Welcome to my page!
My name is Olga Hyland, the founder of Little Stars Infant Aquatics LLC. I lived in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia before moving to the US in 2006 to work as an au pair. During this time, I learned English and received my bachelor’s degree in Business Management from St. John’s University in Queens, NY. Several years later I began working at a busy hospital on Long Island as an emergency room technician. However, I wanted more involvement working with children, so I took another part time job as a clinical assistant in the pediatric intensive care unit at a teaching hospital. Working at both hospitals taught me to be reactive to all kinds of situations.
This all changed in 2022 when my family and I moved to Wellington, FL. Being surrounded by water and reading stats about drowning, I realized that I could be proactive and help children by teaching life-saving water skills to prevent those terrible situations in the E.R. or P.I.C.U. As a mother, I think that the safety of our kids is paramount and by teaching these survival swim lessons I hope to make a difference in a child’s life as well as his parents!
My training took place in Longmont, Colorado with none other than Judy Heumann, the founder of Infant Aquatics at her state of the art Swim-Float-Swim facility. Judy’s survival swim program was developed over decades and offers life saving techniques to ensure that any child could learn it in weeks in comparison to the conventional programs that take years. I feel super lucky and blessed to have had the opportunity to learn from the best. In addition to this training, I am certified by Red Cross as a Water Safety Instructor. I also hold the CPR/AED/First Aid certification.
Having your child learn aquatic self-rescue skills is beyond important, and I am looking forward teaching your child. With that said, even if someone has these skills, accidents still happen. Parents, please watch your kids while they are in, around or surrounded by water.
Thank you for your time!