Holiday Closure!

Posted November 30, 2018

We will be closed from Dec. 22nd-Jan.1st.

Classes will resume on Jan. 2nd and tuition has been prorated for this closure.

Happy Holidays from everyone here at Swimming Safari!

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Our Instructors

​Safari Guides

We understand our swim lessons are only as good as our instructors. Which is why we take special care to ensure that all of our staff is enthusiastic, energetic, and experienced working with children. We place a lot of emphasis on training and developing our staff into highly qualified swim instruction professionals.

Our instructors are required to:

  • Train for a minimum of 35 hours with a Swimming Safari Master Instructor. Our Instructors also must pass comprehensive instructor exams in and out of the water.
  • Maintain current C.P.R & First Aid certification for infants, children, and adults through the The American Red Cross.

To learn more about each of our instructors check out their bios below.

Safari Guide Bios

  • Joani

    Hi, My name is Joani Maskell, but everyone calls me “Ms. Joani.” I am so excited to be part of a terrific team to help keep Jacksonville safe by teaching all to learn to swim. Our instructors are all dedicated and also very thrilled to be able to help the children in our communities learn to swim. Every time I get in the water with a child or adult, I am very honored that they have put their faith in me to be able to help them on the journey of learning to swim. For me, it’s always a wonderful and challenging experience, and I look forward to every single day!

  • Casey

    Hi! My name is Casey Del Prete, and I have had the joy of working at Swimming Safari since April of 2011 when I started as an instructor. Since starting at Swimming Safari I have received my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. Go Ospreys! I do the majority of my work at Swimming Safari in the office and behind the scenes. Occasionally I get the opportunity to sneak away to the pool to teach some lessons. I truly enjoy passing on my love for the water to students of all ages. I hope to have the opportunity to help your swimmer become Safe, Confident, and Comfortable in the water.

  • Sara

    My name is Sara and have been living in Jacksonville for twelve years. I’ve been swimming for as long as I can remember and have been on swim teams my whole life. I’ve had years of experience working in Daycares and helping children swim. It’s very enjoyable to see our youth constantly learning. I work at the Front Desk and in the water, chances are I will see or talk to all of you. This is my favorite part of swimming safari, being so hands-on in every aspect of making your lessons enjoyable!

  • Caitlin

    Hi! My name is Caitlin. I have been born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. I enjoy baking, exercising, and scuba diving. I learned to swim at a very young age and spent the majority of all of my summers in the water. I was on a swim team from 7th to 12th grade. I find being in the water and teaching students to swim very rewarding. I cannot wait to help each student reach their goals in the water!

  • Keilyn

    Hey there! My name is Keilyn. I learned to swim when I was still in diapers, and been drawn to the water ever since. I was on my high school varsity swim team and will continue to compete throughout my college career at the University of North Florida. Not only do I have a love for swimming, but also for teaching, whether it is adults or children of all ages. Swimming Safari has given me the opportunity to do the all the things I am passionate about. I am eager to share my experience and will strive to help every student become a safe and confident swimmer!”

  • Pablo

    HEY! I’m Pablo, also know as the loudest instructor ever ; I like to Instr-play which basically means I instruct while playing ; however, my goal is to have your children swimming like terrific FISH!

  • Cassidy

    My name is Cassidy. I have been living in Jacksonville for the past 5 years, originally from New Hampshire. I graduated from Jacksonville University with a BS in Exercise Science. I love swimming and can’t wait to help teach your child to become a safer and stronger swimmer.

  • Kris


    My name is Kris. The kids call me Ms. Kris, and I’ve been swimming for over 40 years. I began teaching swimming in the 80’s with the American Red Cross, years later with the YMCA. Now, I am delighted to be a part of the Swimming Safari team. I look forward to working with your little Swimmer!

  • Brittany

    ​Hi, my name is Brittany. I’m a graduate of UNF, with a major in International Studies and minor in Russian! My passion is working with people from all over the globe! My Favorite princess is Ariel and I’ve been swimming since before I could walk! I love having fun in the water so let’s have a blast in lessons!

  • Kyle

    ​My name is Kyle. I have been swimming since before I could walk. Teaching others to swim has become a rewarding experience that I look forward to every day that I teach. I am a current student at the University of North Florida and my favorite movie is the Jungle Book.

  • Tyler

    Hi, my name is Tyler and I currently attend UNF, majoring in Finance. I’ve been swimming ever since I was six years old and I’ve always had a love for the water! I enjoy listening to music and my favorite color is blue.

  • Kendra

    ​Hi My name is Kendra,

    I love playing with kids! I want to be a vet when I’m older.

    My favorite Disney Princess is Arial.

  • Jake

    My name is Jake, I’m currently attending school at Daytona State College. It brings me joy to be able to help your child be safer in the water. I also enjoy playing with my dog Jojo.

  • Chris

    My name is Chris. I have lived in Jacksonville my entire life. I play baseball, and have been playing since I was 5 years old. I’ve practically grown up in the water, whether it be in the pool or the beach.

  • Brian

    Hi, my name is Brian! I attend FSCJ and major in Business Administration. I have lived in Atlantic Beach my entire life and have spent as much time as possible in the ocean and pools. My goal is to teach your children how to be safe swimmers and also make them the best swimmers possible.

  • Arin

    ​Hello! My name is Arin. I’ve been working with kids ever since I wasn’t one! I’m so excited to watch your child learn and grow all while having a blast.

  • Robyn

    Hi! My name is Robyn Baumann and I am originally from Long Island, New York. I took swimming lessons from as far back as I can remember until we moved to Florida when I was eight. In high school I competed on a Varsity swimming team that allowed me to make friends that I will have for the rest of my life! Now in Jacksonville attending the University of North Florida, I am fortunate enough to have come full circle from being a swim student to being a part of Swimming Safari that teaches the lifelong skill of swimming that everyone deserves to have!

  • Kimmy

    Hi! My Name is Kimberly, but everyone calls me Kimmy,

    I’m currently in school at SJRSC to get my AA and plan to transfer to UNF in the future. I learned to swim at a young age and have enjoyed being in the water ever since. I’m excited to get children interested in swimming too.

  • Alex

    Hello All!

    My Name is Alex and I have been living and swimming in Florida my entire life. I’m currently a student at UNF in the Nutrition program. I love teaching and coaching all sports, but my favorites are soccer and swimming! I look forward to seeing the students grow and improve into strong swimmers

  • Sahil

    Hi! My name is Sahil. I was born in Jacksonville and have lived here all my life. I have been around water since I was a little kid, and have been part of various clubs and school swim teams. I love working with kids and look forward to seeing every student swim to the best of their abilities.

  • Michaela

    Hi! My name is Michaela. I was born and raised here in Jacksonville, Florida. I have been swimming ever since working with kids for the past 3 years as a life-guard. So, safety is very important to me. I hope my love of water will inspire and help the kids become amazing swimmers!

  • Ty

    Hi! My name us Ty. I was born in Tallahassee but I have lived in Jacksonville most of my life. I love the water and try to go swimming or scuba diving any chance I get. I can’t wait to share my love of swimming with others and assist them in improving their skills.

  • Shannon

    HI! My name is Shannon.

    I’m new to Jacksonville, I moved here to attend UNF. I have been swimming for as long as I can remember. I look forward to seeing your child learn and grow, while having fun in the water!

  • Lexi

    ​Hello! My name is Alexandra but everyone calls me Lexi. I love Disney and Star Wars. I grew up watching my baby sister and my cousins, as well as, working at various churches and VBS. I’m a party princess in my spare time and LOVE children! I can’t wait to teach your kids!

  • Sarah

    Hi! My name Sarah. I was born in Texas, but raised in Arkansas. I moved to Jacksonville in 2016 to go to college. I love swimming! I swam competitively for 7 years. Being in the water and helping others learn to swim is one of my favorite thins to do. I believe everyone could be an Olympic Swimmer if they wanted to be.

  • Chris G

    ​My Name is Christopher. I moved to Jacksonville in the fall of 2017 to attend UNF. I love teaching and can’t wait to teach your child how to be a confident swimmer.

  • Olivia

    Hi, my name is Olivia. I have lived in Jacksonville my entire life. I have been a competitive swimmer for the past 5 years. I’m currently swimming for my high school varsity swim team. I hope to continue swimming in college. I love swimming and can’t wait to share my experience and love for the water with your child.

  • Corey

    ​My Name is Corey, I just finished my first year of college at Valdosta State. I’ve always loved to swim ever since I was a toddler. I believe swimming is a very important skill to learn at a young age.

  • Noah

    ​Hi I’m Noah! I am an Eagle Scout and a student at UNF Studying Coastal Biology. I grew up right here in Florida always being in the water! I love swimming! I love kids and am so excited to teach others the wonders of the water!

  • Mark

    Hi, My name is Mark. I was raised in Atlantic Beach and love spending time in the ocean. I also love working with kids, and look forward to helping them develop their abilities in the water. I’m currently perusing a Fine Arts degree at UNF.

  • Ella

    ​Hi! My name is Ella. I currently attend St. John’s Country Day School. I have lived in Jacksonville all my life. I learned to swim at Swimming Safari with Mrs Joani. I joined the swim team at a young age and again in High School. I enjoy going to the beach, playing volleyball, and being with friends. I hope to help kids find a love for the water like Mrs Joani did with me.

  • Erin

    Hi I’m Erin. I’m a student at UNF studying Public Health. I love swimming, snorkeling, and SCUBA diving, and have been doing it for as long as I can remember. I’ve instructed children for several years and enjoy doing so.

  • Nilda

    My Name is Nilda and I was born in Ocala, Fl, raised here in Jacksonville. I’ve been swimming since I was four and even swam competitively for a few years. I’m super excited to and look forward to teaching the next generation of swimmers.

  • Savannah


    My Name is Savannah and I love working with kids! I am currently studying Elementary Education at UNF! I have been involved in theater and singing for my entire live.

  • Morgan


    My name is Morgan, I am from Crystal River, Florida and am new to Jacksonville. I am a current student at UNF studying Criminal Justice. I have been swimming all of my life and swam competitively for several years. I love kids and am eager to help teach your child.

  • Celina

    Hi I’m Celina,

    - Born and Raised in Colorado

    -Relocated to North Florida this year after traveling to a couple other states.

    - Learned to swim at 3 years old and continued competitively until I was 9.

    - Got into swim instructing when I moved to Fort Lauderdale.

    -Love making an impact by teaching lessons and looking forward to seeing the growth of my swimmers.

    - I strive to be as well rounded as possible and am always interested in learning more.

  • Elle

    My name is Elle and I have lived in Jacksonville during the school year for a little over a year now, but I am orginally from the Cocoa Beach area. I have been swimming for as long as I can remember and I have been involved in many other sports. I currently go to UNF studying education. I love working with kids and helping them grow and I can’t wait to do that here!

  • Zach

    Hi! My name is Zach and I’ve been living in Jacksonville my entire life. I am currently attending UNF where I’m studying Political Science with a minor in Environmental Studies. For as long as I can remember I have been involved with the water in my daily life! I love working with children and being able to help them develop life skills that are beneficial for their lives ahead! I hope to see you in the water someday!

  • Joe


  • Jaris


We have throughly enjoyed our lessons. The instructors were wonderful and my children learned so much. Thank you for helping my kids with their swimming. They had a great time!


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