Splash! Swim + Wellness Owner Kimberly Metz 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.
ALTS Instructor 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 Julie also from time to time teaches some of our children swim classes. 🙂
Training Supervisor Shelby has taught and managed in the swimming world for over 15 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. She also holds Swim Angelfish Methodology Certification. We are very lucky to have Shelby as our Splash! Training Supervisor & Splash! Angel Program Director!
Office Supervisor 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.
Splash! Swim Instructors
We are so thrilled to have each & every one of these amazing individuals be a part of our Splash! teaching staff!
Instructor 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.
Instructor Bavani’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.
Instructor Gretchen has been swimming ever since she was a baby. As a high school student, she attended Homestead High School where she participated in several clubs and organizations, including the Girl’s Swim and Dive team. Now a sophomore in college, Gretchen attends the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she is double majoring in Child Psychology and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies. While she’s not in class, Gretchen enjoys swimming, playing the cello, reading, and spending time with her cat, Mittens. Gretchen enjoys working with children of all ages, especially school age children who are developing more advanced swimming skills. Gretchen hopes she can share her love of the water with all of her swim students at Splash!
Instructor Mabree was born in Nebraska, moved to Iowa, and has now lived in Wisconsin for 5 years. She graduated from Homestead Highschool in Mequon, and attends Crown College in Minnesota. She is 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 a lot of fun in the water.
Instructor Aaron- bio is coming soon.
Instructor Taj is originally from Grafton, WI. She is a current student at Concordia University of WI, studying psychology & law enforcement. Her plans for the future include working as a victim advocate. As a child, Taj loved to swim. She used to swim across Lake Carlos in Minnesota every summer! She now loves to help children overcome their fears in the pool, so they can experience how relaxing it feels to be surrounded by water. Taj has many certifications, including CNA / CPR / First Aid & Lifeguard. She also has previous experience around/working with children, as she was one of six siblings, worked as a nanny, and taught Sunday school. In addition to loving the water and helping others, Taj enjoys reading, sewing, crafting, photography, writing, playing board & video games, watching movies with friends & families, loving animals especially cows, and (her favorite thing) spending time with her cat Bagheera.
Instructor Max is from Whitefish Bay and currently attends Whitefish Bay High School. He plans on attending college in the future. As a child, he started swim lessons at the age of 5. He loves working with kids, and has past experience with having younger brothers and providing lots of babysitting. He really wants his swim students to enjoy the water and have it be a fun place to be, as well as learn the skills of swimming & drowning prevention. In addition to swimming, Max plays volleyball and runs track. He also volunteers at The Miracle League in the summertime.
Instructor Nancy has been swimming since before she could walk, according to her mother. Swimming and water recreation have been such a complete part of her life, it just seemed natural to help others realize the joy and health benefits of swimming. She considers knowing how to swim as a necessary life skill, and is happy to help the morning students at Splash! Swim + Wellness begin this process. Nancy is married with two young children, and the whole family enjoys swimming, canoeing, sailing, and water skiing!
Instructor Monica is from Wauwatosa, WI, and is currently attending MATC. She is studying Registered Nursing with a minor in Psychology. In the future, she plans to work at a hospital in the Neonatal Care Unit. Monica took swim lessons as a child, and then continued onto swim team for 2 years. She has a true passion for water safety and drowning prevention. She loves that swimming is great exercise & an effective workout that is easy on the body. Monica holds certifications in CPR, First Aid, AED & Red Cross Lifeguard. She also has developed an interest and passion for working in our Splash! Angel adaptive swimming program. In addition to teaching at Splash!, she also has experience working with children in a church nursery for 3 years. Monica also enjoys horseback riding & volunteering at Camp Minikani.
Instructor Anika currently resides in Germantown, WI & attends Germantown H.S. She is an aspiring orthopedic surgeon, so she will be studying both Pre-med and Chemistry. She would also love to minor in Spanish and study abroad in Argentina in the future. Anika began swimming at 6 months old, and has had a love of the water ever since! She currently swims for both MFSC (Menomonee Falls Swim Club) and the Germantown H.S. summer team. She has certifications in CPR, AED, First Aid, and Red Cross Shallow Water Lifeguard. Anika loves swimming, and she wants to share that passion with kids from a very young age so they enjoy the water, rather than fear it. She is also a natural leader who wants to show children how to be comfortable in the water & eventually compete if they wish. She loves the way swimming can bring people together on a team, as well as in a class. Anika has past experience working with children from being a nanny, volunteering at many events centered around taking care of kids in the Germantown School District Area, and teaching pre-competitive swim lessons at MFSC before coming to Splash. Some further interests of Anika include playing piano since kindergarten, acting as Student Council Vice President, and volunteering through organizations such as the National Honor Society, Key Club, Spanish Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society & the Environmental Club.
Instructor Fynn’s was born in Landor, Wyoming, and now lives in Thiensville, WI. He currently attends Homestead High School where he will be a senior. His plans for the future are to join the military- either the Air Force or Marines. He was a member of both Ozaukee Swim team and HHS Swim team. His current certifications include CPR, AED, First Aid, Red Cross Lifeguard & Water Safety. Fynn loves being in the water, and really wants to make swim lessons fun and engaging for his swim students. In addition to swimming, Fynn also enjoys skateboarding and music.
Instructor Brooke resides in Mequon, and currently attends Homestead High School. She has spent 7 years on the Schroeder Swim Team, and has been swimming since the age of 4 years old. Brooke is CPR & Life Guard Certified. Besides the sport of swimming, she loves to play soccer. She hopes to bring to her swim students all the experience she has gained from participating on swim teams and in competitive meets. She appreciates how her Splash! swim students put a big smile on her face every time she comes in to teach.
Instructor Sarah J grew up in Mequon, graduated from Homestead High School, attended Northland College and is now a student at Concordia University. She was on the track & cross country team in both high school & college – she loves to run and cross-country ski. She is studying Exercise Physiology, with a possible Athletic Training emphasis. Her goals for the future are to become a personal trainer or athletic trainer, running coach, and run the Boston Marathon! As far as the water, she took swim lessons when she was younger, and has always enjoyed how relaxed she feels when she is in the pool or swimming. She also loves how her body feels sore after swimming, because she is using & working out different muscles than the ones she does with running. She feels swimming & running are great compliments to each other as they are different workouts. She is hoping to share her cheerful and energetic willingness to get in the water and be physically active with the children she works with at Splash! She has certifications in CPR, AED, and First Aid, and she is currently working on a personal trainer certification. Sarah has experience working with children through volunteering at middle schools & working at a summer camp. She also has teaching experience in track & field. She is looking forward to a great swim session with her students!
Instructor Sophia’s bio is coming soon!
Instructor Emma resides in Germantown and attends Germantown High School. Her hope and plan for the future is to attend UW-Milwaukee and one day become pediatric nurse. As a child, Emma enjoyed swimming very much, especially at her grandparents’ pool. Currently, she swims at her high school and is part of Rocket Aquatics (swim club). She also continues to enjoy swimming with her family at the pool and swimming in the ocean on vacations. Her current certifications are in CPR, AED & Lifeguarding. She has additional experience working with children volunteering at her local elementary school and also in tutoring math. She hopes to share her great love of the water to her Splash! swim students, and wants to help them get over any fear they may have of the water. Emma also likes animals and volunteers at a shelter.
Instructor Jalen (or “Jay”) attends Wauwatosa West High School. His plans for the future include studying biomedicine & traveling. He hopes to help many people in his chosen profession to live a long and healthy life (including himself!) Jalen took many swim classes as a child, and also during his training as a scout. He has experience working with children at boys & girls clubs. Jalen has CPR and First Aid Certifications. He is looking forward to bringing his energy & excitement for swimming to his students at Splash. He personally loves the way swimming brings people together, and how truly fun it is. Jalen’s further interests beyond swimming include photography, art, camping and gaming. He also volunteers at food banks and a homeless shelter.
Instructor Alice’s – bio coming soon.
Instructor Katie K. is from the Mequon/Thiensville area, and attends Homestead High School. Her future plans include attending college in Wisconsin, and she wishes to go into the Nursing profession. Katie has been swimming for as long as she can remember at the WSAC (Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center). She has experience working with children through babysitting & also in assisting swim coaches with their kids at swim meets. Katie knows CPR & AED, and is working toward her official certifications. She is hoping to share her love & passion of the sport of swimming to her swim students. She personally loves how swimming is a big stress reliever in her life. She also thinks that swimming is a great way to meet new people, and she finds this very fun & interesting. In addition to swimming, Katie’s interests include photography & volunteering at the Wisconsin Humane Society.
Instructor Hannah is originally from Jackson, WI, and she attended UW-Platteville. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Investigation. Her plans for the future are to work at a police department in crime scene investigation. Hannah took swim lessons as a child, and continued on to join the swim team in high school. She has a passion for water safety, and wants to help her students face their fears in the water. She wants to be able to share her love of feeling “light-weightedness” in the water & feeling free. She has further experience teaching competitive swimming. Hannah holds certifications in CPR, AED, First Aid & Red Cross Lifeguard. In addition to her passion for both swimming & crime scene investigation, Hannah very much enjoys reading.
Instructor Madison is from Germantown, WI, and graduated from Germantown High School. She will be attending UW-Eau Claire in the fall, studying Liberal Arts/Social Sciences. She swam competitively in high school, and she also volunteered with Special Olympics. She has experience in Lifeguarding as well. Madison holds certifications in CPR, AED, First Aid, Red Cross Lifeguard and Water Safety. She hopes to teach her Splash! swim students to have the same passion & love for the water that she does. She wants to share how swimming creates endless opportunities and also builds a strong community. Madison also has 3 years experience with kids as a camp counselor. Her further interests include playing roller derby, and also making & selling jewelry in her free time.
Instructor Laura -photo coming soon- is from Hubertus, WI and attends the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She is studying Nursing, and hopes to be a nurse in a pediatric ICU. Laura took swim lessons when she was younger, then onto MFSC, and then joined the HUHS girls swim team from 2013-2017. There, she qualified for state twice. Laura has been teaching swim lessons for 2 years, and has experience teaching very young children all the way to adults. She is CPR certified and is working towards other certifications. Laura loves swimming because it gives her confidence and also provides challenges that make her a stronger athlete. Plus, she feels swimming makes the summers a lot more fun! She wishes to help her swim students grow in their swim and water safety skills. She wants to share her love of the water with them in a fun and memorable way! In addition to teaching swim lessons, Laura has also nannied for many families and has taught lessons up at school. She also enjoys cooking, baking, drawing, staying active, and volunteering at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
Instructor Isabella (or Bella) was born in Milwaukee, and grew up in Mequon. She is currently a junior at Homestead High school. In the future, she hopes to study dermatology/nutrition in college and move onto medical school from there. Bella has enjoyed swimming for as long as she can remember, whether it has been in a pool, lake or ocean. She believes that being in the water is great relaxation, stress relief, and an enjoyable way to socialize and stay active. While she has not swam competitively, she truly believes that swimming is a key life skill. She has taken care of children for many years, and is enjoying working on her furthering her swim instructor training. She wants to teach children to not only know how to swim, but to actually enjoy and look forward to swimming and being in the water. Bella is CPR, AED, First Aid, Emergency Oxygen and Red Cross Lifeguard Certified. In addition to loving kids and the water, she also enjoys playing sports (specifically tennis and lacrosse), and being outdoors. Her favorite place to go is the beach.
Instructor Jen –photo coming soon- is originally from Richfield, WI and is currently attending Concordia University. She is studying Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech/Language Pathology). Her plans are to continue to grad school for further education. Jen has experience working with children through babysitting, working in a daycare, and also teaching swim lessons for 2.5 years before coming to Splash! as an instructor. She is CPR & AED certified, and is working towards further certifications. She loves teaching swim lessons & seeing the face of a child realize they can do something they previously thought impossible. Jen grew up around water and believes it is very important to know water safety and basic swimming skills/techniques. Jen also thinks that water is an excellent stress reliever, as well as a great way to have fun and burn energy. She really likes that swimming can be enjoyed individually or with others. In addition to teaching swim lessons, Jen also works with Zoey the Comfort Dog who is based out of CUW, and she also plays Ultimate Frisbee.
Instructor Mrs. B (aka Kim) – is originally from the Chicago Area, and now resides in the Richfield, WI area. She went to school at several institutions including North Central College where she studied Elementary Ed (BA); Northern Illinois University – MS Ed Psych / Doctoral Candidate (ABD) ; Western Illinois University EdS/Ed Admin. Her plans for the future are to enjoy each day as it comes! (Awesome advice! 🙂 ) Mrs. B says she can’t remember a time when she and her family were not in the water, swimming, boating, etc. That is why she moved to the Richfield/Bark Lake area to keep up the opportunities near the water with her grand-kids. Mrs. B has lots of experience working with children, including teaching swimming. She loves teaching, and she feels can contribute to the love and enjoyment of being in the water. She is certified in CPR, AED, First Aid and will be renewing her Red Cross Lifeguard soon. She volunteers at her church, and loves playing with her grand-kids, doing crafts, and exploring many academic areas.
Instructor Sydney – photo coming soon – is from Mequon, WI and she attends Homestead High School. She wants to go into sports medicine, and have a career as an athletic trainer. She has always loved to swim, and she has swam for OZ aquatics in the past. Not only does she think swimming is fun, she also believes it is a great workout and provides excellent stress relief. She hope to pass on the love of the water & this life long skill to her swim students. She is certified in CPR, AED & First Aid Training. She loves working with children in the water, and also has experience coaching softball camps. In addition to swimming & softball, Sydney also enjoys playing volleyball.
Instructor Megan is a junior at Concordia University Wisconsin-Mequon, but is originally from Jefferson, WI. She is a business scholar obtaining her MBA in healthcare administration and double majoring with a BS in business management and economics all in four years. She was on swim team in high school and took swim lessons as a child through her local Parks & Rec. She can recall having a couple of “scares” and “setbacks” in the water. Examples include not liking swim lessons while working on back skills, as she was especially fearful of swallowing water when the instructor said, “Let go”. She was also afraid to learn a new skill such as jumping off the dive platform(s) as a child. Working on the confidence of not being afraid in the water, as swimming is an important survival skill, is what she is most passionate about with her students. Being compassionate, understanding and patient comes across in her teaching methodology and is something she brings to her swim students at Splash! She understands how scared Minis and Preschoolers can be when first starting lessons, but within a few weeks she loves to see their smiles when they do what they previously thought they couldn’t do! Megan has experience teaching Sunday school, assisting with Girl Scouts, and being a friend to those with disabilities as a member of Best Buddies Wisconsin! She is pursuing her certifications in Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, First Aid.
Instructor Savannah is originally from Wisconsin Rapids and now resides in Mequon. She graduated from Lincoln High School, and currently attends Concordia University. She is studying Occupational therapy, and looks forward to becoming an occupational therapist in the future. As a child, Savannah took swim lessons and she learned to really enjoy swimming. She loves that swimming is such a good workout & also a fun, outdoor summer activity. She hopes to show her Splash! students how fun swimming can be, and to help them increase their confidence in and around the water. Savannah holds her CPR certification, and is working on completing others. In addition to teaching swimming at Splash, she has refereed kids’ hockey games and assisted taught kids how to skate. Other personal hobbies of Savannah’s include playing hockey, rollerblading, boating, kayaking, running & working out.
Photos & bios coming soon for: Instructors Stacie & Gabby.
2019 Summer Staff Meeting.
2019 Spring 2 Splash! Staff Meeting @ Libby’s Montana. Looking forward to a great Spring 2 with our swim students!
2019 Spring 1 Splash! Staff Meeting.
2019 Winter Splash! Staff Meeting.
2018 Staff Holiday/Christmas Party! We had such a fun time playing card games,”Guesstures” & just spending time together! We are looking forward to a great 2019 swim year with all our Splash! Swimmers! 🙂
2018 Fall 2 Staff Meeting!
2018 End of Summer Splash! Staff Meeting: reviewing the summer & working on making Fall 1 a great session for you all!
2018 Summer Splash! Cookout (not all pictured). Somehow Scooby-Doo got in the photos! We sure had fun!! 🙂
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!