Meet The Hamptons Team

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Liz

Hamptons Swim

Founder & Instructor

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Leila

Hamptons Swim

Instructor

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Laura

Hamptons Swim

Instructor

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Aria

Hamptons Swim

Instructor

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Kathleen

Hamptons Swim

Instructor

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Alessandra

Hamptons Swim

Instructor

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Jen

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Instructor

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Janine

Hamptons Swim

Instructor

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Sam

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Instructor

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Jack

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Instructor

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Max

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Instructor

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Brett

Hamptons Swim

Instructor

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Emma

Hamptons Swim

Director of Operations

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Suzanne

Hamptons Swim

Operations Coordinator

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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.

 
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About Liz

As a 20 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.

  • 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 

 
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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 8 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.

  • 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

​Swim Qualifications 

 
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About Laura

Laura comes to Hamptons Swim with a passion for being in the water. She is a certified swim coach with experience coaching at the junior high, junior varsity, and varsity levels. Laura is a certified Spanish and TESOL teacher with 10 years of teaching experience.

 

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 Laura join us for her second year as a Private Instructor.

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

  • Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor

  • Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Certified

  • Red Cross Certified Lifeguard

  • 11 year veteran Lifeguard

  • World Paddle Association Level 1 Paddle Instructor

  • Trained in Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga

  • Certified Yoga Instructor

  • Certified NYS Teacher

  • Master's Degree in Teaching English

​Swim Qualifications 

 
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About Aria

Aria is a New York State Certified Teacher who has dedicated her career to educating young people about the benefits of physical fitness. For the past two years, Aria has worked to meet her students where they are at and support them on their individualized journey of health and wellness. Her teaching philosophy is that learning should be fun, engaging, and equitable for all students, regardless of their skill set. She is also pursuing a Master's Degree in Community Health Education. 

 

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 Aria back for her second year as a Private Instructor.

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

  • Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor

  • Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Certified 

  • New York State Certified Teacher

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education Dual Teaching

​Swim Qualifications 

 
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About Kathleen

Kathleen joins Hamptons Swim this season with more than 6 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 6 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

  • Experienced Tutor, Substitute Teacher, & Camp Counselor

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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 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

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About Jen

Jennifer 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 and children's swim classes. She has a lifetime of experience swimming, paddle boarding, sailing, and enjoying our local waters. She also has decades of experience working with children from 18 months to 18 years of age, teaching environmental education and nature-play classes. She holds a Master's 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 comfort with being in the water.

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 Jen to the team as a Private Instructor.

Through technical study and mentorship under Hamptons Swim, Jen 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

  • Veteran Ocean Lifeguard

  • Master's in Marine and Coastal Science & Policy

  • Certified Open Water Scuba Diver

 
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About Janine

Janine is a New York State certified teacher in elementary and special education. She has over 20 years of teaching experience, ranging from preschool through high school. In her free time, she enjoys spending her time on the water kayaking, paddle boarding, and boating.  

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 Janine to the team as a Private Instructor.

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

​Swim Qualifications 

  • Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor

  • Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Certified

  • NYS Certified Teacher in Elementary Education and Special Education with 30+ years teaching experience

  • Former District Teacher of the Year at Shelter Island School

  • Master's Degree in Education

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About Sam

Sam grew up by the ocean and developed a love for swimming/water activities from a young age. Sam loves to spend time surfing, boating, paddle boarding, and of course, practicing her swim technique as there is always room to grow! Sam has more than 6 years of lifeguarding experience in ocean rescues, aquatic centers, and for children’s birthday parties, so matching fun with safety comes naturally to her. When she's not in the Hamptons, Sam works as a nanny, school tutor, and personal trainer in Brooklyn. Sam has been a swim instructor for more than one year and is so excited to work with you! 

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 Sam as a Private Instructor.

 

Through technical study and mentorship under Hamptons Swim, Sam 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

  • Lifeguard Certified

  • Personal Fitness Trainer

 
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About Jack

Having grown up in the Hamptons and swimming in the local waters, Jack knows the importance of water safety. He is a certified lifeguard and has been teaching swim lessons for almost a year to children of all ages. 

 

Jack is not only passionate about teaching swimming, but he is also currently studying towards a degree in History Education.

 

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 Jack join us as a Private Instructor.

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

​Swim Qualifications 

  • Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor

  • Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Certified

  • Lifeguard Certified

 

About Max

Max is an experienced swim instructor with over 13 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

 
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About Brett

Brett is a certified Water Safety Instructor and has been an active ocean lifeguard for 14 years. He is a veteran Suffolk County Ocean Lifeguard working at Smith Point and Cupsogue. Brett also is a very active surfer, that being said his love for the water is undeniable. Brett graduated from SUNY Cortland in 2015 studying Physical and Special education.

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 Brett on the team as a private instructor. 

 

Through technical study and mentorship under Hamptons Swim, Brett 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

  • Ocean Lifeguard Certified

  • Surfing Lessons

  • Bachelors in Physical and Special Education

 

About Emma

Emma joins Hamptons Swim as the Operations Director and brings along her organizational and client services skills. She has experience coordinating events for nonprofit organizations and most recently worked in a bookstore providing personalized services to customers. Emma has a MA in English Literature and a BA in English Literature & Art History. She grew up on the shores of the East End.

 

About Suzanne

Suzanne is joining Hamptons Swim to assist with operations for the season. She has over 10 years experience in customer service and administrative work. Suzanne has her BA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University and MA in Screenwriting from Goldsmiths, University of London.