Teaching water safety, recreational and competitive swimming skills
Ms. Emma is a happily married ex-swimmer from London, England. She swam competitively for over 10 years competing both nationally and internationally. She was a lead teacher in a Montessori School for 17 years and have therefore had a lot of experience with young children. This has given her the tools to deal with many different personalities. She is very loving, strong, passionate and motivating which allows her bond quickly with the children helping the learning process. After a few years of teaching Montessori, in the after school hours, she began using her swim background to teach swimming to many of her older Montessori students. In 2001, whilst teaching regular swimming lessons, she observed someone teaching infant survival lessons and in that instant she knew what she had to do for the rest of my life! In 2003 she was accepted into the ISR (Infant Swimming Resource) Instructor Training and Development program and passionately pursued becoming a survival swimming instructor to provide these essential life-saving skills to as many children as possible.
Her daughter Hannah, was floating before she was even walking and swimming before she can even remember. She was a competitive swimmer and graduated the U.S.Coast Guard Academy in 2017. She is currently a Lieutenant Junior Grade serving on the U.S Coast Guard. She also has a stepson that enjoys swimming and actually took these life saving lessons when he was a toddler. Today, he enjoys his job and excels and thrives being part of many Special Olympic events in tennis and bowling.
For past 17 years, she has taught thousands of children to be safe and confident in and around the water. A 2 year old student that had been taught these water safety techniques some 10 months before, fell into a freezing cold, muddy pond and used his newly acquired skills to save himself in a situation that could easily have ended in a horrific tragedy. It has been because of amazing incidences like that and the joy of that little boy’s parents that I have dedicated myself to the mission to ensure that as many children as possible are given the chance of survival.
Miss Alexis began swimming at a very early age. She swam competitively for 14 years, starting on a local swim team by age 4. At the age of 15, Miss Alexis began teaching swim lessons and coaching for the swim team of the local club she swam for. She did this the rest of high school and through college. After graduation from the University of South Florida with a double major in Communications and Political Science and a minor in Sociology, Miss Alexis started teaching in a local elementary school during the day, and then taught and coached swimming in the evenings. By the age of 25, she already had ten years of experience successfully working with children which has helped tremendously in her ability to work with differing personalities and learning styles.
Miss Alexis is patient, kind, and extremely loving with all of her students, and has formed great relationships with both her students and their parents. Miss Alexis first met Ms. Emma in 2008 when she swam with and became friends with her daughter, Hannah. Over the years, she and Ms. Emma ran into each other many times teaching at the same pools. When Ms. Emma started thinking about growing her business and bringing on a new instructor in 2021, she saw Miss Alexis teaching in the lane beside her and knew she was the person for the job
Working together, doing what they love most has been an easy and enjoyable experience because they already had a mutual respect and friendship. Miss Alexis’s lifelong joy of swimming, and her passion for working with children and teaching lifesaving skills has made for a perfect fit for Ms. Emma’s Swim & Survival Academy.