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kristin levy (Owner/Instructor)

During high school and college, I played water polo and was on the swim team. Since I have a passion for the water and for teaching children, I started giving swimming lessons to kids as a part time job. Due to my unique teaching methods and my innate ability to work with children, I developed a large private client base throughout Southern California. Eventually my part time job developed into a full time business. I have taught hundreds of children how to swim. I developed the Aqua Buddies concept as a way to satisfy the overwhelming need for quality swim instruction.

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Jennie Lee SANDERS

I have been working with children for over 14 years and I am excited to continue working with children of all ages. My love for the water comes from joining the swim and water polo team in high school and throughout college. I have been a lifeguard and taught children of all ages how to swim at La Canada Country and the Glendale YMCA. I think the best and most rewarding part of my job is when I know I taught someone something new that they could not do before!

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Mike Soto

I teach PE at D.W. Griffith Middle School in Los Angeles during the school year, and also teach weight training and swimming during the summer at Cal State LA. I have been lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons since the age of 16.

 

 

 

 

Hannah Levitt

Being in the water has been a passion of mine since as long as I can remember. I have been swimming and surfing for the past 8 years. I have been teaching surfing for the past 8 years and teaching swimming for the past 4. Nothing is better than seeing the children I teach progress in the water.

 

 

 

Olivia Feitshans

Hello! My name is Olivia Feitshans and I have been working with children for over five years and have enjoyed every second of it. I was a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Hidden Hills Community Center pool last year and worked with children ages 9 months- 12 years. I love working with children and find it interesting and fun. I try my best to create a fun, safe environment for all swimmers in hopes that swimming becomes something they want to do and want to learn. I hope to have every swimmer feel confident and happy in the water.

 

 

 

Nicole Hildreth

My name is Nicole Hildreth and I love to teach people of all ages how to swim. I have worked for the YMCA aquatics department for 8 years, and in that time has been awarded best instructor. I have a BA in child development and I have worked with children for over 10 years. I love the water, I have been on a swim team since I was 10 years old and I was also a starter for my college water polo team. I believe in teaching fun swimming lessons that will build confidence for a life time, as well as strong swimming skills.

 

Mo Lightner

Hey guys! Names Mo! I was born and raised in California!  I grew up in Agua dulce in the mountains so swimming was something my brothers and sisters and I did to keep from the heat! I’ve been swimming since i was able to walk. I’ve taught swimming at the Y for almost 3 years and 1 year for aqua buddies! Working as a lifeguard at Hurricane Harbor was my first job! I love kids so teaching them how to swim always puts a smile on my face.  Lets start out the summer right and get to swimming

 

Alli Hartmann

I was a competitive swimmer from ages 7-17, as well as a lifeguard for 6 years after. The pool has always been a second home to me, and I love teaching kids to feel the same way. It’s been a blast seeing kids learn to swim in pools in their own backyards, as I’m originally from WI where that would most definitely not be feasible. Working with aquabuddies has been excellent, and I’m excited to start another season!

 

 

Jen Lin

Hi, my name is Jen Lin. I have been swimming for over 15 years. During college, I was a lifeguard as well as a swim teacher. I took a small break and pursued a life of professional cooking. My love for the water brought me back to swimming, and I have now been teaching with aqua buddies for 5 years now. It has been a joy and excitement to watch children learn and have fun at the same time.

 

 

Edi Gibson

i! I am originally from Sacramento CA, and competitively swam for thirteen years. was a Varsity swimmer in high school all four years, as well as a Water Polo player. After high school continued y passion for swimming through coaching. I hav coached oth unior Olympic swimmers as well as beginners. am excited to share y love and knowledge or swimming, and be the kind of role model/coach had growing up.

 

 

Kristine Dreher

I have been a swimmer for a long as I can remember. I have been on multiple clubs teams throughout my 9 years of competitive swimming. Being a swimmer has only given me great memories in my childhood! Teaching swim lessons has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. I love being able to share my love for the water with new swimmers!

 

 

Jill Gaines

My name is Jill and I am 20 years old. I have always shared a passion for the water, not only as a swimmer and water polo player for many years but also as a swim instructor and lifeguard for the past five years. I am the oldest of five children and have shared much experience helping kids of all ages. I have always loved working with kids, especially when I see them improve in the water. I have been with aqua buddies for the past three years now and I have shared many fond summer memories with the kids in the water. I am excited for another summer of fun!

 

Ethan Svoboda

Hi my name is Ethan and I am currently a student at California State University, Northridge studying Computer Information Technology. I’m originally from Iowa where I taught swim lessons to all ages for four years. When I moved to California, I decided to continue teaching since I loved it so much! I am excited for another summer of teaching!

 

 

Kyle Doppler

Hi! My name is Kyle and I have been swimming as far back as I can remember with my mom in parent and me classes. In middle school I joined a swim team to try it out and did very well so I kept swimming all through middle school. In high school I stayed on the swim team and also joined the water polo team.  I became team captain short after and lead an almost undefeated season. I stopped swimming competitively when I started Otis College of Art & Design to focus more on my Illustration skills. During my Junior year at Otis I decided to get back in the water as an instructor to give back the joy I felt when I was in my swim classes and races. I have been instructing ever since.

Stephanie Rubalcava

I have always had a love of water from playing water polo and swimming in high school and college that I knew I wanted to share my love and passion and teach kids and adults how to swim. I like to lead a healthy and active lifestyle and have completed 5 Ironman. It brings me such joy to watch my students take their first stroke or breath on their own and watch them become strong swimmers.

 

 

Jade Skertich

Hi! My name is Jade! This will be my fourth summer with Aqua Buddies and I am excited to have some fun! I really enjoy working with kids in the water and seeing how much they improve over a short period of time. I began to swim competitively when I was five years old and continued to swim throughout high school. Since I’m not in the water as much as I used to be, I find every excuse I can to get into a pool. I’m looking forward to another fun summer in the water!

 

 

Alex Light

Hi! I a currently studying Marketing at Cal State University Northridge. Before joining Aqua Buddies, gained experience working with kids while babysitting in high school and then teaching kids ages 2-16 how to uring my sophomore year in college. During free time, enjo laying soccer, running, backpacking, and snorkeling. favorite aspect about teaching swim lessons is seeing his students learn and feel confident in the water.

 

 

Kristin Horrillo

Hi Swimmers! My name is Kristin and I am approaching my final quarter at UCLA as a Psychology Major, minoring in Applied Developmental Psychology. I have always had a love for swimming from the moment I entered the water with my mom during Mommy and Me classes. I started swimming competitively at age 7 and went on to be head coach of my hometown recreational team in Dublin California. I currently work at a childcare center with infants and toddlers and volunteer at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center, as I hope to work in the field of child life. 

 

Dayna Middleton

Hi! My name is Dayna and I am currently a student at CSU Northridge. I’ve been swimming competitively since I was 5 years old and I’ve been teaching lessons for 6 years now. I love teaching kids how to swim and making sure they are safe in the water. My favorite part of teaching is seeing them progress into great swimmers!

 

 

 

EMILY GAINES

Hi! My name is Emily. I have been swimming competitively since I was 5 and participated on both the swim and water polo teams in high school. I love being around the water and working with children, especially when it comes to water safety. I am excited to be back in the water this summer. 

 

 

JON JONES

Growing up in Northern California my favorite memories were swimming the endless lakes and rivers. During high school I turned that into a job by lifeguarding, teaching lessons and helping manage our city pool. My small town family provided amazing experiences in coaching and officiating multiple youth leagues, organizing summer camps, and even conducting a beginning band for a year. My love for learning and teaching has always been a large part of who I am. I have taught a wide range of ages and skill levels, and yet there’s nothing I love more than seeing a new swimmer feel safe enough to enjoy everything the water has to offer!

GRACE FRAGA

Grace is an award winning swimmer. She has over 6 years of experience teaching swimming to kids and adults. During the off season, Grace teaches High School and tutors kids. She loves teaching kids to be water safe. Grace also coaches swimmers and helps people stay fit. Her philosophy is, " You can learn through discipline, hard work and laughter." Half drill Seargent, half comedian, Grace achieves excellent results. Just let her know what your goals are and she will help you get there!