Meet Our Team

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Heather

              Hi, I’m Heather! I became a swim instructor with Infant Aquatics CT when my friend showed me a picture of her daughter floating in the pool… by herself… at seven months old. Wow! Needless to say, I was amazed and surprised that someone so little could learn how to swim!

               I immediately signed my daughter up for swimming lessons. While she was learning to swim, I was learning how to teach her. I was impressed with how quickly my daughter learned the skills, not only to survive, but to truly love swimming. After working one on one with her, I realized I could help other children learn to swim and love it too!

Joanne

              I’ve had a long connection to swimming; I learned to swim as a toddler, joined my first swim team during my elementary school days, started teaching swim lessons about 25 years ago, and became a swim coach about 15 years ago. I specialize in stroke technique and love to see my clients excel in the pool.

             I stumbled upon Infant Aquatics CT a few years ago on Facebook and realized this incredible skill was something I wanted to incorporate into my teaching. I reached out to Dena and have been with Infant Aquatics CT ever since. Everyday working with Dena and the children is a true honor!

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Joanne 8

Joanne

              I’ve had a long connection to swimming; I learned to swim as a toddler, joined my first swim team during my elementary school days, started teaching swim lessons about 25 years ago, and became a swim coach about 15 years ago. I specialize in stroke technique and love to see my clients excel in the pool.

             I stumbled upon Infant Aquatics CT a few years ago on Facebook and realized this incredible skill was something I wanted to incorporate into my teaching. I reached out to Dena and have been with Infant Aquatics CT ever since. Everyday working with Dena and the children is a true honor!

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Angela

              As a mom of five, ages teens through toddlers, working with children is a passion of mine. I’ve dedicated my entire adult life working with or for them and am certified in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Development, and CPR.

             Water safety has never been a question of importance. Working for Infant Aquatics CT has been my favorite job since it’s given me the opportunity to teach children how to save themselves and build their confidence! Outside of work, I love to cook and bake, do arts and crafts, hike, dance, and weight lift. My favorite color is light blue, and I love hummingbirds and sunflowers. 

Lori

             As the mom of 3 lovable and rambunctious boys (James, Ashton, and Ryder), I became an IACT instructor after my oldest was trained by Dena. It was amazing how such a young child could roll into his float and save himself. 

             I wanted to learn more about the program and how to teach children to do this amazing skill for themselves. It’s been years since I joined IACT and I am just as amazed each time a new student learns this life-saving skill.

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Lori 1

Lori

             As the mom of 3 lovable and rambunctious boys (James, Ashton, and Ryder), I became an IACT instructor after my oldest was trained by Dena. It was amazing how such a young child could roll into his float and save himself. 

             I wanted to learn more about the program and how to teach children to do this amazing skill for themselves. It’s been years since I joined IACT and I am just as amazed each time a new student learns this life-saving skill.

IACT

Taylor

     Water has long played a big role in my life. I have been a competitive swimmer, a lifeguard and swim teacher, and now my family and I live near the beach. I love the water! But that has led me to understand and respect water, too.

     I am also passionate about teaching and educating children. In fact, before having a family, I taught elementary physical education for 8 years. I love teaching and have long tried to find a way to combine two things that I am passionate about: water and education.

     After the birth of my first child, I signed him up for swim lessons knowing that he would be raised around the water. Those lessons, however, proved to be ineffective and gave me no comfort that my child would be able to swim or save himself. As fate would have it, during those lessons, I noticed Infant Aquatics in the pool next to us. I was fascinated! I couldn’t believe these little kids – babies! – were able to do what I saw them doing. I went home and immediately started researching. What I learned led me to register for Infant Aquatics CT’s lessons. From my child’s first lesson, I was hooked and wanted to know everything about the magic I was seeing. I am such a believer in this program that all three of my children completed the program and continue in maintenance lessons to this day.

    And now, I am an instructor! I saw with my own children how these lessons boosted their confidence in and out of the pool. I want to do that for your children! I’m excited to join the Infant Aquatics CT team and look forward to working with your family!

IACT

Taylor

  Water has long played a big role in my life. I have been a competitive swimmer, a lifeguard and swim teacher, and now my family and I live near the beach. I love the water! But that has led me to understand and respect water, too. I am also passionate about teaching and educating children. In fact, before having a family, I taught elementary physical education for 8 years. I love teaching and have long tried to find a way to combine two things that I am passionate about: water and education.

   After the birth of my first child, I signed him up for swim lessons knowing that he would be raised around the water. Those lessons, however, proved to be ineffective and gave me no comfort that my child would be able to swim or save himself. As fate would have it, during those lessons, I noticed Infant Aquatics in the pool next to us. I was fascinated! I couldn’t believe these little kids – babies! – were able to do what I saw them doing. I went home and immediately started researching. What I learned led me to register for Infant Aquatics CT’s lessons. From my child’s first lesson, I was hooked and wanted to know everything about the magic I was seeing. I am such a believer in this program that all three of my children completed the program and continue in maintenance lessons to this day.

    And now, I am an instructor! I saw with my own children how these lessons boosted their confidence in and out of the pool. I want to do that for your children! I’m excited to join the Infant Aquatics CT team and look forward to working with your family!
IACT

Taylor

    Water has long played a big role in my life. I have been a competitive swimmer, a lifeguard and swim teacher, and now my family and I live near the beach. I love the water! But that has led me to understand and respect water, too.

   I am also passionate about teaching and educating children. In fact, before having a family, I taught elementary physical education for 8 years. I love teaching and have long tried to find a way to combine two things that I am passionate about: water and education.

     After the birth of my first child, I signed him up for swim lessons knowing that he would be raised around the water. Those lessons, however, proved to be ineffective and gave me no comfort that my child would be able to swim or save himself. As fate would have it, during those lessons, I noticed Infant Aquatics in the pool next to us. I was fascinated! I couldn’t believe these little kids – babies! – were able to do what I saw them doing. I went home and immediately started researching. What I learned led me to register for Infant Aquatics CT’s lessons. From my child’s first lesson, I was hooked and wanted to know everything about the magic I was seeing. I am such a believer in this program that all three of my children completed the program and continue in maintenance lessons to this day.

   And now, I am an instructor! I saw with my own children how these lessons boosted their confidence in and out of the pool. I want to do that for your children! I’m excited to join the Infant Aquatics CT team and look forward to working with your family!

Hayley

Hayley

  Knowing how dangerous water can be for children, I knew I had to get my son into lessons. He started his survival float training as a 10-month-old and mastered his swim-float-swim sequence just a few months later. Seeing him swim with so much confidence and enjoyment absolutely AMAZES this proud mommy!

Growing up, I knew I wanted to work with children because I had such a strong connection with them. Like most young girls, I loved being around my baby cousins, nieces, and nephews, so I started babysitting for my mother’s friends at an early age. After taking numerous college courses on subjects such as early childhood education and psychology, I decided to pursue a degree in Clinical Child Psychology.

I was fascinated watching Dena teach my son in his initial private lessons! It was incredible how, in just 10 minutes, he learned so much more from the previous day. After watching these lessons, I knew that I had to be a part of this life-saving endeavor! It’s really amazing how watching my son’s lessons led me to the career of my dreams!

I’m so excited to continue this journey, working with Dena and the other instructors, and helping YOUR children become confident and happy survival swimmers!

Hayley