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Owner and Founder of McDonald Swim School
I have been passionate about water sports my entire life including swimming, boating, sailing, and teaching swim lessons! I grew up swimming at my parents’ condo in Chelan, Washington, competing on the swim team in high school, and sailing at Western Washington University. Now, as a mom, I enjoy playing in the pool with my own kids!
I love teaching swim lessons. Each lesson I teach is an opportunity to share my joy for the water and impart valuable, life saving skills. I look forward to the opportunity to teach you or your kids how to swim!
Poolside Coordinator, Operations Manager
Linsi finds peace in living near and being in the water. Growing up on Long Island, NY, she took swim lessons every summer during her early childhood. In Washington, she spent countless hours at the Aqua Club in Kenmore until the pool closed for the season. Linsi’s passion for sports doesn’t stop at swimming. She played competitive fastpitch softball from childhood all the way through college.
Linsi’s coaching career began in high school and continued through college, graduate school, and beyond where she coached at multiple collegiate levels. She believes that sports have the power to impact individuals both on and off the field, or in and out of the pool. For Linsi, sports are more than just a way to stay active, they teach valuable lessons that can be applied to all aspects of life.
Head Trainer, Instructor
For over a decade, I have been dedicated to teaching swim lessons, drawing upon my own experience as a swimmer for more than two decades. I had the privilege of swimming for the Issaquah Swim Team, Klahanie Swim Team, and Holy Names Academy. My coaching journey began at Klahanie and later extended to several years at Overlake Golf and Country Club.
To further my education, I moved to California, where I continued teaching swimming at a swim school and as a private instructor. The happiness I find in teaching children how to feel confident and safe in and around the water is truly fulfilling. I firmly believe that water safety is an essential life skill that every child should acquire.
During my free time, I cherish moments with my family, which includes my husband and my 2 children. Additionally, I find solace in the world of books and enjoy reading.
I am committed to instilling a love for swimming, fostering water safety, and promoting confidence in every child I have the privilege to teach.
I am currently a junior at Meadowdale High School. For the past six years, I have been actively involved in club swimming and have been a member of my high school swim team for the past two years. Along with my love for swimming, I have always enjoyed working with younger children and have previous experience in babysitting and tutoring. It is my pleasure to be able to teach your kids how to swim and share with them my passion for being in the water. I am excited to help them grow their skills and confidence in the pool!
Hi, I’m Ava Van Horn. I attend Edmonds Woodway High School and have enjoyed recreational swimming my entire life, including being a part of the Edmonds Woodway girls swim team. I love working with and teaching kids, and I have been doing so for the past few years across multiple sports. I take great pleasure in providing a safe and fun environment to teach people how to swim and become more comfortable in the water. If I’m not in the swimming pool, my other hobbies include competitive dancing and track and field. I can’t wait to see swimmers confidence develop as they progress through the swim levels!
Hello everyone! I am a current junior at Edmonds-Woodway High school. Swimming is an avid aspect of my life! I am part of a club swim team and have been swimming on this team for five years, I also am a member of my high school’s varsity swim team. I am so excited to have the opportunity to teach young kids the sport I love, and to share my experiences and knowledge surrounding the sport of swimming. I am beyond excited to help young kids grow their confidence in and out of the pool!
I am experienced and comfortable working with individuals of all ages and abilities, including adults, adaptive swimmers, and those who may be fearful or new to the water. My primary goal is to create a safe and encouraging environment for every swimmer, ensuring that they feel supported and motivated to progress.
In my lessons, I focus on identifying and addressing weaknesses while refining existing strengths to help swimmers become more effective in the water. I believe in making the learning process enjoyable and engaging, which is why I incorporate skill-focused games and melodies into my lessons to keep them interactive and fun.
Regular feedback is an integral part of my teaching approach. By providing consistent guidance and updates, I help students understand their progress, feel safer in the water, and achieve greater distances in their swimming abilities. My ultimate aim is to instill confidence, improve skills, and help each swimmer reach their full potential.
Since the age of four, I have been immersed in the world of swimming, growing up in a family of swimmers and having swum with the Yost Penguins for many years. As a junior at Meadowdale High School and a current member of the school’s swim team, I continue to enjoy the many benefits of swimming. With a passion for the sport and a desire to help others develop their skills and comfort in the water, I am eager to share my knowledge and experience with others.
Hi everyone! I am John Murphy. I have taken part in all levels of swim activities from lessons to swim meets for club teams. I have been in the water since I was very young, and I want to pass on my joy of progressing through the levels of swimming with anyone who wants to learn. I aim to use my knowledge and experience in the sport to teach people how to be safe and enjoy the water, but to also help them be more confident in their swimming abilities. I am very excited to meet you all and see you at the pool!
Teaching swimming fills me with excitement because it fosters confidence both in and out of the water. Swimming has played a significant role in my life since I was young. My mother, who had a near-drowning experience as a teenager, enrolled me and my older brothers in swim lessons at an early age. As a preteen, I joined the summer swim team, and throughout my four years of high school, I swam on the varsity team.
Even as an adult, I continue to indulge in water activities during the summer, including knee boarding and waterskiing. Furthermore, I find great joy in sharing my passion for swimming by teaching others how to swim.
By imparting swimming skills to others, I hope to instill the same sense of confidence and joy that I have experienced in the water. It’s a privilege for me to contribute to the growth and safety of my students while sharing the love of swimming.
Hello there! I’m Lexie Fullerton, and I’ve been a swim teacher since March 2020. I joined McDonald Swim School in March 2021 and have been passionate about working with kids ever since. Alongside my teaching journey, I am currently pursuing a Nursing degree with a focus on Labor and Delivery Nursing at Pacific Lutheran University.
Swimming has been a part of my life since I was eleven years old, and now, after nine years of personal experience, I am excited to pass on my love for swimming to your children. It brings me great joy to share the water with young swimmers and help them develop their skills and confidence.
I’m committed to providing a nurturing and safe environment where your children can learn and grow in their swimming abilities. I look forward to being a part of their swimming journey and fostering a love for the water!
I have a deep passion for water activities and have been involved in them for as long as I can remember. From the age of 9 to 17, I was a member of various swim teams, honing my skills and enhancing my love for the water. Additionally, I have worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor for Seattle Parks and Recreation.
Teaching has been a fulfilling experience for me, especially witnessing the progress made by my students in every lesson. It brings me great joy to see the excitement and satisfaction that comes with learning and mastering new swimming skills.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is each lesson?
All lessons are 20 minutes long. If you want a longer lesson, then you can schedule back to back lessons so you would have 40 minutes in the pool.
How much does each lesson cost?
Cost per 20-minutes lesson:
- Private lesson single swimmer= $40
- Semi-private with 2 swimmers = $60
- Semi-private with 3 swimmers = $87
- Four or more swimmers = Contact email@example.com
Where are the pools located?
We have multiple pools depending on the time of year. Each pool is located at a private residence, mostly in the Edmonds area. The specific pool address is sent after you have completed the registration process in a confirmation email.
Are these pools at private residences?
Yes, all the pools are at private residences. We do not gaurentee a private pool for your lesson, we often run a couple lessons at a time in each location.
Are the pools heated?
Yes, all pools are heated to at least 87 degrees.
What to expect at the pool facilities, i.e. bathrooms, changing rooms, etc.
See our video tours under the location maps on our website.
Restrooms are not guaranteed at all our pools. Please have the kids go to the bathroom before the lesson.
Westgate Pool – All indoors and heated. Changing tent at poolside corner. Small camping toilet inside for emergency pee situations. Chairs are available to the observer poolside.
Perrinville Pool – Pool is only open during spring, summer and early fall, as the weather allows. There is a bathroom available to change in. Chairs are available to observe poolside.
What age do you teach?
We teach all ages and all experience levels. How we teach at each age will vary, but the foundational skills are the same with all instructors.
See our level breakdown on the website for more details and video examples.
Do I need to be in the pool with my child?
There is no requirement for parents to join their child in the pool during swim lessons. However, if the child is experiencing significant difficulties and struggling to adjust, the option of having a parent in the pool can be considered as the child gradually becomes more comfortable. The primary objective is to foster a positive and productive connection between the child and the instructor during each lesson, while parents can observe from the poolside.
When are lessons available?
Our enrollment is ongoing, and we encourage you to sign up. If there are no current openings, you can add your name to our waitlist, and we will notify you via email if there are any cancellations. Cancellations tend to happen weekly, so if you can be flexible with your preferred time, there is often availability.
New sessions are introduced every other month, spanning a two-month period. The specific launch dates for each session can be found on our website. Our scheduling and billing are based on 20-minute lessons, allowing for flexibility in selecting the desired duration. Registration launch windows cover a two-month timeframe, ensuring ample opportunity to secure your preferred slots.
Approximately how many lessons should we sign up for?
The number of private swim lessons to sign up for can vary depending on several factors, such as the current swimming abilities of the individuals, their goals, and the desired timeframe for improvement.
If you are aiming for significant progress and have a specific timeline in mind, scheduling multiple lessons per week can be beneficial. This allows for more frequent practice and reinforcement of skills; this will help accelerate improvement.
However, if you are more flexible with the timeline and prefer a more gradual approach, one lesson per week can still yield progress over time. It is important to keep in mind that consistency and practice outside of lessons are also key factors in skill development.
Ultimately, the decision on the number of private swim lessons should be based on the individual’s needs, availability, and goals. We do not lock you into a program and give you the freedom to schedule as frequently as you choose.
What is the registration process?
See our helpful links on the website in the registration area. We have a walkthrough video and PDF Instructions.
Creating a profile: Each family/swimmer will have one profile and add as many members as you like. Profiles will include intake information, the Liability Waiver and payment information. If more than one family shares a semi-private lesson, both families will create their own profile with the same information listed above. Set up takes about 10-15 minutes.
Booking lessons: Please book lessons for the swimmer under their profile in Pike13. Each swimmer has a signed Liability Waiver and notes section, where instructors track progress and families can review. Booking lessons from the Pike13 App is a very efficient process. Once you click a date and time slot, that lesson will be held for 15 minutes and no one else can book it until it releases.
Recurring lessons: There is not a recurring feature on the Pike13 platform.
Waitlist: Add your name and email to this list to be contacted when there are last minute openings the day before, or the day of.
Should I sign my kids up for private or semi-private lessons?
When deciding between private or semi-private swimming lessons for your kids, it’s worth considering both options. I have witnessed positive outcomes in both scenarios. Siblings participating together in lessons can foster moments of trust and encouragement, as they navigate the new environment and initial hesitations. They learn from each other and support one another, creating a sweet dynamic. However, there are also advantages to having separate lessons, where each child swims at different times while observing the progress of their sibling from the sidelines. Some families opt for a combination approach, initially enrolling in consecutive weeks of semi-private lessons, then transitioning to individual 1:1 lesson for a few weeks with separate instructors, and eventually rejoining the siblings in semi-private lessons. This allows swimmers to address specific challenges and refine their technique. In either scenario, whether together or apart, siblings or friends tend to inspire and motivate each other to push beyond their individual comfort zones. Ultimately, as a mom myself, I recommend trusting your instincts and considering your children’s unique dynamics and preferences when making the decision. You know your kids best and can choose the option that will work well for them.
What is the chemical makeup of the pool?
All pools are heated and maintained with chlorine and/or bromine. Water is tested regularly to ensure proper water chemistry.
What training do the instructors have?
All of our instructors at McDonald Swim School have a background as competitive swimmers, either currently or in the past. They hold certifications as lifeguards and are trained in CPR. Moreover, they have undergone comprehensive training in the McDonald Swim School swim lesson program, personally instructed by our owner, Kristina. Some of our instructors have also received additional training specifically focused on working with adaptive swimmers, ensuring a supportive and inclusive environment.
Does COVID-19 spread in the water?
The CDC website states that “there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.”
Cancellation & Rescheduling
If you need to cancel your lesson for any reason, please cancel through your profile.
Lessons cancelled within 48 hours of the lesson’s start time will be charged in full. This includes illness of the swimmer(s), no reschedules or refunds will be available with less than 48 hours’ notice.
Lessons cancelled with 48+ hours of notice are able to reschedule without charge. To reschedule, cancel your original appointment from the swimmer’s profile and book a new time. Your card will not be punched for the original scheduled lesson. It will be punched the day the lesson takes place.
If you have a 2 or 3 swimmer lesson scheduled, but one swimmer is sick, the other swimmer is clear to participate, we can adjust the lesson accordingly. You need to email firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE the lesson to make the adjustments so the updated amount is charged. If we are not notified of this change then both swimmers will be charged as scheduled.
- We schedule lessons back-to-back. If you are running late, we will not be able to extend your lesson past the original end time in consideration of the lesson following yours.
- The instructor has the right to be lenient on this policy.
- Lessons are held rain or shine.
- In case of snow/ice we will respond day of by email and or text if we need to cancel and reschedule your lesson for the day.
- In case of power outage, the Westgate pool has a generator so lessons will most likely be held as scheduled. We will respond day of by email and or text if we need to cancel and reschedule your lesson for the day.
- In the case of lightening, pool activities will be suspended until thirty minutes after the last thunder is heard. This is in accordance with the National Lightning Safety Institute. Lessons can be rescheduled or refunded depending in instructor availability.
- If a student shows up sick to a lesson, the student will be sent home, the lesson cancelled, and lesson fee forfeited.
- Please cancel the lesson if the student has any of the following:
- Fever: student must be fever free for a minimum of 24 hours without the aid of Tylenol® or any other fever reducing substance.
- Diarrhea: runny, watery, bloody stools or 2 or more loose stools within last 24 hours.
- Vomiting: student has not thrown up for a minimum of 48 hours.
- Respiratory symptoms: difficulty breathing, sore throat, swollen glands, loss of voice, hacking or continuous coughing.
- Skin irritations: rash, itching of body or scalp, or any other spots indicating childhood diseases (i.e. ringworm).
- Other: lice, earache, pink eye, irritability, or confusion.
- For younger students: if child is irritable, continuously crying, or requires more attention than we can provide without endangering the health, safety or well-being of other children in our care or our instructors.
In the United States of America
Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in children aged 1–14 years (WHO).