Lessons

SEASTARS Aquatics offers four instruction levels to help children benefit from water safety. Private and Semi-private Swimming Lessons are available. All ages and abilities welcome!

Lessons are 30 minutes in duration Monday – Thursday, with Friday as the make up day (if needed). Our lesson environment is a fear free, success driven place for children to learn and excel in the water.


Instruction levels:

  • Water Adjustment Children learn how to have fun, play with others in the pool, and work with an instructor.
  • Primary Skills Learn to float horizontal, breath, and basic front crawl and backstroke.
  • Stroke Development Refining front crawl, backstroke, and learning breaststroke and butterfly.
  • Stroke Refinement Achieving maximum propulsion in desired stroke(s) utilizing video taping and feedback sessions.

Private
1 Swimmer per Instructor
$125 for 4 Lessons
Semi-Private
2 Swimmers per Instructor
$62.50 for 4 Lessons (per Child)
Home Pool
(1-2 Students)
$200 for 4 Lessons
Please contact  our director, Debbie Taylor, for more information at (850) 418-0644 or at purplehaze33310@gmail.com. We also provide customized group water experiences.

Coaches

There is one full time staff and 4 part time employees for SEASTARS Aquatics in 2012. All Staff are certified coaches through USA Swimming and have passed a backgroud check, and are certified in CPR, First aid, Lifeguarding, and Safety Training for Swim Coaches. They have all completed The Foundations of Coaching level 1 test through ASCA ( The American Swim Coaches Association).

Robin Heller

Robin Heller- Head Coach and Special Needs Swim Lesson Instructor, is a professional swimming coach with a degree in Psychology from Florida State University. She has been a part of the swimming community since 1985. Coach Robin spent 3 years coaching with GPAC (Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club) where she headed the Summer League Swim Team and coached the 12 and under Age Group. She coached with ATAC (Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club) for 4 years, where she coached all age groups including the High School Developmental Program and the Pre-Senior Group. Coach Robin also coached the Leon High School swim team and their State winning breaststroker. She is a life memeber of The American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) and is a certified level 3 Age Group Coach, Level 1-5 Disability Coach. She is also certified in Teaching age group developmental sports psychology and Dryland Training through ASCA. Coach Robin was honored to be in The USA Swimming Fellows Class in 2007. She currently Coached SEASTARS Special Needs Groups and is the Head Coach and co-founder of SEASTARS Aquatics. She also serves on Southeastern Swimmings Board of Directors and hold the Adaptive Chair. 

Chaz Heller

Chaz is a professional swimming coach with a degree from Tallahassee Community College and FSU . He has been a part of the swim coaching community since 1994. He coached the Leon County Special Olympics Swim Team for 2 years and coached with the ATAC swim team for 6 years. At ATAC he was the Assistant Coach and headed the High School Developmental Program, the Masters Program and the Special Needs Program. Chaz also coached the Lincoln High School Swim Team for two years. At Lincoln he was the Big Bend Coach of the Year. Most recently, he was the Assistant Coach at Florida A & M University for 2 years. In 2010 Coach Chaz became Captian Chaz and started a Charter Fishing Business. Visit his website at www.hellerhighwatercharters.com

Marissa Agerton 

Marissa Agerton started swimming as part of SEASTARS when she was twelve years old. It was the only sport she stuck with after trying cheerleading, soccer, and softball because it was the only year-round program and it provided a low-impact exercise. After graduating from high school in 2016 she became a swim instructor doing swim lessons for SEASTARS and in the summer of 2017 she started working as the intermediate coach for the team. Marissa received her A.A. in Studio Art from Pensacola State College and Agerton_Marissa (3).jpg working to obtain her B.A. in Art History from the University of West Florida. With her experience from SEASTARS Marissa has realized how much she enjoys working with and educating children. She hopes to become a curator of education at a museum once she graduates so she can continue to help children learn.

AJ Lee

Hey, my name is Aj Lee I’m currently 20 yrs old. I started swimming in for Warrington  Middle School in 7th grade. That’s how I learned about SEASTARS. I began swimming for coach Robin then. I have lifeguarded at Hunter Pool, Roger Scott and The YMCA. l was the lifeguard for The Salvation Army and I’ve been doing lessons since 2018 and honestly it’s becoming easier. I over saw the Free Swim Lesson program for the Salvation Army Campers and I currently coach the Novice Group, have a good day

Will Walden

My name is Will Walden, I learned to swim at the age of 3 and have been swimming competitively since the age of 5. I swam 3 years for Gulf Breeze High School and was honored to be the captain for my senior year. I also work as a Pensacola Beach lifeguard and have the opportunity to protect and educate beachgoers. I started coaching with SEASTARS in the summer of 2018 and have enjoyed every moment since!

Juliette Lysek

My name is Juliette Lysek i’m 15 years old and I’m currently a sophomore at Booker T. Washington High School. I’ve been swimming for 11 years, 9 of those years for local summer swimming leagues in the Pensacola area. Through swimming I’ve made friends from all over Northwest Florida. I’m excited I have the opportunity to be working with Seastars Aquatics, under coach Robin as a volunteer! Go seastars! 

Salvation Army Pool

We use the Salvation Army Community Center Aquatics center for all programs. The facility is located at 1501 North Q Street Pensacola Fl 32505. In the Summer SEASTARS advanced swimmers provide free swimming lessons to Salvation Army Campers to help “give back” to The Salvation Army for their kindness in letting us use their facility.

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