Meet Our Staff
Coach Paul (General Manager)
Coach Paul is a third generation swim school manager and proud parent of 2 little swimmers of his own; Adrienne and Anastasia. In addition to being an ASCA Level 2 swim coach, he has been a member of the United States Swim School Association since 1996 and has been teaching swimming lessons since 1987. As a licensed pool and spa maintenance contractor, Coach Paul makes sure all of our pool equipment is in tip top shape! As busy as he is, Coach Paul still finds time to be the head coach for our AQua Wave Otters competitive swim team in the summers. As with all of our coaches, Paul is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified through the American Red Cross. In addition, Coach Paul has specialized training from the United States Swim School Association as an instructor for children with Special Abilities. Coach Paul is a wonderful asset to all of us here at AQua Wave Swim School and would be a great choice for your swim lesson needs.
Heidi (Office Manager/Scheduler)
Heidi has been with AQua Wave since May 2017. She recieved her BS in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Fullerton. She keeps the office up to par and our website updated. Heidi loves talking and getting to know all the families in order to help find everyone the best spot possible. She is always running around the office somewhere, so feel free to stop by and say hi!
Josh has been teaching at AQua Wave since 2010. He earned his BS in Child Development at California State University, Fullerton with the aspiration to become a behavioral therapist. His combination of play and structure, based off the Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory of Cognitive Development, helps his students learn quickly and thoroughly. Josh works well with children of all ages and abilities, and he has specialized training from the U.S. Swim School Association as an instructor for children with special abilities. You can also work with him as an Adult in the water Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday’s from 7:30-8:30 in our Adult Group Class.
Kristen has taught swimming professionally since 2011. She first joined AQuaWave in 2012 to fulfill her love of working with children. Kristen enjoys working with all levels of children from parent and me, all the way to stroke development. Her versatile teaching style allows her to take each child’s personal needs and adapt to them. She is able to show, even the most uncertain child, how to love the water, while maintaining a happy and constructive class. Miss Kristen works well with children of all ages and abilities.
Brianna has taught swimming professionally since 2013. She swam competitively in High School and played water polo. She loves teaching all levels, and enjoys helping children identify and get over their fears in the water. Miss Brianna teaches children how to swim with a firm but gentle hand.
Tasha swam competitively for four years and has been teaching at AQua Wave for over 20 years. She has a very sweet and loving personality, which helps her students connect easily, but she is firm when necessary. She often uses imagination as a teaching tool, which helps her students enjoy the learning process. Tasha earned her LVN at Stanbridge, graduated Summa Cum Laude and was elected valedictorian of her class. Ms. Tasha teaches on Monday and Tuesday evenings.
Coach Vickie (Instructor)
Vickie has been with AQuaWave since its inception. Vickie also swam on group, high school, and Junior College teams. She has a bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Cal State Fullerton. Teaching and coaching swimming has been her passion, her entire life. She has taught and coached swimming in Santa Ana, Tustin, and Foothill Ranch. Vickie has been married for 35 years, and has three grown children, and three grandchildren. Her hobbies are gardening, reading and playing golf. Ms. Vickie teaches on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
Todd has been teaching at AQua Wave since 2001. His calm and soothing personality helps his students feel comfortable with him and the water, even if they enter into lessons feeling unsure. He is very good at pushing children to their full potential without pushing them too hard. Todd works well with children of all ages and abilities, and he is trained through the U.S. Swim School Association to teach children with special abilities.
Kristen Fowler (Instructor)
Miss Fowler is a swim instructor here at AQua Wave. She has worked in our office for over a year and is now splashing around with our swimmers. Her reassuring and affirmative teaching style gives our swimmers the confidence to make continuous improvements. Outside of the pool she is currently earning an AA Transfer Degree in Chemistry.
Jonathan Harding has been at AQua Wave since 2018. He is licensed in 8 states through the ACES program by loanDepot to refinance homes. His current duty is to quickly and effectively help children learn to swim. Jonathan has no problem working with kids who may be afraid of the water or just timid. It is because he has kids of his own, he understands how to gently and quickly warm a child up to the water. He welcomes each and every one of them with a smile.
Ms. Laura has two children, one in college and one in high school, so she loves to interact with your little ones and learn their favorite lollipops! She has a background in leadership, business management, and customer service. She is in the office full time. Her favorite pastimes are reading, road trips, and adventures with her kids. She makes the best coffee at AW!
Diane has been with the AQua Wave family for many, many years. Every one of her five children swam here, and now we are happy to have such a creative mind in our office. She is our “designated decorator,” which means all of the decorations you see for the holidays were hand chosen and put up by her! She also did the border of our bulletin board and much, much more!
More info coming soon!
More info coming soon!
Marla (Executive Director)
Marla is our executive director. Her parents started Blue Buoy Swim School in 1956. She has spent decades refining her teaching techniques and training other instructors, first at Blue Buoy, and now at AQua Wave. As a member of the United states Swim School Association, Marla was instrumental in developing the USSSA Infant/Toddler Certification Program used by swim instructors around the world. She is now living her life overseeing AQua Wave with her dedicated husband, Paul Blauman.