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:
Huntington Beach Location
Sierra Madre Location
Beverly Hills Location
With over 13 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. Christine enjoys going to the movies and has taught at Waterworks since 2004. We are
delighted to have her on our staff!
Alan is currently attending Cypress College with a major in Physics. He was first employed by
Waterworks Aquatics as a Lifeguard. Alan was then promoted to a Swim Instructor and has been
with Waterworks since 2008. Previous to Waterworks, he has volunteered at the YMCA's summer camp
program for young children as a camp counselor. When he is not teaching swim lessons, Alan enjoys
surfing, training in Muay Thai, and playing guitar and drums.
Jessica is currently attending Fullerton College and working on her degree in Graphic Design.
As a child she swam competitively for a club team. In high school, Jessica swam on her Varsity
team where she was awarded MVP and Most Improved swimmer. She has experience teaching Parent &
Me, Private, and Semi-Private Lessons. Jessica has been babysitting for her siblings, friends and
relatives for years and enjoys working with children for the opportunity to help them grow to their
full potential. Jessica previously worked for a photo studio where she interacted with children of
all ages on a daily basis.
Thomas has 5 years of competitive swimming experience and a strong water polo background for which his
club water-polo team won a gold medal at the Junior Olympics. He's also worked as a fitness camp leader
at Los Caballeros Sports Club where he introduced children to various athletic activities. Thomas is currently
majoring in Business Administration at Orange Coast College and in his spare time enjoys skateboarding and going
to the beach.
Meghan has been a competitive swimmer for over 10 years and throughout her career swam for both the Mission
Viejo Nadadores and Irvine NOVA Aquatics. In high school, she participated in both Swim Team and Water Polo.
Meghan is now studying Journalism at Orange Coast College and aspires to someday write for a fashion magazine.
Meghan enjoys teaching at Waterworks because of the fun work environment and for the opportunity to help children
achieve their goals.
Lindsay is studying Psychology at Saddleback Community College and plans to specialize in Occupational
Therapy upon transferring to a local university. Before joining Waterworks he was a lifeguard and instructor
at the Saddleback Pool where he worked with children ranging from those with special needs to high school
swimmers looking to improve upon their competition results. He has earned the "Scholar Baller" award at
Saddleback for maintaining a high GPA while swimming for the school's competitive team. Lindsay enjoys surfing,
beach volleyball and soccer.
Andre is currently majoring in Marketing at Cal State Fullerton. He has four years of competitive swimming experience
and has competed at the high school level on his water polo team for two years. Over the past year, Andre has volunteered
at his church in the Sunday school department taking care of children ages 2 through 5 years of age. He has been surfing
for the past 8 years and looks forward for the opportunity to take his passion for working with children and translating
it to the water.
Crista joins Waterworks Aquatics with over 6 years of competitive swimming experience. She earned her
varsity letter during her senior year in high school. In addition to her swimming experience, she has
coached and taught swim lessons for over 2 years. Crista is currently attending Cal State Fullerton and
is majoring in Communications and American Studies. She is excited to share her passion for swimming with
all of her students here at Waterworks.
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Kyla has been swimming competitively for the past 8 years including one year in college.
For 2 summer seasons, Kyla lifeguarded and taught swim lessons at Luckie Park Pool. Aside
from swimming, she has 3 years of experience teaching first grade Sunday school. Kyla has
also volunteered as an after school program leader for Think Together to assist second grade
students at Hoover Elementary School.
Tara is currently attending Fullerton College and is majoring in Child Development. She swam competitively
on her high school team for three years during which she received a leadership award. Tara has also worked
at the YMCA with their after school program to gain experience in child development. She spends time babysitting
children ranging from 1 - 15 years of age. An interesting fact about Tara is that she the middle child of 7
siblings in her family.
Trevor is currently attending Saddleback College and is majoring in Accounting and Communications.
He has 9 years of competitive water polo experience and 2 years of competitive swimming experience.
In high school, he played on the national water polo team in Hungary and Slovakia where his team took
second place. Trevor has also spent time babysitting his nieces and nephews. He is excited to teach
at Waterworks Aquatics for the chance to develop his students into great athletes.
Elena is currently majoring in Music Education and Performance at Long Beach State University.
Since 2009, Elena has worked as an Ocean Lifeguard for an aquatics center for a state beach.
Prior to coming onto Waterworks, Elena assisted with running an aquatic day camp where she taught
children of varying ages how to surf, kayak, and sail. For the past two years, she has also worked
as a music tutor where she has found a passion working in the field of education. In her free time,
Elena enjoys playing music, sailing, kayaking and surfing.
Katherine joins Waterworks Aquatics with over 3 years of swim teaching experience with the Rose Bowl Aquatic
Center in Pasadena. In addition, she has gained a large amount of experience working with students with special
needs, specifically Autism. Katherine comes from a large family of aquatic professionals ranging from her mother
being an Aquatics Director to other family members working as lifeguards and swim instructors. Throughout high
school, Katherine worked as a tutor helping children with multiple subjects in school. Recently, she graduated
from Cal State Northridge as a history major.
Devin has worked as a Deck Supervisor for Waterworks Aquatics for the past year. She has now taken on
the role as a Swim Instructor. Prior to Waterworks, Devin was a Junior Lifeguard for 3 years for the
city of Huntington Beach. While in this program she assumed the role of a Safety Aid and Captains Corp,
which is the highest level position within the program. For the past 5 years, Devin has also babysat for
numerous families. Devin enjoys teaching at Waterworks because of the bond she creates with her students.
She is the oldest of 6 siblings and enjoys playing soccer, surfing, and going to the beach in her free time.
Kyle is currently attending Long Beach State University and is majoring in Biology.
He swam competitively on his high school swim team and continued his swimming career at
Orange Coast College before he transferred to Long Beach State. Kyle grew up in a large
family and is the oldest of 11 cousins. He also lived on the island of Kauai for 12 years.
While in Hawaii, he worked three seasons for a children's summer program. In his free time,
he enjoys surfing, swimming and reading.
Nick comes to Waterworks with over 10 years of competitive swimming experience.
He swam for Nova Aquatics for 6 years and for Irvine High School for his 4-year
term. Nick is currently attending Cal State University, Fullerton and is majoring
in Business Administration. In his free time, he has volunteered hours working with
children and also looks after his 3 younger siblings. When Nick is not swimming, he
enjoys rock climbing and longboarding.
Tiffany is currently attending Cal State University, Fullerton and is majoring in International
Business and Marketing. Before coming to Waterworks, Tiffany was a Hungarian Scout Leader for 7
years where she worked with children to educate them on culture, reading, writing, and camping essentials.
In addition, Tiffany was a summer Camp Counselor for 4 years at her church where she taught children how to
play sports, sing, and swim. Tiffany has also volunteered at her local library to read to young children.
She loves being an Instructor at Waterworks because she gets to see how much the children enjoy being in
the water and she gets to see them progress.
Thor is currently attending Cal State Dominguez Hills where he is majoring in Philanthropy
and Business. When Thor was younger, he participated in the Junior Lifeguard program for
four years where he attained cadet status. He also participated on his local club swim team
for three seasons. Thor also has experience coaching a youth baseball team and has
participated in a youth group that led a mission trip to Mexico. He is the oldest of
three siblings and is his free time, enjoys surfing, playing baseball and swimming.
An interesting fact about Thor is that he has surfed North Shore in Hawaii.
Ally currently attends Orange Coast College and is majoring in Culinary
Arts. She has been swimming since she was 4 years old and went on to swim
competitively through high school. Prior to Waterworks, Ally coached soccer
for several years and has babysat for children ages 1 - 14. Ally also
participated in the Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguard program where she
received a variety of awards for the land and run-swim-run races. In her
free time, she enjoys painting, cooking, baking, and taking her dogs to the
Kyle is a friendly, hardworking, responsible instructor who previously worked at
Soak City as a Lifeguard. Kyle swam competitively at Orange Glen High School where
he also played water polo for 2 years. His favorite strokes are Breaststroke and
Freestyle. Kyle enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding and playing with his younger
siblings. He loves watching kids progress at swimming because it puts a smile on
his face. One interesting fact about Kyle is he has never broken a bone.
Ben is currently attending Golden West College where he is studying Criminal Justice.
In high school Ben participated on the swim team for 3 years and the water polo team
for 4 years. Ben has a love for working with kids. He has previous experience working
with kids as a ride operator at Knott's Berry Farm and a Lifeguard for Disney Resorts.
In high school Ben also tutored young children to help with their school work. Ben
likes to bring fun into his swimming lessons. He feels like a child when he sees a child
having fun while they learn. He enjoys playing video games, airsoft, and taking pictures
in his spare time.
Cindy is currently attending Cal State Long Beach majoring in Chemistry. She previously
worked with children in middle school as a volunteer. As a child she attended swim lessons
where she learned all 4 strokes and loved every bit of it. Cindy swam competitively and
played water polo all throughout high school and was awarded honorable mention for whole
set/defense. When instructing swimming, Cindy enjoys watching the children have fun during
the lesson and seeing the look on their face when they accomplish something new. She loves
to hike, snowboard, any kind of ocean activity, and spend time with her family and friends
in her free time.
Mel is currently attending UC Irvine and majoring in bio-chemistry. She was previously a
lifeguard for Soak City & waterworks Aquatics before becoming an instructor here. Mel also
has years of experience coaching all levels of cheerleading and gymnastics. Mel favorite
thing about working with children is building a bond with them and seeing the excitement
on their face when they accomplish a new skill.
Nicholas has been swimming since he was 5 years old. He also played a little water polo
and swam in high school. His favorite thing about teaching is being able to interact with
the kids and see them learn new skills. Nicholas is the oldest of 3 boys and has been
looking after and teaching his younger brothers new things. Some of his hobbies include
listening to music, playing any kind of sport, and spending time with family and friends.
Nicky is studying to be a Bio-Medical Engineer at Orange Coast College. He has 8 years
of Competitive Swimming experience and 4 years of Water Polo experience from Ocean View
High School. He even played Water Polo overseas and competed in the Junior Olympics.
Nicky likes watching kids grow and learn how to become great swimmers and athletes. He
has also volunteered as coach to kids of various ages for a competitive swim team with
Orange Coast College.
Abby is currently attending Irvine Valley College where she is studying to become a
nurse. She recently worked as a nanny for children from infant up to 10 years old.
She enjoys being able to teach children a lifelong experience when it comes to swimming.
Her experience includes swimming in high school and also for the Mission Viejo Nadadores.
Abby also enjoys rock climbing, crafting, and camping.
Melissa previously attended Whittier College and California State University, Long Beach. At
Whittier College she studied kinesiology with an emphasis in physical education. She went
to California State University, Long Beach to get her single subject credential in physical
education. She started swimming when she was 5 years old and swam competitively until her
junior year of college. Melissa started teaching swimming when she was 18 years old at a
summer camp in Hawaii. After college she worked here at Waterworks Aquatics for about a year
before moving home to be an Assistant Teacher to physical education teacher at an elementary
school. Most recently Melissa worked as the Aquatics Coordinator at Ability First, where she
helped run the aquatics programs. She also had the opportunity to work with disabled adults
and children. Melissa is returning to Waterworks Aquatics because she loves teaching swim lessons.
Her favorite part about teaching is seeing the children get
excited about accomplishing something, big or small.
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Chris is currently attending Orange Coast College. He is studying English. In high school he competed
for 4 years in swim and water polo for Trabuco Hills. In addition he won the "Mustang Award" 2 years
in a row for water polo. Chris has past experience working with kids at an afterschool program where
he assisted children with their homework. Before hired on as a swim instructor Chris held a position
as a deck supervisor ensuring children's safety here at Waterworks. Chris feels teaching is so rewarding
when he is able to see a smile on a child's face when they accomplish a new skill on their own.
Kalina is currently attending Cypress College where she majors in Communication Studies. She plans on
transferring soon to Cal State Fullerton to continue her studies. She was recently a lifeguard and taught
swim lessons for the city of Buena Park. Her favorite thing about working with children is teaching them
to be safe and independent in the water and progress their swim skills. In high school Kalina swam for 2
years in high school and was MVP for the swim team. In her free time she enjoys practicing Muay Tai, Jiu
Jitsu for fitness, reading and cooking.
Natty is currently attending Saddleback Community College. She is studying human biology, nursing,
and nutrition. In high school she swam for El Toro High School for three years. She competed in the 100M
and 500M free. She also received the "Most Improved" award her sophomore year. Her favorite thing
about teaching swimming is teaching people how to swim more efficiently and watching their skills grow.
She enjoys seeing how confident the children get when they receive feedback from her.