"I truly love my job. It's the BEST thing that I've ever done in my life. What I teach these kids now will affect their lives forever. I love each and every one of my little students, and I think that's one of the things that sets Amy's Aquatics apart from other swim schools."
I've always loved the water. My mom says I learned to swim before I learned to walk, so she wasn’t surprised when I came home from elementary school and asked if my sister and I could join the new Denton YMCA swim team. She agreed and then called my aunt to ask if my cousins wanted to join, as well. It quickly became a family affair and we spent our summers surrounding the pool, cheering for each other. I joined the swim team as soon as I entered high school and then joined the diving team, as well.
After I graduated from high school, I attended UNT. They didn't have a swim team, so I took their advanced swimming class and finished in just a couple of weeks. During this time I met my husband, Wes; we married young and started our family. I became a certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor in 2002 and started teaching my friend's children how to swim.
I traveled to different pools to teach on-and-off for several years, and then in 2010 I took a leap of faith and started Amy's Aquatics. I had been laid off from a job I didn’t enjoy and our family had moved into a home with a pool, so I took it as a sign that we were ready to take the plunge, literally, by going into business for ourselves. That summer, I taught 52 kids to swim. The next summer, I set a goal to double that amount, and I did. Amy’s Aquatics has continued to grow every year and has racked up many awards such as: HulaFrog's Most Loved 2019 and 2020 and Best of Denton County 2019, 2020, and 2021.
At Amy's Aquatics, we always tell the kids, “I’ve got you.” That when they're here, they're safe. It’s incredible how much looking kids in their eyes and telling them "I've got you" can calm them down. Also, I don’t allow the kids to say "I can’t.” Instead, we have them rephrase it to "I will try.” Usually after a few tries, they realize they CAN! There's nothing more rewarding than that!
Bailey Clayton is a 25 year old graduate of Houston Baptist University, who majored in kinesiology and sports management. Bailey graduated from Marcus High School in 2015 and received a soccer scholarship to HBU.
Bailey has been assisting her mother, Amy, at Amy's Aquatics for eight years. Bailey started out helping her mom in the Pollywog classes as needed, but grew to love teaching kids so much, she started taking on her own classes. Bailey is well loved by all of her students and we have enjoyed watching her teach them how to swim. Bailey no longer teaches her own classes, but does step in to fill in if her mom or Mary is sick or has an appointment.
Mary Williams is a 17 year old Junior at Founders Classical Academy of Lewisville. She enjoys working with Amy in the Pollywogs’ classes and teaching private lessons. She loves to read, shop with friends and listen to live music. Mary also babysits and has her American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification. Children have always been a fun part of her life and she hopes to make a difference in each of their lives helping them learn to swim and be water safe. Mary started working for Amy in the summer of 2020 and has enjoyed working for her since.