Growing up Alicia had always wanted to learn to swim. Unfortunately, her parents never took her to swim classes and there were times she was left out of certain activities because she didn’t know how to swim. Believe it or not, she learned how to swim in college because she took classes. She was the hardest student to work with. Just put it this way, she did NOT like getting water in her eyes (so she HAD to wear goggles), she did NOT like putting her head under water nor did she trust her instructor to help her float (she didn’t trust ANYONE). Yeah, she was a scaredy cat! BUT her determination helped her conquer her fear! Once she learned, she fell in love with swimming and it wasn’t just swimming, she actually learned the proper strokes. Thereafter, she knew she would some day teach although at the time she didn’t know where or how it would happen. And now here she is, an instructor at Lucky Duck! She loves to teach swimming! Her experience is what helps her relate to students especially those who are scared.
Carissa has been teaching for 4 years. She started swimming competitively and playing water polo by age 11, and she’s still continuing with it. Her teaching style is based on creating an environment in which children and adults can learn. She LOVES teaching others how to swim because it’s a skill that they will carry with them their whole life!
Julie has been swimming ever since she was 6 years old. She learned how to swim at the old Olympic pool in Long Beach and also learned to play water polo at Scott pool. She has been playing water polo for three years, and did swim team for two years. She also has done synchronized swimming for three years. She loves teaching any age how to swim. She is very playful, but strict when she needs to be. She cares for others, and she’s very optimistic. She is Christian and believes in the Golden rule of treating others the way we want to be treated. Her favorite swim stroke is backstroke.
Gustavo began swimming when he was 5 years old. He participated in small meets in his hometown Ouro Preto in Brazil. Swimming has always been his passion, his favorite sport. In 2011, he began swimming competitively, and he now enjoys collecting awards for his achievements. In 2012, his Brazilian swim team, Bodytech Savassi, won first place at the national level. In this same year, he also started to work as an assistant coach. In 2013, his team continued their winning streak and went to the World Masters Games in Torino, Italy. Gustavo was the assistant coach. His team won many individuals events and relays. He was part of one relay and in this relay, they went to third place. In 2014, he went to the FINA World Masters Championship in Montreal, Canada as head coach, his team won first place in the Mens 50 Freestyle relay and second place in Mens 50 Medley relay. As a swimmer, he was in the top ten of the Brazilian circuit for two years in a row. At FINA World Masters Championship, he swam some of his personal best times. As a coach, his focus is to improve technique and stroke efficiency. Gustavo is a very active person, who enjoys running, biking and being outdoors.