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Largo, Florida - United States





LIFE LESSONS "swimming"

Brooke Bennett

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From a very young age the water was Brooke's calling, a true water-baby. Growing up in Florida, it was important for all the grandkids in the family to learn to swim but when her skills stood out, her grandfather James Lane insisted to Brooke's mom that she should have formal swim lessons. By the age of five, Brooke was ready to join a swim team. She joined the Tampa Bay Rays Swim Team at the Interbay Boys & Girls Club and then it wasn't long before Brooke realized that her dream was to become an Olympian. A life spent in the water, Brooke now wants to provide for the community that believed in her - the best learn-to-swim program in the country! Brooke has put that same passion into what made her a champion into creating the Brooke Bennett Swim Academy (BBSA). The goal is to provide a platform for all children to be given the chance to learn-to-swim. BBSA will teach proper stroke skills and allow each child to flourish into the competitive world of swimming. But the "stroke" doesn't stop there. BBSA provides elite training for the competitive swimmer, with stroke technique and performance coaching for the next future Olympian! Let BBSA bring out the CHAMPION in you!

Emily Kring

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Emily Kring is a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard and Lifeguard instructor. Her career started 11 years ago in Powder Springs, GA where she was able to develop her skills as an instructor for 6 years. Since then, she has taught at various locations around the south east, including pools in Charleston and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Her passion for swimming began at the age of seven when she started swimming competitively. Through her years of experience teaching, she has had the opportunity to work with groups of all ages and skill level including coaching a beginner's swim team and volunteer coaching with the Special Olympics team in Mount Pleasant, SC. When out of the water, Emily loves to spend time with her husband, Ken. They have been married for 5 wonderful and adventurous years. Ken's career in the Coast Guard has allowed them to see and experience many things and ultimately is what brought them to Clearwater, Fl. They love to bike, run and train for triathlons. Their two energetic dogs, Samson and Dakota, keep them busy with chasing geckos, playing hide and seek, going on hikes and playing in the back yard. Upon moving to Clearwater, Emily has continued her career at the Long Center and is now a deck manager and swim instructor with BBSA.

Erin Reynolds

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Erin Reynolds is a student in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at St. Petersburg High School. She hopes to one day attend the University of Florida and become a pediatrician. Growing up in Florida, she quickly learned to swim and has been in love with the water for as long as she can remember. Erin has swum competitively for St. Petersburg Aquatics since 5th grade, and recently made the district team for her school swim team. She plans to continue swimming through college. Erin loves working with little kids, and has much experience in babysitting. She wants to share her knowledge of the water with other swimmers of all ages and is very excited to work with BBSA.

Ryan Linton

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I am hard working, responsible, reliable and organized. I work well with other employees and teammates. I am focused on getting the job done right the first time. I work well under pressure and I adapt easily to any circumstance needed. I have worked at Fossil Park Concession Stand. I also volunteered at Meadowlawn Middle School over the past summer; answering phone calls, filing paperwork, printing assignments and cleaning around the front office. I am a junior at Northeast High school in the Academy of Finance, a member of Florida Business Leaders of America, and I am certified in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word Expert 2013. I am also on the Northeast High School swim team.