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.”

April
April
Valley Center
April learned how to swim at a young age and her favorite stroke is the Freestyle. She began swimming competitively at the age of fourteen and she continues to participate in races. Following her four years of competing in high school, April joined San Diego State University’s Triathlon team where she qualified for the NCAA nationals. She competes in Olympic and Sprint triathlons, swimming a half mile to one and a half miles in open water followed by biking and running. You can find her swimming around the Oceanside Pier, Mission Bay, and Glorietta Bay. April developed a passion for working with children through becoming Miss Valley Center where she would appear at local events as an ambassador of Valley Center and moderate games and face painting for the children. She also spends her free time an active mentor in the Big Sister program. April loves teaching swim lessons because nothing makes her happier than seeing her students grow in their confidence and swimming technique. April is currently studying Biology and Zoology at San Diego State University. A fun fact about April is that she is always singing songs in her head while she swims and tries to match the rhythm of her strokes to the song.

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

Curtis
Curtis
San Marcos
Curtis learned how to swim when he was two years old and has loved the water ever since. He gained experience working with children through babysitting, coaching, and teaching swimming lessons. Curtis has a passion for teaching swimming lessons because he enjoys watching his students’ progress. Curtis is currently studying Business at California State University, San Marcos. A fun fact about Curtis is that he loves to play soccer!

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!

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

Hannah
Hannah
Santa Cruz
Hannah learned how to swim at a young age, and was an active member of the Junior Lifeguards for two years. She gained experience working with children through being a camp counselor and a nanny. She loves teaching swimming lessons because she enjoys the confidence learning a new life skill brings to her students. Hanna is currently studying Marine Biology at Palomar College. A fun fact about Hannah is that she was born on Easter!

Lauren
Lauren A.
Carlsbad
Seasonal
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

Leslie
Leslie
North Hollywood
Leslie has been swimming competitively since she was in elementary school, and continued competing throughout high school. Her favorite stroke is Backstroke. She gained experience working with children as a Girl Scout Troop leader where she mentored young girls. She has a passion for teaching swimming lessons because she loves watching her students improve and accomplish their goals. Leslie is currently studying Liberal Studies at Palomar College. When Leslie is not in the pool, she enjoys going to the beach and playing with her dogs!

Additional Skills: Trilingual in Spanish and French

Name
Lina (Angelina)
Encinitas
Lina learned how to swim at a young age and swam on her local swim team for years. She gained experience working with children through babysitting ages three through six, and working as a teacher’s assistant for ages one through six. Lina loves teaching swimming lessons because she enjoys the excitement on her students’ faces as they learn an invaluable new life skill. A fun fact about Lina is that she learned to swim before she learned how to walk!

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 G
Matthew G.
San Marcos
Matthew joins us with prior experience as a swim instructor and a heart for working with children. He learned how to swim at a young age and his specialty is Freestyle. At the age of twelve he worked as a group leader for a baseball camp for children ages eight and nine. Matthew later found his passion teaching swimming lessons as a swim instructor. His favorite part about teaching swim lessons is seeing the excitement on his students’ faces as they achieve their goals. Matthew is currently studying Business at John Paul the Great College. A fun fact about Matthew is that he is the youngest of six children.

Matthew R
Matthew R.
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

Shianna
Shianna
Groveport,Ohio
Shianna learned how to swim when she was five years old and regularly spearfishes or free dives in her free time. She gained experience working with children through babysitting and teaching children how to ride horses. Shianna’s favorite thing about teaching swimming lessons is watching her students’ confidence grow while learning new swim techniques in a fun way. A fun fact about Shianna is that she loves to read!

William
William
Oceanside
William learned how to swim at a young age and has loved the water ever since. He gained experience working with children through being a head lifeguard and instructor at LEGOLAND California. He is passionate about teaching swimming lesson because he loves building long lasting relationships with his students and seeing their confidence grow as they achieve their goals. William is currently studying Fire Science and Business at Mira Costa and Palomar College. A fun fact about William is that he is scuba certified!