-old and swam competitively through college.
I was born, raised and trained in Maryland, home of Michael Phelps and also the state with the most Olympic Medals for swimming. There must be something in the water!
In college competitions I swam the following events:
- 200 meter butterfly,
- 200 meter individual medley,
- butterfly leg on the 400 meter medley relay, and
- the 1650 freestyle (which is 1 mile).
These are the four hardest events to swim.
In college I completed the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course and began my swimming instructor/coaching career.
After college I coached a summer swim team of approximately 50 kids ages 6 - 18 for several years.
I've taught stroke clinics for competitive swimmers looking to improve their stroke technique for faster competitive times.
I have been teaching swimming lessons since I was 21-years-old, and have a total of 10 cumulative years of swimming instructor experience, teaching every age, every ability and every comfort level with water. I've taught group lessons for several years, but I've found that private individual classes are much more effective and efficient.
Many of my students start off with minimal swimming ability and end up swimming laps with complete confidence in their new abilities.
I spent my college summers as a lifeguard, and continued to lifeguard and teach swimming lessons nights and weekends for several years after graduating.
I moved to Vegas in 2010 and love it here.
In 2017 alone I taught more than 70 students of all ages and abilities to swim. I've taught hundreds of students over the years.
I have Heartsaver First Aid & CPR AED certification from the American Heart Association which expires in 2019.