My name is Haley Whatley, and I have been a swim instructor and lifeguard since 2006. I graduated from Texas Tech University in May 2012. In 2015, I began teaching private swim lessons in my backyard, and now we are all over the Austin area. I am Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid and Water Safety Instructor Certified.
Meet Our Instructors
All of our instructors are highly qualified. As we hire between now and February, we will add new instructors here as they are contracted. Please check to see which instructor serves your neighborhood or community.
We are hiring! Send your resume, cover letter, and two references to [email protected] to apply.
Anna studies kinesiology at Tarleton State University. Anna loves exercising and traveling to Mexico. Anna is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid Certified.
Sole was born and raised Spain and has lived many places before settling down here in Austin. She loves to travel, teach yoga, hike, spend time with her dog, Zumo, and swim. Sole is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid Certified.
Hannah will study biomedical engineering at Texas A&M starting this fall. She swims competitively in her local summer swim league in addition to swimming year-round. She is so excited to be teaching this summer! Hannah is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid Certified.
Mya studies chemistry at the University of North Texas. She graduated form Georgetown High School and is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified.
Kayla is new to Whatley Swim, but not to swim instruction. She previously worked at Aqua-Tots, where she honed her skills as a caring and intuitive instructor. She loves the water and is excited to teach. Kayla is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified.
Mara is currently earning her EMT certification and looking forward to continuing her eduaction at the University of Hawaii. She loves to teach her students through fun, positive experiences. Mara is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified.
Our Core Values
Individuality | Integrity | Growth | Systemization | Inclusion | Competition | Consonance
At Whatley Swim, we believe in creating an environment where any student can learn. We enjoy seeing progress in our students as they work through fear, language barriers, learning differences, and physical differences. In order to yield the best results, we look at our students holistically. We take into account the way they feel emotionally and physically and the way they think when planning their lessons. We aim, not only to teach them new skills, but to teach them to trust others and themselves. We believe that a sense of adventure is the most important precursor to learning. This mindset produces confidence, curiosity, openness and growth. Likewise, I cultivate these principles in our staff throughout instructor training. The system to which our instructors adhere is merely a template, and they work hard to customize it for each student they encounter. By focusing on developing students’ strengths, we reduce angst and accelerate learning. Lessons with us are a positive experience all the way around!
“We are doing lessons with Kamrynn, and she is amazing. She is teaching our son how to do different swim strokes in a way that he understands. She is super sweet with him and puts him at ease. I love how the lessons are tailored to his ability. I highly recommend Whatley school!”
– Tasha Zander
“My Kid had lessons with Kamrynn and I am delighted that she is so patient and calm with her students! I love that all the swim instructors have such fantastic qualifications! No wonder all my friends were raving about Whatley!”
– Stephanie Diaz
“We love Haley’s kind approach, how she encourages even the most timid swimmer to try something new and her emphasis on safety. Can’t recommend her enough!”
– Kathryn Whitaker
“My 3 kiddos have done two summers with Coach Sam and it has been a fantastic experience. My oldest struggled with being quite timid in the water after various tries at lessons in other settings but Coach Sam quickly put my daughter at ease and she’s now a very confident swimmer!”
– Lindsay Eulenfeld
“Whatley Swim School is a life saver. They were very professional and my daughter had so much fun with her instructor. I plan to use them for all of my child’s lessons”
“My daughter had eight private lessons and loved every minute of them! She learned to float, flip over, swim underwater, and overwater all in eight lessons! I’m so grateful for our experience and look forward to another summer of lessons! Thank you Whatley Swim School!”
– Corina Russell
Can I choose my instructor?
Instructors are based on location availability.
What if I miss a lesson?
– We do not provide refunds for missed lessons.
– If you need a make-up lesson, you must call or email and cancel 24 hours prior to your scheduled classtime.
– Make-ups will be offered for lessons missed due to instructor illness or inclement weather.
Can I take lessons at my HOA or neighborhood pool?
Yes, you may take lessons at the pool in the neighborhood where you live if the HOA allows visitors and swim lessons.
**For more information about neighborhood eligibility or to nominate your neighborhood, please email [email protected]. We try to add new neighborhoods each year!
When are classes?
May 10-May 28 4-8pm
June 1-Aug 13 9am-8pm
August 16-September 30 4-8pm
When is tuition due?
A $50 deposit must be paid and the waiver signed in order to get on the schedule. Once your schedule has been finalized and you have approved it, the remainder of the tuition will be due. For more information email us at [email protected].