Alex is a Senior majoring in Statistics with a minor in Mathematics. He has been a swimmer for the majority of his life starting on a summer team in Raleigh. He later progressed to swimming on the Swimming Club team at UNC-Charlotte. Alex loved his time as a competitive swimmer and is very proud of what he has accomplished.
Alex spent three years coaching the summer team that he first began his competitive career with. He loves teaching and coaching because he enjoys watching how learning how to swim impacts his student’s lives. He found a passion as a coach for swimming a sharing his knowledge to other people helping them improve.
Autumn is a junior studying Psychology here at NC State. She has been swimming competitively for seven years and coaching for three. She also has experience working as a lifeguard for two summers. She is certified in Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and First Aid.
As a coach Autumn worked with children ages 4-12 teaching them how to swim and improve their strokes. She loves being a swim instructor because of her passion for swimming and sharing that knowledge by teaching others how to swim. She believes that swimming is a very important life skill for most people which makes her even more passionate about sharing that knowledge.
Connor is a senior studying Political Science here at NC State University. He has 5 years of experience on a competitive swim team before coming to college. He then became a lifeguard and a swim instructor for our URec Aquatics team.
Connor is certified in Water Safety Instruction, Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen. He has been teaching swim lessons for four years for a variety of different levels and age ranges. He was also a part of the World’s Largest Swim Lesson in June 2016. Connor loves being a swim instructor because he feels that swimming is an essential life skill and loves seeing his students gain confidence both in and out of the water.
Isaac is a Senior in Electrical Engineering with a minor in French language. He has been swimming almost his entire life recreationally and began swimming for competition when he was 12 years old. He competed for a summer league team in Charlotte, NC and for South Mecklenburg High School. At South Mecklenburg, he competed in the State Championship meet for North Carolina multiple years and served as a captain his senior year. Currently he is a member of the NC State Club Swimming team.
Isaac began teaching swim lessons in 2012 for Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation where he had been a lifeguard for years. In 2014 he joined NC State UREC as a member of our swim instructor team. Before teaching swim lessons he assisted in teaching karate classes starting in 2008 then leading his own class in 2010. Isaac loves the water and the idea of swimming for leisure and for exercise. He feels the the ability to spread his knowledge of swimming along with his passion for teaching drives him to become the best instructor he can be. Isaac is certified in Water Safety Instruction, Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR/AED, Emergency Oxygen by The American Red Cross.
JoEllen is a junior studying Business with a concentration in Entrepreneurship in the Poole College of Management. She has been swimming for 12 years on various levels of swim teams and has been a coach for a recreational league for four summers now.
JoEllen is Redcross Water Safety Instructor certified and has been teaching swim lessons for three years for a variety of different levels and age ranges. She won the Instructor of the Year last year for University Recreation. JoEllen loves being a swim instructor because of the look on the client’s faces when they realize how much of an improvement they have made and when they realize that they can swim- to her the look is rewarding and priceless!
Jordan is a junior studying Microbiology in the department of Health Science. She swam competitively for 10 years for year-round teams as well as for her high school. She then swam for the club team here at NC State.
She has experience in teaching swim lessons for both private and group lessons for all different skill levels and ages. She has been instructing for six years, and for two years for the URec Aquatics team. She teaches swim lessons because she enjoys being able to teach a valuable skill that a client will use for the rest of their life. She also loves knowing that she positively impacted a person and loves seeing the individual growth of a client. She is certified in Red Cross Lifeguarding, CPR/first aid, Emergency Oxygen, and is also Water Safety Instructor certified.
Julia is a Sophomore studying history with a concentration in teaching. She has been swimming competitively since she was 5 years old as a part of different teams. She is currently involved in the NC State Club Swim team. She is certified in Water Safety Instruction, Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and First Aid.
Julia has taught swim lessons since her junior year of high school for a YMCA. She has now become a part of our swim instructor team at UREC. Julia loves being a swim instructor because she knows that swimming has always been a major part of her life. She aspires to become an educator for her career once she graduates college making swim instruction the perfect mix of her passions.
Kiana is a Freshman majoring in Chemistry here at NC State. She was born in Hawaii where she developed a love for swimming and being in the water. She learned how to swim before she remembers and began competing for her high school team her freshman year. She was a member of the her high school’s varsity team for all four years. She is currently involved in the NC State Club Water Polo team. She is certified in Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and First Aid by the American Red Cross.
Kiana has been teaching swim lessons for three years for her summer pool. She has taught both group and private lessons to kids ages 4-16 here. Kiana loves being a swim instructor because she has a passion for swimming and a love for the water. She wants to make a difference in the world and feels that this is one great way to do that by sharing her knowledge of swimming and water safety to others.
Kimberly is a junior studying Industrial Engineering here at NC State University. She swam competitively for her high school for 3 years before coming to college. She then became a lifeguard for the Carmichael Gym before also becoming a swim instructor.
Kimberly has a SCUBA certification in addition to her Lifeguard, CPR/AED, and First Aid certifications from the American Red Cross. She loves being a swim instructor because she enjoys introducing people to the world of aquatics as well as helping people to become more comfortable in the water so that they can enjoy the experience safely.
Mckenzie is a sophomore majoring in Elementary Education who is also pursuing a minor in Coaching Education here at NC State University. She began learning how to swim at the age of four and then began swimming competitively when she turned eight. She became even more serious about her swimming when she entered high school where she competed for her high school’s team. Her senior year she won the State Championship meet in the 50 yard Freestyle as well as placed third in the 100 yard Freestyle. Since college she has continued swimming for recreation as well as a part of the NC State Club Swim Team.
Mckenzie is certified in Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and First Aid. She has been teaching swimming lessons for four years with many different age and skill levels. She loves being a swim instructor because it allows her to share her passion for swimming as well as her knowledge of water safety to the NC State Community.
Michael is a Freshman in the First Year Engineering with an intent of Nuclear Engineering. He began swimming at age 5 when he became a part of his local summer league team. When he turned 12 he began swimming more competitively year round for the Marion Diehl Swim Team in Charlotte, NC. He later swam for his high school as one of the top competitors. He is currently a member of the NC State Club Swim Team. Michael is certified in Water Safety Instruction by the American Red Cross.
Michael has trained as a swim coach under Franke Bell, a very well known swim coach in Charlotte, while also an assistant coach for the swim team at the Carmel Country Club. Michael loves being a swim instructor because he loves being able to focus on his students’ strokes and providing people the opportunity to learn a skill that will benefit their lives through both health and safety.
Nick is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science here at NC State University. He began swimming competitively when he joined his middle school swim team. Since then he has been a lifeguard for 5 years now including here at the Carmichael Gymnasium pool.
Nick is certified in Water Safety Instruction, Lifeguarding, First aid, CPR/AED, and Emergency Oxygen by the American Red Cross. He loves being a swim instructor because he feels he is making difference by educating children on proper water safety. His goal is to do his best to spread his knowledge of swimming and water safely to as many people as possible so that everyone can enjoy the water without fear.
Sarah is a senior studying Psychology with a minor in Biology here at NC State University. She has loved water and swimming since she was very young. She began swimming competitively at the age of eleven with the Morganton Swim Club until becoming a student at NC State.
Sarah is certified in Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and First Aid. She has been teaching swim lessons for children and adults in both private and group settings for the past four years. She also has been a coach for the Morganton Swim Club for the past three years. Sarah loves being an instructor because of her love for the water, as she grew older she gained a passion for sharing this love and respect for the water through swimming with those around her. She also enjoys promoting healthy and balanced lifestyles both in and out of the water.
Stephanie is a sophomore in Biological Sciences studying Integrative Physiology, Neurobiology, and Behavior. She has been swimming since she was 4 years old and swam competitively for her high school, reaching the Regional and State competitions and now swims for the NC State club team.
Stephanie was a coach for a local swim team and instructed all ages and skill levels. She joined the URec Aquatics team Spring of 2016 and loves instructing because of her passion for the water and wants to spread the joy of the sport. She finds it very important for everyone to know how to swim to make sure to keep safe in and around the water. She is a Red Cross certified Lifeguard and CPR/First Aid.
Sydney is a sophomore in Fashion Textile Management here at NC State University. She began learning how to swim at the age of four and then began swimming competitively at the age of eight. She competed on seasonal and year round teams for ten years, including her high school team. She started coaching and teaching lessons when she was fifteen and has continued here at University Recreation.
Sydney is Redcross Water Safety Instructor certified. She has been teaching swim lessons and coaching for 5 years for many different ages and levels. This will be her second year instructing for URec Aquatics. She enjoys teaching because she believes that everyone should know how to swim. She has grown up around the water and wants others to enjoy the water like she does.
Yurie is a senior in Business Administration here at NC State University. She began learning how to swim through lessons at the age of four and then moved to swimming competitively when she was nine years old. She competed for age group swim teams as well as her high school team before coming to college. In college she swam competitively for the NC State Varsity Swimming and Diving team for as long as she was eligible.
Yurie has worked with swimmers to improve techniques in effort to prepare them for the varsity swim team here at NC State. She also has coached age group swimmers helping them improve and prepare for competitions. Yurie wants to use her experience and knowledge of swimming to help people achieve their goals and feel the same love of swimming that she has. She loves interacting with kids and believes learning how to swim will not only allow them to enjoy the water safely but also teach many other important life skills.
Olivia is a senior in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations with a minor in Anthropology. She has a lot of experience in coaching, instructing many swimmers spanning many age groups and skills over the course of three years. She has also taught both private and group swimming lessons.
She is a swim instructor because of her love and respect of the sport. Swimming is one of her passions and she wants to share it with others; she also believes it is a skill everyone should learn because it may one day save their life.