Instructors

DONNA Morel

Donna Morel is an award winning Red Cross Master Instructor Trainer, Water Safety + Life Saving Instructor and Former Competitive Speed + Synchronized Swimmer. She is the creator and owner We Teach Swimming (WETS), a private swim club that specializes in teaching children water safety and how to swim with confidence.With 35 + years of teaching and instructor training expertise Donna created WETS results-driven and progressive teaching method by combining over 60 years of best practices and innovative techniques with the Red Cross Swim Levels + Water Safety curriculum. She makes learning to swim a fun and rewarding experience for children with small class sizes to give more individual attention and personalized instruction. She also teaches Swim Patrol and Bronze Star levels of the LifeSaving Society.From water safety and life saving aquatic skills all the way to developing endurance and strong strokes to synchronized swimming and pre-swim club. Explore her learn to swim programs, instruction videos, water safety presentations and success stories at www.weteachswimming.ca, find her on twitter @DonnaMorel and become a fan at www.facebook.com/weteachswimming

ABIGAIL Baker

Hello my name is Abigail Baker. I have been involved in the world of aquatics for over 5 years. My early experiences include instructing at an adaptive swim program at Parkinson Rec Centre and lifeguarding/instructing at Morning Star Bible Camp for two girls camps. Some fun aquatic memories include lifeguarding during class field trips to the beach and on boating trips.After graduating high school, I began instructing and lifeguarding at the Kelowna Family YMCA in 2013. I worked there for over a year before joining WETS. Since working for WETS I have felt myself grow tremendously as an instructor and enjoy the continuous development for myself and for my students. What I enjoy most about teaching swim lessons is seeing how children develop as swimmers, and little men and women. My enthusiasm and dedication helps me to develop children into strong and confident swimmers.Currently I am taking my Bachelor of Science to one day teach science at a high school level. I also plan on travelling to become better educated about cultures and continue learning Spanish. I really do love to swim as well as other sports like soccer, skiing, and hiking. Reading, painting and cooking are also some of my favourite past times.

AYSHA Curley

Hello, my name is Aysha. I have worked in aquatics for 9 years teaching swim lessons, water aerobics, lifesaving skills and coaching swim club. I am also a certified lifeguard, and for many years I was employed with the City of Surrey, and City of Kelowna. I have been swimming competitively since the age of 3 and have many outstanding swimming records in the British Columbia Summer Swimming Association. Some of the awards I am most proud of include my Provincial records from 2002 that are still outstanding.I feel swimming is a very important skill to grow up with and this is why I enjoy teaching lessons. I love to see the children grow strong in the water and improve in many ways.Some hobbies I enjoy doing when I am not at the pool include hiking with my two dogs, and working around the yard and house. My future goal with WETS is to help expand the business into the Southern Okanagan.

SUSIE Morel

Being around the water, in the water and watching my Mom and the instructors teach swimming has been a part of my whole life. I love to swim and it is even more fun to help the swim students learn to love the water too!I have been a competitive swimmer for 6 seasons since I was 10 years old, and this year I became an assistant competitive swim coach. For 2 summers my uncle sent me to Berkley for a competitive swim camp lead by the USA Olympic swim coach, Teri McKeever. It was great! My other interests are soccer, hanging out with my friends, traveling and computer games.

SAMANTHA Theobald

Hi my name is Samantha. My aquatic career began in 2009 when I swam with the Trail Stingrays swim club. In 2011 I began coaching the team and by 2012 I was working as lifeguard. I obtained my Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certificate in 2013 and have been teaching ever since. I worked at Trail’s Pool until August 2016 when I then moved to Kelowna for school to become a nurse. In addition to my Water Safety Instructor certificate, I also have my National Lifeguard certificate First Aid and CPR-C certificate, Live Saving Instructor certificate, and NCCP Level 1. My favourite part about teaching swim lessons is watching the swimmers become comfortable in the water and progress to a point where they no longer fear the water. I’m a very outgoing, enthusiastic instructor who ensures all students are comfortable in the lesson.

SAVANNAH Vongphit

Hi Everyone! My name is Savannah. I previously was a lifeguard and swimming instructor at the City of Regina for 2 years and then moved to Kelowna to attend UBCO to study Medical and Molecular Biology. My favourite part about teaching is seeing children’s growth and progression as a swimmer. As an instructor, I am enthusiastic and fun to ensure everyone enjoys the experience of swimming lessons! Outside of swimming, I love to hike and being outdoors. I also love to travel and experiencing new places. I look forward to meeting everyone and being a part of WETS!

KARLIE Stella

Hello, my name is Karlie Stella. I have been involved in aquatics for 9 years and have taught swimming lessons for 6 of those years. I have been a lifeguard since I turned 16 and I also have certifications in Standard First Aid level C with CRP and AED, in addition to those certification I also have my WSI. What I love most about swimming lessons is watching my students grow so much in over such a small amount of time. I have a true passion in getting others to love the water and be as comfortable in it as I am. I am a very energetic, out going and positive person. Along side those personality traits I am a very detailed and organized person.

When I’m not at the pool or studying for my Business Degree, I love swimming in the lake, taking my paddle board out in the mornings. I love to be down town taking in all the local activities and events.

AYSHA Curley

Hello, my name is Aysha. I have worked in aquatics for 9 years teaching swim lessons, water aerobics, lifesaving skills and coaching swim club. I am also a certified lifeguard, and for many years I was employed with the City of Surrey, and City of Kelowna. I have been swimming competitively since the age of 3 and have many outstanding swimming records in the British Columbia Summer Swimming Association. Some of the awards I am most proud of include my Provincial records from 2002 that are still outstanding.I feel swimming is a very important skill to grow up with and this is why I enjoy teaching lessons. I love to see the children grow strong in the water and improve in many ways.Some hobbies I enjoy doing when I am not at the pool include hiking with my two dogs, and working around the yard and house. My future goal with WETS is to help expand the business into the Southern Okanagan.

Abby Sveistrup

Hi, my name is Abby Sveistrup. I have recently started teaching but have been involved in aquatics for over 5 years. I have my bronze cross and bronze medallion certifications as well. I love being in the water and watching everyone I teach grow into stronger swimmers. I am hard working and always do my best to make sure everyone has fun along with becoming a more confident swimmer. I love to play and coach ringette as well as baking and playing other sports. I am excited to teach and meet new people as a part of WETS!