our instructors

our core beliefs:

swimming should be fun, centering, and positive!

  • We pride ourselves on a gentle, comfortable water experience. This allows students to relax and “feel” how their bodies move in the water. We also believe swimming is all about joy, so we strive to make swimming lessons fun. A love of swimming provides students with an endless source of enjoyment throughout their lives as well as fitness and confidence -in and out of the water!

swimming and water safety skills are essential for everyone.

  • Drowning is a silent event that can happen to even experienced swimmers. Especially here in Minnesota where we are surrounded by lakes and rivers water safety is a must. We teach swimmers and their entire families water safety skills that will improve their chance of survival in the case of an accidental water entry or water emergency.  All SwimPossible instructors are Swim Angelfish certified.

students learn best through

a personalized approach.

  • In group classes at other swim schools, students must wait to receive limited time and feedback from the teacher, and are forced to adhere to rigid “levels” and skills they must master before moving on. We start with our students’ strengths, helping them find early successes in skills that match their abilities. We believe students ultimately progress more quickly when they can work with a teacher to master the right skills at the right time and pace.

meet the team:

All SwimPossible Instructors

  • Specially trained in the SwimPossible and Swim Angelfish methods for adaptive lessons. 

  • Adaptable and enthusiastic to work with swimmers and meet their unique swim goals and needs.

  • Updated on each swimmer's "skill sheet" and goals before their swim session, ensuring they know exactly where you left off the session before.

  • Prepared to make transitions easy should a swimmer switch coaches at the end of a session through transition lessons, family communication and skill sheet updates. 

Rachel, Director of Operations 

  • Director Since: Summer 2020

  • Instructor Since: Fall 2019

  • CPR certified

  • Favorite water skills: Working on team swim skills in preparation for special olympics. 

  • Background: Competitive swimmer for 14 years and lifeguard experience. 3 years working in care for vulnerable adults. 

  • When I'm not in the water I'm: Working on graphic design projects or spending time with my exotic pets.

Chad, Head Instructor

  • Instructor Since: Winter 2018

  • Lifeguard and CPR certified. 

  • Favorite Swim Skills: Helping kids of all abilities adjust to water and learn skills that will help them be safe and have fun, while also experiencing a variety of sensory needs!

  • Background: Adapted Physical Education Teacher (DAPE) for over 6 years. Special education teacher in Eden Prairie.

  • When I'm not in the water I'm: Hanging with my wife, my 2 dogs Nacho and Donut, and 2 cats Hazy and Mac. 

Ryan, Head Instructor

  • Instructor Since: Winter 2018

  • Lifeguard and CPR certified. 

  • Favorite Swim Skills: Working with swimmers on underwater skills including diving for rings!

  • Background: Competitor in open swims and triathlons since 2012 before finding  joy in teaching students swim safety and techniques. 

  • When I'm not in the water I'm: Managing TC Running Company in Maple Grove and spending time with my family. 

Mahdy, Instructor

  • Instructor Since: Spring 2019

  • Lifeguard and CPR certified. 

  • Favorite water skills: Working towards building swim strokes once swimmers are comfortable in the water.

  • Background:  Long time national level competitive swimmer in Egypt.

  • When I'm not in the water I'm: Working often and caring for others.

Annie, Instructor

(Substitute Winter 2021)

  • Instructor Since: Fall 2018

  • Lifeguard and CPR certified.

  • Favorite Swim Skills: Focusing on the fun and therapeutic aspects of swim lessons.

  • Background: Certified Recreational Therapist and swimmer since childhood.  

  • When I'm not in the water I'm: Teaching adaptive skiing and snowboarding in winter, or riding horses when its warm. 

partners and supporters:

special thanks to our

pool facility partners:

  • WISE Swim School, Lakeville 

  • Hampton Inn, Maple Grove

  • Sabes Jewish Community Center, St. Louis Park  


swim angelfish certified instructors