About Alli Jo - Owner and Mt Helix Headquarters Instructor:
Alli Jo comes from a family of educators and swim instructors. She is a certified Water Safety Instructor through the American Red Cross. The summer of 2018 marks her 20th year of teaching individuals how to swim.
Her grandparents started a family swim school over 40 years ago in central California where summers were spent watching her mom, aunts and uncles teach hundreds of kids how to swim. Her first job was as a lifeguard and then she joined the family business during the summers throughout college and formed her own style of teaching- a unique mixture of fun, patient instruction with a huge emphasis on water safety.
While working full-time in management for a thriving San Diego business, she found herself teaching her friends' children how to swim after work. The demand became so much that she decided to pursue her passion of opening a swim school to serve San Diego. In the early spring of 2012, Alli Jo's Swim School was officially opened and it has been busy ever since.
Teaching swim lessons to both children and adults has always been her passion. “The globe is over 70% water and there is so much fun to be had in it. I love the moment when an individual switches from fear to enjoyment in the water. They're forever freed up to explore- whether it's boating, surfing, snorkeling, swimming or even a fun game of pool volleyball. I love giving the tools to equip people with both safety and enjoyment of the water.”
About Sarah - Instructor for North County Private Lessons:
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sarah grew up as an active member of an avid swimming community. From ages 15 to 21, Sarah spent her summers as a junior, and then senior coach at the Meadow Swim and Tennis Club in Orinda California, where she taught private lessons and coached team practices for kids ranging in age from 4 to 18. Along with her two sisters, Sarah excelled at swimming and water polo, and was recruited to the University of Maryland to play water polo. As a student athlete at UMD, Sarah pursued her lifelong dream of becoming a professional educator, graduating in 2010 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. Following graduation, Sarah taught Kindergarten and First Grade for five years in Florida and Virginia, where she and her husband Joe were stationed while Joe served on Active Duty.
In 2015 the Navy moved Sarah and Joe to San Diego, California, at which time Sarah left the classroom and began working in curriculum implementation for Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt, all while pursuing her Master’s in Literacy. In 2016 Sarah left HMH following the birth of her son, Cooper, to focus on her family and to finish her Master’s. She has since returned to work for the Encinitas Union School District as a reading specialist, helping struggling readers to achieve reading proficiency.
Sarah’s passion for the water, love of children, and her deep experience as a coach and educator combine to make her the ideal swim instructor. She’s excited to work with you and your kiddos!
About Kelsey - Instructor for Central San Diego and East County Private Lessons:
Kelsey grew up in San Diego and loved the water since she was a child. She began attending San Diego Jr. Lifeguard summer camp where she overcame fear of big waves and received the training needed to do what she loves in the ocean. Kelsey was hired as a camp intern for two years before becoming a beach lifeguard with the City of San Diego at 18. She was able to instruct and teach kids water safety while also having fun at the beach.
Kelsey swam as a competitive swimmer for 4 years and reached the state level in competition and proudly served two of those years as team captain. She excelled at sprint distances and loved getting to compete in the team dynamic of relays. She is currently studying to become an elementary school teacher and wants to use her gifts and talents to equip the next generation to be all they are called to be. One of her biggest passions and hobbies in life is surfing and she helps lead Christian Surfers, a local surf group, in Pacific Beach. Over the years, she has taught friends and family how to surf and swim and she is incredibly excited to continue to share the stoke!