MEET THE SWIM SCHOOL FAMILY!

 

Kathryn Foster

Kathryn Foster

Swim School Director

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.  

Shelley Briscoe

Shelley Briscoe

Lead Swim Teacher

Shelley's love for the water began in the lakes and rivers nead her hometown of Basalt, Colorado. She recently graduated with degrees in Anthropology and Elementary Teaching and hopes to spend her career working and learning with kids. In addition to her passions for teaching, Shelley dabbles in creative writing and hopes to someday publish a book! 

Alysia

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.

Thea Rogier

Thea Rogier

Swim Teacher & Training Administrator

Thea grew up living in Southeast Asia and Southern Africa. She fell in love with sea turtles (and the ocean) when she was 2, joined her first swim team at 5, and got scuba certified when she was 11. She studied Biology at UCSB for undergrad and then spent some time working on a sea turtle conservation project in Barbados before doing a masters degree in Marine and Environmental Affairs at UW. When not in the pool or greeting customers at Ocean First, she can be found out adventuring and finding places to rock climb and swim with her dog, Maia.

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.

James Dubendorf

James Dubendorf

Swim Teacher

James grew up landlocked in small-town western Massachusetts. His love for the ocean was nurtured during childhood trips to southern Rhode Island - from eating sand to surfing hurricane swells, he was hooked. After majoring in cultural anthropology at Hamilton College, and attending the Williams Mystic Maritime Studies Program at Mystic Seaport, James studied contemporary social change on Pitcairn Island. James also built wooden boats in Maine and crewed on schooner Ellida sailing multi-night trips on the Penobscot Bay. James recently moved to Boulder for graduate school. When not in the pool, James runs a training business in the ski industry and enjoys outdoor adventures and campfire songs with his niece and nephew, and his dog Fitzroy.

 

Chris Van Winkle

Chris Van Winkle

Swim Teacher

Chris is a transplant from the East Coast, where between the Atlantic Ocean and the Appalachian mountains, he discovered his love for both the sea and forests. He enjoys sharing this dichotomous passion with the people at Ocean First, and currently has goals to become a certified diver and to thru-hike the Colorado trail. He loves teaching swim lessons, where he gets to share his love for the water and movement arts with his students. When not at Ocean First, Chris can be found performing on stages in the Denver and Boulder area and training at the Boulder Movement Collective. 

Hannah Lea

Hannah Lea

Swim Teacher

Hannah grew up in Colorado swimming competitively alongside her sister.  After a shoulder injury in high school, she discovered a passion for teaching and coached a swim team for several years. Hannah is currently in her undergrad at CU majoring in Chemical and Biological Engineering. When not in the water, Hannah enjoys experimenting as an amateur makeup artist and hopes to one day start a vegan, zero-waste cosmetics company with her chemical background.  

Grace Simonsen

Grace Simonsen

Swim Teacher

Grace, a Colorado native, grew up in the foothills of Lyons. She looks forward to the adventure each day brings; hiking, camping and traveling the world are some of her favorite past-times. Passionate about all life, she strives to protect the environment and to educate about the humans play in the health of our planet. When out of the water, Grace can be found teaching and practicing yoga, wandering with her dog, Oakly,or grooving along to her favorite oldies.

Drew Herrick

Drew Herrick

Swim Teacher

As Florida native, Drew has been exploring underwater as early as he can remember. Eventually, the mountains lured him to Durango, Colorado where he earned a degree in Adventure Education and spent several years working in the outdoor industry. Still, the ocean called and he moved to southeast Asia to continue developing his water skills. He became a Freediving Instructor in 2016 and taught courses in Thailand and the Philippines. To date, Drew has achieved breath holds over six minutes and depths of 200ft. Whether swimming, scuba diving, or freediving, he simply enjoys helping others develop comfort in the water and an appreciation for all the life within it! When Drew is not in the water, he’s usually hiking, mountain biking, or planning his next dive trip.

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