OWNER / INSTRUCTOR
Sarah has been a swim instructor at this swim school since 2011. Sarah loves swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, canoeing, and almost anything on the water! She was on the swim team in high school and loved to swim the backstroke. She and her husband, Josh, are both Lakeland business owners. With degrees in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Sarah is highly qualified to work with young children in any learning environment. Sarah is licensed and insured through ASCA and the SwimAmerica program and holds current certifications in American Red Cross Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid. She also enjoys spending the off season homeschooling her two children, Mallorie and Erin.
Rae-Lynn Sheffield is a graduate from Florida Southern College with a degree in Physical Education. She works as a PE teacher at Rochelle School of the Arts and coaches the George Jenkins High School Swim Team. As an athlete, swimming in college, Rae-Lynn was an NCAA All-American, school record holder, and Sunshine State Conference champion. She has become very popular among our families since she first came on board in 2009. She is a tremendous asset to our team.
Susan Saunders has proven to be a great addition, since 2014, when she first joined our team. Susan has a lifetime of experience working with children in the pool and out. She is a former elementary school teacher and collegiate swimmer. She has helped children learn the joy of swimming most of her life. We are very excited to have Mrs Susan on the team. Susan holds current certifications in American Red Cross Lifeguarding, CPR and First Aid. These certifications, along with her loving heart, passion for children, and positive attitude make for an amazing instructor!
Jessica is currently a student at Southeastern University and is working on earning her bachelor's degree in nursing. Upon graduation, she plans to become a pediatric nurse with future goals of pediatric nurse practitioner. She loves kids and has been working with them from a young age. From babysitting to summer camps, she has always loved being around children! On Sundays, she helps in the toddlers' room at Access church. When she's not in the pool with lessons, she is either swimming, at the beach, kayaking or fishing with her dad!
Cara was a student athlete and swam at Indian River State College from 2007-2009 and at Florida Southern College where she graduated in 2012 with a degree in Exercise Science. She is a 12 time NJCAA All American and a 7 time NCAA Division II All American and has since been coaching competitive swimming for the past six years. Her experience with different age groups and levels has helped her to develop the skills and knowledge to support young athletes through the sport of swimming. She is very passionate about teaching children to swim and helping others to achieve their goals in swimming and throughout life.
When she isn't in our pools working, Lisa is either with her grandchildren or boogie boarding in the ocean. She also loves kayaking in Lakeland's Lake Bonny. As a child, Lisa swam on her middle school and taught swimming as one of her high school electives. As an adult, she taught physical education at a private school in Kissimmee. She had the privilege of teaching her children to swim and her grandchildren, too! In 2015, while serving as a missionary in Taiwan, she taught English during the school day and spent her free time swimming and boogie boarding with the children. As the oldest member of our team, she works hard to sty in shape. This year, she completed her first triathlon.
Hope Saunders was a student-athlete while attending Gardner-Webb University where she graduated in 2018 with a degree in Communications. Hope began swimming competitively at the age of 8 and continued until her senior year of college. She has used her skills in the sport to serve as a summer swim lessons instructor at both Florida Southern and Gardner-Webb.
A recent graduate of Southeastern University, with a degree in Secondary English Education, she is currently an English teacher at Lakeland High School. As a teenager and college student, Morgan spent many summers babysitting and nannying.. She also enjoyed counseling, in Georgia at WinShape Camp for Girls, where she assisted teaching kayaking on the open water. She has a passion for teaching, loves kids of all ages, and has dedicated her life, both privately and professionally, to helping them grow.
If you have emailed us for more information or registered your swimmer for lessons recently, she is the face behind our computer!! She loves singing, serving at Access Church and decorating her home for all the seasons and holidays! When she is not scheduling swimmers and answering emails, Tonya is spending time with her husband and sweet kiddos at the ball field! Her niche for organization and a personal touch have been such a blessing to our team! We can’t say enough good things about Mrs. Tonya!
In 2018, our business name changed to SWIM DYNAMIC, LLC in order to truly embrace all of the services we offer and avoid brand confusion with a large franchise swim school.
SWIM DYNAMIC, LLC originally began with the name of AQUA TOTS in 2008, under the direction of Diane Sherrard. Diane and her husband, Duncan, moved to Lakeland with a vision for the swimming community. They immediately brought their noteworthy past experiences and wealth of knowledge of the sport to life through the Swim School and Lakeland Area Swimming. Their goals, within the SwimAmerica Framework of progression, teaching points, and advancement goals, set a model that provided all students with the opportunity to learn. They approached the swimming community with goal-driven, technique-oriented, safe and fun learning environments. Using positive reinforcement as the main modification source, their first emphasis was placed on safety and the enjoyment of water. Thousands of Lakeland families have learned to swim and swim well, thanks to Diane and her passion for swimming.
Now under the ownership of Sarah Swartz (since 2015), we strive to keep a learning environment consistent with the model originally set in place!
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