A Midwest Girl through and through, I was born in Indianapolis, have lived in Chicago and Cleveland, and currently reside in Columbus, Ohio. I hold a bachelor's degree in health science and an MBA specializing in healthcare administration. After 18 years in healthcare, and working through a global pandemic, I decided it was time for a career change.
I first learned of survival swimming while pregnant and reading every tidbit I could find regarding infant safety. I was blown away by the videos of such young babies floating on their own, enjoying themselves in the water! I knew infant self-rescue lessons would not only give me immeasurable peace of mind, but would also be a lifelong gift for my child.
I was so fascinated watching my son learn these critical, life-saving skills in such a short time. I knew immediately that becoming an Infant Aquatics Instructor was the right path for me! It was a huge sacrifice to leave my family for nearly two months to complete training, but it was well worth the effort.
After 125 hours of formal, in-water training and more than 75 hours of observing and assisting instructors, I am proud to call myself an Infant Aquatic Survival Specialist. I have furthered my aquatic education by completing lifeguard training and water safety training through the American Red Cross, and am certified to administer First Aid and CPR AED for infants and adults. I am currently working toward Swim Whisperers certification to strengthen my curriculum and offer Adaptive Aquatics for students with special needs.