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.

Adir

Irvine

Adir has been swimming since the age of two. He swam competitively from ages ten through sixteen, including participation in swim competitions at Waterworks Aquatics where he won multiple trophies. What he enjoys most about teaching swim lessons is working with children and sharing his swimming knowledge with his students. As a leader in his scout group, and as a babysitter, Adir has worked with children of all ages. Adir currently attends Irvine Valley College where he is studying Computer Programming. In his spare time he enjoys swimming, coding and playing video games.

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Hebrew

Alvaro

Santa Ana

Alvaro began swimming at the age of five. One of his favorite strokes is Freestyle. Growing up as the older brother, Alvaro has been taking care of his younger siblings for the past four years. He also volunteers at his local church and helps children who are in the process of completing their bible school confirmations. What he enjoys most about teaching swimming lessons is working as a team with families to ensure their children get the most out of their lessons. Alvaro attends Cal State Fullerton where he is studying Business. During his free time he enjoys watching football and basketball and discovering new artist and their music.

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Spanish

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

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

Aureana

Irvine

Aureana began swimming at the age of ten. She swam competitively and played water polo during her four years of high school. Aureana was previously a swim instructor in her hometown, San Francisco. What she enjoys most about being a swim instructor is being able to see her students grow and overcome challenges. Aureana currently attends Irvine Valley College where she is studying Economics. When she is not swimming, she enjoys photography and going camping.

 

Additional Skills: Trilingual: French, Farsi

Braulio

Aliso Viejo

Braulio began swimming at the age of eight and his favorite stroke is Butterfly. The thing he enjoys the most about teaching swimming lessons is watching his students grow and advance their swimming skills. Braulio has worked with children of all ages; as the oldest of three children he gained experience through babysitting his younger siblings. Some of Braulio’s hobbies include yoga, going to the movies and art.

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Spanish

Cody

Orange

Cody learned how to swim at the young age of four with the help of his family. One of his favorite strokes is Freestyle. His favorite part about teaching swimming lessons is watching as his students learn and grow as young swimmers. Cody is currently attending Irvine Valley College where he is studying Kinesiology. Some of his hobbies include surfing, hiking and paddle boarding.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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 video games!

Additional Skills: Trilingual in Spanish and Tagalog

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.

Danielle

Westminster

Danielle started taking swimming lessons at the age of eight. She swam competitively for the Seal Beach Swim club for five years where she received multiple 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons. Danielle has worked with children of all ages. She has been a teacher and assistant teacher for preschool and pre-teen bible studies at her church. While working as an intern in her local library, she read stories, arts and crafts, and to children and work on arts and crafts and other activities with the children. Her favorite part about teaching swimming lessons is seeing her students accomplish their swimming goals. Danielle is currently attending Goldenwest College where she is studying Buisness. During her free time she loves painting, reading, writing and going to the movies.

David

Westminster

David has been swimming since the age of five. In high school, he swam competitively for three years and played water polo for two years. He was named captain of his varsity water polo team and won multiple awards and medals. One of his favorite strokes is Backstroke and his favorite event is the 100 meter relay. What he enjoys most about teaching swimming lessons is watching the progress of his students and connecting with their families. When he is not teaching, David enjoys fishing and going to the beach.

Day

Anaheim Hills

Day began swimming when she was only eighteen months old and has loved the water ever since. She swam competitively for about two years with the Anaheim Aquatics Association. One of her favorite strokes is Butterfly and her favorite event is the 100 meter Butterfly. Day has been working with children of all ages through coaching an all girls lacrosse team. She also volunteered as a camp counselor for three summers in a row. Her favorite part about teaching swimming lessons is being able to build a personal relationship with each of her students and watch them grow and develop into great swimmers. Some of Day’s hobbies include golf, working out, playing video games, and hanging out with her friends.

Additional Skills: Bilingual – Spanish

Eddie

Santa Ana

Eddie began swimming at the age of 4 and took swimming lessons for 3 years while in elementary school. His favorite stroke is freestyle. Eddie has over 6 years’ experience as a basketball coach for children ages 5-10. His favorite aspect of teaching swimming lessons is being able to interact with his students on a personal level. Eddie is currently attending Santa Ana College to become a Registered Nurse. In his free time, Eddie enjoys playing basketball and working out. An interesting fact about Eddie is that he loves to compete in sports.

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

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!

Fatemeh

Irvine

Fatemeh began swimming at the age of five and has been swimming ever since. She swam competitively all throughout high school and college. While attending Azad University, she advanced to the state team. She has won several medals throughout the years including gold and silver medals. She has been working teaching children of all ages how to swim for over twenty years. Her favorite aspect of teaching swimming lessons is being able to teach her students the fundamentals of swimming and show them the proper techniques. Some of Fatemeh’s hobbies include yoga, going for walks and shopping.

Additional Skills: Trilingual: Farsi & Turkish

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

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

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 – Spanish

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 – Spanish

Jonathan

Tustin

Jonathan has been swimming since he was 14 years old. He realized his passion for swimming while in high school. He swam for Tustin High School for all four years. During his senior year, his team made it to CIF for the 400 and 200 races. One of his favorite strokes is Freestyle and his favorite event is the 100 Freestyle. Growing up as one of the oldest out his cousins, he spent most of his time taking care of his younger cousins. He taught them how to swim and the different techniques he learned in school. His favorite part about teaching swimming lessons is seeing as his students improve their skills.  Jonathan is currently attending Irvine Valley College. When he is not swimming he enjoys exercising, watching films and watching sports.

 

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Spanish

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

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!

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.

Michelle

Fountain Valley

Michelle began taking lessons at the age of nine and has been swimming ever since. She swam all throughout high school and was awarded “Swimmer of the Year” and “Most Improved” two years in a row. Her favorite stroke is Butterfly and her favorite event is the 100 Butterfly. Michelle has worked with children of all ages, starting off by babysitting and then volunteering at her local library where she would help children with their homework. Soon after she became a summer swim instructor. What she enjoys most about teaching swimming lesson is helping her students. She is currently attending Orange Coast College where she is studying Sociology. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and going to Disneyland on the weekends.

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Spanish

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

Anaheim

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

Samantha

Santa Ana

Sam began swimming at the age of nine and her favorite stroke is Breaststroke. Sam has worked with children of all ages and gained most of her experience babysitting and being a dance instructor. Her favorite part about teaching swimming lessons is seeing as her students improve as they come in to their lessons. She is currently attending Santa Ana College where she is studying Communication. Some of her hobbies include dancing and skateboarding.

Trish

Irvine

Trish learned how to swim at the age of seven when she began taking lessons. One of her favorite strokes is Freestyle. Trish gained most of her experience working with children ages one through ten, babysitting her four younger siblings. She also would volunteer at her local church where she would work with the children conducting games and activities as well as help with bible study. Her favorite part about teaching swimming lessons is seeing her student’s growth and improvement through their lessons. Trish is currently attending Irvine Valley College where she is studying Nursing. Some of her hobbies include singing, reading, and acrylic painting.

Additional Skills: Bilingual – Tagalog

Vanessa

Anaheim

Vanessa began swimming at the age of fifteen when she began swimming competitively for Western High School and competed all four years of high school. Her favorite stroke is Backstroke and her favorite event is the 200 yard relay. She has gained most of her experience working with elementary students while helping assist at her local elementary. She would help set up lesson plans and execute the lessons and help and students with any questions they might have. Her favorite part of teaching her students is being able to see their improvement through time. Some of Vanessa’s hobbies include hiking, swimming and bike riding.

Vanessa Sanchez

Irvine

Vanessa began swimming at the age of eight and her favorite stroke is Butterfly. Her favorite part about being a swim instructor is being able to get creative with her teaching methods. She makes sure her students have fun while learning. Vanessa has worked with infants, children and adults as a swim instructor for three years before having a child of her own. Vanessa currently attends Santa Ana College where she is studying Nutrition. Some of her hobbies include bike riding, crochet and watching informative videos.

Additional Skills: Bilingual – Spanish