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I am so incredibly thankful and humbled by this recognition. I could not have achieved it without each of my supporters. The establishment, growth, and achievements of my business in the Dayton Region has far surpassed my dreams already. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for Gem City Swim, and all the little faces and families I'll meet along the way.

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To be a part of this inaugural was such an honor. As a parent, I recognize the massive amount of information and choices you have when choosing services for yourself, and activities for your family. Having experienced friends guide through their recommendations is something we can all appreciate.
THANK YOU to my clients, followers, and friends who find Gem City Swim as the Best Choice for Swimming Lessons, and continue to send new parents my way.
I am humbled by the amount of support you give me, and trust you have in me.

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6 month olds

& pre-walkers:

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Sheila McCarrier

In 2012, as a new mom, going to school full time, and wrestling with my decision to leave the United States Air Force; I found a new path. I found a way to combine my passion for Prevention and Outreach, education in child psychology, experience in family advocacy, and love of adventure. After trying other programs, and researching water safety a little more- I enrolled my son into Infant Swimming Resource lessons. What I discovered was a child-centered program, focused on empowering children and educating parents. I became a Certified Instructor in the same year and set out to combine my passions and education into a fulfilling career. Watching a child transform each day is a thrilling experience. Seeing families enjoy safe, and fun Summers and vacations is rewarding. Hearing a student used their self-rescue skills in an otherwise traumatic or deadly event, that is humbling. I wish that no student ever use these skills in an accident, but as the #1 accidental death of children under 4, we know accidents happen. Watching children isn't enough and impossible 24/7. We know layers of protection are critical but can fail or be broken down by quick and quiet children. The simplest of a misstep can put a child in the water unexpectedly. The difference in a traumatic moment, and getting right back to playing- is a trained child. It is my aim within to empower children with the only layer of protection they are in charge of: aquatic problem solving through an emergency. This skill along with the parent education and progression of the swim postures, allows for a foundation of life-long skills; both in and out of the water.  My love of adventure and exploring other cultures takes me around the World. That travel was what originally drew me to water safety as a priority when I realized water is everywhere, and children are drawn to it. I hope with these skills your children can also explore safely. I look forward to meeting you, and working with your child(ren) soon!

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A few of my infant students at the end of their lessons. We begin with a calm float, then slowly and gently guide them through the progression of rolling back into it. In their final week, students perform already mastered skills in a progression of clothing. 

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