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Helene’s Philosophy

Helene’s philosophy centers on progress, not always perfection in her swim instruction.
She genuinely cares about the students she teaches and their swimming experience. It’s important to her that the swimmers enjoy their time with her, while sharing a safe and positive time together.
Every swimmer learns a little differently and she is able to offer her clients a diverse and flexible approach to swimming.
She takes special care with those who are fearful or apprehensive, realizing their unique needs and concerns.

About Helene

Helene loves what she does and she gets to do what she loves…and that is to teach swimming. She got her start as a lifeguard/swim instructor when she turned sixteen, at Atsugi Naval Base in Japan. She headed onto college and received a B.A. in Recreation from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.
There she was certified through the Red Cross as a Water Safety Instructor. Back in the states, summers after college were spent as Waterfront Director at Lake Holiday, in Somonauk, Illinois. From there she worked at the local YMCA in Aurora, Illinois where she spent 8 years working in several capacities. Four years as a swim instructor, 2 years as the Assistant Aquatic Director and two more as the
Aquatic Director. At the “Y” she became
certified in their aquatic programs and at one time held all their aquatic credentials totaling ten certifications. She also had to keep up with her Red Cross CPR, First Aid, Lifesaving and Water Safety Instructor “certs”. Also during this time she spent the summers running a swim program at Boulder Terrace Farm in Sandwich, Illinois, at her parent’s backyard pool.


Moving to the desert in 1986 she took a break from swimming and entered the hospitality industry for several years. Then she took another turn and got into office work, working as a production coordinator, meeting planner trade show coordinator and executive assistant for a local marketing firm in Palm Desert. Having sampled the “real world” she found in 1999 that she missed her true calling and returned back to the pool and began “Learn To Swim At Your Pool”, teaching swimming in the privacy and convenience of your pool. Her business grew tremendously and in 2008, “Helene’s Learn To Swim”, a private swim school was founded in Palm Desert, California…her lifelong dream! In 2009 she is entering her 23rd year of teaching swimming.