"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 was recently voted HulaFrog's Most Loved 2019 and Best of Denton County 2019.
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 23 year old senior at Houston Baptist University majoring in kinesiology and sports management. Bailey graduated from Marcus High School in 2015 and received a soccer scholarship to HBU. After suffering from an ankle injury, she was forced to hang up her cleats. Bailey is scheduled to graduate Spring 2020 and will be teaching for another summer at Amy's Aquatics.
Bailey has been assisting her mother, Amy, at Amy's Aquatics for five 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 and all about how to be safe around the water.
Barrett Clayton is a 17 year old senior at Marcus High School. Barrett will be graduating early in January and will attend NCTC in the spring. In the fall of 2020, Barrett will venture down the highway to attend UNT to study business. When Barrett is not in the pool assisting his mother in the Pollywog class, he can usually be found playing video games, hanging out with friends or working at Moviehouse and Eatery. Barrett has been helping his mother in the Pollywogs classes for four years and taught his own private lessons last summer. Amy is hoping he will get his Water Safety Instructor certificate this year and join her in the pool to teach his own small group classes.