Mermaid Whitney began teaching as an assistant instructor at the age of 14 and has taught swimming for over 16 years with various programs including Swim America, Red Cross and the YMCA. Whitney began working with the GTBay YMCA as a swim instructor in 2015, was the Y’s mermaid instructor for 2017-2018, and she took on a coaching role in 2017. She specializes in special needs and differently-abled swim lessons, but can teach any age and any ability.
Mermaid Whitney has her BS in Criminal Justice and served in the United States Army Military Police Corps. She returned to coaching after her tour in the military and is currently an assistant coach of the GTBay YMCA Breakers swim team. She is a USA Certified and YMCA Certified Swim Coach. She has her certifications in CPR, Lifeguarding and Safe Sport for USA Swimming. She also offers private swimming lessons at very reasonable rates in your home pool.
Mermaid Whitney saw a need for teaching people how to swim safely and swim smartly while using a Mermaid tail. She wanted to get a head of the wave and promote safety while still having fun. She loves seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces and hearing the laughter of “kids” age 6-90 as they transform into a Mermaid or Merman. She wants her lessons/parties to be totally inclusive, if you aren’t sure if you or or child can participate call her and let her know the challenge, she may have a solution.