MEET OUR TEAM

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Andrew G.

Ages Andrew Works With: 6mo. through Adult
Andrew's Schedule: Monday through Friday

Areas Andrew Teaches: West LA COOLIDGE Pool ONLY

One of our most popular male instructors, Andrew has been working as a lifeguard and swim instructor for over 15 years. Now in his 13th year of working with Head Above Water, Andrew has held certifications as a Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard and has worked with students of all ages and abilities. Andrew has gained much experience working in aquatics and has a true passion for instructing students in what he feels is an invaluable skill. He knows that the swimming instruction he provides helps promote fitness, fun and safety for people of all ages.

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Alex N.

Ages Alex Works With: 2yr through Adult
Alex's Schedule: Monday through Sunday

Areas Alex Teaches: All West LA areas

Alex was raised in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He worked as a Swim Instructor at Santa Monica College with students ages 2-14 of all skill levels. As an instructor, he keeps students engaged and interested using a strong "personal hero narrative" to set them up for success. He is a dedicated coach with a keen eye for improvement and offers consistent encouragement to students. With this approach, he can inspire students to recognize and push through their obstacles to reach their goals.

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Ariel F.

Ages Ariel Works With: 6 months through Adult
Ariel's Schedule: Sundays

Areas Ariel Teaches: West LA COOLIDGE pool

Now in her 3rd year with HAW, Ariel is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago where she received a degree in Animation. She has been a swim instructor for over 7 years and she absolutely LOVES to help swimmers of all ages realize a love for the water. She likes to make her lessons fun with plenty of games and singing. She prides herself on making sure your child learns important life and safety skills and has a ton of fun doing it!

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Ashley U. **MANAGER**

Ages Ashley Works With: 6 months through Adult
Ashley's Schedule: Saturdays

Areas Ashley Teaches: West LA COOLIDGE pool

We are so excited to welcome Ashley back for her 8th season with Head Above Water, after having taken a short hiatus from the pool. Ashley is a former professional Division I record holding swimmer. She has been teaching swim lessons for over 15 years and is experienced working with all levels and age groups, from babies through adults. She has a background in early childhood and elementary education and currently does freelance work in health and wellness industry. Her favorite skill to teach swimmers of all ages is floating! Her love of the water and incredible enthusiasm ensure every swimmer will not be able to wait for their swim lessons!  When she is not in or around the water, you can find her hiking with her dog :) In addition to teaching swim lessons at the Coolidge pool on Saturdays, Ashley is Head Above Water's Manager!

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Caleb G.

Ages Caleb Works With: 2yrs through Adult
Caleb's Schedule: Monday through Saturday

Areas Caleb Teaches: All West LA areas

Caleb is a sophomore at Santa Monica College from Cleveland, Ohio. He started swimming at 6 years old, and went on to swim competitively through his elementary and high school years. He has spent several summers gaining experience working with kids in various environments as a camp counselor, lifeguard, and swim instructor for both group and private lessons. Caleb's personal experience with swimming drives him to teach children and create an engaging environment where students can both learn and have fun safely.

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Caroline B.

Ages Caroline Works With: 2yr through Adult
Caroline's Schedule: M/T/W/F/Sun

Areas Caroline Teaches: San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley (East and Central), and Central LA Areas

Now in her 2nd season with Head Above Water, Caroline was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She began swimming competitively at the age of 7 and continued throughout her high school years. She was a lifeguard for three years and has over five years of experience working with children in many environments, from camp counselor to swim instructor to piano teacher. She is a proud recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award. Caroline believes that the water is both therapeutic and a catalyst for character development. She thoroughly enjoys teaching new skills and being a part of a student's learning experience.

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Giles R.

Ages Giles Works With: 6 months through Adult
Giles's Schedule: Mon-Thurs evenings + Sundays

Areas Giles Teaches: All West LA areas and West LA COOLIDGE Pool (Sundays)

Giles is returning for his 13th year with Head Above Water! He is a graduate of Duquesne University with 15 years of competitive swimming background. While stroke technique is one of his specialties, he works with swimmers of all ages and even works with infants and toddlers as one of our Parent & Me specialists. Giles also has over 15 years of coaching experience. He is an avid tri-athlete and loves teaching kids to swim. As one of our veteran instructors who knows how to make swimming fun, your child is sure to have a positive experience in the pool with Giles!

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Jane R.

Ages Jane Works With: 6 months through Adult
Jane's Schedule: Friday afteroons

Areas Jane Teaches: West LA COOLIDGE Pool

We are happy to welcome Jane back to HAW for her 3rd season! Jane was born in New York City, moving here with her family when she was 7 years old. She attended Woodbury University where she graduated with a degree in Interior Design with a minor in Art. She and her sister were avid swimmers; she did water ballet while her sister stayed with swimming freestyle in swim meets. In her twenties she began working with kids in the pool for Crystal Scarbourough in the West Los Angeles area and continued teaching privately after she left. She came back to the Beverlywood Swim School in 2012 and worked there until they closed their doors in January 2019. She has worked with babies 4 weeks old and up all the way through adults of any age. She is especially good at getting adults relaxed and comfortable in the water. But she also loves working with babies and watching them learn the basic blocks of swimming and the independence and joy it brings to them. She believes you should teach your child to swim at an early age---it is the cheapest insurance you could ever get for them!!

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Kate Polich, LMFT106711**OWNER**

Ages Kate Works With: 6 months through Adult
Kate's Schedule: Tuesdays + Thursdays

Areas Kate Teaches: All areas

Kate Polich, the owner of Head Above Water, is passionate about aquatics! While Kate isn't in the pool full-time any longer, she keeps a limited amount of space available in her schedule to come work with a few select swimmers each year. For more information on lessons with Kate, click HERE!

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Lily A.

Ages Lilith Works With: 2yr through Adult
Lilith's Schedule: Monday through Sunday

Areas Lilith Teaches: Various

Lily is currently a graduate student at the University of Southern California. She began her aquatic career very early on, playing water polo competitively since she was 8 years old. She completed in water polo and swimming her entire life and was a Division 1 water polo athlete at her undergraduate university. She now enjoys swimming in her free time. She has been a lifeguard for 5 years and a swim instructor at a swim school for 4 years in the city of Irvine. She was also a freelance swim instructor for the past 2 years. She adores children and loves teaching them how to swim. Her favorite part about teaching swim lessons is seeing a swimmer be comfortable and happy in the water when they previously were not.

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Sophie K.

Ages Sophie Works With: 2yr through Adult
Sophie's Schedule: Sundays

Areas Sophie Teaches: Mid-City and Some West LA Areas

Sophie was raised in Oakland, California. She is currently a junior studying human biology at the University of Southern California with the goal of pursuing a career in healthcare. She has swam competitively since she was 10 years old: from club, to her varsity high school team, and is now on USC’s club swim team. She has over 4 years of experience as both a lifeguard and a swim instructor, with experience teaching private, semi-private, and group/ team lessons to children ages 2-17. She also has had experience leading and coaching swim team workouts. In her free time Sophie loves to play the ukulele and has performed in the national ukulele festival in Hawaii. Sophie’s warm and playful personality makes for a very comforting and personalized swim lesson. Sophie’s favorite part about teaching swim lessons is finding creative ways to teach and make the lessons fun and enjoyable for each swimmer.

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Spencer K.

Ages Spencer Works With: 2yr through Adult
Spencer's Schedule: Friday + Saturday

Areas Shanna Teaches: Beverly Hills and surroudning areas

Spencer was born in Long Beach, CA and started swimming young. He learned to swim in the pool built for the 1988 Olympic Games. At the age of 9 Spencer left the pool and jumped into the ocean. During this time he started Jr. Lifeguards and fell in love with surfing. Once high school rolled around he got back into the pool to compete for his School. During his high school years he lettered in Swim and WaterPolo. Now he's come to Head Above Water to share his love and knowledge of all things water.