Our instructors are fantastic people who love kids, and they are all certified and thoroughly reviewed before being accepted into our program. We have a core team of instructors who teach year-round at our school, with more during the busy summer months. You can learn more about our year-round instructors here on the site, and we would be happy to tell you about any of the wonderful people we work with on a daily basis. Just ask.
We have a dedicated staff of trained, experienced instructors, with many seasonal instructors during the summer months. Below are some brief bios of our core, full-time swimming instructors.
About Barb Graeve
I love to teach. I love to work with people, to encourage them and see them develop and attain new skills. I never get tired of what I do because of the smiles and faces of amazement that I experience each time someone expresses the joy and pride of a new accomplishment. I consider this job to be a serious responsibility because people are trusting us to keep them safe physically and emotionally, and I don’t want to do anything that would violate that trust.
I love to train new teachers. I love watching them mature in their skills. I see them grow in confidence in what they do. I watch them learn to communicate effectively with their students and our families. I love to watch them as they bond with their classes, loving on each child, and trying to find the best way to help each child succeed. I expect each instructor to be the best that they can be and to always work to their fullest potential. Many have gone on to manage their own learn to swim programs and coach.
- United States Swim School Association
- National Drowning Prevention Association
American Red Cross Certificates in:
- Life Guard Instructor Trainer
- First Aid For the Professional Rescuer
- 18 years as a competitive swimmer.
- 20 years coaching experience.
- Began teaching career in 1972.
- 12 years teaching Physical Education in the Omaha Public Schools.
- BS in Education.
- Barb Graeve Swim School established in September 1998.
I am very grateful to God for allowing me to do this. I know that this is what I am to do. He has shown me step by step how to teach swimming and has taught me about the other things that are happening beyond the actual skills that are learned. He continues to reveal how to reach my students according to their individual needs. It is an amazing privilege.
Amanda is married to Alex. She has always enjoyed swimming, babysitting, and working with kids. Amanda started teaching for Barb Graeve Swim School in June 2010. She has found her time as a swim instructor to be very rewarding. Amanda loves teaching swim lessons and helping kids gain confidence in the water while having fun.
Nikki serves as the swim school Office Administrator. Nikki is married to Matt and has two daughters and a new son, Shay, Mia, and Tommy. She is currently on maternity leave. She is a former aquatics director and worked in both Joplin, MO and Raleigh, NC. She began working as a swim instructor in 1994 and began teaching for Barb in January 2010. When Nikki is not in Barb’s pool or helping families with questions and enrolling, she can often be found cheering for her girls at swim meets.