I began swimming at the age of 5 years-old. I grew up in a family of swimmers and professional swimming coaches. I really enjoyed competing and I was pretty successful.
Between the ages of 14 and 15, I had three near drowning experiences at competitive swimming meets. All three times, my coach had to pull me from the pool in the middle of a race. After being told by my doctor that my lungs were too weak to continue swimming, I fought mentally and physically to return to the sport I love.
I fought to be back in the pool, and eventually achieved national honors and swam for my university swimming team on scholarship. After university, I transferred my skills to coaching others. Learning to swim allows people safety, enjoyment and community. I hold qualifications in CPR/AED and first aid (2019), and a USA swimming coaching certification.
When I am not in the pool, I am busy studying for my Master’s at the VU Amsterdam. I am also a “dog mom” to a little diva, and I enjoy crafting and Netflix.
I enjoy combining knowledge and fun. I have had a full life learning to swim and learning to coach swimming. As both a swimmer and coach, I have had the most success by implementing fun and creative techniques. I like to be honest and open with my swimmers. I think the best way to learn and have fun is to trust your coach and trust your swimmer.
I have found that the most successful students trust the process. Learning to swim is sometimes slow and tedious, but the best swimmers trust the coaches and work in coordination with them. For myself, I really enjoy breastroke and teaching people to dive.