Linda originally a native of New York has lived in Sarasota since 2005. While living in New York Linda was employed by The U.S. Customs Service for 23 years. Linda has been employed with The Sarasota Family Y since 2007 teaching private swim lessons, water aerobics classes, and Mommy and Me classes. Many of Linda’s students have graduated to become competitive swimmers with the Sarasota Sharks swim team. This summer she and her daughter Gabrielle, also a former Sharks Team member, have continued to establish the Adapted Aquatic classes. Linda holds several water certifications. Life Guard Certification, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification, AEA water aerobics certification, and CPR/AED certification. Linda is also employed with The Sarasota County Transportation Unit, assisting Special Needs children. Linda likes to spend her free time volunteering at Hope Church, Oak Park Therapeutic Pool, and is annually involved with The Sarasota Special Olympics. Linda brings to Mermaid Swim School her vast knowledge and experience, as well as her imagination, intuitiveness, patience and genuine love of water instructing.
Julie was born into a family that loves the water and has been swimming her whole life. She began to swim competitively at the young age of five. She swam on her local competitive team and high school swim team. Julie received her lifeguard certification and CPR certification in 1983, and has been a swim instructor since 1982. She has taken many different roles in her career with swimming, such as being the swim instructor for Farmingdale University, Aquatics Director at a children’s day camp, and most recently has become a swim instructor and aerobics director at the local YMCA. All of her certifications are up to date, and Julie strives to become a better swim instructor year after year. Julie was also a nursery school teacher and a teacher assistant for the special education department for students of all ages. Children with special needs carry a place in her heart. Julie has devoted a huge part of her life to teaching children how to be safe in the water, and continues to do so with Mermaid Swim School. She always keeps the lessons upbeat and fun, while working on core skills necessary to becoming a great swimmer. She cannot wait to share her love of the water with your child!
Sam is new to the Sarasota area and grew up in Louisville Kentucky. She gained a passion for swimming at a young age when visiting the beaches of Siesta Key and spent her summers working at the neighborhood pool. Sam began swimming competitively at the age of eight and qualified to join the high school swim team in the sixth grade. In high school, during her summer breaks Sam learned of her passion for teaching and helping the younger children on the neighborhood swim team perfect their strokes. She has a very positive attitude and makes learning to swim fun! Her specialty is helping children come out of their shell, so they can reach their full potential as a swimmer. Sam studied Communication at the University of Kentucky. After leaving Kentucky, Sam realized her lifelong dream of living near her summer time vacation spot, Siesta Key! When she is not at the beach she enjoys spending time outdoors with her two rescue dogs, Neville and Teddy, as well as cheering on her hometown team the Louisville Cardinals! Sam values safety above all else, and looks forward to making your child a safe and confident swimmer!
Growing up in Annapolis, Maryland, a water-oriented town named "America's sailing capital," Leah has been raised to love all things ocean, beach and pool. A competitive swimmer starting at the age of 7 and continuing through every season up until college at Elon University in North Carolina, swimming has always been a passion of Leah's. With a Bachelors in Psychology with a focus on criminal justice, Leah works full-time for Pretrial Services in Sarasota County. Leah has many years of both life guarding and stroke instruction experience, enjoys working with children and adults of all ages, and looks forward to any opportunity in sharing her enthusiasm for swimming, water safety and aquatic fitness.
Leann grew up in Michigan and California. She started to swim at the early age of four. Some of her fondest memories are in Southern California standing by the pool in her red speedo waiting for swim lessons to begin. Leann has had a love for the water ever since. Her favorite stroke is freestyle and often swims a mile three or four times a week. She taught her three children how to swim at the age of six months. They still love to swim as adults. Leann is a Masters swimmer and a Triathlete and enjoys living in Sarasota, Florida. You can find her at the pool, cycling or running in this beautiful city. She is a Lifeguard at the Sarasota Ymca. Leann has both her Red Cross and Starguard Elite certifications. She believes everyone needs to learn how to swim for health and safety. She also has her Active aging and Aqua Aerobics certifications. Leann has the ability to connect with people and loves to have fun in the pool!
Jackie was born and raised in Florissant, Missouri. Growing up, she, her 7 sisters and brother were all often herded to the local pool for swim lessons during the hot and humid summer months. As an adult, Jackie and her husband found they were spending many extended vacations on the beaches in Anna Maria, and eventually moved with their 3 daughters to Florida in 2001. Her passion is working with children and after fifteen plus years as a Sunday school teacher she decided to combine that passion with her love of the outdoors and water activities. She has found working with families and teaching their children to swim a very rewarding experience; one she thoroughly enjoys! When Jackie is not at her "day" job as a Senior Branch Administrator at Edward Jones, or teaching lessons with Mermaid Swim School, you will find her working out with her Beachbody team, hanging out with her daughters or walking on the beach with her husband.
Jessica was born in Arkansas and moved to the sunshine state ten years ago. Her mother began as a lifeguard and instructor so before she knew how to walk, mom had her in the water! For years, Jessica went to CPR classes and swim lessons with mother. When she turned 16, she was able to retain her own lifeguard certifications. Jessica lifeguarded for four years and her last year at the YMCA she became the first head lifeguard there. Jessica taught swim lessons for two years, as well. After leaving the Y and moving towards retail, she realized she had a passion for working with kids and fitness! She recently got certified to teach water aerobics and is hoping she’ll be able to teach a multitude of classes ranging from spin to kick boxing. Above all, water safety is extremely important to Jessica! She witnessed several kids that were unable to swim over the years of lifeguarding and being in that career path showed her the significance of children knowing what to do if there is ever an emergency involving water. Jessica is extremely happy to get back in the water and can't wait to help you're children be safer and more confident in the pool.