Instructors

TJ Chen

TJ has been teaching swimming for Wild Child for the past four years while also coaching for Dolphin Aquatics. TJ is great with kids and a wonderful stroke coach for kids wishing to mive up to swim team!

TJ is a certified Red Cross WSI (Water Safety Instructor) and Lifeguard. TJ is also certified in CPR and First Aid.

Stephanie Christman

I love water!

... so much that all my life friends and family have called me fish.

Aquatics has always been a big part of my life, from jumping in the pool at age 2, to swimming competitively through college. I earned my degree in health and physical education and followed this doing graduate work in excercise science & sports medicine.

I love that teaching swimming gives me a chance to share my love of water and to teach a skill that will be used for an entire lifetime. It's important to me to have a positive impact on children and adults by enabling them to love to learn to swim and be water safe.

Whether it is teaching beginners or helping experienced swimmers with stroke technique, I look forward to sharing my skills.

I am a certified Redcross WSI (Water Safety Instructor) and Lifeguard. I am also certified in CPR and First Aid.

 

Dawn Urbanek

Founder of Wild Child Water Play. I started this play based learn to swim program for my children fourteen years ago; because I wanted my children to be strong swimmers, and love the water as much as I do. In addition to the Wild Child Water Play program, I swam competitively through college. I have taught swimming lessons and Coached for over 30 years. My specialty is infants and toddlers. I have been teaching and developing the Wild Child Infant/Toddler program for 14 years. I am also a Red Cross trained Water Safety Instructor and hold a current Red Cross CPR/First Aid for Coaches certification. Wild Child Water Play is a member of the National Swim School Association.

Donna Molina

Swimming is a sport/exercise that is not only fun but an amazing head-to-toe, low impact workout.

My love of swimming started at a very young age. I took swim lessons at my community pool in Los Angeles, and practiced the 4 competitive strokes I learned in my own backyard pool.

Water safety is a priority of mine. I strive to give everyone I teach the confidence to master swimming, and experience the enjoyment that comes with swimming.

In 2001, I became a Certified Lifeguard and Swim Instructor. I’m also certified in CPR and First Aide. Little did I know that a hand full of those students that I’ve taught would go on to join their high school swim team. Some have become lifeguards and swim instructors right here at Crown Valley Pool.

Students I’ve taught range in age from 6 mos. to 75 years young.

I love being in and on the water, so during my time away from the pool, you can find me down at the ocean. I’ve paddled and competed in Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe races for 14 years. I’m also an assistant coach for Dana Outrigger Canoe Club’s Keiki (children) paddling program, the Keiki range in age from 9-14 years.

 I have recently started Stand-up Paddle boarding. I also dance Hula!

My wish is that everyone young and old could enjoy the water as much as I do.

Janice Thomas

Growing up in Great Britain, swimming is not part of the culture.  Gyms and pools were small and often miles from home.  Lucky enough to emigrate here in 2000 with her husband, Janice found her love of swimming!  It was awesome to swim outdoors, under clear blue skies in warm crystal clear pools.  Having no formal lessons I just self-taught my stroke and simply practiced a few days a week for fitness. After some informal coaching from some friends/lifeguards and attending many swim clinics she found her passion grew.

She enjoyed passing on her knowledge to friends whom wished to swim and realized how enjoyable it was to teach and see how people progressed with training.   She is happy to teach both young and old, and can relate to how many tasks feel in the water since she has been thru the learning curve herself only a few years ago!    “Being in the water takes all the stresses from life away and I enjoy the way it makes me feel after a workout. “   Swimming is a skill everyone should have the chance to master – for safety, health, mental wellbeing and above all to have fun.    

When she isn’t teaching she can be found walking her two beloved Dachshunds or whizzing down PCH on her Black & Chrome Harley Davidson with her husband who closely follows on his bike J  Having a degree in Computing from a Scottish University she is far happier in the water these days than behind a computer screen programming or managing an IT department!  Holds current Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and CPR certifications