Swim School Staff – Carlsbad

Swim School Staff


We realize the quality of our programs depends on the quality of our instructors. For this reason, our instructors are chosen based on their qualifications, communication skills, patience, and love for children. Our structured training program ensures that each student receives the finest hands-on instruction available. Regardless of their age or skill level, students will discover that continuous interaction with our warm and caring instructors develops trust and stability both in and out of the water. We are pleased to give our swimmers a qualified team of experienced, mature professionals who are devoted to making a positive impact on their students.

Alex
Alex B.
Oceanside
Alex has been involved in swimming his entire life and swam competitively in high school. His favorite events were the 100 freestyle and the butterfly medley relay. His passion for teaching comes from watching his children grow in a skill that is so important in life. Alex gained experience working with children as a lifeguard at Legoland, as well as through his family of young cousins and nephews. In his spare time Alex enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, spending time with friends, and going to the beach. An interesting fact about Alex is that his name is spelled “Alexzander.”

Brianna
Brianna
Phoenix, Arizona
Brianna is currently studying to become a Dental Hygienist at Palomar College. She began swimming as a baby and competed on the swim team throughout high school. She gained experience with children ages 6 months to 12 years old through working at a Montessori and as a nanny. Brianna also gained experience working with children with special needs at the Montessori. Her favorite part about teaching swim lessons is being able to work with her students and get them comfortable in the water. A few of Brianna’s hobbies include horseback riding, swimming, dancing, arts and crafts, movies, and reading. An interesting fact about Brianna is she loves all Disney movies and super heroes.

Caitlin
Caitlin
Valley Center
Caitlin joined Waterworks Aquatics with experience teaching children of all ages how to surf. She also previously worked as an English teacher in Uganda. Caitlin enjoys being a swimming instructor because she is passionate about helping children improve their swimming skills. On her days off you can find Caitlin participating in competitive triathlons, surfing, climbing, and traveling. An interesting fact about her is that she has backpacked across Uganda, Congo, and Rwanda. Caitlin is currently attending Cal State San Marcos with a focus on Bio-Chem.

Additional Skills: Special Needs, Technique, Adult

Carissa
Carissa
Vista
Carissa joined Waterworks Aquatics with 6 years of competitive swimming experience and 12 years of competitive water polo experience. She was awarded MVP for both the swim and water polo teams in high school and was on First Team at Palomar College. She has 2 years’ previous experience as a swim instructor, working with students of all ages. Her favorite aspect of teaching swimming lessons is seeing her students’ excitement in the water and helping them reach their goals as swimmers. Carissa currently attends Palomar College and Cal State San Marcos to major in Human Development. In her free time, she enjoys working out and going to the beach. An interesting fact about Carissa is that she is 1 out of 8 children in her family.

Additional Skills: Special Needs, Technique

Christina
Christina
Bonsall
Christina is studying Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine at Palomar College with additional course work in Early Childhood Development. She comes from a large family of younger brothers and loves to teach swimming because of the difference that she makes in a child’s life. In the past she was a regular volunteer for the R.E.I.N.S Therapeutic Horsemanship Program in Fallbrook where she helped those with special needs build self-confidence and experience emotional growth. In her spare time, Christina practices Yoga, reads, and designs crafts.

Additional Skills: Special Needs

David
David
Vista
David is currently studying Nutrition at Palomar College. He played water polo for 11 years and swam for his high school’s varsity swim team for 4 consecutive years. David also has 2 years’ experience coaching water polo and 2 years of lifeguarding experience. His favorite aspect of teaching swimming lessons is being part of his students’ improvement and seeing the joy on their faces as they learn a new skill. David has gained childcare experience as an Eagle Scout working with a range of children in helping them achieve rank advancements, as well as volunteering at local homeless shelters where he ran games and activities and assisted the children with their homework. In his free time he enjoys playing water polo, swimming, and camping. An interesting fact about David is that he has been in the Junior Olympics for water polo for 9 years!

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Sign Language, Technique, Adult

Dylann
Dylann
San Marcos
Dylan has played water polo since she was 9 years old, was on her high school’s Varsity water polo team all four years, and was also an active member of the swim team. Her favorite stroke is the butterfly and she enjoyed swimming the butterfly portion of the 200 meter IM relay. Dylann has been babysitting since she was twelve, and works with children ages three through five at her church. Her favorite thing about teaching swimming lessons is watching the look of pure joy and accomplishment on her students’ faces when they work hard and finally swim across the pool. Dylann currently attends Palomar College to major in Psychology. A fun fact about Dylann is that she loves to draw and make funny videos!

Elaina H
Elaina H
Carlsbad
Elaina fell in love with swimming and the water after learning how to swim when she was 3 years old. Her favorite strokes are Backstroke and Freestyle. Elaina has worked with children since she was 11 years old, she started as a babysitter and later became a nanny. She also helped to run a classroom that taught children American Sign Language, and volunteered to teach the arts of music and theater at a children’s summer camp. Elaina loves teaching swim lessons because she wants to inspire her students to love the water just as she does. Her goal is for them to feel confident in the water and in their ability to swim. Elaina currently attends Mira Costa College and studies Kinesiology. She loves to sing and in her free time she writes songs and composes music on the piano.

Additional Skills: Bilingual in American Sign Language

Ethan
Ethan
Humboldt
Ethan attends Palomar College to study Computer Programming. He began swimming when he was young, and played water polo for a year when he was 10 years old. He went on to participate in the Oceanside Jr Lifeguard program for six summers, and joined the swim and water polo teams at Vista High all four years of high school. Ethan gained experience working with children through volunteering at a variety of events, where he would take care of them and keep them entertained. His favorite aspect of teaching swimming lessons is watching his students grow and progress their swimming skills. In his free time Ethan enjoys traveling, surfing, and archery.

Additional Skills: Technique

Garrett
Garrett
Fallbrook
Garrett learned how to swim at a young age, and his favorite stroke is the butterfly. He began swimming competitively when he was five years old and has been a part of five different swim teams. Garrett has previously worked as a babysitter and an assistant water polo coach for children ages eight through fourteen. His favorite thing about teaching swimming lessons is helping his students learn a life-long skill, and seeing them grow as swimmers. Garrett currently studies computer science at Mira Costa College. A fun fact about Garrett is that he develops video games in his spare time!

Joanna
Joanna
Encinitas
Joanna began taking swimming lessons when she was a child, which led her to swim competitively and play water polo in high school. Upon graduation, she continued to play water polo at Palomar College. When it comes to teaching swimming lessons, Joanna loves interacting with her students and creating bonds. She has gained childcare experience through volunteering at her mother’s day care and coaching high school water polo. Joanna was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and moved to Encinitas as a child. She enjoys expressing herself through tattoo artwork!

Additional Skills: Adult

Keoana
Keoana
Chula Vista
Keoana learned how to swim at age 7 and began swimming competitively at age 9. She competed on her high school’s swim team as well and her favorite event was the 100 Freestyle. Keoana gained experience working with children of all ages previously as a swim instructor. She has also volunteered for an after-school program called DASH (Dynamic After School Hours). Lastly, Keoana has experience working with children with special needs as a volunteer for Baron Buddies. Her favorite part about teaching swim lessons is seeing her students grow and progress in the water. Keoana is currently studying Political Science and Philosophy at San Diego State University. A few of Keoana’s hobbies include swimming, dancing, and singing. An interesting fact about Keoana is she used to work as a Disney Princess for birthday parties.

Lauren
Lauren A.
Carlsbad
Lauren joined Waterworks Aquatics with an extensive swim background. She began swimming competitively on club teams at eight years old and continued until the age of 16. Lauren also swam on the Varsity team at her high school all four years. She has competed at CIF and Junior Olympics meets. Her favorite events are the 500 freestyle and the 200 freestyle. Lauren gained childcare experience while previously employed with a flag football company, where she worked with children in kindergarten through 8th grade. She also worked as a teacher’s assistant for a couple years at her church for children ages 9-11, helping the class run smoothly. In her free time Lauren enjoys swimming, going to the beach, and hiking.

Additional Skills: Bilingual in French

Lyndie
Lyndie
Vista
Lyndie joins Waterworks Aquatics with 2 years’ experience teaching swim lessons at a local waterpark. In high school, she played waterpolo and was on the swim team for 2 years as well. In her free time, you will find her surfing, swimming or shopping. Lyndie loves teaching and one of her favorite things is seeing her students’ excitement when they have learned something new!

Additional Skills: Special Needs, Technique, Adult

Matthew
Matthew
Carlsbad
Matthew is currently attending Mira Costa College. Through his involvement with the Boy Scouts he obtained his swimming merit badge as well as taught swimming and water safety for several years to variety of ages. Matthew has a passion for teaching and volunteers at a local middle school teaching kids about music as a Percussion instructor. When Matthew is not in the water, he enjoys playing the drums, biking, hiking and rock climbing.

Additional Skills: Adult

Michael
Michael T.
Vista
Michael joined Waterworks Aquatics with a history of competitive swimming experience. While in high school, he played water polo for 4 years and swam for 3 years. Micahels favorite thing about teaching swim lessons is that he can combine his passion for working with children, with his passion for swimming. He previously worked at Legoland and currently is an Assistant Scoutmaster. In his free time, Michael enjoys reading comic books and watching a variety of sports. He is currently attending Mira Costa College with a focus on History.

Additional Skills: Special Needs

Mikey
Mikey
Redlands
Mikey is studying Psychology at Palomar College. He has been surfing for over 16 years and participated on both the water polo and swim teams in high school. He also taught the children whom he babysat how to surf and body board. He loves teaching at Waterworks Aquatics because he is able to surround himself with people who are passionate about helping children learn to swim and love the water. In his spare time Mikey spends time with his family and friends at the beach or in the mountains.

Additional Skills: Special Needs, Technique, Adult

Nicole
Nicole
San Marcos
Nicole learned how to swim at six months old, and swam competitively for seven years. Nicole gained experience working with children ages four to eight as a babysitter. Her favorite thing about teaching swim lessons is watching her students grow and improve at a new skill. Nicole is currently studying Child Development at Palomar College. An interesting fact about Nicole is that she loves to write!

Sophia
Sophia
Lakewood
Sophia transferred to Waterworks Aquatics Carlsbad from our Huntington Beach Facility, where she worked as an Instructor for 1 year. She currently attends Mira Costa College to focus on becoming a teacher. Sophia swam for the Cerritos swim team for 5 years, made the Varsity swim team all 4 years of high school, and also played on the Varsity water polo team for 2 years. Her favorite thing about teaching swimming lessons is getting her students confident in the water. Sophia has 4 younger siblings ages 5-16 that she enjoys babysitting when her parents are out. She also gained experience with children of varying ages by volunteering at Red Cross events, elementary schools, and youth wrestling tournaments. In her free time she enjoys swimming, hiking, and writing. An interesting fact about Sophia is that she has a dog, 2 cats, a fish, a rabbit, 3 birds, and a frog.

Additional Skills: Special Needs, Bilingual in Spanish