Staff

Bebe Hall (Owner)

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 30 years experience teaching in the pool. Bebe enjoys working with swimmers of all ages, from 2 months old to 82 years old. Her kind and patient approach makes any swimmer feel comfortable in the water.

Erica (Administrative Assistant)

Erica grew up in Miami, Florida and played competitive softball throughout high school. She is a certified scuba diver since she was 15 years old and dives locally in California. She is in progress of receiving her Bachelors degree in cinematography. She is a photographer and will be offering photography for swim lessons. She joined the Hall Swim Academy team in April of 2021 and serves as the head of our Scheduling team. Erica is very excited to work with us. She enjoys sharing her passion for the water and working with others to help them achieve their swimming goals.

Lauren (Administrative Assistant)

Lauren grew up in the San Fernando Valley and was a competitive swimmer throughout high school. She received her Bachelors degree from UC Santa Barbara, where she worked as both a lifeguard and a surf camp counselor. Lauren also has experience volunteering as a swim instructor for first-generation American children to promote water safety. After college, she worked as a surf therapist for adolescents in local treatment centers. She joined the Hall Swim Academy team in July of 2021 and serves as the head of our accounting department. Lauren is very excited to work with us; she enjoys sharing her passion for the water and believes swimming can serve as both a therapeutic and fitness modality.

Meet Our Instructors

Sophie

Sophie grew up in Edina, Minnesota and started swimming when she was 3 years old. She started swimming competitively at the age of 6 with the Edina Swim Club and also competed for her high school team. As a part of her high school swim team, she won 2 state championships and competed in swim meets across the United States. Sophie began teaching swim lessons in her backyard when she was 15 years old. She enjoys teaching lessons because she loves to help people learn to swim, and it reminds her of why she loves the sport. When Sophie is not swimming, she likes to spend time with her 3 younger siblings or on the lakes in Minnesota. Sophie currently attends UCLA and is studying Psychobiology.

Juliana

Juliana is one of our bilingual instructors. She grew up in Miami, FL but was born in Bogota, Colombia. She speaks both fluent English and Spanish. She competed in swimming from the age of 7 all the way through college. Post college, she has focused her time on acting, freediving, and swimming. She has more than 10 years experience taking care of kids and more than 4 years teaching kids how to swim.

Margaux

Margaux is a French native whose love for swimming brought her to the US. After more than 16 years as a competitive swimmer, she began coaching and is now officiating as the director of operations for UCLA swimming. Pursuing a Master's degree in education, she brings her love for pedagogy to the pool and enjoys teaching all strokes, techniques, and how to get comfortable in the aquatic environment. An avid fan of the ocean, that is where she can be found when she is not studying or teaching. She's excited to transmit her passion for the water to swimmers of all ages and abilities.

James

James moved to Santa Barbara from Connecticut in 2001, where his love for all things involved with water and the ocean began. Shortly after moving, James began playing water polo for the three time Olympian and local college coach, Wolf Wigo. James continued to play D1 water polo at Loyola High School, eventually playing at UCSB. He still plays water polo, loves all things at the beach, and is excited to share his love for swimming!

Markelle

Markelle has worked as a swim instructor for 6 years, as a nanny for 3 years, and as a preschool teacher for 1 year. She has worked with children with disabilities, including Autism and Down Syndrome. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Sonoma State University in May of 2020. She has completed some coursework in Child Development and also played water polo in high school. She looks forward to working with swimmers of all ages in the pool!

Tim

Tim recently moved from Phoenix, AZ to LA. He graduated from Mesa Community College with a degree in Audio Production Technologies and Sound Design in 2020. He has been a swimmer all of his life, and he started competitively swimming at the age of 5. While in Arizona, Tim started teaching swim lessons to children at Hubbard Family Swim School in 2011. At HFSS, he taught children essential swimming skills from the ages of 2 months to 13 years old. Tim has 10 years of experience teaching kids not only how to be safe in the water, but also how to love the water. He is excited to get to know you!

Lauryn

Lauryn Johnson has been swimming since she was 2 years old and is currently swimming at UCLA. She specializes in butterfly and freestyle but is proficient in all four strokes. She qualified for the 2020-2021 Olympic Trials and was a captain of her Club and High School team in 2018 and 2019. She has been a swim instructor for 3 years in New York and has a passion for teaching swimming and water safety. She grew up on the beach teaching her younger cousins and family water safety and loves being around kids. When she is not swimming, she enjoys surfing, reading and spending time with her family in New York.

Michelle

Michelle is a Los Angeles native and a natural fish to water. She has 10+ years of competitive swimming experience and 16 years of swim instructor experience. She is passionate about supporting the growth of her clients and believes that there is no greater joy than sharing her love for swimming. She has experience in working with those of all ages and loves to find creative ways to meet people where they are at in their swim level journey. She loves teaching young children how to blow their first bubbles, adults how to become comfortable and capable swimmers, and working with competitive swimmers to improve their stroke technique. Her positivity and patience are fundamentals of her teaching.

Emma S.

Emma is from Walnut Creek, California and attended Northgate High School where she was captain of the swim team her junior and senior year. Emma swam competitively for over 10 years for the Walnut Creek Aquabears and competed for 2 seasons on the UCLA Swim and Dive Team. She is currently a junior at UCLA studying sociology with a minor in entrepreneurship. She has been teaching swim lessons since she was a freshman in high school and coached a recreational swim team as well. Emma is passionate about sharing her knowledge and love for the sport of swimming with others. Her goal is to make swimmers of all ages feel confident and comfortable in the water!

Nora

Nora grew up in Edina, Minnesota and began swimming completely at the age of 5. Throughout her youth, Nora swam for both club swim teams and for her high school, Edina High School. She won the Minnesota State Championships all 4 years of her time on the team, including her senior year where she was a team captain. Nora began teaching swim lessons at the age of 16 in her hometown of Edina and has worked with swimmers of all ages. Nora loves teaching lessons because it brings her so much joy to see swimmers become confident in the water and improve their skills. Her goal is to make swimmers of all ages enjoy their time in the pool while learning lifesaving skills and refining their technique. When she is not swimming, Nora loves to bake, go to the beach, travel, and spend time with family and friends. Nora currently attends UCLA where she is studying Business Economics.

Olivia

Olivia has been swimming since she was six years old and currently competes collegiately at UCLA. She specializes in freestyle but is very proficient in all four strokes. She was the team captain and State Champion in 2013 at her high school in Chicago, IL. She has been a swim instructor for five years now, and she enjoys watching young swimmers improve. Olivia loves living in sunny California and hopes to stay in LA after graduating college.

Katrina

Katrina Sommer has been swimming since she was 12 years old and is currently swimming at UCLA. Before UCLA, she competed at Indians University-Bloomington. She specializes in Backstroke and Individual Medley. She has qualified for Junior Nationals and US Open and competed at Pac 12 and Big Ten championship meets. She grew up on the OC beach and loves spending time swimming. She has been a swim instructor for 2 years and loves seeing kids find love for the water and swimming. When she is not swimming, she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family.

Daniela

Daniela was born in Venezuela and she moved to Los Angeles in 2016. She is passionate about wellness and health, so she became a personal trainer in 2017. She started working for a swim school in 2018 where she realized how gratifying it is to teach a skill that cannot only save lives, but is so beneficial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She is a natural motivator; very positive and always looking to give the best in everything she does.

Maya

Maya grew up in Burbank, California and has been swimming competitively since she was 4 years old. During her high school career, she was twice named All-Area Swimmer of the Year from the Los Angeles Times and won the CIF championship in the 200 Freestyle in 2019. Maya has been teaching swim camps and individual swimming lessons for 5 years, and she loves to watch her swimmers learn and fall in love with the sport. Maya is currently a Sophomore on the UCLA Swim and Dive team specializing in Freestyle and Butterfly, but is seasoned in all four strokes.

Maddie

Maddie grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and learned to swim at 3 years old. She began to swim competitively at 5 years old and has been swimming competitively (and for fun) ever since. She began teaching swim lessons when she was 16 years old and is grateful to have the chance to share her love of swimming with people of all ages. Some of her interests include surfing, hiking, and ukulele playing. Maddie is currently a student athlete at UCLA where she swims and studies Marketing Communications.

Delaney

Delaney is currently a senior at UCLA and graduating in June. She started swimming when she was 3 years old, joined a competitive swim team when she was 10, and committed to swim at UCLA her senior year of high school. Some of her top achievements while swimming at UCLA include placing top 8 at PAC-12 and competing at NCAA. When she was 16 years old, she started giving swim lessons to kids and adults of all  levels at SwimLabs and has been doing private lessons ever since until she joined Hall Swim Academy in June 2021. She loves to teach and hopes to share her passion with others!

Sophia

Sophia grew up in Orinda, California and started swimming competitively when she was 6 years old on her local swim team at Orinda Country Club. She started club swimming at the age of 13 and also swam for her high school,  Miramonte, where she earned a California state title and high school state record in the 100 yard backstroke. She began teaching at her local swim team at the age of 12 and continued to coach kids of ages 3-15 every summer until 2020. She loves teaching people of all ages to swim and enjoy being in the water as much as she does! Sophia is currently a junior on the UCLA women’s swim team and psychobiology major. In her free time she enjoys surfing, painting, music, and spending time with her family.