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Amy Diamond

Owner & Lead Instructor

Amy is the owner & lead instructor for Lil' Guppies Swim School.  Amy grew up on the east coast and fell in love with the water at a very young age. She was always the first one in the pool and the last one out!  Amy swam competitively from age 8 through college. She competed in butterfly, backstroke, the IM and freestyle relays and still enjoys swimming on Masters club teams. Amy has always loved working with children and so it was a perfect combination of passions to start teaching swim lessons at the young age of 15.  Amy has now taught lessons for over 25 years, and has lifeguarded and coached age group swim teams on both the east and west coasts.  She started Lil' Guppies Swim School in 2006 in Los Angeles, and recently upon relocating in 2020, has established a branch of the school in Sarasota, FL!  Amy is also an acupuncturist, children's book author, and mom to two boys, ages 12 and 6. They are the original lil' guppies and love swimming just as much as their mom! 

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Meagan Richardson
Assistant Manager

Meagan joins our team from New York as both assistant manager and swim instructor for Lil' Guppies Swim School. She comes to us with over 10 years of experience. Meagan has worked as a babysitter, lifeguard and swim instructor specializing in water safety and success, and also has a background in working with special needs children. Meagan's passion for helping others continued through her volunteer work on the ambulance, and she is now a certified EMT. She is ready to jump right in and meet our families!  

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Brandon Dyck

Swimming has always been a big part of Brandon's life. During the summer of his 8th birthday, Brandon joined his first swim team and qualified for championships with his very first event! Brandon began swimming competitively year-round soon after and is still competing now in college. Brandon has qualified for many championship meets including the NCAA Nationals and has also been named All-American for the past three years. Being on swim team also gave Brandon the opportunity to teach younger children how to swim. He has served as an assistant coach and has taught swim lessons in both private and group settings.  During the school year, Brandon heads our instructor position in the Lakeland, Winter Park  and Tampa areas of Florida.  Brandon enjoys teaching the mechanics of strokes to help kids become more proficient and confident swimmers while also enjoying the sport!

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Lunae Nieves

Lunae has over 14 years of experience working with children and swim instruction.  She also worked as a deep water lifeguard for at Universal Studio's Volcano Bay! Lunae is a mom to a beautiful 6 year old boy, and in contributes her time out of the water to social media & marketing, photography, and health & wellness!