Q: How long have you been teaching swimming? A: I've been teaching swimming since 1994.
Q: What is your swimming background? A: I started out as an assistant coach for the swim team at the La Canada Flintridge Country Club. I then worked as a lifeguard and swimming instructor at the Crescenta-Canada YMCA. I also worked at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center as a swimming instructor and lifeguard. I have been exclusively teaching private in-home lessons since 2000.
Q: What makes Spitzer Swimming unique? A: I work during the academic year as a college professor teaching communication studies. I pair my extensive swimming background with my professional teaching skills to provide you and your family with a dynamic, engaging, and productive learning experience.
Q: Why should I chose Spitzer Swimming for myself and/or my family? A: Spitzer Swimming provides individualized instruction developed specifically for each student. I personally teach every lesson and make it a priority to get to know every family and student to best meet their unique needs.
Q: What should I do if I am interested in swimming lessons? A: First, please get in touch with me! I would love to speak with you about how I can best serve you and/or your family. Second, we will set up a time to meet breifly in person. This meeting typically is 20-30 minutes and is designed to allow everyone to get to know each other, assess your/your child(ren)'s learning style(s), lesson needs and swimming goals. Schedules are also discussed at this time. There is no charge for this meeting. After this initial meeting, lessons begin!
Q: Why might there be a waiting list for lessons with Spitzer Swimming?
A: I personally operate Spitzer Swimming and teach every lesson. Because lessons are not contracted out to other instructors, my schedule can be somewhat busy. I works primarily with families returning for multiple summers and through referrals. As such, the space for new families can be limited at times. Please contact us for availability. It's always great to meet new families!
Q: What is your teaching style/philosophy?
A: Nurturing a love for the water in my students is paramount in the way I teach. While I take teaching swimming (and water safety in particular) very seriously, I believe that a fun, positive attitude helps to curate confidence and ease in the water. I have found it is important to build trust with my swimming students and as such, I do not find it useful to force or coerce any behavior during lessons. I have always had great success in teaching while avoiding negative reinforcement.