Splash Water Safety started January 31, 2012 when I decided to return to one of my first careers for which I have a great passion and over 25 years of experience in.
Splash Water Safety serves a wide variety of people including babies and toddlers 6 months+ with parents and beginners of any age including senior citizens up to competitive swimmers and triathletes. In addition to swim lessons (private, semi-private, and group), I also certify lifeguards and swim instructors (WSI or Water Safety Instructor). I teach water safety courses and first aid/CPR/AED classes, as well, which is great for parents and especially those planning to adopt or foster since it is a requirement if you have access to a pool.
Some of the Red Cross classes are taught at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen, but all scheduling goes through me. Swim lessons during the summer months, I teach at other people’s private pools and group people together for classes with similar age and skill level.
The heart of everything I did growing up was recreation and aquatics. In the winter months, I was a gymnast. In the summer months, I was a swimmer. Year round, I was and still am a Girl Scout. I completed my American Red Cross swim lessons at a young age, and when I was 4 years old, I asked to join the swim team where I competed each summer until I was 18. I started gymnastics at the age of 6.
In my young teens, I became a gymnastics instructor, an American Red Cross Lifeguard, and an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. With a few more passing years, I became a certified USA Gymnastics Professional Coach with a Safety Certification and gained my National Aquatic Certification for Water Fitness Instructors from United States Water Fitness Association. Working at the recreation center, YMCA, and Girl Scout camps where I spent all my extra time was a real treat and a natural progression through my youthful years.
After completing college with a bachelor of science in computer science and a minor in recreation, a deviation from the career I had created was in order as I started my new technical writing career. Keeping what had become true passions as hobbies over the years had not been satisfying enough and the urge to be in the water, teach, and share about water safety lingered. Enjoying people and the moments we share makes me remember just some of the reasons I love recreation and aquatics so much.
Aquatics holds a special place in my heart. Many people say water makes them feel uncomfortable. It is where I am most at ease. When you learn how to move and relax within a body of water, it is very satisfying and soothing. Your blood pressure drops and your troubles wash away. You are light as a feather and can move in the most amazing ways through the water. You can float, flip, sink, swim, dive, run, and let the silky water cleanse away your stress.
I respect the water. As much as I enjoy being in the water, I also practice safety.
- Use the buddy system. Never swim alone.
- Have an emergency plan of action.
- Exit during ominous weather.
- Have first aid supplies available.
- Follow all basic pool and water safety rules to have fun without injury.
- Be safe and enjoy all that the water has to offer.
- American Red Cross Lifeguard
- American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor
- American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
- American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer
- United States Water Fitness Association Water Fitness Instructor