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Swim Instructor, Lifeguard, Lifeguarding Instructor

Sophomore, Biology & Forensic Science

I have worked as a lifeguard for about 2 years and have 1 and a half years of experience teaching swim lessons as a certified instructor. I have experience teaching swimming to kids ages 1 to 12 and adults. I also have 4 years of competitive swimming experience.

Fun fact: I am learning Arabic and French!

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Swim Instructor, Lifeguard, Aquatics Team Lead, Lifeguarding Instructor

Sophomore, Chemistry & Forensic Science

I have been a lifeguard for 3 years, a swim instructor for 2 years, and a lifeguard instructor for a year and a half on a military base. I have worked at WCU since the beginning of 2023.

Fun fact: I lived in Okinawa Japan for 4 years!

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Swim Instructor, Lifeguard

Junior, Emergency Medical Care

I became a certified lifeguard and swim instructor within the past year.

Fun fact: I have a puppy!

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Swim Instructor

Freshman, Natural Resource Management

I was a competitive swimmer throughout high school and I am now a member of the WCU Club Swim team. I have a passion for helping others learn new things and grow their love for the water!

Fun Fact: I have dual citizenship with Italy and the US!

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Swim Instructor, Lifeguard

Junior, Parks & Recreation Management

I have worked at pools as a lifeguard for about four years. I've previously taught tumbling classes and helped with youth cheer clinics. 

Fun Fact: I am from Kansas!

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Swim Instructor, Lifeguard, Lifeguarding Instructor

Senior, Emergency Medical Care & Psychology

I swam competitively from the ages of 6-19; swimming summer leage, high school, and year round. I have been a certified lifeguard since 2016 and a certified swim instructor since the spring of 2023.

Fun fact: My favorite color is purple!

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Swim Instructor

Junior, Recreational Therapy

I have been swimming since I was 5 years old competitively and swam on my team in high school as well. I have taught swim lessons previously to children who have down syndrome and have had babysitting experience with kids of all ages.

Fun fact: I can play 5 different instruments!

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Swim Instructor

Senior, Psychology

I was swim team captain all throughout high school, coached off-seasons, and gave one-on-one to my teammates. This is my third semester as a swim instructor at WCU.

Fun fact:  I absolutely love candy and anything pink!

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Swim Instructor, Lifeguard, Lifeguarding Instructor

Junior, Computer Information Systems & Accounting

I swam on a swim team until high school, then I switched to playing water polo. I was certified as a swim instructor in summer 2023. I have been lifeguarding for 5 years and have been a lifeguarding instructor for just under 2 years.

Fun fact: I am from Hawaii and I am left-handed!

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Swim Instructor, Lifeguarding Instructor

Aquatics & Facility Operations Coordinator

I have been a lifeguard for 6 years and a lifeguarding instructor for a year and a half. I worked as a lifeguard at WCU from 2019 - 2023 and started in my full time role in January 2024. I have been teaching swim lessons since 2018 and have experience with babysitting children of various ages.

Fun fact: I am in the Army Reserves and have over 36 tattoos!

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Swim Instructor

Senior, Integrated Health Science with a concentration in Health Management

I was a lifeguard for 5 years, on a competitive swim team fo 12 years, and taught swim lessons for 2 years.

Fun fact: I have 2 dogs: a beagle basset named Dixie and a doberman named Fury!

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