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Swim Lesson Instructors


Hi! My name is Alyssa and I will be a Junior at UNM in the fall. I have been teaching swim lessons for about 8 years. I have experience with all levels of swim instruction, but my specialty is pre-swim team and stroke correction.


I learned how to swim when I was a bit older. I joined the swim team in high school and had a blast. I learned so much in that time of my life. Now, I love teaching children to swim. I prefer teaching children between the ages of 4-10.


I've taught lessons to beginning and intermediate swimmers for five years with summer programs and year round private lessons. I aim to Integrate the child’s interests with the new skills they are learning to help them understand the health and wellness swimming can provide.


Hello! My name is Kristen and I am a physical education major at UNM. I will start student teaching in the fall of 2018, graduate with my BS in December 2018 and start my masters program spring of 2019. Being a swim instructor is the perfect gateway to teaching my PE classes later on. Some of my classes leading up to now have covered behavior management lifetime sports (including swimming) and adapted PE. My family has always had memberships to pools so I have been swimming for all of my life. I am also currently a head lifeguard at UNM. I am wanting to be an elementary teacher so I would prefer swim lessons under the age of 10. Thank you for your interest!


Hi, I’m Lauren. I’ve instructed kids around ages 4 and up how to swim, if that be just getting them into the water or kicking, floating, and actual strokes. I have taught lessons with multiple kids, 4 at a time would probably be the most I would be comfortable with. I started teaching lessons the summer of 2014 at the Tennis Club of Albuquerque and continued to do so every summer until 2017, when I took a summer off because it was the summer between high school and college and I couldn’t swim on the TCA swim team anymore. I have also been in various school and club swim teams since I was a child. I know all the strokes and the hidden struggles to perfect them. I am ready to start back up again and miss seeing the little goofballs be so optimistic and excited about getting into the pool (or the ones that don’t want to get in, but I think I could change their minds).


Lindsay was trained as a YMCA swim instructor in Rhode Island, where she taught swim lessons and worked as a pool, waterfront, and beach lifeguard for 6 years. She swam competitively for 9 years, including 4 years of varsity high school swimming. This variety of aquatics experience has prepared her as a swim instructor to develop personal water safety, introduce basic swimming skills and strokes, and refine stroke technique. Her teaching style is adaptable to all ages and skill levels. In particular, she enjoys working with children ages 4 to teens and intermediate to advanced adults. Specialty areas include swim team preparation and open-water safety, strokes, and survival skills. Additional teaching experience includes 2+ years as a graduate student instructor at UNM.


I am from Honduras and I was part of a swimming team in which I learned skills that helped me become a swim instructor. I have been swimming since I was ten years old. I love working with kids because their energy is very helpful when learning how to swim, nonetheless I am willing to work with any ages with the same enthusiasm and commitment.


Hello! My name is Maria Vianco. I have been a swim instructor for 5 years now. I started off giving stroke corrections to my teammates on the club swim team. I moved to teaching swim lessons and now I am a swimmer and sub-coach for Lobo Aquatic club as well as a coach for the summer league swim team. I love working with the pre-swim team kids. I focus on the technique aspect of swimming before I focus on endurance. I love teaching and I can't wait to meet you


Nicole has over ten years of work experience in Aquatics as a lifeguard and swim instructor. Inspired by her experience as a competitive swimmer growing up, she was first trained as a lifeguard at the Belen High School pool in 2009, and began teaching swim lessons in 2010. She started working at UNM in 2011. As the Swim Lesson Programmer of the Jr Lobo Swim Academy, she is committed to offering goal-oriented instruction and an enjoyable, safe experience in the pool. At the beginner level she focuses on the comfort in the water, water safety, and the basics of stroke development. At the intermediate and advanced levels she focuses on stroke technique and refinement. Additional training as a teacher includes music education classes and four years as a Red Cross certified lifeguard instructor.


My name is Joquin but I prefer Quino. I am from Spain and I speak Spanish, English, French and two African dialects. I lived in Europe for 12 years and Africa for 5 years. I’m a funny guy and I love kids. I have been on swim teams since I was 6, in four different countries. I am not only a swimming instructor, I am a lifeguard too, and I love working with people of all ages, from kids that don’t know how to swim yet to pre-swim team teenagers that want to perfect their technique. Hope to see you soon!


Hello! My name is Rebekah Gridley and I am going into my 2nd year here at the University of New Mexico studying exercise science. I am originally from Little Rock, Arkansas and I swam there growing up not only on a summer league, but my high school team as well. I competed in many regional and state swim meets. I have been teaching lessons for two years prior to coming here to the university. I love working with any stage of swimmer, but I specialize in teaching the particular techniques of each stroke in more intermediate swimmers. I look forward to meeting you!


I started swimming when I was 12 years old. In my first meet ever, I qualified for state and ended up in 8th place in the 50m Freestyle. For the next 7 years I was one of the top 10 swimmers in the 50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke.


I received my Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification when I was 17, and have been teaching ever since. I love to work with all ages, from kids to adults! I prefer to teach stroke development over refinement, and enjoy working one on one or in small groups.


Hi, I’m Yanesa, I’m 21. I’ve been teaching swim lessons since I was 15 as well as been a certified lifeguard. I work on safety as well as proper technique in my lessons. I am stern, but also try to adapt to what the child will respond to the best so that they can learn. I try to keep parents informed as well as make the lesson fun so the child will enjoy what they are learning. I feel I could be most useful to children who are between the ages of 4-10 who have some experience swimming, but I’m open to others as well.