Mermaid Whitney has been swimming before she could walk. No, really! I would crawl away from my Mom, dunk over the side of the pool, scare the daylights out of everyone, and pop up laughing. I joined the local summer swim team at 4, and the year round/USS Swim team at 6. I swam every event but specialized in the 200Y Free, 200M free, and 100Y/M butterfly. At the age of 12 I was ranked number 7 in the US for the 200M Freestyle.
I began teaching as an assistant instructor at the age of 14 and have taught swimming for over 18 years with various programs including Swim America, Red Cross and the YMCA. I worked with the GTBay YMCA as a swim instructor from 2015-2020, was the Y’s mermaid instructor for 2017-2018, and Coached the GT Bay YMCA Breakers swim team from 2017-2020, which is also a USA certified swim team. I love teaching special needs and differently-abled swim lessons, but can teach any age and any ability. I believe that everyone has the capability to swim, we just have to unlock your skills.
I earned my BS in Criminal Justice (2005) and served in the United States Army Military Police Corps from 2005-2008. My time in the military taught me to embrace human diversity while working toward common goals. I currently have my certifications in CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguarding, and Safe Sport (US Center for Safe Sport), and am working toward Lifeguard and CPR Instructor as well as Certified Pool Operator.
Why Mermaid Tails and Swim Lessons?
I saw a need for teaching people how to swim safely and swim smartly while using a Mermaid tail. I want to get ahead of the wave and promote safety while still having fun. I 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. My goal is for lessons/parties to be totally inclusive, if you aren’t sure if you or or child can participate, email me and let me know the challenge; I may have a solution.