Facing your fear of water? Gain comfort and learn basic breath control, floating and movement skills in the water.
Adding swimming to your fitness routine? Refine breathing technique, body position and stroke efficiency to make swimming more enjoyable.
Training for your first triathlon? Correct inefficient strokes and build speed, strength and endurance for an upcoming event.
Recovering from injury and looking for suitable activities to maintain your fitness levels? Increase core and joint stability using drills and strokes adapted to your current ability while achieving a low-impact cardiovascular workout.
My career in aquatics started at the age of 15, as a springboard diving instructor, with teaching and lifeguarding certification to follow. I am continuing to pursue instructor-trainer qualifications to add to those I already hold, to pass along my love of teaching!
My aquatic certifications include:
Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI)
Apprentice Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer
Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard Service (NLS)
Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard Service Instructor
Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard Service Recert Examiner
Lifesaving Society First Aid Instructor
Canadian Amateur Diving Association Instructor Level 1
BC Waterpolo Association Level C Referee
I have also taken workshops with Red Cross trainers in Adapted Aquatics, and with National Swim Team coaches in advanced stroke mechanics. My clients have included children and youth with special needs (I have limited working proficiency in American Sign Language), youth and adults ranging from non-swimmers to those training for WSI and NLS certification or for their first triathlons, and adults recovering from debilitating injuries referred to me by their medical practitioners.
Private pool lessons take place at UBC Aquatic Centre (other pools may be arranged, though many will have extra rental fees that apply). Tutoring for NLS and other lifesaving or first aid courses can take place at cafes or other appropriate public spaces.
Fees: $75 per hour or portion, $20 per additional person. Payment must be received at least 24 hours prior to first lesson. Your admission fees are not included in this price. **Locker break-ins are common at all pools. Please do not bring valuables to the pool if possible, and make use of the wallet lockers at the front desk to secure those that you do bring with you.
Cancellation Policy: To cancel or reschedule a lesson, please provide me with 24 hours notice. Lesson fees will not be refunded or credited if less than 24 hours notice is given.
What to bring for pool sessions: money for lockers (see note above on theft), comfortable swimsuit, towel, water bottle, swim cap or hair elastic if you have long hair, and goggles if you are an intermediate or advanced swimmer. If you get cold quickly in the water (particularly as a beginning swimmer), consider wearing a rashguard (long-sleeved stretchy shirt made for surfing) or a lightweight wetsuit, and a swim cap to help conserve your body heat!