Swim School Staff

Swim School Staff – Irvine Location


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.

To preview the instructors at our other locations, select the appropriate facility below:

Carlsbad Location

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Beverly Hills Location

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San Jose Location

Highlands Ranch Location

Aaron
Aaron
Rancho Santa Margarita
Aaron learned how to swim at a young age, and played water polo and competed on the swim team while in high school. He gained experience working with children as the eldest of six grandchildren, babysitting children ages three through fourteen over the last 15 years. Aaron is passionate about teaching swimming lessons and loves to make his lessons fun and interactive. He currently studies Nutrition at Santiago Canyon College. A fun fact about Aaron is that he loves the outdoors!

Ali
Ali
Buena Park
SEASONAL – 5/28/18 – 8/7/18
We are excited to welcome Ali back to the Waterworks team to coach our Swim Camp! She has 6 years of experience as a competitive swimmer during which she received the Coaches Award, was named MVP, and was given the title of Team Captain. Her favorite stroke is Butterfly and her favorite event is the 200 IM. Ali previously worked with us as a Swim Instructor for 3 years teaching children of all ages and skill levels. She enjoys seeing her students learn and improve their skills in the water, and growing their passion for swimming!

Amy
Amy
Santa Ana
Amy began swimming at age 7 and swam competitively on the swim and water polo teams throughout high school. Her favorite event was the 500 yard Freestyle. Amy gained experience working with children of all ages as a babysitter. Her favorite part about teaching swim lessons is seeing her students progress and accomplish their goals. Amy is currently studying Child Development and Counseling at Irvine Valley College. A few of Amy’s hobbies include playing the ukulele, paddle board yoga, playing water polo, and baking cakes.

Additional Skills: Trilingual in Spanish and American Sign Language

Angel
Angel
Huntington Beach
Angel was taught how to swim by his cousin at the age of 11. He caught on very quickly and has enjoyed swimming in pools and the ocean for the last 10 years. Angel has experience working with children ages 1-11 through babysitting and coaching little league baseball. Angel enjoys building connections with his students and helping them grow and develop their skills in the water! Angel currently attends Orange Coast College to major in Communications. Some of his hobbies include playing basketball, reading, and writing. A fun fact about Angel is: he was named Captain of both his track and cross country teams in high school.

Additional Skills: Bilingual in American Sign Language

Brilea
Brilea
Riverside
Brilea began swimming when she was two years old. After that, she joined her local swim team and competed for her high school team as well. Her favorite stroke is Backstroke, and she received awards for the 50 Yard Backstroke event. Brilea gained experience working with children of all ages as a babysitter. She also volunteers as a swim coach, helping children perfect their strokes. Her favorite part about teaching swim lessons is seeing her students’ progress and have fun! A few of Brilea’s hobbies include baking, traveling, and going to concerts!

Cameron
Cameron
Garden Grove
Cameron learned how to swim at a young age and his favorite stroke is Freestyle. Cameron gained experience working with children as a teacher. In addition, He ran a soccer camp and taught skateboarding lessons where he taught children the skills needed to succeed. His favorite thing about teaching swimming lesson is helping students achieve their goals. Cameron is currently studying Fire Science at Long Beach City College. A fun fact about Cameron is that he loves skateboarding and going to the beach!

Carrie
Carrie
Lake Forest
Carrie learned how to swim at a young age and has loved the water ever since. She gained experience working with children through babysitting and raising her own. Her favorite thing about teaching swimming lessons is watching her students grow more confident in the water. Carrie is currently studying Special Education at Saddleback College and Concordia University. A fun fact about Carrie is that her nickname is Carebear.

Chelsea
Chelsea
Orange
Chelsea learned how to swim when she was five years old and her favorite swim events are the 100 yard Freestyle, 200 yard Freestyle, and the 100 yard Backstroke. She swam competitively on both her high school’s swim and water polo teams. She gained experience working with children through babysitting ages one through ten and tutoring students in Math and Science. Chelsea’s favorite things about teaching swimming lessons is passing on her passion for the water. She is currently studying Nutrition and Food Dietetics at Santiago Canyon College. A fun fact about Chelsea is that she loves Disney princess movies!

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Spanish

Christian
Chris S.
Santa Ana
Chris learned how to swim at age 3 and took lessons consistently until 8th grade. His favorite stroke is Freestyle. Chris gained experience with children ages 8 to 12 while working as a girls basketball coach. He has also assisted his mother in her special needs class. Chris’ favorite part about teaching swim lessons is watching his students improve and reach their goals. Chris is currently studying Culinary Arts at Orange Coast College. A few of Chris’ hobbies include playing basketball, watching movies, and spending time with his family.

Additional Skills: Special Needs, Adult

Christine
Christine
Costa Mesa
With over 12 years of extensive experience instructing children of all ages and abilities, we are thrilled to have Christine teaching at Waterworks Aquatics. She is a devoted instructor who will bring out the best in your little swimmer. She has taught at Waterworks since our very first season, we are delighted to have her on our staff!

Additional Skills: Technique, Adult

Clara
Clara
San Francisco
Clara began swimming at the young age of two and has enjoyed swimming ever since. She swam competitively for about nine years. She started competing at the age of seven with the South San Francisco Aquatics Club and continued till the age of fourteen. She later joined her high school swim team where she continued to compete until the age of sixteen. Clara has worked with children of all ages and she gained most of her experience working with children through babysitting her younger cousins and being a swim instructor. Her favorite part about teaching is working with the children and watching them progress and accomplish their swimming goals. Clara is currently attending Orange Coast College where she is studying International Business. Some of Clara’s hobbies include going on adventures and discovering new places.

Additional Skills: Bilingual – Spanish

Cynthia
Cynthia
Orange County
Cynthia learned how to swim when she was six years old, swam competitively on her high school’s Varsity swim team, and competed on the water polo team. She swam the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, and the 50 butterfly. She has worked with children ages three through twelve for five years as a volunteer at her church. She has a passion for teaching swimming lessons because she gets to pass on her love of swimming to her students. Cynthia is currently studying child development at California State University Fullerton. A fun fact about Cynthia is that she has had all kinds of different animals growing up – hamsters, mice, a rat, turtles, guinea pigs, a bird, and a fish!

Dallas
Dallas
Garden Grove
After learning how to swim at a young age, Dallas has over two years of experience playing water polo. He gained experience working with children through coaching kindergartners through seventh graders flag football. His favorite thing about teaching swim lessons is the knowledge that he is passing on an invaluable new life skill. Dallas is currently studying Biochemistry at Santa Ana College. A fun fact about Dallas is that he loves to play videogames!

Additional Skills: Trilingual in Spanish and Tagalog

Daniel
Daniel
Santa Ana
Daniel participated on the swim and water polo teams throughout high school. He competed in CIF’s for both sports as well. Daniel gained experience working with children grades K – 8th with the Orange County Watershed Education Ambassador Program. His favorite part about being a swim instructor is seeing his students learn and accomplish new skills. Daniel is currently studying English at Chapman University and plans on attending law school in the future. A few of Daniel’s hobbies include playing guitar, hiking, going to the beach, Ultimate Frisbee, and watching Netflix. An interesting fact about Daniel is he has seen Finding Nemo 5 times.

Eduardo
Eduardo
Santa Ana
Eduardo learned how to swim at a young age, and his favorite strokes are the Butterfly and the Backstroke. He gained experience working with children through assisting and supervising a class of first graders. His favorite thing about teaching swimming lessons is seeing the smiles on his students’ faces when they master a new swim stroke. Eduardo is currently majoring in Biology at Santa Ana College. A fun fact about Eduardo is that he loves to hike!

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Spanish

Elise
Elise
Costa Mesa
Elise learned how to swim when she was two years old and her favorite stroke is Breaststroke. She began swimming competitively at the age of five and competed in high school. Elise gained experience working with children through supervising ages five through eleven as a camp counselor, coaching a youth soccer team coach, and raising her daughter. She enjoys teaching swimming lessons because she loves to see her students grow and accomplish a new skill!

Francisco
Francisco
Cerritos
Francisco learned to swim at a young age and has swam competitively for 5 years. He has played water polo with Los Alamitos International Water Polo Club, currently swims on his college swim team, and occasionally plays masters water polo. Francisco competed in the 100 yard Breaststroke, 200 and 400 yard Individual Medley, and the 200 yard Freestyle. Francisco’s greatest swimming accomplishments include going to CIF in high school for his 200 Individual Medley along with swimming a 28 second 50 yard breaststroke during a 200 yard Individual Medley relay which lead his team to conference finals! Francisco gained experience working with children of all ages as a volunteer for the Special Olympics program. His favorite part about teaching swim lessons is seeing his students’ progress in the water. Francisco is currently studying Econometrics at Cypress College. A few of Francisco’s hobbies include going to the gym, playing with his dog, eating, and swimming.

Hallie
Hallie
Yorba Linda
Hallie began swimming when she was 1 year old and competed on her high school’s water polo and swim teams for 4 years. Her favorite strokes are Freestyle and Breaststroke. Hallie gained experience working with children ages 4 months to 7 years as a babysitter. She also volunteers for her church, leading bible studies for children. Her favorite part about teaching swim lessons is seeing her students progress and have fun. Hallie is currently studying Biochemistry at Santiago Canyon College. A few of Hallie’s hobbies include art, spending time with friends, listening to music, swimming, and running. An interesting fact about Hallie is she loves elephants and hippos.

Hugo
Hugo
Santa Ana
Hugo learned how to swim at the age of 6 and began swimming competitively when he was 9 years old. In high school he competed at CIF’s with his Varsity swim and water polo teams. Hugo’s favorite stokes are Butterfly and Backstroke. While working at Disneyland for 4 years, Hugo enjoyed creating magical and memorable moments for children of all ages. He has also gained experience working with children through babysitting his cousins, ages 8 months – 9 years old. Hugo enjoys seeing his students achieve their goals and become strong, confident swimmers! Some of Hugo’s hobbies include: dancing, hiking, kayaking and photography. He is currently attending Fullerton College to major in Design. An interesting fact about Hugo is he has participated in swimming around the Huntington Beach Pier for the past 5 years!

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Spanish

Jasmin
Jasmin
Irvine
Jasmine learned how to swim at a young age and her favorite stroke is Backstroke. She gained experience working with children ages two through ten through babysitting. Jasmine enjoys watching her students growth throughout their lessons and seeing their joy when learning something new. She is currently enrolled at Irvine Valley College and is majoring in Psychology. A fun fact about Jasmine is she loves to bake and loves trying new restaurants.

Jason
Jason
Anaheim
Jason learned how to swim at a young age and his favorite stroke is Freestyle. He swam competitively on the swim and water polo teams all throughout high school and he rose to the position of team captain on both teams. Jason currently swims at the collegiate level and his favorite event is the 500 yard Freestyle because it is his specialty and he broke the league record in this event in high school. He gained experience working with children through taking care of the foster children his family took in. His favorite thing about teaching swimming lessons is watching his students grow in confidence and skill. Jason is currently studying Business Sciences at Fullerton College. A fun fact about Jason is that he loves working on cars and building computers!

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Spanish

Joi
Joi
Anaheim
Joi began swimming as a child. While in high school she played Water Polo for 3 years and was on the Swim Team for 2 years. Her favorite strokes are Breaststroke and Backstroke. Joi gained experience with children while volunteering at a preschool and through her two younger sisters. She is excited to assist her students in learning, and excelling in, their swim skills. She is very creative and enjoys making her swim lessons fun and interesting! Joi enjoys heading to the beach in her free time.

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Spanish

Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn
Chino
Kaitlyn learned how to swim when she was ten years old and her favorite events are the 200 Individual Medley, 400 Individual Medley, and the 200 Fly. She swam on multiple swim teams and broke the Mt. Sac conference record two years in a row in the 200 Fly event. Kaitlyn gained experience working with children through babysitting and teaching swim lessons. She is passionate about teaching swimming lessons because she enjoys the excitement on her students’ faces as they achieve their goals. Kaitlyn is currently studying Zoology at Mt. San Antonio College. A fun fact about Kaitlyn is that she loves cupcakes!

Kyle G.
Kyle G.
Huntington Beach
Kyle previously worked as an instructor here at Waterworks and, after spending a year studying abroad in Korea, we are happy to have him return. Kyle participated in his first swim competition at age 9 and continued to swim competitively throughout high school and college. He enjoys teaching swimming lessons because of all the connections he makes with his students and their families. Prior to Waterworks Aquatics, Kyle worked three seasons for a children’s summer program. In addition, while studying abroad, he worked at a school’s child center where he got to interact with children of varying ages. Kyle is currently attending Long Beach State University to major in Pre-Med. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, swimming and reading.

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Korean, Special Needs, Adult

Maddison
Maddison
Mission Viejo
Maddison learned how to swim when she was two years old and she has loved being in the water ever since. She gained experience working with children of all ages as a babysitter. She is excited about watching her students advance and gain confidence in their abilities. Maddison is currently studying Biology and Fine Arts at Irvine Valley College. A fun fact about Maddison is that she loves working out!

Mary
Mary
Lake Forest
Mary has been swimming since she was 2 years old and has had a passion for being in the water ever since. When she was a child, she was on recreational swim teams and loved the fun atmosphere of competing. Mary has been babysitting since she was 13 years old and worked mainly with preschoolers. She is also a group leader at a vacation bible school and volunteers for her church’s youth groups, working with children ages 3-16. She adores working with children because she enjoys building her students confidence and watching them become stronger swimmers. Mary attends Irvine Valley College to study Early Childhood Development. She enjoys kayaking, going to the beach, and working out. An interesting fact about Mary is that she loves My Little Pony and Mario Kart!

Additional Skills: Special Needs

Mattheau
Mattheau
West Covina
Mattheau learned how to swim when he was six years old, and his favorite stroke is Freestyle. He loves being in the pool and played water polo throughout high school. He gained experience working with children through volunteering at his sister’s school and at the City of Hope’s Children Hospital. His favorite thing about teaching swimming lessons is the daily interaction with his students and watching them progress at a new life skill. Mattheau currently attends Irvine Valley College and is majoring in Biology. A fun fact about Mattheau is that he loves super hero movies!

Mayra
Mayra
Santa Ana
Mayra learned how to swim when she was six years old and her favorite stroke is Freestyle. She gained experience working with children through babysitting ages one through ten and tutoring students in Reading and Writing. Mayra’s favorite things about teaching swimming lessons is passing on her passion for the water and seeing them compete at swim competitions. She is studying Criminal Justice at Cal State Fullerton College. A fun fact about Mayra is that she loves skating and going to museums!

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Spanish

Melina
Melina
Irvine
Melina began swimming at the age of five and one her favorite strokes is Backstroke. She has worked with children of all ages by helping her church’s Youth Group, leading some of her church’s Mission Trips, as well as babysitting all her little nieces and nephews. Her favorite part about teaching swimming lessons is getting to spend time with all her students and being able to teach all the different swimming techniques and skills in which they will be able to use throughout their lives. A fun fact about Melina is she really enjoys to bake and draw.

Melissa
Melissa
Chicago
Melissa learned how to swim when she was two years old and her favorite stroke is the Butterfly. She swam competitively on both the swim and water polo teams throughout high school. She specialized in the 50 meter butterfly event. Melissa gained experience working with children through volunteering with Big Brothers and Sisters of Hope for two years and being a mentor for children in Colombia for four years. Her favorite thing about teaching swimming lessons is watching her students grow in a new life skill and seeing the excitement on their faces as they accomplish their goals. Melissa is currently studying Mathematics at Irvine Valley College. A fun fact about Melissa is that she produces her own music!

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Spanish

Miranda
Miranda
Santa Ana
Miranda started swimming at the age of three years old. She swam competitively for 6 years and her favorite event was 100 yard Breaststroke. Miranda gained experience working with children up to 13 years old as a Kids Club attendant at a local gym. She loves teaching swimming lessons because she is helping her students accomplish their swimming goals. A fun fact about Miranda is she loves going on hikes.

Morgan
Morgan
Corona
Morgan learned to swim as a young child and began swimming competitively at age six. In high school she competed on both the swim and water polo teams. Her favorite events were the 200 yard Individual Medley and 100 yard Breaststroke. Morgan gained experience working with children ages 6 months to 10 years old as a swim instructor. In addition, she has worked with children of all ages as a babysitter and tutor. Her favorite part about teaching swim lessons is being in the water working with her students. Morgan is currently studying Global Studies at Azusa Pacific University. A few of Morgan’s hobbies include swimming, going to the beach, and spending time with family. An interesting fact about Morgan is she loves The Little Mermaid.

Additional Skills: Special Needs, Adult

Oscar
Oscar
Anahiem
Oscar learned how to swim when he was five years old, and swam competitively in high school. He gained experience working with children through coaching girls’ volleyball, coaching boys’ soccer, and helping the Garden Grove police explorers. His favorite things about teaching swimming lessons is interacting with his students, and teaching them in a fun and engaging manner. He majored in Psychology, and a fun fact about Oscar is that he loves to run with his dogs!

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Spanish

Paul
Paul
Yorba Linda
After learning how to swim at a young age, Paul began swimming competitively at the age of twelve and swam for multiple swim teams. He swam all throughout high school and following graduation he swam for the U.S. Army. Paul comes to us with prior swim instructor experience and loves watching his students’ progress and achieve their goals. Paul is currently studying Biochemistry at Iowa College. A fun fact about Paul is that he has been to six of the seven continents!

Additional Skills: Bilingual in French

Sam
Sam
Lake Forest
Sam learned how to swim when she was three years old and she has loved the water ever since. She gained experience working with children as a babysitter. Her favorite thing about teaching swim lessons is helping her students learn an important lifelong skill! Sam is currently studying Communications at Santiago Canyon College. A fun fact about Sam is that she loves martial arts and she loves to sing!

Steven
Steven
Santa Ana
Steven learned how to swim at the age of three all by himself. He became passionate about swimming in high school where he joined his school’s Water Polo team for four years and won CIF. Steven gained most of his experience working with younger children through babysitting. His favorite part about teaching swimming lessons is the one on one time he gets to spend with his students and being able to get the parents involved in the learning process. Steven is currently attending Cal State Fullerton and studying music. A fun fact about Steve is he really enjoys dancing, videogames and going to the gym.

Tori
Tori
Garden Grove
Tori swam for four years throughout high school and for another two years at Golden West College. She was the 2015 Orange Empire Conference Champion for the 100 yard and 200 yard Breaststroke. Tori gained experience working with newborns to 13 year old children as a nanny and a volunteer at Sunday School. Her favorite part about teaching swim lessons is getting to know her students. Tori is currently studying Communicative Disorders at Golden West College. A few of her hobbies include cooking, baking, and playing on the swings at the park. An interesting fact about Tori is she loves Disney movies, especially Tangled.

Additional Skills: Special Needs