Adult learn-to-swim Instructors
Kristen Seymour got into swimming, both for fitness and competition, as an adult by way of triathlon. She'd always been strong in the water, but a single lesson with a US Masters Swimming coach showed her just how much difference the right technique can make. She holds a USA Triathlon Level 1 certification as well as a US Masters Swimming Adult-Learn-to-Swim certification, and is excited to bring her knowledge and love of the water to adults in the Sarasota area.
Lena has been swimming as far back as she can remember and began lifeguarding in 2017. She was immediately intrigued by the Masters Swimming program when she saw it, and soon achieved U.S. Masters Swimming’s adult learn-to-swim instructor certification. She is also Red Cross Lifeguard certified and is eager to share her love and knowledge of the water with adults in Sarasota.
Holly Neumann leads the USMS Adult Learn-to-Swim Initiative from the U.S. Masters Swimming National Office in Sarasota. She develops curriculum for adult swim lessons nationwide, trains instructors, advocates for adult swimming lessons as a way to reduce drowning risk, and manages the grant process for the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation. Holly is also a Level 3 USMS Masters coach, age-group coach, swim mom and lifelong swimmer. She loves to work directly with adult learn-to-swim students and help them learn to enjoy the water safely and happily.
Born and raised in Sarasota, Nancy Kunzle has been in and around the water all her life. For the better part of that time, she swam mostly on her own, but when she realized she could use some stroke improvement, she joined Sarasota Masters (now known as Tsunami Masters). That was a little over 10 years ago, and since discovering how much fun it is to swim with a group, Nancy has eagerly passed on her love of swimming to others. She now holds a U.S. Masters Swimming adult learn-to-swim instructor certification, and invites you to join her in finding the joys that swimming can bring.
A runner since he was 11, Alan turned to swimming recently as a way to stay fit after his knees could no longer take the pounding of the pavement. He joined Sarasota's Tsunami Masters swim group as a way of getting structured workouts, help in improving his strokes and to enjoy the company of like-minded people. Along the way, Alan helped teach during the team’s participation in U.S. Masters Swimming’s April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month. He loved his experience in April and decided teaching adults to swim was a good way to serve the community and share with others the benefits he has found in swimming.
Stacey spent many summers learning to swim in the rough surf of the Jersey Shore. It was at the shore that she gained an appreciation for water safety. She played several competitive sports but learned a true work ethic on the HS Swim team. Triathlon events led her back to open water swimming. Her goals are to refine her strokes with the local US Masters Team and share her love of the water and respect for water safety with others through the USMS Adult Learn-to-swim in Sarasota.