MEET THE SWIM SCHOOL FAMILY!

 

Lauren Pacheco

Lauren Pacheco

Swim School Director

Lauren brings her passion for teaching children water safety skills to the Ocean First Swim School.  A native Coloradoan, Lauren began swimming competitively at the age of seven and teaching swim lessons during high school.  While completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado, Lauren spent her free time swimming with the CU club swim team. After spending a semester in Bonaire scuba diving and studying the ocean, Lauren’s travels took her to Sydney, Australia for a year to teach swimming lessons and earn her divemaster certification. Upon returning to Boulder, Lauren decided to continue sharing her love of teaching and the water at Ocean First Swim School.    

Alysia “Red” Prater

Alysia “Red” Prater

Training Administrator

Red comes to us from the heart of Texas. Her childhood hero was TV personality and wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin, the inspiration behind her dreams of working in conservation and studying biology. She is self-proclaimed sci-fi & fantasy nerd, especially Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and Tolkien. She is also passionate about playing disk-golf in the mountains. When she is not greeting customers at Ocean First, she can be found in the great outdoors with her beloved Husky German Shepherd mix, Chloe.

Kathryn Foster

Kathryn Foster

Lead Teacher, Contributing Marketing Maven

Born and raised in North Carolina, Kathryn spent her summers vacationing  with family along the Carolina and Virginia coast.  She began swimming at the age of three and took her love of the water on to high school to swim competitively.  

Kathryn taught swim lessons while an undergrad at UNC Charlotte before traveling  around Central America surfing and enjoying SUP Yoga. She is currently attending graduate school pursuing a degree in Transpersonal Counseling. Maverick, her one-year old pup, is discovering his own fascination of the water and together they are swimming and exploring all parts of Colorado.  

Anthony Decamillis

Anthony Decamillis

Swim Teacher

Anthony grew up in Arvada, CO and started swimming at a very young age. At the age of nine, he began swimming competitively for Colorado Swim Academy in Westminster. He swam through high school and now enjoys being a member of the CU Boulder swim and dive team.  Anthony is a student at CU Boulder majoring in Neuroscience and hopes to one day attend medical school.  The oldest of four children, he enjoys working with kids and instilling a healthy respect and love for the water. He will gladly converse with any Spanish speaker who has the patience to endure his awful American accent.

Jess Wentworth

Jess Wentworth

Swim Teacher

Born in Massachusetts, Jess has grown up swimming in oceans, lakes, and rivers.  She joined her high school swim team and decided to take her love of competitive swimming to the CU club swim team.  Jess is an undergrad at CU Boulder and majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Her dream is to become an underwater archaeologist.

Sierra Flori

Sierra Flori

Swim Teacher

Growing up in Arvada, Sierra's favorite activity was swimming -- when she visited the pool her parents would practically have to drag her out at the end of the day. This enthusiasm led her to join her high school's swim team. One of her role models is Jane Goodall, who's passions for making a difference inspired Sierra to study environmental engineering at CU Boulder. When she isn't swimming, Sierra can be found hiking, camping, kayaking, drawing, or baking something full of chocolate!

Michael Moritz

Michael Moritz

Swim Teacher

Michael hails from Denver, and his passion for nature and the great outdoors brought him to CU Boulder to pursue his dream of becoming a surgeon. As someone who thrives on overcoming challenges, he enjoys the break through moments with children who go from being afraid of the water to loving swimming. When he isn't teaching lessons or studying for school, Michael can be found rock climbing or wading through the local creeks with his fishing rod. 

Jenny Penner

Jenny Penner

Swim Teacher

Jenny comes to us from the great state of California, where her love for water and competitive swimming developed. She loves helping children learn to love the water while becoming safe and confident swimmers. Jenny recently graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle and dreams of becoming a prosthetist who helps amputee patients get fitted and complete rehab. When she's not working, she loved being in the outdoors with her golden retriever, Charlie.

Kathy Nguyen

Kathy Nguyen

Swim Teacher

Kathy is a Colorado native, but annual visits to California sparked her interest in the ocean. In high school she joined the swim team and fell in love with the sport. Kathy understands the importance of safety skills and enjoys helping children learn to feel comfortable in the water. When she is not in the pool, Kathy can be found reading, writing, or enjoying the great outdoors.

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