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 Leadership Team
Meet Our Instructors
We are hiring for the 2023 season!
Are you energetic, fun, responsible, and love to learn and share your knowledge? If the answer is yes, we would love for you to come work with us at Whatley Swim. We are a seasonal mobile swim school for students of all ages and levels. We cover Austin metropolitan areas (including Travis, Williamson, Burnet, Bastrop and Hays counties).
Hannah studies biomedical engineering at Texas A&M and is also a foodie. This will be her second summer teaching with us. Hannah is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified and will be teaching in north Austin this summer.
Candace has experience in the nonprofit, sports science, and mixed martial arts industries. She is a veteran swim teacher. Candace is Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid certified and will be teaching in 78717 this summer.
Ashley was born and grew up in Illinois and has lived in Austin for a year. She loves hiking, swimming, and horses. Ashley 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. This will be her second summer teaching with us.
Emma loves hiking with her dog, playing the piano, and finding the next best coffee shop. Emma is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified, and after a hiatus, this will be her second summer teaching with us.
Savannah was a varsity cheerleader in high school and will study business and computer science in college. She has been lifeguarding since she was 15 and this will be her second summer teaching with us. Savannah is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified and will teach in Georgetown this summer.
Dakota was born in California and loves to swim, eat barbecue, and listen to live music. He was a collegiate water polo player and is a Life Scout. Dakota is Water Safety, CPR, and First Aid certified and will teach in Elgin, Bastrop, and Manor this summer.
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!
“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.”
“Kalia was wonderful. My daughter grew quite a bit with her.”
– Hamza M.
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.
What type of lessons are right for my child?
Take our short quiz here to find out which type of lessons are right for your child.
When do you open registration?
Registration for the 2023 season will open in mid-February. Please email us at [email protected] to be added to our email list and to receive registration notifications.