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​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

    Hello,

    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!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Justice

    Hi All! My name is Justice. I am the eight born child of ten in my family. I have lived in Jacksonville for over ten years. I love swimming and working with kids. I look forward to training your children to become excellent swimmers.

  • Michaela

    Hi! My name is Michaela. I was born and raised here in Jacksonville, Florida. I have been swimming ever since I can remember. I’ve been 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!

  • 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.

  • 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

    Hi!

    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.

  • Joe

    Hi, my name is Joe, I graduated from UNF spring 19’ with a bachelors in Health Administration. I enjoy to work with kids and I enjoy to be around the water. I’m very excited that I get to combine these passions into my job at Swim Safari. I have very high energy and I am thrilled to teach the safety and fun of swimming to your child.

  • Andy

    My name is Andy and I have been in Jacksonville all my life. I grew up playing every sport under the sun. I swam for Atlantic Coast High School. I have been apart of countless youth mentoring activities. I love being hands on, and teaching. I hope to make learning to swim fun for your child.

  • Trevor

    My name is Trevor and I am currently working towards a bachelors degree in Biological Sciences at UNF. My dad taught me how to swim when I was 2 years old. I’m excited at the opportunity to pass the passion for the water he instilled in me along to my students. I also enjoy teaching children how to skateboard, and have done so at skate camps like Camp Woodward and here locally at youth centered events like Color Me Kona.

  • Megan

    ​Hi there! My name is Megan and I’m was born and raised right here in Jacksonville. I’ve spent my summers surfing, spending time at the beach, and in pools swimming. I’ve been in the water since being a toddler myself, and look forward to sharing my enthusiasm for water fun! I plan on instilling confidence around the water, and teaching safety and knowledge to everyone.

  • Cassie

    My name is Cassie! I’ve lived in Jacksonville for 10 year and I am currently a student at JU. I’m the oldest of five kids so my whole life has been taking care of kids. Working with children is my passion and I’m so excited to help them learn how to swim!

  • Flore

    ​Hey, My name is Flore (pronounced floor) and I’m from France! Most of my live I’ve been by the beach, water is my happy place. I look forward to teaching all of Swimming Safari students how to swim and be comfortable in the water.

  • Sara W

    My name is Sara and I am an ESE teacher for Duval county. I have a great passion for teaching and helping kids grow and reaching their potential. I am looking forward to seeing all my students find a love for swimming and reaching their potential.

  • Kennedy

    My name is Kennedy. I have been swimming and sailing since I could crawl. I am a student at Jacksonville University for Secondary Education and English. I can’t wait to teach everyone!

  • Sarah P

    ​Hi! My name is Sarah. I have lived in Jacksonville my whole life. I’m currently a senior at Stanton College Prep and have worked with kids through volunteer work in swimming, arts and crafts, and theater since I was twelve. I have teaching and am so excited to help my students learn to swim!

  • Colter

    Hello!

    My name is Colter and I’m a medical student at UNF. I grew up in Tallahasse but moved to Jacksonville last August for school. I’ve been an outdoormen all my life and grew up swimming, biking, running, and doing all kids of things outdoors. I love working with kids and can’t wait to teach the next generation of explorers.

  • James

    ​My name is James and I have been living in Jacksonville for 5 years. I have grown up in the water becuase my mom never missed a chance to take me swimming. I reviously worked as a life guard and am currently studying Exercise Science at UNF. I look forward to combining my love for exercise, swimming, and coaching kids in my swim lessons.

  • Stephanie

    ​Hi there! My name is Stephanie and I just moved here from Arizona. I’ve loved being in the water since I was little. My first job was life guarding and reaching swim lessons. I love kids and was a preschool teacher for 7 year.

  • Tahlia

    Hello!

    My name is Tahlia. I attend college at the University of North Florida and am a Criminal Justice major. I have been swimming since 7th grade, but have been working with kids as long as I can remember. I can’t wait to meet you all.

My daughter absolutely loves this place. They are very professional and are excellent at what they do. I recommend them to anyone looking for a place to teach their kids how to swim!

Tanya

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