Kristina Ringley started swimming at 16 months old and has loved the water from the beginning. She enjoyed competitive swimming from the age of 10 up to her senior year of high school. Kristina has served our community as a swim coach for LAS, a local club swim team and has had the honor of being recognized by Senator, Kelli Stargel for her leadership in the Lakeland community. Kristina comes to us with much knowledge of the sport and with certifications in CPR and First Aid, AED and WSI - water safety.
Cara was a student athlete and swam at Indian River State College from 2007-2009 and at Florida Southern College where she graduated in 2012 with a degree in Exercise Science. She is a 12 time NJCAA All American and a 7 time NCAA Division II All American and has since been coaching competitive swimming for the past six years.
Her experience with different age groups and levels has helped her to develop the skills and knowledge to support young athletes through the sport of swimming. She is very passionate about teaching children to swim and helping others to achieve their goals in swimming and throughout life.
Susan Saunders has proven to be a great addition to the Aqua Tots team. Susan has a lifetime of experience working with children in the pool and out. She is a former elementary school teacher and collegiate swimmer. She has helped children learn the joy of swimming most of her life. We are very excited to have Mrs Susan on the team. Susan holds current certifications in American Red Cross Lifeguarding, CPR and First Aid. These certifications, along with her loving heart, passion for children, and positive attitude make for an amazing instructor!
Rae-Lynn Sheffield is a graduate from Florida Southern College with a degree in Physical Education. She works as a PE teacher at Rochelle Academy and coaches the Sante Fe High School Swim Team. As an athlete in college, Rae-Lynn was an NCAA All-American, school record holder, and Sunshine State Conference champion. She has become very popular among Aqua Tots families since she first came on board in 2009. She is a tremendous asset to the Aqua Tots team.
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Sarah has been a swim instructor with Aqua Tot since 2011. Sarah loves swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, canoeing, and almost anything on the water! She was on the swim team in high school and loved to swim the backstroke. With degrees in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Sarah is highly qualified to work with young children in any learning environment. Sarah is licensed and insured through ASCA and the SwimAmerica program and holds current certifications in American Red Cross Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid. She also enjoys spending as much time as she can with her 2 children and husband, Josh.
Aqua Tots began in 2008, under the direction of Diane Sherrard. Diane and her husband, Duncan, moved to Lakeland with a vision for the swimming community. They immediately brought their noteworthy past experiences and wealth of knowledge of the sport to life through Aqua Tots Swim School and Lakeland Area Swimming. Their goals, within the SwimAmerica Framework of progression, teaching points, and advancement goals, set a model that provided all students with the opportunity to learn. They approached the swimming community with goal-driven, technique-oriented, safe and fun learning environments. Using positive reinforcement as the main modification source, their first emphasis was placed on safety and the enjoyment of water. Thousands of Lakeland families have learned to swim and swim well, thanks to Diane and her passion for swimming. Now under the ownership of Sarah Swartz, we strive to keep a learning environment consistent with the model originally set in place for Aqua Tots!
Allison Greenwood is a Business Administration student at Florida Southern College where she swims at the collegiate level. Allison has an in-depth knowledge of the sport and has been swimming competitively for seven years. She is current in her Lifeguard/ First Aid/ CPR/ AED certifications and has taken on the Aqua Tots role easily, as she has prior experience teaching individual swim lessons for swim teams across the Tampa Bay area.
Hope Saunders was a student-athlete while attending Gardner-Webb University where she graduated in 2018 with a degree in Communications. Hope began swimming competitively at the age of 8 and continued until her senior year of college. She has used her skills in the sport to serve as a summer swim lessons instructor at both Florida Southern and Gardner-Webb.