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Meet The Hamptons Swim Instructor Team

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Liz

Hamptons Swim

Founder & Instructor

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Leila

Hamptons Swim

Instructor

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Kathleen

Hamptons Swim

Instructor

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Alessandra

Hamptons Swim

Instructor

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Jack

Hamptons Swim

Instructor

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Max

Hamptons Swim

Instructor

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Kelli

Hamptons Swim

Instructor

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Liz S.

Hamptons Swim

Instructor

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Jen

Hamptons Swim

Instructor

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Hamptons Swim

Coordinator

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Christina

Hamptons Swim

Director of Operations

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MISSION

Authentically connect with students through educational play and positive mindset techniques to
achieve athletic and recreational goals in the water.

About Liz
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About Liz

As a 23 year veteran ocean lifeguard, Liz has seen firsthand how essential swimming is to this unique beach community.   

She is a certified teacher with over two decades of experience as a swim instructor and a former college-level swimmer. She knows how to meet the unique needs of each swimmer regardless of age, ability, and learning preference. With a Master's Degree in Special Education, Liz specializes in working with individuals with special needs.

Liz is a strong advocate of the Montessori philosophy, multi-sensory learning, and Play-Based practices. The Hamptons Swim curriculum incorporates her almost two decades of teaching experience. She teaches all instructors how to customize lessons based on the developmental and unique individual needs of your child. 

From the basics to overcoming fears or perfecting your stroke, she will assist in making swimming safe and enjoyable. Above all, she is passionate about swimming and loves teaching.

Liz offers coaching and consulting services to parents, child-care providers, and swim instructing professionals looking to expand their knowledge or their team expertise surrounding water safety, training, and instruction. Click here to schedule a one-on-one meeting.

  • Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor

  • Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Certified

  • 20 year veteran Ocean Lifeguard 

  • Open Water Scuba Diver Certified

  • Former United States Swim Coach

  • International Swim Coach

  • New York State Certified Teacher 

  • Master's Degree in Special Education

​Swim Qualifications 

About Leila
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About Leila

Leila is a certified Water Safety Instructor and Open Water Scuba Diver. She is a veteran Southampton Ocean Lifeguard and has over 11 years of swimming experience. With an educational background in Marketing and Data Analytics, Leila has helped grow Hamptons Swim not only physically but digitally as well. 

 

Coached through Liz Parry’s play-based methods, she is trained to provide unique, fun, and customized lessons to swimmers of all ages. Leila is the Director of Marketing and is joining us for her third year as a Private Instructor.

 

Through technical study and mentorship under Hamptons Swim, Leila is an experienced swimmer eager to share her love of aquatics.

​Swim Qualifications 

  • Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor

  • Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Certified

  • 3 year veteran Ocean Lifeguard 

  • Open Water Scuba Diver

  • Bachelor's Degree in Marketing

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About Kathleen

About Kathleen

Kathleen joins Hamptons Swim this season with more than 8 years of swimming and lifeguarding experience. She is a Red Cross certified Lifeguard with Waterfront Extension, as well as a Certified Water Safety Instructor. Growing up in Riverhead, her love of the ocean led her to teach swim lessons during the summers for the past 8 years. Previously, she was the Head Lifeguard at a camp on Bear Mountain. 

Coached through Liz Parry’s play-based methods, she is trained to provide unique, fun, and customized lessons to swimmers of all ages. Hamptons Swim is excited to have Kathleen join us for her second year as a Private Instructor.

Through technical study and mentorship under Hamptons Swim, Kathleen is an experienced swimmer eager to share her love of aquatics.

​Swim Qualifications 

  • Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor

  • Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Certified

  • Red Cross Certified Lifeguard with Waterfront Extension

  • 8 Year veteran Lifeguard

  • Bachelor's Degree Political Science

  • Experienced Tutor, Substitute Teacher, & Camp Counselor

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Alessandra

About Alessandra

Alessandra is a teacher in Southampton and is currently working towards her Master's Degree in Education, grades 1-6 with a concentration in special education. Alessandra was originally a business major but changed her career path to fulfill her true passion for teaching and helping students grow and prosper. She grew up working at the Southampton Youth Association as a head camp counselor for 10 years, where she led and managed a group of 20-30 campers.

Coached through Liz Parry’s play-based methods, she is trained to provide unique, fun, and customized lessons to swimmers of all ages. Hamptons Swim is excited to welcome Alessandra back to the team as a Private Instructor.

Through technical study and mentorship under Hamptons Swim, Alessandra is an experienced swimmer eager to share her love of aquatics.

​Swim Qualifications 

  • Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor

  • Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Certified

  • Bachelor's Degree in Education

About Max
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About Max

Max is an experienced swim instructor with over 14 years teaching in pool. Max teaches swim lessons full time up island and is excited to come down to the Hamptons to teach this summer. Whether it's in the pool or ocean, he loves being in the water. Working with clients of all ages and children with special needs, Max is the perfect instructor for any students.

 

Coached through Liz Parry’s play-based methods, he is trained to provide unique, fun, and customized lessons to swimmers of all ages. Hamptons Swim is excited to have Max on the team as a private instructor. 

 

Through technical study and mentorship under Hamptons Swim, Max is an experienced swimmer who is both knowledgeable and eager to share his love for the water. 

​Swim Qualifications 

  • Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor 

  • Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Certified

  • Lifeguard Certified

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree

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Kelli

About Kelli

Kelli is an experienced swimmer, water polo player, instructor and coach. Kelli has over 30 years experience teaching swimming and water polo to all age groups. In addition, she has extensive experience in high school education as a teacher and counselor. Kelli has a background in club, high school, collegiate, and open water swimming. She competed on the United States National Women’s Water Polo Team for 9 years and was recently inducted into the United States Water Polo Hall of Fame.
 

She is excited to share her love of aquatic sports with her students of all ages.

​Swim Qualifications 

  • Masters Degree in Education

  • Masters Degree in Kinesiology

  • Bachelor's Degree in Geography & Spanish

  • Lifeguard & CPR certification

  • WSI

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About Liz S.

Liz S.

Liz S. is an experienced Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard Instructor and Ocean Lifeguard Instructor (approved by NYSDOH). Liz S. also pursued certifications as an ISA Surf Instructor and Swiftwater & Ice Rescue responder.

Liz grew up spending summers swimming in Westhampton Beach, later lifeguarding in Maine. Liz spent a gap year in Aspen as a Ski instructor, before coming back East and spending 20 years in finance. Liz moved her family back to the beach 12 years ago from Manhattan to pursue aquatic adventures. Liz S. feels we have an obligation to keep our beaches and pools safe, for everyone all the time. Liz chooses to train and certify lifeguards so that there would be more access to such training. We're thrilled to have Liz S. apart of the Hamptons Swim team!

​Swim Qualifications 

  • NYSDOH Ocean Lifeguard

  • American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid 

  • Water Safety Instructor

  • ISA Surf Instructor

  • Swiftwater Rescue

  • Ice Water Rescue

  • Bachelors Degree in Philosophy/Psychology

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Jack

About Jack

Jack has 9 years experience as an ocean lifeguard in the Town of Southampton and running ocean lifeguard camps for kids.  He graduated from Hofstra University and received his Masters degree in Physical Education and has a passion for teaching kids of all ages.  He currently is the assistant chief lifeguard at Mecox Beach in Bridgehampton. He has extensive experience with kids and loves the water. He teaches private ocean and pool swim lessons and is available for lifeguarding private parties as well. 

​Swim Qualifications 

  • American Red Cross Ocean Lifeguard

  • American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid 

  • Water Safety Instructor

  • Assistant Chief Lifeguard

  • Master's Degree in Physical Education

About Jen

Jen

Jen is a mother of three young children, an experienced outdoor educator, and as a Sag Harbor native she has a lifelong love of aquatics. She was previously a Southampton Town Ocean Rescue Lifeguard and previously taught junior lifeguarding classes as well as children's swim classes. She has a lifetime of experiences swimming, paddle boarding, sailing, and enjoying our local waters as well as decades of experience working with children from 18 months - 18 years of age, teaching environmental education and nature-play classes. She holds an MEM in marine and coastal science and policy and is a certified open water scuba diver. She is passionate about fostering a love of the outdoors in children and instilling a comfort with being in the water is a key part of that when living on an island.

​Swim Qualifications 

  • American Red Cross Ocean Lifeguard

  • American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid 

  • Water Safety Instructor

  • Open Water Scuba Diver

  • Master's Degree in Environmental Education

  • MEM Marine and Coastal Science and Policy

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About Emily

Emily

Emily is honored to join the Hamptons Swim team as Operations Coordinator. She is a
passionate advocate for equipping and empowering individuals, particularly youth. With a diverse skill set
and a wealth of experience, Emily is a developer, empathetic listener, includer, and organizer. Having
spent years in the non-profit sector, Emily's journey has been marked by roles ranging from travel
coordinator and office manager to speaker, educator, and president's assistant. This multifaceted
experience has been instrumental in honing her communication and connection skills. Her professional
roles as a manager, director, mentor, chaplain, facilitator, and coach have all been geared towards serving
and guiding young people. As Emily looks to the future, she remains dedicated to her mission of fostering
growth and development in others, utilizing her unique blend of skills, experience, and compassionate
leadership to inspire the next generation. Emily holds impressive academic credentials, including a
Master of Arts in Higher Education, a Master of Divinity, and a Bachelor of Science in Recreation. These
qualifications underscore her commitment to continuous learning and her dedication to making a positive
impact on the lives of those she serves.

About Christina

Christina

Christina is thrilled to bring her writing, organizational, and self-sufficient skill set to Hamptons Swim as our Operations Director. She has a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies from the university of Arkansas and over 15 years administrative experience.

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