Amy Diamond

 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 teams. Amy has always loved working with children - something that came naturally to her  - and so it was a perfect combination of passions to start teaching swim lessons at a young age!  Amy has taught swim lessons for over 25 years now, and has lifeguarded and coached age group swim teams on both the east and west coasts.  She started Lil' Guppies Swim School in 2006 after moving to Los Angeles, and recently upon relocating to Sarasota, FL, has opened a branch of the school there as well.  Amy is also an acupuncturist and mom to two boys, ages 4 and 10. They are the original lil' guppies and love swimming just as much as their mom! 

Kate Babiuch

 Kate is one of Lil' Guppies Swim School's instructors & certified lifeguards;  She is also a certified Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor & Babysitter CPR & First Aid Instructor. Kate has been teaching swim lessons for over 6 years. She has experience teaching private and group lessons, from infants through adults!  Kate swam competitively through high school and has a deep passion and love for the water that she loves to share with all of her students.  Kate is currently in school to become an occupational therapist and has experience working with children with special needs as well. 

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 going.  Brandon has qualified for many championships meets including the NCAA Nationals and has also been named All-American for the past three years. Being on a team also gave Brandon the opportunity to teach younger children how to swim.  He served as an assistant coach and taught private lessons as well.  During the school year, Brandon heads our instructor position in and around the Lakeland & Winter Park areas of Florida while he attends college. Brandon enjoys teaching the mechanics of a stroke to help kids become more proficient swimmers while also enjoying the sport!   

Tara Garland

Tara loves all water sports, especially in this Florida heat! Tara was on competitive swim teams from a very young age through high school and still loves to swim & play in pools, rivers, & the ocean. Tara has a deep passion for teaching others how to swim so they can feel confident & enjoy the same water fun & adventures that she does! Tara is also a mom, an aquatic aerobics instructor and SUP yoga instructor.  She takes great pleasure and pride in providing a safe & pleasant aquatic environment for all of her students. 

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Stephany Dolgetta

Stephany has over 9 years of of experience working with children ranging in age from newborns through 16 years.  Stephany also has an early childhood education background and worked as both a teaching assistant and substitute teacher with the New Gate school.  She is currently attending school to receive her Bachelors in Psychology in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Stephany swam competitively through high school with the Sarasota YMCA Sharks Swim Team.  She is very passionate about working with children and has extensive experience in nannying, babysitting and teaching swimming.  Stephany looks forward to working with our Lil' Guppies families!