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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!
  • Austin Quamme

    Competitive Swimming or Swimming Instruction Background:

    Swam competitively for 9 years on King Aquatics.

    Favorite Swim Memory:

    Swimming across a lake with my friends and finding a rope swing attached to a tree that someone had set up.

    Favorite Stroke:

    Backstroke

    What you love about instructing at SwimLabs:

    I love being able to teach in such small pools.

    Teaching approach

    Patient + Direct

    Favorite Cartoon Character

    Avatar the Last Airbender

  • Derek Anderson

    Bio coming soon
  • Ariel Williams

    Bio coming soon
  • Kate Schafer

    Kate swam Division 1 at Northern Arizona University as a Distance Freestyler. She has been a part of the swimming community for 20+ years, and teaching and coaching for the last 10 years. Awesome!!!

    Most memorable swimming memory was winning state in the 200 freestyle.


    A 2007 graduate of Hazen High School. Team captain as a junior and a four-year starter. Named MVP. State champion in the 200 freestyle in 2004. Named the Seattle Times Prep Athlete Of The Week three times. Named a Seattle P.I. All Star Athlete in 2004. Earned a Wendy's High School Heisman Award in 2006. Scholar-athlete all four years. Placed in the top 10 at states all four years. Holds high school records in the 200 medley and 200 free relays. Swam for the Bellevue Club Team. After high school, she attended Northern Arizona University and swam as a Division 1 student athlete.
  • Hanson Tran

    Bio coming soon
  • Michael Fahley

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  • Emma Murdy

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  • Andrew Birnbrich

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  • Kenzie Schroder

    Competitive Swimming or Swimming Instruction Backgroud:
    I was a competitive swimmer on a club team as on a high school team. I swam for 9.5 years, and was a senior sectional qualifier while on the Tri-City Channels Cats club team. I also swam all four years of high school at State and was selected as the MVP for the Middle Columbia Conference during my senior year of high school. I have been a swim instructor since 2012, teaching group lessons and private lessons, as well as coached the pre-swim team in the Tri-Cities. I am currently one of the assistant swim coaches for the Bellevue High School girls swim team.

    Favorite Swim Memory:
    My favorite swim memory was during my senior year of high school at State. I was the team captain that year, and it was the first year in history that Richland High School brought home the state championship title. After years of hard-work and encouraging one another we were finally able to see how well all of our hard-work payed off. Celebrating on the podium with my teammates around me is a memory that I will never forget.

    Favorite Stroke:
    Freestyle

    What you love about instructing at SwimLabs:
    I love instructing in an environment that has instructors who are passionate about teaching people of all ages how to become better swimmers. Not only do I love the work environment, but I love the clients that I get to meet and teach.

    Teaching Approach:
    I would describe my teaching style as encouraging and enthusiastic. I recognize the value in first being comfortable in the water and then learning and improving stroke technique, regardless of the person's age.

    Favorite Cartoon Character
    Mickey Mouse



  • Joseph Remington

    Bio coming soon
  • Camille Coad

    Bio coming soon
  • 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.
  • 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