• All instructors are American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors with current certification and/or instructors that are certified by another Nationally recognized swim training organization.
  • All instructors have cleared a Level 2 background check
  • All instructors have current certifications in First Aid and CPR training

Swimming For Life Instructors


Angie Hess

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

Angie is a certified Red Cross Water Safety instructor that offers a unique skill set that focuses on safety and utilizes her greater than 10 years of behavioral training experience.  Spending time in and around the water has always been an important part of her life and is something she wants to share with everyone.

Angie grew up living on a lake in Minnesota and swam competitively for over 8 years.  Additionally, she spent 4 years competing in synchronized swimming.  Angie’s behavioral experience comes from her time training dolphins at SeaWorld and Discovery Cove.


Becky James

Assured Aquatics

I am a native Floridian, child of the Atlantic coast beaches, lover of all things water-related, and believer that every single child both needs to and is capable of learning confidence and safety around any body of water they may encounter. My passion is especially for instructing those students that may be initially fearful or need a little more time or individualized attention and methods in order to gain that confidence and skill set that will keep them safe in our beautiful, water-dotted landscape.



Kathy Brandt

Guppies Swim School

Kathy has been a childcare provider in her home in South Clermont for 20 years. Taking care of children has been a very important and joyful part of her life. She decided to introduce the water safety program to her daycare children in 2014 and she will continue to contribute to a world without drowning. This inspiration to teach children water safety started in 2004 when she met Mrs. Ginny Harrison, who taught her daughter water safety and how to swim.



Laura Trevorrow

Love to Swim School

Laura is a certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and Recreational Therapist for 30 years. She has taught in many other Aquatic programs for all ages.Specializing in children and adults with special needs.She believes that learning to swim is about physical fitness,water safety and a lifestyle of wellness.



Ginny Vickers Harrison

Swimming For Life

Ginny Vickers Harrison is a swim instructor and water safety specialist. She has taught swimming and water safety for over 45 years. She is an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer. Her passion is to create a world without drowning.

Growing up around the water, Ginny has enjoyed many water sports such as water skiing, swim team competition and synchronized swimming. She has created and directed many summer camp sports programs and has worked with children all her life.



Hannah-Faith Longo

Hi! My name is Hannah-Faith Longo. I am 18 years old and am a newly certified WSI Instructor. I am a recent graduate at East Ridge High School having graduated with Honors and given the honor of holding the Summa Cum Laude title. After college, my hope is to become a Physician’s Assistant. On top of my WSI Certification, I am also an Independently Contracted Lifeguard. I guard private parties, the swimming portion of triathlons and water based events held in the community as well. I have a passion for loving on kids and helping them make strides in the water. I take what I do very seriously as water safety is very important in my family after almost having lost a few cousins to the number two leading cause of childhood deaths: drowning  I would be honored to help increase your child’s knowledge of the water and help them achieve the goal of swimming!


Lauren Ciervo

My name is Lauren Ciervo and I am a Certified Water Safety Instructor. I grew up in Long Island, NY and spent every summer swimming in the ocean or in my backyard pool. I moved to Florida 11 years ago and now live in Clermont, with my husband of 13 years and my three children. I have twins that are 12 years old (boy & girl) and an 8-year-old (girl) as well. I am a full time student working on becoming a Behavior Analyst and am currently working as a behavior assistant for a mental health and behavioral service company. I became a Water Safety Instructor because of my love for the water and my desire to educate children on how to be safe around the water. I love working with the children that need the most help and enjoy teaching in a safe, caring, and fun environment.


Carrie Powell

My name is Carrie Powell.  I am certified Red Cross Swimming Instructor and love helping children discover the joy of swimming.  I am also certified in Christian Counseling, CPR, first aid and scuba diving.  I worked in the medical field for 25 years but have found my true passion in teaching children to love the water while being safe. I have taught group and private lessons with children 18 months old through adults in their 50’s in Florida and Long Island, New York.  I love to see the excitement in a student’s eyes when they accomplish a goal in the water which had previously been very scary for them.


Lynda Hutchinson

Lynda has been involved with water safety since she was 17 years old. She began as a lifeguard and then went on to become a Water Safety Instructor in her college years. She has taught swim lessons for more than 25 years.
In her early years, while living in Pennsylvania she managed a pool and started a swim lesson program as well as a swim team. She now resides in Lake County, Florida where she has taught swim lessons at the Mount Dora, Eustis, and for the YMCA in Tavares. She also has a business teaching private swim lessons.