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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.

 

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Staff Instructor, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard

Matt is from Greensboro, NC and is currently a Senior at UNC Charlotte majoring in History. Matt swam competitively for 14 years and was an All-State swimmer in high school.

 

 

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.

 

 

Swim Instructor, Deck Manager, Administrative Assistant

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 doing anything she is asked to do. 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.

 

 

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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. “Being able to see them finally put the pieces together to get themselves one step closer to becoming a proficient swimmer is so rewarding.”

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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.

 

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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.

 

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