Waterbabies Swim School of San Clemente California.

2018 Sessions Dates

Winter: January 22 - March 31
Spring Break: April 2-6

Spring: April 9 - June 9
Summer 1: June 11 - July 14
Summer 2: July 16 - August 18
Fall1: August 20 - October 27
Fall2: October 29 - December 22

Waterbabies Swim School Staff

Waterbabies Swim School has been blessed over the years to have incredible, awesome, Instructors. Each Instructor has to meet the stringent qualifications of character, honesty, impeccable work ethic, leadership and most importantly LOVE children of all ages.

Once accepted for employment, our Instructors not only go through a rigid training in the Waterbabies way of at least 60 hours, but must prove themselves in the day-to-day teaching of our precious swimmers. Your swimmers are in excellent hands! We hire the Super Heroes your swimmers will admire and want to emulate!

Please allow us to introduce you to our DYNAMIC Waterbabies staff:


Wendy Gallagher - Owner/Director, Master Instructor
Wendy Gallagher - Waterbabies Swim School San Clemente Master Instructor South Orange County   Wendy has been teaching children and babies to swim since 1986. With her extensive knowledge, she has developed the Watebabies Swim School curriculum. All teachers at Waterbabies are continuously trained and instructed by Wendy, and the school maintains a high level of consistency from instructor to instructor. Waterbabies Swim School has been a member of the United Swim School Association since 1998, and all the teachers have received their individual certifications from the USSA in infant swimming. Wendy is also the mother of four children, each could swim on their own before their second birthdays. This alone, has added immense knowledge to the Waterbabies infant swimming program. Experience is everything.

Read "Every Trick in the Book, and More..." by Wendy Gallagher

In addition to the above, Wendy is a certified (Gold PMA) Pilates therapist, with additional certifications in dealing with scoliosis, pregnancy, dance injury, dance specificity, and has trained with many Masters in the Pilates field. This training, with her 30 years as a dancer, has given her an acute eye for alignment and correct patterning. This translates into making specific corrections and faster improvement in her students, no matter what their age or skill level. www.bodyforlifepilates.com

Paige Rawson - Office Administrator
paige   Paige joined the Waterbabies office summer 2014. She grew up at the pool and still enjoys swimming herself and swimming with her children. Paige and her family are delighted to be part of the San Clemente community and to now become part of the Waterbabies community as well! See you at lessons!

Kelsey Salazar - Office Administrator
Kelsey Augerson   Kelsey started at Waterbabies in the summer of 2015. She lives in San Clemente with her husband and dog. Kelsey also works part-time as a behavioral therapist. When she is not working you can find her at the beach or practicing yoga.


Vanessa Hall - Instructor - Certified in Infant and Toddler swimming through the United States Swim School Association.
Vanessa Hall - Waterbabies Swim School San Clemente Instructor of South Orange County California   Vanessa joined Waterbabies Swim School because she wanted to provide a fun and supportive atmosphere for her kids to learn how to swim. She is passionate about sharing her love, knowledge and respect for the water. She can think of no better job than teaching children to swim.

My mom started me at a swim school before I could walk. All that I can remember of that experience is 123 float, and yet it was one of the greatest gifts my mother ever gave me”. Vanessa is also an avid surfer and enjoys teaching surfing as well.

Kaylee Hamilton-Swanson - Instructor
Kaylee - - Waterbabies Swim School San Clemente Instructor of South Orange County California   Kaylee joined Waterbabies Spring of 2013. While attending Saddleback College she is excited to be teaching children to swim. Kaylee has many years of experience with children serving and teaching at Sunday school and well as babysitting. Her past experience also includes lifeguarding. Her love of the water makes teaching at Waterbabies a natural fit.

Erica Wingard - Instructor - Certified in Infant and Toddler swimming through the United States Swim School Association.
Erica Wingard - Waterbabies Swim School San Clemente Instructor of South Orange County California   Erica Ann Wingard joined Waterbabies Winter of 2013. She swam and played water polo for San Clemente High School as well as Club. She continued to swim and play water polo for Saddleback College, where she was a Gaucho!!! She swam for USA Master and excelled in the 100 or 200 breaststroke. She is also currently is a stroke school coach for kids swimming competitively. For the future, she hopes to transfer to Long Beach State to get a degree in child psychology with a teaching credential.

Sydney Davis - Instructor
Sydney Davis - Waterbabies Swim School San Clemente Instructor of South Orange County California   Sydney has been working at Waterbabies since the Fall of 2014. She is a San Clemente High School waterpolo player and swim competitor. She loves working with children and having the opportunity to make a difference in their lives. She is very excited to be a member of the Waterbabies family and to be able to spread her love of swim and the water with others.

Jordan Salazar - Instructor
Jordan Salazar - Waterbabies Swim School San Clemente Instructor of South Orange County California   Jordan Salazar joined Waterbabies in the Spring of 2015. Jordan is Southern California native and participated in high school swim, water polo, and surf team. Jordan has five years of experience teaching and coaching swim and water polo ans has certified as a Lifeguard and EMT. Working with children has always been one of his passions and teaching water safety as a fun experience is his goal. Other things Jordan likes to do include surfing, paddle boarding, camping and photography.

Tiffany Tudyk - Instructor
    Tiffany is a water sports role model for all of our new and developing swimmers! Tiffany is a lifeguard, a scuba diver, a stand up paddler - and Tiffany is also an Emergency Medical Technician. Waterbabies welcomes Tiffany to our teaching team, we are excited to have her enthusiasm for developing children to become watersafe and enjoy being in the water. 

Giselle Boatright - Instructor

Giselle joins the Waterbabies instructor team with experience coaching in aquatics and a love for teaching swimming to children. Her love for this is rooted in her belief that swimming is one of the most important skills to have in life - especially since we live so close to the ocean. Giselle wants to participate in causing all children to be safe and confident in and around water.