COach Jodi, Adaptive Aquatics
So many experiences have brought me to this point in my life and career. The first was having a father who suffered most my young life from Multiple Sclerosis. If I had the knowledge and capability back then, I could have helped his quality of life. Now I carry him with me every time I hold a new Fishie who can’t walk anywhere but in the water, where they move and feel like nowhere else in their world. My father was the one who instilled my love for swimming from before I could walk. When I moved to AZ in 2001 I was devastated at the rate of drownings and decided to take the love he gave me, my skills as a lifeguard and instructor, my degree in psychology and start my own swim school. I am honored to now be working hand in hand with the Nadadores as we bring adaptive aquatics to Mission Viejo.
My education consists of a BA in Psychology from Southern Illinois University emphasis on early childhood development.
WSI certified | Lifeguard certified
First Aid for First Responder certified
Swimming with Autism training
Training and certified with SICS- Italian Water Rescue Organization. They trained myself and my canine partner Cori in the pool and ocean so we can break through the barriers of special needs faster in hopes of lowering the drowning rate and raising awareness to the drowning epidemic amongst children with special needs.
Now my own wonderfully spirited young boys have taught me patience, and that not all Special Needs look the same by any means. High needs, spirited, ADD, ADHD, Autism-, Sensory processing disorder, Cerebral Palsy, SMA, Down Syndrome and the list goes on.