With an early passion for sports and active and healthy living, Dimitrie is a former Personal Trainer who worked with adults helping them reach their maximum fitness levels, as well as a former Physical Education teacher for daycare children. His interest for sports and fitness transcended into swimming, and he is now using his experience and dedication to make swimming accessible to as many children and adults as possible.
With a background in Marketing and Fitness, Dimitrie brings his rich and unique experience to the Aqua Life team. His entrepreneurial approach is both inspirational and innovating making sure Aqua Life is always at the forefront of Aquatics, through patronaging and welcoming innovating approaches to swimming.
Vanessa brings a profound and multifaceted experience in Aquatics accumulating multiple years under her belt as a Recreation Supervisor and Aquatics Manager and spearheading projects in water safety, CRP and aquatic programs. With her enthusiastic and vibrant personality coupled with her analytical and focused approach, Vanessa assures the highest quality of lesson delivery. She has a gift for relating to her team and students alike to bring out their full potential in the water. Vanessa is often seen on the pool deck offering support when needed. Don’t be shy to approach Vanessa with your questions or concerns, she will be happy to help you out!
Rosanna is Aqua Life’s customer care specialist, helping in the office with administration and customer inquiries. With a wealth of experience in hospitality, Rosanna also brings a genuine love for helping people into Aqua Life with her. She’s also the proud mother to two young daughters. At home, they enjoy playing dress-up and dancing. Friendly and easy-going, she loves to build real relationships when she works with clients. Rosanna looks forward to speaking with you!
Ayla brings a great deal of love and light to everything she does - including swim instruction! Her vibrant and sunny disposition merge with her attention to detail to make her a caring instructor in the water. Ever since she can remember, she’s wanted to be a teacher: that’s what drove her to get her lifeguard certification. All of her talents combine to make her a fun and patient swim instructor, with a genuine desire to see her students improve. To Ayla, there is no better feeling than when a student finally ‘gets it.’
Carl brings a calm and supportive approach to his swim instruction. His favourite thing about teaching is the chance to see students - whether kids or adults - develop their swim skills. It truly brightens his day. As an instructor, he’s dedicated to constantly learning himself, so he can better serve his students. With his patient and gentle manner, Carl has a great ability to make anyone comfortable in the water, no matter their skill level or age.
Sophie has teaching in her blood, having grown up with two teachers for parents. Originally from Barrie, she grew up in her parents’ classrooms and her grandmother’s day care. She is currently attending the University of Ottawa, working towards becoming a teacher herself. When she isn’t instructing for Aqua Life or doing school work, she plays on the university’s water polo team.
Tristan is a joy to work with, both for his sweet manner and incredible eye for detail. While he is caring with his students, he maintains a sense of structure in his lessons to ensure that they are always progressing. He likes problem-solving - if a student is struggling with something, he is able to scale it back and work on it from its foundation. One of his strengths in teaching is his very analytical approach. Tristan’s favourite thing about teaching with the Aqua Life is that his students genuinely appreciate their instructors.
In everything she does, Joanie embodies active living. With a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics, she’s currently completing her Bachelor of Education. Joanie attributes her love of coaching to a great gym teacher she once had, who always pushed her to work harder and learn more. It was this same teacher who inspired her to work towards becoming a physical education teacher. In addition to a great deal of experience as a coach, Joanie brings a calm and scientific approach to her swim instruction. Any student of Joanie’s can be assured that they’re in very skilled hands.
Denzell first got into swim instruction as a teenager because he was passionate about swimming. As a teacher, he’s able to impart that passion to his students. To Denzell, there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a student make use of the skills he’s taught them. He has a kind and caring disposition, which makes it easy for him to bring smiles to the faces of everyone he teaches. He loves working with kids, for their energy and their ability to always make him laugh. Denzell has an incredible ability to communicate his lessons clearly - all while still having fun in the water. He looks forward to helping you laugh and learn in the pool!
Charlene is a true supermom who brings her years of experience in hospitality and her love for people to her work as one of our Client Care Specialists. Friendly and easygoing, she genuinely enjoys helping people. Charlene is also very family-oriented, lending her a great sense of what parents and kids both want and need from their swim lessons. Plus, she loves to swim! Charlene grew up with a pool in her backyard and spent everyday of the warmer months in it. She looks forward to helping you out!
Mackenzie brings a holistic approach to all that she does, including swim instruction. With her work, she’s able to combine her passion for teaching with her love of the water. Mackenzie’s favourite part of lessons is the diversity in skill and age she sees among her students; every day of teaching is different, inviting new challenges for her students AND for her as an instructor. Her students can expect support not only in learning their physical swim skills, but also in bolstering their confidence. While she loves to have fun during every lessons, Mackenzie also believes in constantly challenging her students to do more - she’ll be your #1 cheerleader!
Isaac strikes a perfect balance between easy going and fiercely analytical. While he loves the fun side of swimming, he also sees it for the highly technical sport that it is. He combines these perspectives to give him a structured yet fun teaching style. After a volleyball injury left his knees damaged, Isaac is now a fierce advocate of athletic excellence - while ensuring you don’t overexert yourself. He brings this to swim instruction, striving to challenge his students while ensuring they stay safe. To Isaac, the best part of teaching is seeing his students progress. He looks forward to working with you in the water!
Katie has been swimming since she was a toddler and started teaching as soon as she was old enough. She loves the social aspect of teaching and the bond she’s able to build with her students. To Katie, there’s no better feeling than seeing a student who was struggling finally master a skill. She wants all her students to know she’s there for them - no matter what their athletic goals are. Katie’s students can expect a caring and instructor who will be there for them every step of the way.
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