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STRONG SWIMMERS
CONFIDENT KIDS

Meet Our Instructors!

Verdugo Hills Family YMCA

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CLAUDIA

ABOUT ME: I have been working at the YMCA since my children were very young. I can teach fundamentals and competitive swimming techniques. I have an associate degree in Kinesiology, and I have a lifetime of experience in the water. 

AGES: I am comfortable teaching all ages, from infants to adults.

LANGUAGE: English, Portuguese, and Spanish

CERTIFICATIONS: Basic Life Support, Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard, USA Swimming Open Water, aqua aerobics instructor, and land group exercise instructor

GROUP LESSONS AT: Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA and Verdugo Hills Family YMCA

PRIVATE LESSONS AT: Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA and Verdugo Hills Family YMCA

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KEVIN B.

ABOUT ME: I have been working for the YMCA since fall 2021. I teach basic water safety skills and the fundamentals needed for a beginner swimmer to be more confident in the water. I love working with pre-school aged children and showing them how much fun they can have in the water while they are learning.

AGES: 2 years old to 5 years old

LANGUAGE: English

CERTIFICATIONS: Basic Life Support

GROUP LESSONS AT: Verdugo Hills Family YMCA

PRIVATE LESSONS AT: Verdugo Hills Family YMCA

Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA

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TEVIN

ABOUT ME: I have been working for the YMCA since October 2019 and was a swim instructor prior to that for many years. I can teach parents how to teach their children to swim, and I can teach preschool aged skills as well as youth aged skills. If your child swims with me they will see that I am a firm instructor, but I am also fun!!

AGES: I am comfortable teaching all age groups.

LANGUAGE: English

CERTIFICATIONS: Basic Life Support, First Aid, Water Safety Instructor, and Lifeguard

GROUP LESSONS AT: Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA

PRIVATE LESSONS AT: Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA

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DESMOND

ABOUT ME: I have been working at YMCA organizations since 2001, including a YMCA in Texas! I have taught everything from water safety to helping kids make Junior Olympic squads or earn scholarships. I also have experience teaching kids with differing abilities. My teaching pedagogy has been developed over 13+ years. I have a background in classroom teaching, training swim instructors, and training lifeguards.

AGES: I am comfortable teaching all age groups (I have experience teaching children as early 6 months to adults up to 70 years of age!)

LANGUAGE: English

CERTIFICATIONS: Basic Life Support

GROUP LESSONS AT: Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA

PRIVATE LESSONS AT: Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA

Great with Students with Differing Abilities!

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NIARA

ABOUT ME: I have been working for the YMCA since the summer of 2021. I am the most comfortable teaching kids between the ages of 5 and 15. I can teach beginners to advanced swimmers that need help perfecting butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. Swimming has been a lifelong passion of mine. Not only am I part of the amazing aquatics staff here at the Y, but I am also a varsity level swimmer on my high school swimming team.

AGES: From 5 years old to 15 years old

LANGUAGE: English and Armenian

CERTIFICATIONS: Basic Life Support

GROUP LESSONS AT: Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA

PRIVATE LESSONS AT: Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA

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MARY JANE

ABOUT ME: I have been working at the YMCA for 6 years. I can teach water confidence to younger children and stroke techniques, endurance, strength, and conditioning to more advanced students. I am a retired swimmer, but before I retired, I competed in swim teams away from school and practiced with YMCA Masters. Occasionally, I help our very own swim team (Go Dragons!). I am going to school to become a surgical technician. 

AGES: 3 years old and up

LANGUAGE: English

CERTIFICATIONS: Basic Life Support, Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard

GROUP LESSONS AT: Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA

PRIVATE LESSONS AT: Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA

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NINA

ABOUT ME: I have been working for the YMCA since the summer of 2021. I can teach swimming foundations such as back floats, blowing bubbles and kicks as well as more advanced techniques for butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. I have grown up swimming at the YMCA and cannot say enough great things about this community. I am so honored to now be able to work as a swim instructor. I love working with kids and want to help my students fall in love with the water the same way I did.

AGES: Most comfortable teaching children from 8 months old to 8 years of age (however, I can teach children of any age group)

LANGUAGE: English

CERTIFICATIONS: Lifeguard, CPR

GROUP LESSONS AT: Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA

PRIVATE LESSONS AT: Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA

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LOUISA

ABOUT ME: I have been working for the YMCA for 4 years. I can teach the fundamentals as well as all 4 strokes. I am especially good at working with swimmers that have anxiety around the pool. I can teach those that have both emotional and developmental disabilities.

AGES: My favorite are children between the ages of 6 and 12, but I have experience in teaching all age groups.

LANGUAGE: English

CERTIFICATIONS: Basic Life Support (I am also a qualified yoga, breathing and meditation instructor!)

GROUP LESSONS AT: Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA

PRIVATE LESSONS AT: Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA

Great for Students with Anxiety around the pool!

Great with Students with Differing Abilities!

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HAGOP

ABOUT ME: I have been working at the YMCA since 2019. I am most comfortable teaching ages 10 and up, but I can also teach preschool aged and elementary aged kids as well. I am confident in teaching technique in all 4 competitive strokes including diving and flip turns.

AGES: Most comfortable with 10 years old and up, but can also teach preschool and elementary aged students

LANGUAGE: English and Armenian

CERTIFICATIONS: Basic Life Support, Water Safety Instructor, and Lifeguard

GROUP LESSONS AT: Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA

PRIVATE LESSONS AT: Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA

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BRYCE

ABOUT ME: I have been working at the YMCA since Spring 2021. I can teach the basics of swimming from stages 1 to 4 as well as the basics in water polo.

AGES: 6 years old and up

LANGUAGE: English

CERTIFICATIONS: Basic Life Support, Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard

*Not currently available for instruction*

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URIEL

ABOUT ME: I have been working for the YMCA for 1 year. I can teach basic water safety skills as well as advanced techniques for all 4 of swim strokes. I am comfortable teaching everything involved in competitive swimming. I love teaching skills that have a lifelong impact on the people in the community, and I am in the process of becoming a paramedic firefighter.

AGES: 7 years old and up

LANGUAGE: English and Spanish

CERTIFICATIONS: Basic Life Support, Water Safety Instructor, and Lifeguard, and USA Swimming Swim Team Coach.

*Not currently available for instruction*

 
 
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