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CAA is pleased to announce the arrival of MaryElizabeth Warhol who will be teaching swim lessons this season. MaryElizabeth has a number of impressive credentials and has been teaching swim lessons to all ages and skill levels for several years.

"Ever since I was born I've been drawn to the water. I began my competitive swimming career with my neighborhood summer team at 4 years old. After 1 summer I decided I wanted to be more competitive and joined my local club team at the age of 5. I continued competitively swimming at the national level with my club team, Coast Guard Blue Dolphins, through high school where I went on to compete at Auburn University. After my first year I transferred to JMU where I finished my swimming career as a Duke Dog.

I became interested in coaching through my summer league team and beginning age 14 I volunteer coached and helped with the younger swimmers. The summer after my first year of college I began coaching for Coast Guard Blue Dolphins where I developed my love of helping young age group swimmers achieve their goals and love the sport as much as I do. The following two summers I coached both for Coast Guard Blue Dolphins as an assistant and Two Rivers Typhoons as a head coach. This summer I’ll be the head coach at Ginter Park.

I am USA swim coach certified (which includes completing a curriculum, testing, and passing a background check) and safe sport trained. I am also life guard certified and have my BLS with the American Heart Association." 

MaryElizabeth will be offering both small group and private lessons this summer. If you are interested, please contact her at

Beginner Adv. Beginner
  • Fully submerge face
  • Float on front and back
  • Bubble Blowing
  • Enter and exit water independently by ladder or side ofpool
  • Movethrough water along side of pool holding on towall
  • Kicking on front and back withsupport
  • Introduction to alternating armaction

  • Hold Breath and completely submergehead
  • Explore deep water with help
  • Float or glideunsupported
  • Rhythmic breathing with or withoutsupport
  • Flutter kick front and back
  • Intro to arm movement with kickingaction
  • Enter water from pool side and get to vertical position

  • Retrieve objects with eyes open
  • Bob up and down submerging headcompletely
  • Jump and dive into deep water and return to
  • Prone and/or supine glide withpush-off
  • Coordinate arm stroke for front crawl with breathingto side
  • Coordinate backcrawl
  • Reverse direction while swimming on front and back

  • Learn basic elements to freestyle, breast and back strokes,breathing and arm and leg movements


The Importance of Learning How to Swim


If you or your your loved ones don't know how to swim, it's never too late to learn how. Just remember safety always comes first!


Safety is perhaps the most important part of learning to swim. It's is very important to keep yourself, and your kids safe. By learning how to swim, you can be safer. While knowing how to swim does not make drowning impossible, it makes it less likely from happening. One of the important activities we teach is to always swim to the wall, hold on to it, and climb out. Another important swimming skills we teach is how to float on their back. This is an important skill because as long as you know how to float, you will be able to float on your back for a while if you get tired while swimming. Students will also learn pool rules, diving rules, and what to do  in case of an emergency. Knowing that your kids can swim will give you peace of mind when your kids are swimming in a pool. 


Discipline is a big part of learning to swim, too. Kids learn the pool rules, and consequences of breaking them. The rules are enforced by the lifeguard and swim instructors, if kids don't follow the rules, they could get a time out for a few minutes and sit out of the pool. This also goes along with safety, because discipline will help enforce the rules, which keep the kids and everyone else safe. Self-discipline goes along with this too. Kids learn to keep trying to improve, especially if there are other kids in the class who are a little more advanced. It will keep the kids going, and make them want to do their best to improve.


Confidence is a big part of learning how to swim. The more your child learns and the more they are improving, the more confident they will become in  the water. And the more confident they become, the more things they will want to  try. 

Social Skills

Kids also learn social skills in swim lessons. They have the opportunity to interact with other students and the instructor. They learn to take turns, share, and respect each other. They talk to one another and form friendships. They learn the importance of listening and paying attention, along with being polite and having patience.

Physical Activity

Swim lessons will get your kids off the couch and away from the TV, computer, and video games for a little bit each week. It will give them some exercise. With the obesity epidemic, especially in children, it is important to get some exercise to help keep kids healthy (along with a well balanced diet).

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