My name is Kristin Jones – I am a born and bred Alaskan! I moved to Flagstaff, AZ in 2008 to pursue a degree in Psychology and swim for Northern Arizona women’s Division I swim team. Upon a successful four year swimming career at NAU and receiving a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, I moved back to Juneau for a year to live with my parents and pay off the small amount of debt I had incurred during my time as an undergrad. During this time I continued to swim, in fact I trained hard for the entire year I was at home and in June 2013 I completed a swim around Key West, FL. With my open water marathon swims I have been able to raise over $13,000 for an organization called FARA (Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance). Through my past accomplishments I am confident you can sense the passion I have for the unique sport of swimming. I am extremely aware of my surroundings while in the water and have a keen sense of your child’s ability and hesitations when it comes to learning the basic techniques of swimming. I would love for the opportunity to share my knowledge with you and your child.
I have been teaching under the Red Cross Learn to Swim program for the past 10 years (2004 – current). I have been teaching private swim lessons through friends and community members for the past 7 years (2007 – current). I have been coaching young children for the past two years in competitive swim programs (2012 – current). I have been coaching and teaching adults of all backgrounds for the past 8 years (2006 – current). I have been an assistant HS coach for a total of 1 season (Aug. 2012 – Nov. 2012). I am CPR and First Aid certified. I have been certified as a lifeguard for the past 8 years (2006 – current). I spent 4 years swimming for a Division I program (2008 – 2012). I am currently an Ambassador for one of the largest swim wear companies in the world (blueseventy) (2014). I am gaining recognition as one of the upcoming marathon swimmers by Openwaterpedia.com (2013 – 2014).
My specialities include teaching the very first stages of a learn to swim program (ages 2-6). I also enjoy teaching or coaching children who have an interest in becoming a competitive swimmer (either in a pool or open water). I come from a family with two physically disabled children, so I understand the patience and understanding required by those with physical special needs, and I am willing to help accommodate and make adjustments for those children if necessary. I also have interest in teaching adults who have a fear of the water, or who would like to refine stroke mechanics and technique.