Welcome new instructors from South Africa, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Texas
Summer 2017 brought 6 new instructors into the Infant Aquatics Network. Four new instructors trained with Judy and Kyla Heumann RN at Swim Float Swim! in Longmont, Colorado, and two instructors trained with Bev Steinfink RN in Dallas.
Kristen Turk is a USA swim club coach who, swam competitively for 20 years and coached for 11 years. Although the water was never scary to Kristen, once she became a parent she realized the gap existing between infant/toddler swimming and the traditional first swim lessons at age 3 or 4. She knew that becoming an Infant Aquatics instructor was the perfect fit for her swimming background and love of water. She is relocating from Virginia to New Hampshire while her husband Ryan pursues an MBA at Dartmouth University and will be offering Water Baby Infant Aquatics at the River Valley Club in Lebanon.
Nikki Dovey grew up on the South African coast, in a family with a real passion for water and the outdoors. Nikki writes: "As a parent, the comfort of knowing that my children can continue to develop their love for water, while armed with the skills to do so safely is invaluable. I wanted to share this comfort with others and do what I could to ensure that no family had to needlessly suffer the pain and heart-ache associated with water "
Shauli Lustig’s life has been centered around the water. He grew up swimming, sailing, surfing, wind surfing and scuba diving. A sailing instructor since the age of 16, and later a Naval officer and boat captain. Shauli writes “My life without water would be like removing a fish out of the sea.” With the birth of his two sons, he discovered a passion for children that he never knew existed. This passion, combined with his love for water, drew him to pursue Infant Aquatics certification. He will also be joining the team at Infant Aquatics Academy, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Gay McRay hails from Chickasha, Oklahoma. A mom, grandmother, former kindergarten teacher and currently a 3rd grade teacher, she writes, “I have always loved interacting with children. Seeing children discover and learn fascinates me. I also love the water and swimming, so teaching children survival swimming is very exciting to me.” Gay will be serving the Chickasha, Blanchard, Tuttle and Mustang areas in Oklahoma under the banner Lil’ Chicks Swim Float Swim!"
Welcome Jennifer Conn and Krystle Rose who completed their training with Bev Steinfink in Dallas, TX in July and August.
Jennifer is from San Antonio, TX where she teaches 3rd grade and has 12 years of teaching experience. After building a pool in her backyard and enrolling her nephew in the Infant Aquatics program, she decided to become certified and bring the program to her community. She loves swimming and working with children and is so exited to be able to combine her passions and help more children become safe and confident in the water.
Krystle lives in Lubbock, TX with her husband and two young children. After enrolling them in the program, she felt a calling to learn how to teach these skills to more children in her community. She has a degree in Marketing and worked for an IT company for several years. While she liked her job, she knew she meant for something more and she is so excited to begin her journey in teaching survival swim lessons.