Melissa Olson from Gulf Breeze, Florida, is a stay at home mom of 3 since retiring from the Air Force 17 years ago. As a swimmer and lifeguard, Melissa has always been passionate about water safety. After watching her younger two and 18 other children go through survival swim lessons at her home pool, she decided to follow her dream and become a certified Infant Aquatics instructor. Here she is with 10 month old Brody during his 4th week of lessons.
Ann Faenza hails from the coastal town of Charleston, SC. She has a Masters Degree from MUSC in Communication Sciences & Disorders and has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist for 8 years in a variety of settings, including schools. When researching swim survival classes for her baby, she discovered Infant Aquatics and found that Charleston did not have any Infant Aquatics instructors. This was the program she trusted most for her son, and she was able to bring him with her during her training. Now she can’t wait to make Infant Aquatics accessible to her community.
Cherelle Thompson traveled from Trinidad/Tobego to complete her Infant Aquatics certification. Cherelle has a great love for swimming and sports of all kinds. For over 18 years she has been a competitive swimmer, representing her country of Trinidad and Tobago at World Championships, Commonwealth and PanAm Games etc. The University of Tennessee alum is also a two-time NCAA All-American as a Lady Volunteer. Love for the water is what has brought and kept Cherelle in the pool and as an Infant Aquatics Instructor she hopes to introduce toddlers to the wonderful aquatic world as early as possible.