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.

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.

Brian

Brian grew up swimming in the mountain lakes and streams of Wyoming, where he was a member of the swimming and diving teams from elementary to high school. He is a certified and licensed wilderness emergency medical technician who loves to run, surf and spend time in the outdoors. He believes that teaching people to swim is one of the best ways to help them enjoy all California has to offer.

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!

Burcin

Burcin’s passion for water sports dates back to her childhood. During her school years, she participated in many national and international competitions as a professional swimmer for seven years. She turned this experience into a teaching field by working as a swimming coaching assistant in swimming schools and colleges. She received a 1-level coaching certificate from the Turkish Swimming Federation to train professional swimmers. To understand human anatomy more closely and improve her experience as a trainer in the field of sports, she obtained Pilates instructor certificates. With this formation, she gave fitness group classes in the water for two years in Turkey with her instructor certificate named FloatFit.

Her passion for water sports continues. She participated in competitions as a professional rower in Turkey, and as a hobby, she is a beginner sailor and kitesurfer.

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.

Selma

Selma grew up in Columbia, Missouri and was a USA competitive swimmer throughout high school. She received a Bachelors degree from The University of Missouri where she worked as both a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor. She has a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in media. So when she moved to LA, she knew she wanted to work in entertainment. She loves kids, so in her free time she teaches swim lessons, substitute teaches, and works as a nanny. She comes from a family of Olympic swimmers. She truly love working with kids and teaching the importance water safety.

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.

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.