These lessons are not about water acclimation or swimming only. We believe in giving your child the COMPETENCE, CONFIDENCE, and most importantly, the TIME to survive in an aquatic emergency. The goal for children at the end of lessons is aquatic independence, aquatic problem solving, and the ability to rescue themselves should they reach the water alone. Thousands of survival swimming lessons are taught worldwide everyday as part of the commitment to prevent pediatric drowning.
I was raised in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1995 with a degree in Agricultural Journalism. I worked in the cattle industry for several years but because my heart has always been for teaching children, I became a teacher through the Alternative Certification Program in 1996 and spent 2 years working in deep South Texas, right on the border.
I became a competitive swimmer at the age of 3 and began teaching traditional swimming lessons in my parents' backyard at the age of 13. My focus was always SAFETY but I was uninformed about how to teach true survival swimming skills.
Completely amazed at what my little one learned in such a short amount of time! It’s pretty nerve wracking the first few weeks but I was shocked with how quickly she learned to flip and float! So grateful for these skills and looking forward to her next class learning new skills.
You cannot put a price tag on what Shellie Dawn Jenkins Stasny has done for our daughter, and our family. Shellie is absolutely incredible! My daughter (5) was like a cat in the water on the first day of swim lessons. Frightened to get her face wet. Frightened to let go. By day 4, Shellie had her confidence level up to the moon and she was swimming all by herself!
There is no one I’d rather have teach my kids their survival skills in water than Shellie. Her ability to individualize each child, their experience and skill set is amazing. She really is THE best!