Open for Classes Starting Wednesday 9/13

Posted September 07, 2017

First and foremost we hope that the all of our families are safe and sound. The swim school survived the storm without any damage. We will be reopening for lessons tomorrow morning Wednesday (9/13). We will be a little short staffed for the remainder of this week so please allow for a little long than normal response times. We are looking forward to getting back to teaching and can’t wait to see everyone.

Special Policies
*We welcome anyone needing to charge their devices to come by the school when we open starting tomorrow.
*Absences through Sunday 9/17 will not count against your make-up limit for the month.
*We have extended the October cancelation deadline to 9/20.
*October payments will be processed on 9/25 (if anyone needs an extension please let us know).
*Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help!

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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 my 7th to 12th grade years of school. I find being in the water and teaching students to swim very rewarding and I cannot wait to help each student reach their goals in the water!

  • Celeste

    My name is Celeste and I am bilingual in English and French. I grew up in the South of France and moved to Florida when I was 9 years old. I attend the University of North Florida and plan to pursue a career working with kids. I love teaching kids to be safe swimmers and seeing their love for the water grow.

  • 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 currently a student at UNF studying International Studies and I plan to 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 lets 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! I attend FSCJ and I’m working towards my A.A. I’ve been swimming since 3rd grade. I’ve been a member of various swim team since 2011. I often volunteer with 2nd grade students at Abess Park Elementary. My goal is to teach young swimmers safety in the water.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Stephen

    Hi, I’m Stephen! I’m currently attending FCTC’s EMT program. I have been teaching swimming for over three and a half years. I love to show kids what they can achieve in the pool and give them confidence to keep on swimming.

  • Alexa

    Hi! My name is Alexa and I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am lifeguard, CPR and WSI certified. I have been swimming my whole life and have been teaching swim lessons for four years. I’m so excited be apart of a great team and being able to teach in Jacksonville!

  • Elly

    Hi-ya! I’m Elly

    I swam before I could walk. I’ve played water sports my entire life, swimming, water polo, and I freedive on my own. I love kids and can’t wait to have your swimming like mermaids (and mermen). Fish are always friends.

  • 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.

  • Victoria

    Hey everyone!

    My name is Victoria, I’m currently a Senior in high school planning to get my degree to become a pediatrician once in college! I can’t ever remember a time I wasn’t swimming so it brings me great joy to help kids overcome their fear and get them comfortable in the water. I hope to make a difference in your kids life while making it very fun and energetic!

  • Christopher

    Hello Everyone,

    I’m Chris! I was born in Chicago and was raised right here in Jacksonville. I’m currently attending Jacksonville University studying to become an Orthopedic Physician. I’ve been swimming since way back when my father put me in lessons when I was two. Ever since then, I’ve loved the water! I’m so excited to teach the kiddos and help build comfort and love for the water.

  • Kayla

    Hi my name is Kayla, I’m 19 years old and I’ve been in the water my whole life. I starting surfing at the age of 7 up until I was 16 years old. It was one of the biggest passions I had growing up and still is. I love working with kids. Honestly it’s a blast! I enjoy that not only am I having fun, but they are too!

  • Samantha


    My name is Samantha and I am so excited to be teaching. I’ve loved the water since I was little and now I get to mix with my love of teaching and passion for kids. This year I’m going to UNF to get my nursing degree and hopefully become a labor and delivery nurse. Everyday I look forward to building relationships with the kids and being apart if their swimming adventure.

  • 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

  • Logan

    Hi! My name is Logan I am currently a student in UNF’s Physical Therapy program. I grew up in Florida and I love to swim, surf, and go boating. I also play beach volleyball and any other sport.

  • Izzy

    Hi! My name is Izzy, I was born in Colombia and moved to Jacksonville when I was three years old. I have a a passion for both kids and anything to do with water! I’m believe learning to swim should be a fun and playful experience. Everyday I’m excited to help my students learn to swim.

  • 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.

  • 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 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!

  • Mara

    Hello! My name is Mara and I love the water. I’ve been swimming since I can remember. I’m currently working towards my BA at the University of North Florida. I’m so excited to teach and share the love of swimming with everyone.

  • Ali

    Hello, my name is Ali and I am a Psychology Major at the University of North Florida. I have been an avid swimmer my whole life and I participated in competitive swim teams throughout middle and high school. I love working with children of all age groups. and I have been a camp counselor / lifeguard for four summers. I am so excited to teach swimming lesson and share my love for the water with others!

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!


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