I grew up on the East coast of America. I started swimming when I was six years-old and I have been swimming ever since! Even as a youngster, I was assisting swim instructors! Swimming also sparked a love for fitness and I left my career in social care to work in personal training and to be the Netherlands after meeting the Dutch love of my life. I hold a bachelor’s in social work issued by University of Maryland USA, and am a certified Personal trainer issued by The American College of Sports Medicine. I constantly update my lifeguard skills as well as first aid and CPR. In addition to coaching swimming, I have also started my own fitness studio called, Body Barr.
I believe practice is key and secondly, that everyone learns differently. So, in each class I physically demonstrate and verbally explain the strokes. In my classes, students are expected to practice the strokes and drills assigned to them. With positive feedback and encouragement, they can grow and keep on learning. Everyone can learn to swim although it may take a little while. I believe swimming is an exercise for all types of people and the amount of flexibility, as well as agility one acquires, increases the body’s stamina and mental acuity.
I am successful with students who are determined to learn to swim and who try their best in every class. My lessons are based on improving what the students can already do followed by teaching them new skills. This way I can coach anyone who is ready for it.
‘’If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again!’’
Our adult swim classes
Your Personal Swim Coach will help you become a more confident you, a stronger, fitter and healthier you, a happier, care-free you and ensure your success in learning to enjoy and feel safe in and around water!
If you cannot swim at all and are fearful and/or challenged in water generally.
You took classes before and failed or it has been a very long time ago.
You can swim comfortable in shallow water, however deep water gives you discomfort.
This level requires for you know all the 4 basic strokes and you have had swim lessons before.
If you have no issues in deep water and able to swim more than 200m without getting exhausted.
You want to become fitter and stronger and swimming is your weekly workout.