"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, 2021, 2022 and 2023.
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. I also don’t allow the kids to say "I can’t.” Instead, I 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 26 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 nine 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 took a couple of years off to start her career at RapidMed in DoubleOak and Argyle, but is happy to come back to teach for us part time this summer. She has missed her students and teaching kids about water safety. All of Bailey's sessions will meet Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday only for two weeks this summer. Her tuition rates are less to reflect this change, as well.
Shea Stauffer is an 18 year old college freshman at Lake Forest College in Illinois. He graduated with the 2022 class from Byron Nelson High School. He has been Lifeguarding for three years, and has been a swimmer for nearly 13 years. His favorite strokes are Backstroke and Distance Freestyle. His favorite events are the 200 backstroke and the 500 freestyle. He enjoys being outside, especially if it's in a body of water. His favorite hobby is waterskiing. He has experience teaching kids to swim for water polo and is looking forward to combining those skills with the Amy's Aquatics curriculum to teach this summer.
Anna Coleman is a 2022 graduate of Northwest High School and a freshman at TMAU. She has been coaching for 6 years with Lakeside Aquatics Club and has been swimming for 10 years. Her favorite stroke is backstroke and her favorite event is the 200 Individual Medley. She is the oldest of three daughters and she enjoys spending time outside. She will be our travel instructor and will be teaching private and semi-private lessons at client's homes this summer. We are excited to see how she brings her technical expertise to Amy's Aquatics this summer.