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Julie was born into a family that loves the water and has been swimming her whole life. She began to swim competitively at the young age of five. She swam on her local competitive team and high school swim team. Julie received her lifeguard certification and CPR certification in 1983, and has been a swim instructor since 1982. She has taken many different roles in her career with swimming, such as being the swim instructor for Farmingdale University, Aquatics Director at a children’s day camp, and most recently has become a swim instructor and aerobics director at the local YMCA.
All of her certifications are up to date, and Julie strives to become a better swim instructor year after year. Julie was also a nursery school teacher and a teacher assistant for the special education department for students of all ages. Children with special needs carry a place in her heart. Julie has devoted a huge part of her life to teaching children how to be safe in the water, and continues to do so with Mermaid Swim School. She always keeps the lessons upbeat and fun, while working on core skills necessary to becoming a great swimmer. She cannot wait to share her love of the water with your child!
Hunter Verde was born in Michigan where she spent her summers growing up right by the lake! After receiving her associate’s as a Physical Therapist Assistant she moved to Sarasota to once again be close to the water and further her career. Her aquatic background includes a history of competitive swim (backstroke being her favorite!) and Scuba Certification before the age of 15, so she’s right at home in the water! As a former pageant coach and nanny she has a wide range of experiences when it comes to instructing children of all ages.
Lindsey competed on her high school swim team. She was the 1994 Sectional Champion in Breaststroke and for 3 of the 4 years was a state finalist for medley relay swim team. She began life-guarding and teaching swim lessons in 1994. She renewed her WSI and CPR/First Aid certifications last year. In addition to teaching swim and life-guarding, she worked on the dolphin rescue team for Mote Marine Laboratory. She has been working with Mermaid for 3 seasons now and is a wonderful instructor for our company!
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