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Administrative Director

Ashton has been working at OWA as the Administrative Director for 6 years. She has been married to her wonderful husband for 23 years and has 3 beautiful daughters. She enjoys being involved in the high school youth group and serving in the infant room at her church. She is also a former elementary school teacher.


Administrative Staff, Swim Instructor

Lynn was born here in Concord, North Carolina and has always had a love for water. She grew up on Lake Norman and has been swimming her entire life. Lynn has been driving boats since she was 12 years old and also scuba dives. Her favorite part about being on staff is the excitement of teaching a lifelong skill to babies, kids, and adults!


Staff Coordinator, Swim Instructor, Deck Manager


Matt has been with OWA for 3 years and has recently graduated from UNC-Charlotte. He is a big football and hockey fan and loves to go camping and hiking. His favorite part about teaching lessons is having the ability to teach an important life skill that people will be able to use forever.



Swim Instructor & Trainer, Lifeguard Instructor

Melissa has been in aquatics for 15 years, and loves to see students of all ages achieve success in swimming. Mel is great at getting students to overcome fears in the water and helping them to achieve personal goals. She also runs our Scuba Rangers program, a diving club for kids 8-12 years. Originally from Colorado (and a year in Florida working in Disney World), Melissa lives here with her husband, Andrew, and two boys (Weston and Everett).



Swim Instructor, Deck Manager

Johnathan is 22 years old and has worked at OWA for 4 years. He was born and raised in Charlotte. Apart from teaching swim lessons, he can be found scuba diving or listening to music. His favorite part about teaching swim lessons is getting to promote the students to the next level. He enjoys seeing the students grow and become more confident in the water.


Swim Instructor, Deck Manager

Abigail is 19 years old and has been working at OWA for 3 years. Her hometown is Concord, NC. She is currently a sophomore at North Carolina State University studying human biology. Her favorite part about teaching swim lessons is watching the kids do their jumps and dives. She also loves seeing the kids having fun during lessons and becoming comfortable in the water.

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Chloe is 17 years old and is a new swim instructor. She is from Concord, NC and has been helping around OWA for a couple years. Before becoming a swim instructor, she was a competitive gymnast for 12 years. She enjoys babysitting and volunteering at her church. Her favorite part about becoming a swim instructor is getting to interact with the kids and help them learn to swim with confidence and proficiency. She is a senior in high school and hopes to pursue her love of photography in college.



Swim Instructor, Deck Manager

Michael has been with OWA for 1 year and loves working with kids. His favorite part about teaching lessons is getting to see the kids improve their skills in the water. Michael has played baseball since he was 2 years old and hopes to continue his baseball career at UNC-Charlotte.






Swim Instructor, Deck Manager
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Swim Instructor, Deck Manager

Maren is 18 years old and has been working at OWA for almost a year. She was born in Seattle, WA, but was raised in Charlotte, NC. In the fall of 2017, Maren will attend UNC Wilmington to receive a degree in Nursing. She has three sisters and has played soccer her entire life. Maren’s favorite part about teaching swim lessons is getting to see something click for a kid.

Swim Instructor, Deck Manager




Swim Instructor, Deck Manager

Kaleb is 22 years old and is a new instructor at OWA. He attends UNC Charlotte with a Biology major and a minor in Biotechnology. In the past, he has played basketball, football, lacrosse, and soccer. Kaleb is looking forward to teaching swim lessons.



Swim Instructor
Caitlyn is 18 years old and has been teaching lessons at OWA for 3 months. She was born in Portland, OR. She will be attending UNC Charlotte in the fall studying Biology and one day plans to study Marine Biology at UNC Wilmington. She has been a competitive swimmer since the age of 12 and was captain for her high school swim team her senior year. Her favorite part about teaching swim lessons is getting to know the kids and watching them grow and advance as they continue in
the swim program.


Deck Manager



Deck Manager







Junior Deck Manager