My name is Nicole Nusshag. Born in Spokane, WA, I moved to Germany in 2008 to pursue a career in the banking industry on an Air Force Base. Growing up around lakes, rivers and pools, it’s safe to say water has always been a big part of my life.
When I became a mother in 2015, it changed me in many ways. I suddenly became aware of the real danger of water for children, and it became important for my kids to be safe and comfortable around water. In 2016 we relocated from Germany to Alabama and bought a house with a pool. We wanted to be sure that our daughter was SAFE around the water. After researching different swim programs, and speaking to the Infant Aquatics instructor, I knew this was what I was looking for! Once my daughter completed her 6 weeks of lessons there was complete peace of mind with her being around the pool.
In 2018 my second daughter was born, and two months later found out we were moving to Arizona. As exciting as this transition was, it was disappointing that my youngest wasn’t going to be able to train with Jeffrey, the Infant Aquatics Instructor. The first thing I did was look at what Infant Aquatics instructors were in Tucson. After finding there weren’t any, I decided to take things into my own hands and began looking into what it would take to become an instructor.
I brought my kids with me to Colorado for training so that my youngest could train simultaneously with me and my oldest could freshen up her skills. On my first day of training it was evident I found my calling!
I’m so thrilled to be part of what I consider to be a movement to prevent child drowning. I love that each child is unique in their learning process and that this program conforms to the individual child’s learning abilities. The most rewarding part is actively witnessing everything come together for them in just a few short weeks, celebrating every victory just as much as the parents do. My mission is to teach as many children as possible and my vision is never to hear or read of another child drowning.