KIMBERLY METZ, Owner of Splash! Swim + Wellness, has considerable experience in the industry. She has a total of 12 years managing, instructing, coaching and lifeguarding combined. Kimberly has a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from the University of Minnesota-Morris. She has over 20 years of experience working with children ages preschool through high school in different settings. Traveling with the United States Army for over twenty years has provided opportunities for Kimberly to live overseas as well as several states in the US, and experience people from many different cultures. Kimberly’s certifications include CPO (Certified Pool Operator), USA Swimming Coach and past Official and CPR/First Aid/AED/Lifeguarding. She is also a member of both USA Swimming and the American Swim Coaches Association. Splash! Swim + Wellness is a member of the United States Swim School Association, The National Drowning Prevention Alliance, the Mequon/Thiensville Chamber of Commerce, as well as a USA Swimming Foundation “Make-A-Splash” Partner.
JULIE ANDERSON comes to us as our first Adult Learn to Swim, certified instructor. She had extensive training through US Masters Swimming and specializes in teaching adults who are fearful of the water how to swim by integrating yoga based breathing and relaxation techniques. Julie was a high school swimmer and All- American swimmer at University of Wisconsin -Eau Claire. After a career as a Pediatric RN, and raising 3 children, she returned to competitive swimming in 2014 and competed at US Masters Nationals. That same year, she placed in the top 50 in breaststroke at the FINA World Championships. In addition to working with non swimmers, she is also certified to teach stroke technique and refinement. Certifications in Lifeguarding, Water Safety Instructor, CPR/ first aid/AED and BLS/CPR for Healthcare providers. We are very honored to have Julie as our Splash! ALTS instructor!
MORGAN McCOY’s love for the water has brought her to SPLASH! She is from Dubuque, IA. She is a recent graduate from Concordia University Wisconsin, with a B.S. Psychology degree. She has been swimming competitively for 9 years. She enjoys working with kids of all ages, but most of her time is with the upper level kids to help prepare them for swimming competitively. She continues to enjoy teaching others about the water and all the wonderful things that come with having the ability to swim. She is CPR/AED/First Aid & Lifeguard Certified, and is also a “Children with Challenges” Instructor. Morgan has become such an integral part of our Splash! Staff in all aspects, and we are so happy to have her as a Operations Supervisor!
SHELBY LINK has taught and managed in the swimming world for over ten years. During those years of teaching swim lessons to multiple age groups and levels, she has learned to work with different personalities, learning abilities, and cultures. She enjoys the challenge of meeting the individual needs of each child, being recognized by the National Swim School Association by receiving the outstanding teacher award. As a pool manager and general manager of a swim school, she understands the unique health benefits that swimming and water exercises have in the health world. She knows that health and wellness affect our quality of life and it is her hope to encourage people to make healthy life choices through her classes and interaction with students and parents. Shelby’s certifications are in American Red Cross Lifeguarding /First Aid/CPR, AED and AEA Water Fitness Certification. Shelby has taken on the position of Training Supervisor at Splash!, in addition to pursuing her other interests. We are very lucky to have Shelby back on the Splash! staff!
Andréa is excited to join the Splash! team. Though she doesn’t teach in the water, she has taught theatre classes and directed plays for children for several years and loves working in fun, educational environments. Outside of Splash!, Andréa is an actor. You can find her on various Milwaukee stages and, occasionally, in commercials. Her free time is spent planning adventures with her family and dog. We are so glad to have her in the position of Splash! Office Supervisor. Welcome Andrea!
WREN is currently a junior in high school; and she enjoys art, music, traveling & working at Splash! Her true passion is the ocean. She plans on studying ichthyology (the branch of zoology devoted to the study of fish) upon graduation because she loves the water & animals, especially marine animals. Wren hopes to live by the water and travel with her studies & her volunteer work. Wren is a wonderful instructor at Splash!, and we are so happy to have her working here!
WYETHE S grew up in a small town about thirty minutes from Mequon, called Random Lake. Throughout her childhood she has always had a love for the water, so she is thrilled to be working here at Splash! In high school she was very involved with plays, musicals, choir and the arts in general. She remembers taking every art class that was available. She is currently a freshman at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD), and is leaning toward an Illustration Major. Wyethe loves spending time with children, and would like to incorporate her creativity & out-of-the-box thinking skills helping kids learn to swim & face any fears of the water. Wyethe is a Certified Lifeguard, and is in the process of getting more certifications. We love having Wyethe on the Splash! Staff!
SARAH loves adventures and has always found water to be a wonderful avenue for them. A recreational swimmer who took lessons as a child, she appreciates the independence and fun that swimming skills offer. While studying overseas she became scuba certified and participated in marine archaeology. She began working with children 12 years ago on overnights aboard the historic submarine USS Cobia. The last several years she has provided childcare for some fantastic private families. Now that those kids are a bit older, teaching at Splash! is a wonderful way to combine a love for the water and for helping children along their journeys. As they learn to swim, she hopes to help her students be self-confident through achieving big and little successes, and to encourage them to persevere through challenges. She adores the babies at Splash!, but enjoys teaching the Minis and Preschoolers just as much! Sarah also loves being with her son, being outdoors, cycling, yoga, reading, and making things. We are thrilled to have Sarah on the Splash! team!
WHITNEY R. is from Brillion, WI, and she has loved the water since she was a little girl. She is currently a sophomore at Concordia University of Wisconsin, and is studying Exercise Physiology. After graduation, Whitney then plans to go to grad school for Dietetics. She is very excited to be able to help kids enjoy the water as much as she does. We are so glad Whitney has joined our Splash! Staff!
BAVANI K’s love for swimming and teaching children has brought her to Splash! Swim + Wellness! She was a member of her high school swim team and has experience teaching children swimming in her native country Singapore. She strongly believes in eating healthy and staying fit by swimming, yoga and biking. She enjoys spending quality time with her family & her bright-eyed puppy. She is CPR/AED/First Aid certified by the American Red Cross and is also certified in Pet First Aid. Bavani holds a Diploma in Information Technology from Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore and B.S. in Information Technology from National University of Ireland, Dublin. Over the course of her career, she has had the chance to travel and work in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America which has given her an opportunity to understand people from different cultures and communicate effectively with them. Bavani looks forward to spending her time teaching kids swimming and sharing her joy for water activities. We are thrilled to have Bavani on the Splash! Staff!
SARAH S. is currently a senior at Homestead High School and she plans on studying Kinesiology/Physical Therapy in college. She was born and raised in Mequon; and loves to travel, spend time boating and jet skiing, as well as play volleyball and softball! She has grown up working with kids, as she is an older sister and has many younger cousins. Sarah is a certified scuba diver as well as CPR/AED/First Aid & Lifeguard certified. Sarah has loved being in the water for as long as she can remember, so her goal at Splash! is to help kids enjoy swimming just as much as she does! We are so glad Sarah is part of Splash!
ALIVIA F. started swimming at 5 months in a baby swim class, and hasn’t been out of the water since. Splash Owner Kimberly Metz was her swim instructor in pre-competition team too! Her favorite part of teaching is watching her swimmers grow by developing a trusting bond with her swimmers and their parents. Alivia has been competitively swimming for 10 years. She is a Sophomore at Waukesha West , a 2 -year Varsity Swimming State Qualifier, and broke 3 High-school swim records in 2016. She swims for Schroeder YMCA and is a National Swim Team Member. She is a versatile swimmer who excels at all freestyle events from sprint-distance, breaststroke, and IM. Alivia holds certifications in American Red Cross Life Guarding and CPR/AED. She has taught numerous age group swim clinics with club teams, and enjoys sharing her love for swimming. She especially enjoys teaching Splash Baby 2 and Preschool 1 & Preschool 2, along with teaching stroke techniques to more advanced swimmers. We are thrilled have Alivia at Splash!
GRETCHEN S. has been swimming ever since she was a baby. Now being a junior at Homestead High School, she competes on the JV swim team, throws on Varsity track, and performs with the chamber orchestra. She is Lifeguard certified and loves working with children of all ages. Gretchen hopes she can share her great love of the water with all of her swim students at Splash! We are so happy to have Gretchen on staff!
McKELL L. is a junior attending Crown College in Minnesota. She is currently studying International Studies and English, and hopes to teach English to kids of all ages overseas. McKell has loved being in the water as long as she can remember. Although she had multiple location moves during her childhood, she continued to remain in swim lessons as a child. McKell is thrilled to be teaching Splash! swim consistency camps this summer. She loves opportunity to mix both her love for kids and her love for the water at Splash!
MABREE L. was born in Nebraska, moved to Iowa, and has now lived in Wisconsin for 5 years. She graduated from Homestead Highschool in Mequon, and will be attending Crown College in Minnesota. She will be majoring in Elementary Education as she wants to become a teacher. Mabree took swim lessons as a child and fell in love with the water early on. She is excited to combine her love of the water & her love of children. Mabree is looking forward to teaching children how to swim so they can be very safe & have alot of fun in the water. We are happy to have Mabree on staff!
ABBY’s love for teaching and swimming makes working at Splash! the perfect job. She was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin and has lived in Wisconsin her entire life. She currently attends Grafton High School as a senior. Abby began swimming at a young age and is currently on the swim team at Grafton High School. Her goal is to help kids feel comfortable in the water so they are able to learn more effectively. When Abby is not in the pool she enjoys boating and spending quality time with her family. She is excited to meet more kids and to help them grow to become confident in their swimming abilities. We are happy to have Abby on the Splash! team!
AARON’s bio is coming soon!
TAJI’s bio is coming soon!
MARJORIE’s bio is coming soon!
Photos & Bios Coming Soon For: Instructors Gabby, Radhika, Anika, Fynn, Ayo & Max!
2018 winter session Splash! staff meeting in our observation room (not all pictured). We love our staff! 😀
Some of our staff & our awesome volunteers @ the Splash! 2017 Kids Triathlon!