Founding Principles

Inclusion

I love swimmers of all abilities because everyone CAN swim. It doesn't matter about your background, gender, heritage, physical abilities, learning differences, or hair color. I love you all!

Water Safety

Water is the great equalizer: no matter how small you are, or how (un)graceful you are on land, we are all equal in the water. Even "expert" swimmers are at risk of drowning, which means my priority is to teach you to be safe in the water above all else.

Team environment

"Team" isn't just your child and me. It includes parents. And grandparents. And babysitters. Sometimes it includes a child's doctors. I welcome everyone to be a part of their swimmer's team to ensure a happy, healthy, inclusive environment that promotes Courage, Strength, and Resiliency.

Respect

This means for ALL people at ALL TIMES, no matter what. We are in this together!

FUN!

That's right--swimming and learning should be FUN! An engaged swimmer is a safe swimmer and possibly a lifelong swimmer. Who knows--they may become an instructor or coach one day :)

Empathy

Understanding a swimmer's goals, history, strengths, and weaknesses helps me understand them as a human, no matter the age. I honor that person and work with their personalities to achieve the greatness that is already within them.

Bodily Integrity

Your body is your temple! Swim lessons are quite an intimate experience. I promise that my hands will always be in appropriate places and that I will take care to ASK before holding touching you, and will do my best to inform you of my touch. You should only be held/touched when YOU allow it (keeping safety in mind).

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