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  • Zoie Bel

    Bio coming soon
  • Savannah Self

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  • Haley Shoemaker

    Hometown: Sidney, NY

    Background: I grew up with a pool and would swim every chance I would get. I love the water and being able to do so many different things in it. I have experience with working with children. I have a passion for teaching. I worked in a kindergarten class room for about 6 months which has definitely prepared me for working with multiple different personalities all at one time. I like to believe I can adapt to the needs of the many different learning styles. Working at SwimLabs combines two of my passions which makes this a dream job.

    Favorite Swim Memory: Every summer, I would go to Banks Lake in Eastern Washington with my family. My cousin and I would swim across the lake while racing to get to the other side to hang out on the rocks and explore the new discovered area.

    Favorite Stroke: Breaststroke!

    Teaching Approach: My first priority with teaching kids how to swim is to make sure they are having fun. Of course, it is important to maintain order, but it is also important to make sure that your child develops a love for the water and for swimming before throwing them into the deep end. A lot of kids are scared of the water at first, but once they figure out they can have fun in the water, they learn to love it. I believe I have the ability to teach different techniques and adapt to different children's needs while making things fun.

    Favorite Cartoon Character: Spongebob!
  • Cami Coad

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  • Roxy Self

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  • Danika Himes

    Competitive Swimming or Swimming Instruction Background:

    I have been a competitive swimmer with Issaquah Swim Team for 10 years.

    Favorite Swim Memory:

    My favorite swim memory was when my high school team won 4A state.

    Favorite Stroke:

    My favorite stroke is the breaststroke.

    What you love about instructing at SwimLabs:

    What I love about teaching here is all the tools we have available to help the kids swim.

    Teaching approach

    Demonstration is my teaching approach and the swimmers can get a feel for what they are supposed to do.

    Favorite Cartoon Character

    Ana from Frozen is my favorite cartoon character.
  • Kate Schafer

    Competitive Swimming or Swimming Instruction Background:

    I swam locally as a kid at Bellevue Club Swim Team, I also swam for Hazen High School and went on to swim Division 1 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. I’ve been a swim coach for the past 9 years at Newport Hills Swim and Tennis Club, teaching swim lessons as well. When I’m not in the pool, I’m a Certified Personal Trainer helping clients reach their fitness goals!

    Favorite Swim Memory:

    Winning State in high school in the 200 free and in college, placing 3rd at Conference Champs in the 1650 free with a breakout swim with all my teammates cheering me on!


    Favorite Stroke:

    Freestyle


    What you love about instructing at SwimLabs:

    We teach all skill levels, whether you’re learning how to swim or you’re looking for high level technique work, we’re here for it all! Love that we appeal to all levels…


    Teaching approach

    Keep it simple & keep it fun!


    Favorite Cartoon Character

    Little Mermaid
  • Andrew Birnbrich

    Bio coming soon
  • Emma Murdy

    Competitive Swimming or Swimming Instruction Background:

    Hazen High School Swim Team and Newport Hills Summer Swim Team. I am also a Junior Coach for the Newport Hills Swim Team

    Favorite Swim Memory:

    My first time swimming at King County Aquatic Center. The pool was so cold and big. Racing in the pool was so thrilling, I look forward to swimming in it every year

    Favorite Stroke:

    100 backstroke and 200 individual medley

    What you love about instructing at SwimLabs:

    I love that kids come ready and willing to learn new things. I also love to see kids excited to get into the water and have fun!

    Teaching approach

    I like to start class with blowing bubbles to get the kids comfortable with the water

  • James Liao

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  • Alyssa Lung

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  • Sarah Dimeco

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  • Gracie McRae

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  • Kelley Wlodarczyk

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  • Derek Anderson

    Competitive Swimming or Swimming Instruction Background:

    Walled Lake Central Highschool, Northern Michigan University, United States Army Scuba Diving

    Favorite Swim Memory:

    Knocked out under water during Combat Dive Training in Panama City Florida Navy Base

    Favorite Stroke:

    Freestyle

    What you love about instructing at Swim Labs:

    The Ability to pass down top knowledge from individual experiences all throughout my life to a younger generation that is willing to learn.

    Teaching approach: As a teacher here at Swim Labs I try to adapt to each student to get the maximum amount of instructions across. As a former Non-Commissioned Officer in the Army I strive to make sure each student understands what they are learning. I encourage questions and feedback on the classes to improve the skills of each student.

    Favorite Cartoon Character

    Plankton from SpongeBob.

  • Christina Bradley

    Bio coming soon
  • Ben Nussbaum

    Hometown: Bellevue, WA

    Competitive Swimming or Swimming Instruction Background: Swam for 6 years competitively with Issaquah Swim Team. Throughout my career with IST I competed in national level meets and have traveled all over the western half of the country for swimming. I swam for Issaquah High School. My senior year I achieved All- American status and broke the 4A state record in the 200 Medley Relay. I am currently attending Seattle University where I am a Division I swimmer for them as well. I have been teaching swim lessons since I was 16 years old. Last year I was a swim team coach for Newport Hills Swim and Tennis Club.

    Favorite swim memory: my favorite swimming memory is from when I was growing up. I used to spend all day at the pool swimming and playing with my friends.

    Favorite Stroke: personally my favorite stroke is Breaststroke and Individual Medley events.

    What you love about instructing at SwimLabs’: I really enjoy working with the computer software and helping competitive swimmers with technique and stroke work.

    Teaching approach: I am a believer in leading by example, I like to transfer this to the pool. I like to show the kids how something should be done rather than telling them how to do something.

    Favorite cartoon character: Nemo

  • Chris Chalmers

    A Canadian Olympian: at the age of 16 Chris qualified for the Olympic Trials and finished 5th in the 1500 freestyle. The following year Chris made the Canadian National Team and traveled extensively for international swim meets. In 1986 he broke the Canadian National record in the 1500 meter freestyle and the 800 meter freestyle in the same race, to finish 3rd at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland. Recruited by colleges heavily he committed to University of Southern California to swim with legendary swim coach Peter Daland. During his four years at USC they finished second at NCAA’s three times, just missing out on the National Championships. He was All-American for all 4 years, and Captain of the swim team his senior year. During Chris’s junior year he did qualify for the 1988 Canadian Olympic Swim Team in the 1500 freestyle and finished 16th place at Seoul. During his time on the National Swim Team, Chris competed at the 1985 Pan Pacific Championship in Tokyo, Japan, the 1996 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, and the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis, IN.

    Fun Facts:

    Chris swam around Mercer Island in 2013 with Andy helping with all the nutrition and hydration. Time – around 5 and half hours, for 11.5 miles

    Swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco - twice

    He swims in the “Swim Across America” cancer fundraiser on Mercer Island as one of the Olympian for the last 5 years

    He has his Doctor of Pharmacy and is opening a Swim School – SwimLabs

    Loves to help kids achieve their swimming dreams