Northshore Swim
Swim lessons for all ages
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Staff

We hire the most dedicated and compassionate instructors who are driven to help every swimmer succeed. Our instructors are proficient swimmers themselves who are passionately involved in the sport. They are knowledgeable in all areas of what is needed to go from basic skills to full proficiency, and they receive extensive training before teaching any swim course. They are nurtuting and patient, and positively reinforce and engage with each child to make it a constructive experience all around. They focus on educating the whole child so the swimmer will reap the physical, mental, and emotional benefits from learning how to swim. In addition, for beginners we have the lowest student/instructor ratio on the Northshore, with two swimmers per one instructor. This ensures your child receives the care and attention needed in order to become an adept swimmer.

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Northshore Swim is managed and owned by "Miss Gitte." Miss Gitte holds a Master's Degree in Education and has over 30 years of experience as a leader in the field of swimming, specializing in the teaching and training others in the sport. Her numerous certifications include extensive training both internationally and domestically. Her qualifications include:

  • Certified American Red Cross Water Safety Trainer

  • Certified Lifeguard and a Professional Rescuer

  • Received extensive Aqua Babies instruction taught by the United States Swim School Association (USSSA) in Houston. She is proficient and has over ten years experience teaching levels I, II, and III Aqua Baby classes

  • Original training and education completed in Denmark in the world-renowned Scandinavian Swim Method

  • Two years of college coursework devoted to swim education and two years on land learning the fundamentals of teaching swim to young learners and special needs students at Viborg College in Denmark

  • Developed and implemented a therapeutic swim program for young adults with special needs, including spinal cord injuries, in Denmark

  • Formerly employed by Southeast Louisiana Hospital as a swim therapy instructor, teaching patients (adults, adolescents, and children) with physical or mental challenges

  • Trained and accredited in the Total Immersion philosophy of mastery in the water. Underwent additional training in 2005 to learn how to incorporate and asses biological readiness, sensory input, stabilization, and balance propulsion into her lessons

  • Completed continuing education coursework in swim lessons at Swim Mix in Denmark to learn and implement current best practices in 2016, including the latest methods and advances in year round Aqua Baby swimming

  • In 2017, Miss Gitte attended the USSSA conference in Orlando and completed the Infant Toddler Online Course, Infant Toddler Instructor Course, Special Abilities Online Course, and Special Abilities Workshop.

In the past 20 plus years, Miss Gitte has consistently provided quality instruction in our community by implementing a program based on her formal training, experience, and current best practices. Next to having fun, her highest priority is getting results in the pool. 

All the instructors at Northshore Swim receive extensive training in the winter months to ensure they have the proper experience and skills needed. Our instructors are passionate about the sport and come from a background of either being on a swim team themselves, being a certified lifeguard, or being Red Cross Water Safety Instruction trained. They all complete 40 hours of training with a WSI instructor or Miss Gitte, and then they undergo 40 additional hours of training in the pool with different age groups before they hold their own class. They also all completed the Infant Toddler Online Course. Our goal is to hire the most skilled instructors in the area who have the ability to gently encourage and nurture swimmers as they develop their skill set                                                                                                      

Sarah

  • She has been teaching at Northshore Swim since 2003.

  • Completed five years of year-round swim on Franco's swim team.

  • Earned her college degree in 2010.

  • Certified American Red Cross water safety instructor.

  • Certified lifeguard and personal rescuer.

  • Completed the 2017 Infant Toddler Online Course.

  • Completed the 2017 Infant Toddler Instructor Education.

  • In 2017, she attended the USSSA conference in Orlando, Florida.

  • Completed 40 hours of training with a WSI instructor or Miss Gitte.

  • Completed 40 additional hours of training in the pool with different age groups before holding their own class.

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Jozette

  • Completed the 2017 Infant Toddler Online Course.

  • Year-round high school swim team.

  • CPR certified.

  • Completed 40 hours of training with a WSI instructor or Miss Gitte.

  • Completed 40 additional hours of training in the pool with different age groups before holding their own class.

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Kristie 

  • NorthShore Swim and Wellness Executive director for special-needs swim program.

  • Currently teaching second grade.

  • Special Education Teacher for middle school.

  • Graduate from the University of Alabama with a masters degree in environmental sciences and health promotions 2001.

  • BS in health education 2000 associate degree in childhood education 1999.

  • Associate degree in personal training 1999.

  • Worked at NorthShore Swim since 2008.

  • Currently certified in CPR.

  • Swim instruction certification ages 3 to 12 2008.

  • Swim stroke certification ages 3 to 12 2008.

  • Lifesaving strokes certification ages 3 to 12.

  • Certified in Infant Toddler Swim Course 2008.

  • Completed 40 hours of training with a WSI instructor or Miss Gitte.

  • Completed 40 additional hours of training in the pool with different age groups before holding their own class.

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Luanne

  • Teaches at Northshore Swim Levels 1 and 2.

  • Luanne teaches for three months each year in Cape Town, South Africa.

  • She has been teaching at Northshore Swim since 2010.

  • Completed 40 hours of training with a WSI instructor or Miss Gitte.

  • Completed 40 additional hours of training in the pool with different age groups before holding their own class.

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Allie

Lead Instructor

  • Year-round high school swim team.

  • Certified lifeguard and CPR certified.

  • Completed the 2017 Infant Toddler Online Course.

  • She has been teaching at Northshore Swim since January of 2016.

  • Completed 40 hours of training with a WSI instructor or Miss Gitte.

  • Completed 40 additional hours of training in the pool with different age groups before holding their own class.

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Cassidy

  • Completed the 2017 Infant Toddler Online Course.

  • Year-round high school swim team.

  • CPR certified.

  • Completed 40 hours of training with a WSI instructor or Miss Gitte.

  • Completed 40 additional hours of training in the pool with different age groups before holding their own class.

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Jillian

  • Completed the 2017 Infant Toddler Online Course.

  • Year-round high school swim team.

  • CPR certified.

  • Completed 40 hours of training with a WSI instructor or Miss Gitte.

  • Completed 40 additional hours of training in the pool with different age groups before holding their own class.

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Lilli

  • Year-round high school swim team.

  • Certified lifeguard and CPR certified.

  • Completed the 2017 Infant Toddler Online Course.

  • She has been teaching at Northshore Swim since 2015.

  • BLS certified.

  • Completed 40 hours of training with a WSI instructor or Miss Gitte.

  • Completed 40 additional hours of training in the pool with different age groups before holding their own class.

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Maggie

  • Completed the 2018 Infant Toddler Online Course.

  • Local swim team for three years.

  • CPR certified.

  • Completed 40 hours of training with a WSI instructor or Miss Gitte.

  • Completed 40 additional hours of training in the pool with different age groups before holding their own class.

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