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.
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.