Survival Swim Instructor
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I grew up loving the water. In high school I was on the swim team and water polo team all 4 years and one of my first jobs was as a lifeguard and later becoming the pool manager for a local neighborhood pool. I’ve since grown to love snorkeling, sailing and recently became certified in scuba diving. Being in and around water is one of my happy places.
Until recently, I felt it was important for kids to know how to swim so they could feel confident around water and have as much fun as I did growing up. Tragically, I learned firsthand the importance of quality swim-float-swim lessons when a dear friend, who is like a daughter to me, lost her sweet, 2 1/2 year-old son, Gunner, to an accidental drowning in their own backyard pool. It was at this time when I learned that drowning is the number one cause of death for children younger than the age of 5.
As a pool owner and grandmother of 5 children, all under the age of five years old, this terrified me and I became an advocate for swim-float-swim lessons for all young children. Shortly thereafter my friend asked me if I’d be interested in putting my voice into action to become a survival swim instructor. The Survival Swim Development Network was the perfect fit for me to learn a gentle approach to teaching young children the vital skills they need. My training was extensive yet very rewarding. It has been a joy to watch my young students grow in confidence with their new skills in the water. Some cry and fight it at the beginning but I tailor my lessons to meet the needs of each student and help them gently turn that fear into a skill that may one day save their life and give them a healthy, love of water to last their lifetime as well.