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Swim Life 2019

by Shelley Ouellette

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“We have been so blessed to have Kelly teach both of our children to swim! Her passion for the work she does, along with her love and compassion for children, makes her truly exceptional! When you are talking about developing skills that will save your child’s life, you want the best, and that is Kelly and her team at Swim Life.” – Keliee Ting

Kelly Whittemore’s passion for water safety extends well beyond the pool deck at her indoor aquatic facility in Sanford. Her award-winning, fully-accredited Swim Life program is teaching children across the country and internationally how to float like a boat.

Swim Life encourages children of all ages and abilities to become aquatic problem solvers to ensure they can handle unexpected situations in any body of water.

“Children are naturally attracted to water, especially when bath and pool time are associated with toys, laughter, and parental attention,” Kelly explains. “But the water is not a fun or safe place to be if you accidentally fall in or slip off a step and you don’t know how to hold your breath, get back to safety, or float to rest and breathe. Swim Life provides children and parents the opportunity to learn the keys to survival swimming in a fun environment.”

Swim Life’s indoor swim center and year-round schedule ensure Florida’s unpredictable weather or extreme temperatures never impact a family’s swim lesson goals.

“Our convenient schedule and indoor facility allow us to offer lessons, rain or shine, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.,” Kelly says. “And our students can take advantage of our year-round classes to learn new skills, take refresher lessons, and maintain skills over the cooler months when practicing at home may not be an option.”

That flexibility and consistency is essential for all new swimmers, but especially for those with special needs.

“The Swim Life curriculum is designed to address the unique needs of each child,” says Kelly. “Our instructors are trained to utilize vestibular stimulation and hydrostatic pressure to ensure children with communication or sensory challenges can reach their full swimming potential in a comfortable, safe environment that focuses on the abilities of the individual, not preset milestones.”

Those skilled instructors are in high demand at Swim Life’s Sanford location, which is currently seeking full- and part-time teachers.
“If you have a passion for aquatic safety and want to make a difference in the life of a child, you just might have what it takes to become a Swim Life instructor,” Kelly says.

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