Upenn Recreation


Zack A
Swim Instructor
Zack has been a certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) for the last seven years. He has have taught all levels of the American Red Cross swimming program, but most of his experience is with Pre-School Level 3 (3-5 year-olds) and Learn-to-Swim Levels 3-5 (10 to 17 years old). However, he is eager to teach any skill level or age group and can readily adapt his lessons to fit individual needs.
Fran D
Swim Instructor
Fran has been teaching swimming at Penn for 15 years (she started teaching at the former pool at Hutchinson). Now a high school teacher, Fran has also taught Water Aerobics, Parent-Infant class and Adult Beginner class. She also coaches a middle school team in Villanova and coached the high school team at String Theory High School in Philadelphia. Some of Fran's strengths as an instructor are working with adults who fear the water, working with parents, and teaching runners and people who practice yoga how to be better swimmers. She also likes teaching flip turns. Although she primarily works with adults, she works with swimmers of any age and ability level.
Rob H
Swim Instructor
Rob is an artist, yogi, vegetarian, cycletarian and veteran swim instructor. He loves to share his love of the water with everyone from infants to adults, brand new beginners to competitive and advanced swimmers. He believes that comfort leads to confidence, and confidence leads to greater comfort. He works at making his classes fun, and progressive from any starting point.
Georgia R
Swim Instructor
Georgia is from Denver and has taught swimming for two years in Colorado and is excited to be continuing here at Penn. She loves teaching breaststroke and her favorite part about being a swim instructor is watching how people improve. A fun fact about Georgia is that she really loves Broncos football!
Mary Anne L
Swim Instructor
Mary Anne started teaching volunteer swim lessons as a varsity swimmer in college, then when she began working at Penn, she decided to continue teaching as a way to give back to the sport which has given her so much. She has given lessons to students of many ages, from 6 to 60, and loved every minute. Because it's rewarding to see any student improve and see a difference in their stroke, Mary Anne works with swimmers of all ability levels, but likes working with swimmers who are motivated and driven to improve!
Connor H
Swim Instructor
Connor first began teaching swim lessons and classes after working as a lifeguard at a summer camp and community pool. She spent most of her summers as a kid swimming, so it only felt right to help others enjoy the water as much as she did! Connor has been teaching swim lessons since 2014 and has the most experience with toddlers and children. That said, she also likes teaching teenagers and adults who may not be as comfortable in the water as they would like to be. She loves seeing her students learn to love the water and growing comfortable enough swim independently.
Max R
Swim Instructor
Max has been teaching swim lessons to people of all ages throughout high school and is excited to continue here at Penn. He has been a competitive swimmer for more than a decade, specializing in freestyle and butterfly. Max loves to teach all strokes and is eager to teach people of all ages and skill levels. He loves to watch his clients improve and reach their personal swimming goals.
Anita M
Swim Instructor
Anita is a current undergraduate student at Penn. Before teaching swim lessons at Penn, she swam competitively for ten years and worked as an aquatic therapy instructor for children. She enjoys working with beginners of all ages, especially helping people float for the first time or perfect their form. She also loves talking about movies, ramen, and fashion.
Morgan P
Swim Instructor
Morgan is a junior studying mechanical engineering and has been teaching swim lessons since high school. She likes working with children and is experienced in teaching children who have no previous swimming experience, as well as those who are afraid of the water or swimming unaided. Her favorite part of being an instructor is seeing her students improve and begin to love swimming. Her favorite stroke is butterfly.
Sarah B
Swim Instructor
Sarah has a passion for the water and loves to help others find a passion for swimming as well! She has been a lifelong swimmer, and now participates at her local masters swim team. She has also lots of experience teaching swim lessons and teaches everyone from babies to adults. She loves helping beginner swimmers find a love for the water while establishing proper technique and having fun at the same time. She further has a passion for working with adult swimmers as she can help adults conquer their fears! Last, because of her extensive experience she can work on technique and endurance with triathletes or anyone who would like to incorporate swimming into their fitness regime. Her goal is to spread her love of swimming to as many people as possible
Tess D
Swim Instructor
Tess is currently a Nursing Major at Penn from Fort Collins, Colorado. She has been teaching both group and private swim lessons since 2014 to swimmers of all different ages and abilities. Tess began giving lessons when she was swimming competitively in high school. Her favorite part about teaching people to swim is watching them grow more comfortable in the water and master new skills.
Gabby G.
Swim Instructor
Gabby has been teaching swim lessons since 2012. She has experience teaching all age groups, ability levels, and class sizes. Whether students want to refine their strokes or just feel more comfortable in the water, Gabby has a wealth of experience to pull from. She strives to make swim lessons fun and engaging for all her students and loves to see them succeed in the goals they have set for themselves.
Carolyn K.
Swim Instructor
Carolyn has experience in teaching swim lessons with children from 3 to 18 and young adults. Carolyn competed at a National level during her time at college and coached for a summer league team during her summers. She has years of competitive swimming and coaching to pull from. From advanced stroke technique to the basics, Carolyn aims to make sure her students achieve their goals while having fun in the water. One of Carolyn's favorite things to teach is stroke mechanics, she believes that everyone can be a good swimmer with the proper mechanics.
Bridget B.
Swim Instructor
Bridget is a junior studying Sociology at Temple University who enjoys float therapy, water aerobics, Zumba, painting, drawing and crafting. She was a certified ARC lifeguard from 1998-2018 at various locations throughout the city and has also trained lifeguards for the last 11 years as a certified American Red Cross LGI. Her swim instructor path began in 2005 and has been an acclaimed passion of hers helping those meet their goals for aquatic fitness and comfort. From teaching guided discovery for parent child swim lessons to refining stroke mechanics for swim masters, Bridget maintains a constant goal of safety while contributing to an encouraging atmosphere for all students.

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