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.
We are excited to welcome Amber back to the Waterworks team! She previously worked with us as a Swim Instructor for four and half years teaching students of all ages and skill levels. Amber also has extensive experience working with Autistic children and adults. Her favorite part of teaching is being able to watch her students master new skills. She is currently attending Capella University where she is working on getting her Bachelors in Sociology and her Masters in Psychology. Some of Amber’s hobbies include traveling, hiking near the beach, and trying new foods.
Additional Skills: Special Needs
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 and Technique
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!
Dtron learned how to swim at a young age and his favorite stroke is Butterfly. He swam competitively on his swim and water polo teams all throughout high school. He received the MVP award and his favorite event is 200 yard Medley Relay. He gained experience working with children by working as a camp counselor and as a water polo team coach. His favorite thing about teaching swimming lessons is teaching the graceful Butterfly stroke technique. Dtron is currently studying Nursing at Mira Costa College. A fun fact about Dtron is that he loves photography!
Additional Skills: Bilingual in American Sign Language
Eli has been swimming since he was about three years old and his favorite stroke is Freestyle. He gained experience working with children of all ages through babysitting, lifeguarding, and teaching swimming lessons. Eli’s favorite part about being a swim instructor is seeing smiles on his students’ faces after each lesson. Eli is currently studying Sociology at MiraCosta College. When Eli is not in the pool, he enjoys listening to music and playing instruments like the ukulele, guitar, and bass!
Gabby has been swimming since she was three years old, and continued swimming on her youth swim team until she was seventeen. Freestyle is her favorite stroke and she received multiple medals and awards during competitions. Gabby gained experience working with children as a babysitter and as an assistant swim coach. She has a passion for teaching swimming lessons because she loves watching her students improve and accomplish their goals. When Gabby is not in the pool, she enjoys playing with her pets and watching crime investigation shows!
Hunter learned how to swim at the age of four and his favorite stroke is Freestyle. He competed on his high school water polo team all throughout high school and he rose to the position of team captain for two years. Hunter gained experience working with children through tutoring and by working at a summer camp for children. Hunter’s favorite thing about teaching swimming lessons is sharing his knowledge and passion for swimming with his students. He is currently studying History at Palomar College. A fun fact about Hunter is that he loves surfing and golfing!
Kaitlyn began swimming at the young age of two and has been swimming ever since. She has been swimming competitively since she was five. She swam with the YMCA Riptides for two years, then for Inland Coastal Aquatics Club from ages seven through eighteen. While swimming with ICAC, she also swam competitively for San Marcos High School and once she graduated she continued to swim for her college division III team at Wells College for four more years. She was captain of her senior season for both her high school and college team and received the most valuable swimmer award three times in college. Her favorite stroke is Butterfly and her favorite events include the 100 and 200 Butterfly. Kaitlin has gained most of her experience working with children of all ages helping in her mother’s classroom, tutoring children and babysitting. Her favorite part about teaching her students is being able to see as they improve and getting them comfortable in the water. Kaitlyn is currently attending Wells College where she is studying Biology. Some of her hobbies include hiking, swimming and playing field hockey.
Kela began swimming at the young age of three and her favorite stroke is Butterfly. She has gained much of her experience working with children as young as newborns to nine years of age through babysitting and volunteering at a child care center. Her favorite part about teaching is build connections with her students and helping them set goals for themselves and being able to help them achieve their goals. Kela is currently attending Palomar College where she is working towards her AA in Nursing. Some of her hobbies include spending time with her family, going to Disneyland, playing with her dogs and exercising.
Kyle began swimming at the age of two and has loved the water ever since. An experienced babysitter, he has worked with children four to seven years of age. His favorite part about teaching swimming lessons is being able to get his students to love the water as much as he does, and giving them the confidence to try other activities that involve being in water and swimming. Kyle is currently attending Mira Costa Community College where he is studying Marine Biology. Some of Kyle’s hobbies included surfing, hiking, skating, fishing and hanging out with friends and family.
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 and Adult
Maddie began taking lessons at the young age of three and has loved swimming ever since. She has been here with us at Waterworks long before her swimming instructor days. Maddie was actually part of our in house swim team here at Waterworks Aquatics when she was younger and would compete in our monthly swim competitions. Some of her favorite strokes include Breaststroke and Freestyle. Maddie has worked with children of all ages through babysitting. Her favorite part about teaching swimming lessons is being able to see how confident her students get as they come in week after week for their lessons and making sure they are still having fun while learning new things. Some of Maddie’s hobbies include soccer, swimming, and exploring her creative side.
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
Megan began swimming at the age of five. She has worked with children ranging in ages from one to twelve and gained most of her experience through babysitting and volunteering during Sunday school at her local church. Her favorite thing about teaching swimming lessons would have to be working with the children. Some of Megan’s hobbies included dancing, singing and hanging out with her friends.
Steven began swimming at the age of four when he began taking swimming lessons. One of his favorite strokes is Breaststroke. Steven has worked with children ages five through thirteen and gained much of his experience providing kids tennis clinics in his neighborhood. His favorite part about teaching swimming lessons is interacting with his students and being able to teach them something new. Steven is currently attending Cal State San Marcos where he is studying Biology. In his spare time he loves to be outside, play sports, hike, and swim and go biking.
Additional Skills: Multilingual – French, German, & Spanish
Michele began swimming at the age of five. She swam competitively all throughout high school and continued swimming once in college. Her favorite stroke is Freestyle and her favorite event is 200 yard Freestyle. Michele has worked with children ranging from six to eighteen years old. She gained most of her experience while working at the Boys and Girls Club and coaching water polo. What she enjoys most about teaching swimming lessons is interacting with her students and being able to teach them an important life skill. She is currently attending San Diego State University where she is studying Kinesiology. On her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, swimming and Ashtanga Yoga.