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Community Highlights: Meet Kristin Levy of Aqua Buddies Swim School

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristin Levy.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristin Levy.

Hi Kristin, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I have always loved the water. One of the best memories I have as a child is just spending hours in our backyard pool. I loved it! 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. I still teach children to this day because I love it so much.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
No, no, at all. First was getting the word out. In the beginning, I did fliers, and asked old clients to get the word now. Currently, the hardest part is getting people who want to work – just like every other market out here.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
1. Swim lessons from six months to adults. Fundamentals all the way to swim team!

2. The goal of Aqua Buddies is to teach children and adults to be confident swimmers in a trusting and safe environment. We want each swimmer to have a positive relationship with the water and develop their swim habits in a nurturing environment. Since I come from a swimmer’s background, I want everyone to love the water just like I do.

3. We aren’t a boot camp swim school. We do not dunk a child in the first lesson or do the one size fits-all. Children are all different, so we tailor the lesson to them.

4. I love that we teach over 1,000 people each season to learn how to swim. Many of the children go on to swim team. Currently, since we have been around for over ten years, we have some past students who are now swimming instructors.

5. That the whole team really loves teaching!

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
There is always a need for swim lessons. This is a life skill I think should be accessible to everyone. Everyone needs to learn how to swim. I don’t see a huge shift.

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