Swimming For Life Instructors
- 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
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.Learn More
What I have learned in those many years of experience instructing both typical and atypical students is that each student is uniquely capable. Each learner is an individual learner. A teacher who is willing to consult with parents regarding a child’s individual needs, who is able to pay attention to a child’s physical and verbal cues and intuitively adapt methods or incentives, who is able to exude kindness and confidence and partnership in the child’s learning, and who is willing to set expectations for the child and then firmly hold the child to those expectations while encouraging them to believe that the goals are attainable, is a teacher who will develop students who become confident and take ownership of their own learning and achievement. This is the philosophy I bring to water safety instruction. I believe that the most fearful, the most developmentally delayed student, when worked with as an individual, is capable of learning the skills and confidence needed to respond in a life-saving manner if they accidentally fall into a body of water, as well as to freely enjoy appropriate water play.
Visit her webpage at www.AssuredAquatics.com to learn more.
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.Learn More
Guppieswim School – where swimming is the adventure of a lifetime!
Visit her webpage at www.guppieswimschool.com to learn more.
Sea Star Swim Academy
Nick, a certified Red Cross water safety instructor, is the founder of Sea Star Swim Academy, a private lesson swim school in Orange county near downtown Orlando. Nick’s behavioral experience comes from his time training dolphins, whales, sea lions and many other aquatic animals at SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and the Florida aquarium. His lifetime around the water and his professional experience are the drivers of his belief that people of all ages should be equipped with the necessary skills to enjoy swimming and play in the water in the safest way possible.Learn More
Visit his webpage at www.SeaStarswimAcaedmy.com to learn more.
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.
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.Learn More
Angie is happy to share her pool, which is set up perfectly to teach anyone in a comfortable, clean, private setting. The pool is a heated UV/Ozone system so your eyes will not burn and the soft water is easy on skin and hair. Her approach uses gentle, effective, fun approximations that build confidence and give swimmers the knowledge of how to safely swim in and exit the water. Parents are expected to stay engaged during the lesson to assist in encouraging and motivating students. Whether you are a 6 month old or a 30 year old, Angie has the skills and patience to help achieve your goals!
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.Learn More
In 2016, Swimming for Life awarded 672 swimming scholarships to children in Lake, Marion, Citrus, Hernando and Orange counties due to the funding from organizations such as The United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties, The Lake County Children’s Services Council, Kids Central Inc., The Dawn Brancheau Foundation and from private donors who believe that drowning is preventable.
She and her husband, Jim, were instrumental in obtaining a proclamation for Lake County designating the month of May as Water Safety Month. She and Jim have been responsible for creating Water Safety Day, hosted by six Lake County cities, offering water safety education and swim lesson registration to the community.
Ginny is a certified Montessori AMI teacher with ten years’ experience in the classroom. In April 2014 Ginny was awarded the Hidden Hero of Public Health Award for her endless work to bring drowning awareness and water safety education to the residents of Lake County during 2013. Ginny believes drowning is preventable and her goal is to make this a reality in Lake County, Florida and beyond.
My name is Jessica Lykins, I am 18 years old, and a rising freshman at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. I have been so fortunate to grow up in a family that are all certified Water Safety instructors through the Red Cross and have been teaching for many more years than I have been alive. This experience has allowed me to watch and participate in the learning and teaching process of swimming from a very young age. As of approximately two years ago I even became a WSI myself. I am looking forward to sharing my passion for the water and all the fun it can bring with you this summer! See you at the pool.
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!
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.
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 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.
Water Safety education is important to Lynda because she believes that many lives have been saved and her life has been made richer by students learning to swim and enjoy the water. She is proud to have had the opportunity to teach swimming skills to so many students for so many years. Teaching swimming is her passion!