Little Swimmers is a family-owned and operated swim school. We take pride in the high quality of our swim lessons, as well as the facilities we offer our swimmers.
Tilde Karlsen is your day-to-day contact regarding scheduling and payments. Tilde is the mom of two kids who have enjoyed both getting ready for swim team with our instructors, and are also both enjoying playing competitive water polo. Tilde obtained an MBA in Marketing & Communication from Copenhagen Business School and UC Davis.
“Through my own experiences and talking to other moms, I’m well aware of the challenges of finding good quality swim lessons for little kids in our area, and I’m committed to providing consistent high quality/low volume swim lessons at affordable prices.”
Instructor/Quality Control Manager
Kelly began swimming for Gehringer Park from ages three to eighteen, where she was a continuous county qualifier every year from the age of four. She attended Ygnacio Valley High School from 2000-2003, where she competed in varsity water polo, basketball and swimming for all four years. Kelly was an NCS qualifier in swimming and achieved first team all league honors for water polo, basketball, and swimming. Kelly was the high school athlete of the year both her junior and senior years. She continued her education at Diablo Valley College where she continued all three sports and was a two time All American water polo player, All Conference basketball player as well as an All American swimmer, qualifying for the state meet in the 50 and 100 yard breaststroke, 100 yard individual medley and was a part of the freestyle and medley relays. Kelly was inducted into the Diablo Valley College sports Hall of Fame in 2012 and will be inducted into Ygnacio Valley High School sports Hall of Fame in May 2017. She has coached swimming for over ten years, and is currently the Varsity Water Polo Head Coach at Carondelet High School and the Head Coach for the Gehringer Park Gator’s swim team.
” – As a swim instructor I have learned so much about what I think are the most important words in teaching; patience and recognition. Every child is different, whether they are comfortable or not in the water. Having patience and being able to recognize every child’s needs is what makes me a successful swim instructor. Knowing I am building your child’s confidence, teaching them a new life long skill all while impacting their lives, is what makes teaching my passion!”
California native, Audrey Poignet was raised playing competitive soccer and swimming. Her hobbies include; hiking, surfing, kayaking and adventures with her dogs. Audrey has been teaching swimming for 10 years. She has a leading role as a certified associate teacher at a licensed childcare business. Serving children ages 4 months to 5 years of age. She is also a student at Merritt College in Oakland, acquiring teaching credentials and an Associate degree in Child Development.
Mabel is attending San Francisco State University with the purpose of getting my BA in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Children and Family relations. Mabel has also been a child care assistant since 2012.
Mabel began swimming at age four and did swim team prep at Buchanan Swim Center. Mabel also swam on Antioch Delta Skimmers. Mabel taught swim lessons, levels 1-6 at Buchanan Swim Center.
Being Bilingual (English and Spanish) has allowed me to expand my interactions with children.
My past experience and my passion for swimming has encouraged me to safely teach children with a positive attitude.
“ – I stimulate children’s independence and provide opportunities to explore and discover their abilities.”
Hello everyone, my name is Claudia Paz and I am 18 years old. I am currently a senior at Pittsburg high school and will be graduating in June of 2017. I swam for the competition team, Antioch Delta skimmers, and I did swim team prep and taught swimming lessons levels 1-4 at Buchanan swim center. I was part of my schools waterpolo team and am currently on the school swim team for my second year in a row. Aside from the swimming path, another extracurricular activity I’m involved in is the Pittsburg High school marching show band as a flag twirler for my second year.
While at home, I enjoy helping my mom out with her home daycare. After high school, I plan on attending San Francisco State University beginning the fall of 2017 to follow the career of child development, with the intentions of becoming an elementary school teacher. I’ve grown up surrounded by children due to my mom’s job as a childcare provider, which has led me to follow that path. My goal for working here at Little Swimmers is to not only teach kids to swim and get comfortable in the water, but to help them find something they love or are passionate about. Seeing how the children progress at their own pace, gain confidence, and develop excitement makes me feel as if my goal is accomplished.
Amber Smosna is from San Diego and has enjoyed swimming all her life. From 2002-2006 she was on swim team and in the beginning of her swim career was voted most improved player. She was also a part of the varsity team for two years at El Captain High School in Lakeside, Ca . Over the past ten years Amber has been working with children starting out as an Infant and Toddler teacher and then working her way up to Director of the Childcare facility, serving children from three months to twelve years of age. She has her Associates degrees in Political Science and a University Transfer Degree from Grossmont College. She also has her Early Childhood Education from College of the Redwoods and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literary Studies with a minor in Spanish from Humboldt State University. Amber has been a swim instructor at Little Swimmers since February 2017 and is also working as a full time nanny and going back to school to become a nurse. Her hobbies include: reading, traveling, gardening, and hanging out with her fur babies.
As a swim instructor, Amber Smosna strives to encourage each child to reach their personal potential. When she lived in Prague, in the Czech Republic, Amber was in charge of the swimmers during the annual summer camp. It was there that she realized that each lesson must be tailored to the individual swimmer as everyone is unique and learns differently. Creating a bond and building trust are important to create a positive learning environment.
“I believe in you!”
At Little Swimmers we are always looking for ways to enhance our lessons and connect with each child, so please contact Tilde and/or Kirsten with any comments, concerns or ideas for continuous progression during lessons.