School Of Fish Mission:
Our mission is to help all ages: 1) Learn critical survival skills, develop safe swimming habits and a healthy respect for water, 2) Develop skills and techniques that are commensurate with their swimming performance goals, and 3) Participate in an activity that contributes to a lifetime of well-being.
In addition to safety and skill development, SOF strives to create an enriching experience by optimizing the instructor-to-student ratio. SOF offers cost-effective group classes and delivers an appropriate level of direct instruction for participants at different skill levels. Each instructor has an area of expertise and brings genuine passion to swim instruction that inspires students to achieve measurable outcomes.
SOF features distinct programs to meet specific needs of each age group, skill level and individual goal: Early Childhood (6 months to 3 years old), Pre-Kindergarten to Junior (3 to 11 years old) and Pre-Teen, Teen and Adult (11 to 18 years, and adults all ages, including children, and adults, and special needs).
SOF offers progressive programs that create continuity, visibility and encourage bi-directional feedback. Each SOF program has a specific session description, prerequisites, session skills/goals, weekly assessment tracking sheets, and certificates of achievement that include instructor feedback outlining strengths, skill development and recommendations with respect to the next SOF program level.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: “Miss Maria” Barringhaus has more than 25 years experience in swim instruction. In addition to her Red Cross WSI certification, she has helped many students and adults overcome aquaphobia; instructed children with special needs, including the (Manasota BUDS); she specializes in instructing children with disabilities, and is a certified elementary education teacher/tutor.
2005 – 2007
University of South Florida –
Master of Arts in
Education – Elementary K-6
Endorsement: ESOL, ESE Resource, Special Needs (Children and Adults)
1991 – 1993
New York Institute of Technology, Westbury, New
Arts – Industrial Organizational Psychology
1985 – 1988
Maryville University, St. Louis,
Bachelor of Arts – Business
1983 – 1985
Stephens College, Columbia,
of Arts – Humanities
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
"Miss Becky" Stevens has over 8 years of experience teaching swim to all ages, skill levels, including children with special needs. She specializes in teaching swim to children with disabilities. In addition to her Red Cross & School Of Fish certifications. Miss Becky is a certified elementary education teacher and tutor. Miss Becky has extensive experience in teaching children with Autism how to swim. She specializes in non-verbal, sensory and behavior modification, enhancement and enrichment.
2009-2013 -- Florida Atlantic
Education K-6, Endorsement: ESOL
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
"Miss Chelsea" Rademaker has over 8 years of experience teaching swim to all ages, skill levels, including children with special needs. In addition to The School Of Fish WSI certification, she is a certified Special Education elementary teacher and tutor. Miss Chelsea is also a team leader for the SOF team -- providing training and mentoring to new instructors. Her leadership skills and ability to manage expectations for our students and parents/caregivers surpasses the average expectation in delivering superior customer service.
2007-2011: University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL - Bachelor of Science-Electronic Media and
2012-2014: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL - Master of Arts-Special Education
Endorsements: Special Education, PreK-3, Reading, ESOL
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Miss Ashlyn
Kratsch is an avid swimmer and an amazing school teacher. She loves sports, and
swimming is a major part of her life. She strives to provide all children with
opportunities to excel in every ability and skill level. She understands that
all children need differentiated instruction whether in the pool or the
classroom – which makes her an exceptional SOF swimming instructor. Her
compassion and passion for the sport of swimming, and helping children become winners is insurmountable. She
is highly qualified to teach swimmers with special needs. She is also a certified elementary education teacher and tutor.
May 2014: Master of Education
in Early Childhood Education
University of Florida,
May 2013: Bachelor of Arts in
University of Florida,
Florida Bright Futures
Scholarship, Florida Academic Scholars
PreK/Primary (age 3-grade
Child Development Associate
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Jessica Nunemaker is a sports enthusiast. Miss Jessica likes to "swim with the sharks" -- as she is seriously focused on helping children, young teens, and adults find their comfort zone with learning how to swim, and become their personal "best." She works diligently toward developing skills that promote safety and a life long love of swimming as a "gateway" toward a healthy life style to stay in tip top shape. She is also a highly-effective certified elementary education teacher and tutor.
May 2011: Bachelors
Degree in Elementary Education
Education Teaching Certificate Grades K-6
University Cumulative -- Elementary Education program
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Miss Lyn has lived in the Bradenton area since 2004. She has been swimming
competitively since the age of 5 through summer and age group swim teams, high
school and into college and masters level teams. She is an avid swimmer,
boater, jet skier, water skier, scuba diver, paddle boarder and beach bum. She
earned her bachelors degree in psychology with a minor in human development at
Colorado State University as well as her Paralegal Certificate. She is American
Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR, AED, Scuba and USA
Swimming Official certified. She believes in teaching a healthy respect for the
forces of water and has years of experience teaching all ages including her own
two children starting them at the age of six months. Her teaching style is
gentle while instilling love, respect, safety and skills in and around the water
especially in order to live and enjoy the Florida lifestyle. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: "Miss Darcie" Pleasant is a life-long swimmer. She swam competitively throughout high school, and has continued her swimming career as a coach and swim instructor. This is her seventh year with the School Of Fish. She has taught swim to all ages and skill levels, including children with special needs. In addition to her Red Cross & School Of Fish certifications, she is a certified elementary education teacher.
2010-2012: University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (Orange County)
Bachelors of Arts-Elementary Education K-6
Endorsement: ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Language)
2008-2010: Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL (Collier County)
Associates of Arts
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: "Miss Braedan Mudd" has been in Manatee and Sarasota area since 2004. She has been swimming since she was six months
old and competitively swimming since she was six years old on summer,
year-round, and high school swim teams. She is an avid golfer and swimmer which
gives her the passion to teach both. She also loves to travel and spend time
with her puppies! She has her degree in Education from State College of Florida.
She also is American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard, CPR, AED,
First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, and Scuba Certified. She hopes to give her
students the skills necessary to survive in and around the water while
instilling the confidence for a healthy lifestyle and a lifelong enjoyment of
All School Of Fish Instructors are Pediatric First Aid CPR & AED Certified.
©2008 ~ Maria Barringhaus ~ Family Fitness, LLC