Bebe moved back to California in 2011 and founded Hall Swim Academy in 2014. She also resumed her career as a middle school teacher and continued teaching until 2016 when she turned all her attention to Hall Swim Academy. She has 11 years experience teaching in the classroom and 25 years experience teaching in the pool. Bebe enjoys working with swimmers of all ages, from 5 months old to 82 years old. Her kind and patient approach makes any swimmer feel comfortable in the water.
Julie DuChateau taught her first swimming lesson when she was about 7 years old. One of her neighbors did not know how to swim, yet he lived in a Southern California neighborhood full of swimming pools. Julie successfully taught Stevie how to swim, and he began swimming and playing with the rest of the kids in the neighborhood.
“Swimming lessons are emotional for most people, whether they are fearful and apprehensive, or instantly confident and triumphant. I love sharing the progression and success with my students and their parents.”
Julie taught for a number of years at a swim school in Wisconsin, and then began her own swim school in North Carolina. It grew so quickly, she had a waiting list within a couple of years. She was very sad to leave North Carolina, but now she is thrilled to be a part of the Hall Swim Academy family. Julie lives in Eagle Rock with her husband. Her two sons are in college in North Carolina; both boys have spent their summers lifeguarding throughout high school and college.
Kay is a southern California native and senior undergraduate student at UCLA studying Anthropology. She swam competitively for the Claremont Club Swim Team from the age of seven until her freshman year of college. She now swims for the UCLA Bruin Masters Swim Club. She began teaching swim lessons six years ago through the city of Claremont while also teaching private lessons. The pool has been her biggest outlet for joy and creativity.
“I love finding a way to connect with each child. Developing patience to understand each students need, and then being able to see the progress made by the student is incredibly rewarding. Water becomes the outlet for expression, and watching the development of movement, understanding and joy in an unfamiliar place is truly exciting.”
Malia moved to California 8 years ago from the small island of Hilton Head in South Carolina. Malia hails from a long line of swimming legacy: both her grandparents were selected for the 1928 Olympic swimming and diving team. Malia’s mother was a 4X national champion. Malia swam competitively her whole life, eventually swimming Division I in college. “Malia was swimming before she could walk,” according to her mom. Malia moved to LA to pursue a career in entertainment, but her love for the sport brought her back to teaching. Malia has experience with both proficient swimmers needing stroke technique and also younger swimmers just beginning. She has a natural ability to relate to all ages and is passionate about getting to know each child individually.
“I love to assess a child and help him or her progress in a way that’s uniquely suitable for the child, building on strengths!”
Water has played an integral role in Princess’s life. She was fortunate enough to have grown up in Florida, swimming in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico beginning at the age of 3. She swam on a club swim team starting in elementary school and continued swimming competitively all the way through high school. Princess has been teaching children for over 15 years. She has taught children as young as 6 months old and well into adulthood. She has a very patient, fun-loving style of teaching that ensures her students not only learn how to swim, but they will have a great time doing it!
“I love teaching children. Inspiring them to learn new things and find new passions. My favorite part is seeing the look on a child’s face when they accomplish something they thought they couldn’t.”
Cristina was born and raised in Malaga, Spain. She has 20 years of experience as an accomplished swimmer, 5 of them as a professional swimmer for the Spanish National Team, and three for the Long Island University Post (NY). She has been giving swim lessons for 6 years now, and she has experience teaching children from the ages of 10 months to 14 years old, as well as adults. She enjoys working with infants and children, as well as focusing on stroke mechanics and technique with more proficient swimmers.