About our Team
At Alyssa's Aquatics, our mission is to teach swimming in an enthusiastic and relaxing atmosphere, while still emphasizing the crucial importance of water safety. All of our lesson plans are specially tailored with each individual students' needs in mind, allowing students to experience significant improvements with each and every lesson as they push towards their own personal goals. To ensure the best lessons on Eastern Long Island, our instructors have been hand-picked from the most qualified swim instructors in the country.
ALL Alyssa's Aquatics Swim Instructors are:
- American Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructors
- Cross trained through a variety of different Swim Instruction Theories (Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, Infant Swimming Resource, YMCA Swim Instruction, etc.)
- CPR/AED Certified
- First Aid Certified
- Experienced in working with children of all ages and skill levels
- Water enthusiasts outside of work
- Positive, patient, friendly, responsible, and FUN!
*Alyssa's Aquatics Swim Instructors are able to custom tailor lessons to meet any special needs. Please let us know any additional requirements or goals you may have at the time of scheduling so we can be sure to pair you with the best suited instructor.
Jenna's happy place is in the water. Born and raised locally on the east end of Long Island, Jenna was swimming by the time she was 2, snorkeling and knee boarding at 5, SCUBA certified by 12, competing in state level swimming competitions at 13, and competing in national level synchronized swim meets by 14. This passion continued throughout college as well, where she was a member of the women's water polo team. Jenna now competes as a master synchronized swimmer, where her team won the gold medal at the 2016 National competition! You could not, and still cannot, drag Jenna out of the water!
Jenna has a true calling for teaching, which began when she was in 1st grade, teaching to an empty row of chairs in her grandparent's garage, also known as "Miss Jenna's Class". In 2004, she took her love for teaching and combined it with her love for the water and received her American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification. Since then, she has helped a countless number of students of all ages and abilities from coast to coast learn to swim. Her students are not only water safe, but they improve their stroke technique, and now share her love for the water.
Jenna attended James Madison University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She then moved out to San Diego and received her Master of Arts degree in Special Education with a specialization in Autism and Behavior. She has been a classroom teacher for 10 years, working with preschool through high school age students. Her passion for educating others does not stop at the classroom. In 2015, Jenna became a Live! Fitness instructor, allowing us to offer fun NEW classes for adults.
When she's not in the pool or in the classroom, Jenna enjoys spending time with her furry kiddos (2 cats and a Cocker Spaniel), as well as painting, travelling, and helping others pursue their health & fitness goals.
Jenna's love for the water, extensive experience, and passion for creating a positive, nurturing environment for all of her students' unique needs make her a true asset to the Alyssa's Aquatics team. We could not be more thrilled to have her joining us this summer!
Taylor has always been at home in the water. Born and raised locally on the east end of Long Island, Taylor grew up on the back of a boat and in the ocean surf. Whether it's kayaking, sailing, skim boarding or just laps in the pool, if there is water, you'll find Taylor there.
Taylor has spent her summers since high school working with kids. She's been a camp counselor, lifeguard, and swim instructor. Taylor has a passion for making kids laugh and a true enthusiasm for teaching. She loves seeing kids of all ages get the most fun out of their summer break - while learning new skills!
Taylor has been a certified Open Water Lifeguard for three years and knows first hand how important it is to teach water safety at a young age. She always prepares students for every possible scenario, so they know exactly how to get themselves to safety without hesitation. While keeping things fun, Taylor makes sure that parents and students alike are confident and safe when in or near the water.
Taylor will be graduating this spring from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. Combining her artistic talents and passion for working with children, Taylor dreams of working on animated films. We are excited to one day see her name listed in the next childhood classic!
Taylor loves to travel and go on adventures. This past semester, she studied abroad in Florence, Italy where she enjoyed her favorite food, pasta, almost everyday! She even had the opportunity to swim her favorite stroke, sidestroke, off the Sicilian shore.
Taylor always knows how to engage children and get on their level. She teaches in an incredibly fun way, so much so that the kids sometimes forget they are in a lesson! All the while, Taylor is carefully guiding them step by step toward a specific goal. We are so excited to have Taylor join the Alyssa's Aquatics team this year!
David was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland. He grew up sailing, boating and kayaking on the South River near his home. David loves spending time at the beach, surfing, skim boarding, or just swimming in the water. He is always the first swimmer in, and the last one out!
David began swimming competitively for the Hillsmere Hammerheads at age seven, and continued to swim there for the next twelve years. After winning countless medals for swimming, including first place at his county's competition, David was voted MVP on his varsity swim team in high school. His favorite event of all is the 50 meter Butterfly.
From 2013 - 2016, David served as the team's assistant coach. He loves coaching kids and making practices as fun and productive as possible. He enjoys seeing children develop into strong, confident swimmers and considers being a part of the process a privilege.
Additionally, David has worked as a lifeguard for over seven years and maintains a high level of safety at his pools. He knows firsthand how important it is to promote water safety at a young age and is dedicated to equipping students and parents with the knowledge and skills necessary to maximize both safety and fun when in or near the water.
David graduated with honors from University of Maryland, where he majored in Public Health and Kinesiology, With plans to become a Physical Therapist, David has extensive experience assisting in a Physical Therapy office, and has used that knowledge to customize many of his private swim lessons to accommodate children with special needs for the past 3 years.
David loves water in all forms - including snow! When not swimming in the Hamptons, he can be found snowboarding in Montana. Additionally, David is a gifted athlete who loves soccer.
David is always upbeat and has a contagious positive energy that resonates with his students and families alike. We are honored to have him joining the Alyssa's Aquatics team again for another summer of making swimming fun!
A true daughter of the beach, Gail has been around water her whole life. Born and raised locally on the east end of Long Island, her family spent nearly every day either at the beach or on the boat. She learned to water ski at age five, was snorkeling by 12, and was a certified SCUBA diver by the time she was a young adult. Gail is truly passionate about anything in the water, and after over 30 years of teaching, is currently retired in the Florida Keys, spending her days snorkeling and volunteering for REEF – an organization centered on preserving the coral reef ecosystem.
Always passionate about educating others, she got her first teaching job at 16, where she led the arts program for ages 5-15 at the Quogue Field Club. She became a certified lifeguard shortly thereafter, and switched to working for the Westhampton Beach Summer Recreation program, where she taught Red Cross swimming lessons to local residents. She held this position through out her college years, and well beyond.
Gail understands the importance of swimming, and placed a high priority on getting both of her daughters comfortable around the water at a very young age. As a result, she also trained in the Infant Swimming Resource program - and both of her daughters were water safe as babies, and were even swimming like fish before their second birthdays! With her continued guidance and support, her daughters both went on to compete on a national level in competitive swimming, synchronized swimming, and even played water polo in college.
Gail attended SUNY Oneonta where she received her Bachelors of Science in Home Economics. She later went on to receive her Master of Science in Special Education from Long Island’s CW Post University. After graduating, Gail taught as an ESBOCES teacher for over 30 years, working primarily with middle school and high school students. During her last nine years of teaching, Gail taught the ESBOCES program for Early Childhood Education - where she ran a preschool in addition to her high school classroom. To ensure the certification of her students, Gail became an American Heart Association certified CPR/AED and Pediatric First Aid Instructor. Upon retirement, in June 2013, Gail became a certified professional development specialist for the National Center for Professional Recognition. This enables her to continue working with young adults, who share her passion for becoming a teacher of young children.
Gail’s passion for education, combined with her diverse volunteer and professional teaching experiences with students of all ages and abilities, make her a huge asset to the Alyssa's Aquatics team. We are very lucky to have her consulting throughout the season, and to help cover end of summer lessons as needed.
Jennifer - Administrative Assistant
Jennifer has been around water her whole life. Born and raised in Southern California, she was constantly dipping in pools and splashing at beaches. She enthusiastically attended formal swim lessons every summer as a child.
While Jennifer was in high school, her scenery changed a bit…the sandy beaches of California were traded for the wild rivers and majestic lakes of Idaho. Float trips and whitewater rafting are required to become a true Idahoan, and Jennifer didn't complain! Always excited about experiencing what new places have to offer, Jennifer absolutely loved snorkeling in the Florida Keys last summer!
Jennifer received her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Montana and is a certified Special Education teacher. She is currently an Extended Resource Room teacher in the Meridian School District and works with students of all abilities.
Growing up, Jennifer has always had a passion for working with children. She often volunteered at summer camps and tutored children placed in foster homes. Jennifer helped pay for college tuition by working at a local daycare in Montana until she graduated and returned to Idaho. While Jennifer loves working with all kids, she is especially passionate about helping students with higher needs.
Jennifer’s ability to remain calm and positive in all situations leads to building quick rapport with students and their parents. She is patient and kind-hearted, creating a nurturing environment where students feel comfortable to make mistakes and try their best. Jennifer is trained in differentiated instruction and knows that each child learns their own way.
Jennifer recently welcomed a very handsome son, Finn, to her family! While we are very sad to not have her teaching this year, we look forward to her help as an administrative assistant. She is extremely knowledgeable and able to answer any of your swimming lesson or scheduling questions!