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Haley Whatley

Owner

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.

Instructors

 We are hiring! Send your resume, cover letter, and two references to [email protected] to apply. 

Sole Llorca

Sole Llorca

Instructor

Sole was born and raised Spain and loves to travel, teach yoga, hike, spend time with her dog, Zumo, and swim.  Sole is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid Certified. This will be her second summer teaching with us.

 

Michael Skiles

Michael Skiles

Instructor

Michael studies finance at Texas Tech University. Michael is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified. This will be his first summer teaching with us, and will be covering Pflugerville.

 

Hannah Ngai

Hannah Ngai

Instructor

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.

Lauren Ballard

Lauren Ballard

Instructor

Lauren was born and raised in Austin and loves dogs and spending time outdoors. Although she is new to Whatley Swim, we are excited for the connections she will form with our clients. Lauren is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified, and will be teaching in west Austin, Westlake, and Lakeway this summer.

Candace Eich

Candace Eich

Instructor

Candace has experience in the nonprofit, sports science, and mixed martial arts industries. Although she is new to Whatley Swim, she is an experienced swim teacher. Candace is Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid certified and will be teaching in 78717 this summer.

Mya Anderson

Mya Anderson

Instructor

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. 

 

Kayla Richardson

Kayla Richardson

Instructor

A water lover, this will be Kayla’s second summer teaching with Whatley Swim. Kayla is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified, and will teach in Cedar Park & Leander this summer.

 

Emma Astad

Emma Astad

Instructor

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 Epstein

Savannah Epstein

Instructor

 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.

Guillermo Barron

Guillermo Barron

Instructor

Originally from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Guillermo has lived in Austin for the past 14 years. We are excited to welcome him to our team. GuillerPR and First Aid certified and will be teaching in central and East Austin this summer.

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!

Happy Customers

“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

 

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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 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]

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.

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