About Us

Haley and Tracy Johnson

Owners

Haley Johnson (formerly Whatley), has been a swim instructor and lifeguard since 2006. She graduated from Texas Tech University in May 2012. In 2007, she began teaching private swim lessons in her backyard, and now Whatley Swim teaches all over the Austin area.

Tracy (Tra) Johnson is a cybersecurity practitioner and automotive enthusiast. For Whatley Swim, Tra helps create policies, procedures, and develop risk management protocols.

They also just had a baby! Click here to meet their newest little addition, Ramses.

Meet Our Leadership Team  

Sole Llorca 

Program Director

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Sole Llorca was born in Spain, in a small city in Alicante province, just 20 minutes away from the Mediterranean Sea. She moved to London for a few years but had to go back to Spain because she missed the food, the sun and the beach too much. She worked in the corporate world for 20+ years, and finally decided to leave that route and do more of what she loves, swimming and yoga. She started teaching mobile swim lessons with Whatley Swim in 2021 and fell in love with the students and the company. She loves to teach and learn from the students and is now Whatley Swim’s Program Director.

Kalia Hunter 

Change Manager

Asst. Program Director

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Kalia Hunter is Whatley Swim’s Change Manager and Asst. Program Director. She has helped us tremendously in the off season to find new software for our clients and instructors. When scheduling is a breeze this season, you know who to thank!

Meet Our Instructors

Instructors

We are hiring for the 2024 season!

Are you a college student seeking an exciting summer gig or a young professional looking for a rewarding side hustle? Join Whatley Swim as a Mobile Swim Instructor and make a difference by preventing drowning in Texas!

Flexible schedule, competitive pay, training provided!

Hannah Ngai

Hannah Ngai

Instructor

Hannah studies biomedical engineering at Texas A&M and is also a foodie. This will be her third summer teaching with us. Hannah is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified.

Natalie Uribe

Natalie Uribe

Instructor

Natalie has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from the UT Rio Grande Valley, so one of her greatest passions is working in the water, swimming, and diving. She also has a passion for teaching others beneficial skills, so teaching children to swim and working with clients in Spanish, her native language is right up her alley. She is Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid certified and is looking forward to a fun summer teaching and learning.

Klaus Reissenweber

Klaus Reissenweber

Instructor

Klaus is a Junior Advertising Major at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a bilingual german and from Minnesota and has experience tutoring kids at his local elementary school. He swam on the high school swim team and enjoys spending his days outside swimming in nature. Klaus is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified.

Trish Detwiler

Trish Detwiler

Instructor

Trish is originally from Houston and has three teenagers. She teaches 3rd Grade at Burnet ISD. She enjoys going to state parks, swimming, and finding good live music when we can. This instructor covers Leander and is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified through the Red Cross.

Lacey Gulley

Lacey Gulley

Instructor

Lacey has been a swim instructor for about 6 years and was on a swim team for 14. She is looking forward to helping swimmers reach their goals and being safe in the water! This instructor covers Georgetown and is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified through the Red Cross.

Rebecca Barrilleaux

Rebecca Barrilleaux

Instructor

Rebecca is 23 and has been teaching swim lessons for about two years, and she has 9 years of experience working with kids. This instructor covers the towns of Buda, Kyle, and San Marcos and is Lifeguard and EMT Basic Certified. 

Grace Jackson

Grace Jackson

Instructor

Grace studies Chemistry at Texas A&M University and loves all things water and sport-related. She is excited to begin teaching others how to swim! Grace is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified and will teach in North Austin.

 

Savannah Epstein

Savannah Epstein

Instructor

 Savannah studies cybersecurity at UVA. She has been lifeguarding since she was 15 and this will be her third summer teaching with us. Savannah is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified and will teach at Ride on Center for Kids in Georgetown this summer.

Kris Puskar

Kris Puskar

Instructor

Kris has been swimming since he was 4 years old with several different Massachusetts swim teams: Lake Shore, OCY YMCA, Oliver Ames high school.  He lifeguarded for the YMCA and taught private lessons. Kris is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified and will teach in Southwest Austin and Westlake this summer.

Nadia Abihanna

Nadia Abihanna

Instructor

Nadia is a pre-med student at Texas State University. She is from Houston, Texas, but is Venezuelan and Lebanese. She has experience coaching kids in English and Spanish, as she is fully bilingual. Nadia is Lifeguard and EMT Basic Certified.

Christian Smith

Christian Smith

Instructor

Christian is originally from Illinois and is an acting major at Illinois State University. He has been a competitive swimmer, swim instructor, and lifeguard. Helping others to learn those skills is something he is very passionate about. This instructor services South Austin.

Eden Heinzke

Eden Heinzke

Instructor

Eden studies psychology at the University of Chester. She has been swimming since she was 3 and coaching on her neighborhood swim team since she was 12. She is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified and is excited to help teach.

Our Core Values

 Inclusion | Individualism | Integrity| Safety | Systemization

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!

Happy Customers

“We absolutely love Sole. She is amazing and teaches both my kids at their individual levels, and based on their personalities/individual learning styles.”

– Jennifer F.

“We are very pleased with Ms. Candace’s teaching. She is very responsive and articulate. She knows how to handle kids very well.”

– Ranjit C.

“We had great lessons with Jacey! She was communicative, kind, and let me know what to personally work on with my son. We hope to do more lessons with her in the future!”

– Katie J. 

 

“Dakota was very detailed in his instructions and made sure that I demonstrated complete proficiency before moving onto the next phase of instructions. Since working with Dakota I can truly say that I’m more confident in the water and can now enjoy my backyard pool.”

– Monroe Y. 

 

“I REALLY enjoyed Michael. He was great with my kid, friendly and patient.”

 -Brooke G.

“Kalia was wonderful. My daughter grew quite a bit with her.”

– Hamza M.

Contact Us

F.A.Q.

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 to reschedule, you must cancel 24 hours prior to your scheduled class time to avoid the $20 rescheduling fee.

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?

We teach May-September between the hours of 9 AM-8 PM (hours may vary by location). 

When is tuition due?

Tuition is due at the time of registration. 

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