Our Staff

Meet the swim team.

All Sailfish swim instructors are First Aid/CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) certified, for which they received individualized training based on guidelines and updates from the American Heart Association.

 Sailfish swim instructors also receive sexual harassment training, mandated reporter training and undergo mandatory background checks. 

Our instructors are also trained in infant self-rescue, and many are lifeguard-certified.

Our Staff

Derek

Location: L.A.
Hi, I’m Derek! I’m the manager at Sailfish’s L.A. location. I primarily work out of our North Hollywood Pool but occasionally give travel lessons. I’ve been working in aquatics for almost a decade, and I’ve been at Sailfish for over a year. I’m also a voiceover artist, and my hobbies are hiking, rock climbing, skiing and video games.
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Tori

Manager - All Florida Locations
Hi, I'm Tori! I have been in the aquatics industry since 2015, teaching swim lessons and obtaining my lifeguard instructor certification. I was also a competitive swimmer in high school. Most recently, I earned my bachelor's in Marine Biology and Theatre from Eckerd College. I have an incredible passion and appreciation for the water, and I hope I can inspire my students to feel the same!
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Quinn

Instructor - Tampa
Hi, I'm Quinn! I have been a swim instructor since 2012. I was also a competitive swimmer in high school. In 2020 I received my associates in Arts, and most recently, I have been attending college for my bachelors in cyber security. I have a passion for the water, love swimming, and can't wait to meet my students this summer!
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Sophia

Instructor - Orlando
Hi, I'm Sophia! I have been a swimmer and a swim instructor for 4 years. Additionally, I have experience as lifeguard, and I competitively swam for water polo. I currently attend Florida State University as a nursing major, with hopes of becoming a travel nurse within the next few years. I believe pool safety is super important, and I have a real passion to teach all ages this amazing skill of swimming!
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KK

Instructor - North Hollywood
Hey, I go by Teacher KK and I am a teaching artist from Madison, WI! Since I was young I wanted to be independent and adventurous in the water. By 2018, I became a Professional and Waterfront Lifeguard, leading to my first experience teaching swim lessons. I call myself an artist, activist, dancer and coach because I use my passions to inspire and educate others. Let's get to work making your favorite beaches, pools and lakes safe, fun places for everyone!
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Emily

Instructor - North Hollywood
Hi, I’m Emily! I have been a swim instructor since 2015. I grew up as a dancer and then went on to teaching at my dance studio. I graduated in 2021 with a BFA in Acting from AMDA College of the Performing Arts. I love the water and I absolutely love teaching!
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Diana

Instructor - North Hollywood
Hi, I'm Diana! I have been in aquatics for 2 years teaching swim lessons. I am going to California State University, majoring in criminal justice. I love to help people, spread positivity, and I am a good leader. I believe that learning and knowing to swim is very important, especially for safety reasons. I have great passion for teaching kids how to swim and enjoy the water!