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SwimLabs ISSAQUAH Staff 

At SwimLabs Issaquah, we are dedicated professionals who are as passionate about competing and excelling in the sport we love as we are about passing on our knowledge to others. We are innovative and forward-thinking, using the latest in technology to push our sport forward, helping make swimmers of all levels more proficient and speeding up the learning curve.

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Andrew Birnbrich
Instructs: Learn to Swim/Triathlon/Competitive
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Competitive Swimming or Swimming Instruction Background
High School All-American and swam at the University of Cincinnati. Over three years of coaching and swim instruction experience.

Favorite Swim Memory
Going to Masters Nationals every year with my family.

Favorite Stroke
Butterfly

What You Love About Instructing at SwimLabs
I really enjoy using the infinity pools. It allows us to get more done and gives me the ability to look at the swimmer from multiple angles with ease.

Teaching Approach
I like to use constant feedback. This makes sure that the swimmer is not practicing the wrong way and keeps their mind more focused. 

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Chris Chalmers
Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario

Chris Chalmers began summer league competitive swimming when he was 8 years old in London, Canada.  As most Canadians, he played hockey and baseball but decided to focus on swimming when he made the Ontario All-Star team for his age group at 12. With steady progression through age group swimming, at the age of 16, Chris qualified for the Olympic Trials and finished 5th in the 1500 freestyle.  The following year Chris made the Canadian National Team and traveled extensively for international swim meets.  In 1986 he broke the Canadian National record in the 1500 meter freestyle and the 800-meter freestyle in the same race, to finish 3rd at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland. Recruited by colleges heavily he committed to the University of Southern California to swim with legendary swim coach Peter Daland.  During his four years at USC they finished second at NCAA’s three times, just missing out on the National Championships.  He was All-American for all 4 years, and Captain of the swim team his senior year.  During Chris’s junior year he did qualify for the 1988 Canadian Olympic Swim Team in the 1500 freestyle and finished 16th place at Seoul.  During his time on the National Swim Team, Chris competed at 1985 Pan Pacific Championship in Tokyo, Japan, the 1996 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis, IN.

Chris was accepted early into USC School of Pharmacy after his third undergraduate year, so completed his final year of swimming eligibility while attending graduate school.  He continued to be involved with USC swimming as the graduate assistant swim coach for the women’s swim team while finishing his Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

After practicing clinical pharmacy for 5 years Chris moved on to accept a medical position at a Biotechnology company.  He now is the head of global medical affairs and living in Bellevue, WA. with his wife and three daughters, who swim, play soccer and softball.

Continuing to stay connected with swimming, Chris swims Masters and competes infrequently in open water events in the Seattle area.

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Derek Anderson
Instructs: Learn to swim/Competitive 
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan 

Competitive Swimming or Swimming Instruction Background
Walled Lake Central Highschool, Northern Michigan University, United States Army Scuba Diving

Favorite Swim Memory
Knocked out underwater during Combat Dive Training in Panama City Florida Navy Base 

Favorite Stroke
Freestyle 

What You Love About Instructing at SwimLabs
The Ability to pass down top knowledge from individual experiences all throughout my life to a younger generation that is willing to learn. 

Teaching Approach
As a teacher here at Swim Labs I try to adapt to each student to get the maximum amount of instructions across. As a former Non-Commissioned Officer in the
Army I strive to make sure each student understands what they are learning. I encourage questions and feedback on the classes to improve the skills of each student. 


Favorite Cartoon Character:
Plankton from SpongeBob.

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Emma Murdy
Instructs: Learn to swim
Hometown: Renton, WA

Competitive Swimming or Swimming Instruction Background
Hazen High School Swim Team and Newport Hills Summer Swim Team.  I am also a Junior Coach for the Newport Hills Swim Team.

Favorite Swim Memory
My first time swimming at King County Aquatic Center.  The pool was so cold and big.  Racing in the pool was so thrilling, I look forward to swimming in it every year.

Favorite Stroke
100 backstroke and 200 individual medleys.

What You Love About Instructing at SwimLabs
I love that kids come ready and willing to learn new things.  I also love to see kids excited to get into the water and have fun!

Teaching Approach
I like to start class by blowing bubbles to get the kids comfortable with the water.

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Haley Shoemaker
Instructs: Learn to Swim
Hometown: Sidney, NY

Favorite Swim Memory
I grew up with a pool in my backyard, so every summer I would spend every hour of daylight in the water with my friends and family, eating peanut butter and jelly sandwich and drinking lemonade, with the music blasting. Those summers are my favorite memories.

Favorite Stroke
Breaststroke!

What You Love About Instructing at SwimLabs
I love being apart of the growth in other swimmers, whether it's being able to put their face in the water for the first time or mastering the butterfly.

Teaching Approach
The most important part of swimming is passion and love for the water. If you aren’t enjoying the lesson, you won’t learn anything. I like to combine fun and work, so the swimmer can gain the most from their experience in my class.

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Justin Fleming
Instructs: Triathlon/Competitive
Hometown: Redmond, WA

Competitive Swimming or Swimming Instruction Background
Shadow Seals: 1995-2005; Wave Aquatics: 1999-2005; Paralympic Games: Athens 2004; Paralympic National Team: 2004-2008; Tucson Ford Dealer Aquatics: 2005-2007; US Paralympic Resident Team: 2006-2008

Assistant Coach Shadow Seal: 2008-Present; Assistant Coach Bellevue High School Boys Swim Team: 2015-2017; Assistant Coach Chinook Aquatic Club 2016-Present; Assistant Coach Bellevue High School Girls Swim Team: 2016; Assistant Coach Sammamish High School Girls Swim Team: 2017-Present; Assistant Coach Sammamish High School Boys Swim Team: 2017-Present

Favorite Swim Memory
Swimming across Lake Washington with an athlete who had set that as a goal four years earlier.

Favorite Stroke
Freestyle and Butterfly


What You Love About Instructing at SwimLabs
Sharing knowledge and helping athletes make connections between science and swimming.


Teaching Approach
Making the most of what a swimmer has to work with.

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Kate Schafer
Instructs: Learn to Swim, Privates, Competitive
Hometown: Renton, WA

Competitive Swimming or Swimming Instruction Background
I swam locally as a kid at Bellevue Club Swim Team, I also swam for Hazen High School and went on to swim Division 1 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. I’ve been a swim coach for the past 9 years at Newport Hills Swim and Tennis Club, teaching swim lessons as well. When I’m not in the pool, I’m a Certified Personal Trainer helping clients reach their fitness goals! 

Favorite Swim Memory
Winning State in high school in the 200 free and in college, placing 3rd at Conference Champs in the 1650-free with a breakout swim with all my teammates cheering me on!

Favorite Stroke
Freestyle

What You Love About Instructing at SwimLabs
We teach all skill levels, whether you’re learning how to swim or you’re looking for high-level technique work, we’re here for it all! Love that we appeal to all levels!

Teaching Approach
Keep it simple & keep it fun!

Favorite Cartoon Character
Little Mermaid

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Roxy Self
Instructs: Learn to Swim
Hometown: Issaquah, WA

Competitive Swimming or Swimming Instruction Background
I taught at the Julius Bohem pool in Issaquah. I was never on an official competitive team but have had lots of experience teaching at the competitive level.

Favorite Swim Memory
Teaching my first lesson by myself.

Favorite Stroke
Freestyle

What You Love About Instructing at SwimLabs
I love working with kids, especially in the swim field. I love that Swimlabs has created a system where children are truly learning and don’t leave the pool like they didn’t learn anything new.

Teaching Approach
I love building relationships with kids and using different examples to really help them learn.

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Sarah DiMeco
Instructs: Learn to Swim
Hometown: Sammamish, WA

Competitive Swimming or Swimming Instruction Background
I have been swimming for 10+ years and have been competitively swimming for seven years on Issaquah Swim

Favorite Swim Memory
Winning the 4A State Championship with my high school swim team two years in a row

Favorite Stroke
Freestyle

What You Love About Instructing at SwimLabs
I love helping young kids feel comfortable in the water and hopefully help them develop a love for the sport!

Teaching Approach
Showing the swimmers the correct form before they are expected to perform the tasks.  I also believe that it is important to make sure they are enjoying themselves and having fun!

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Savannah Self
Instructs: 
Learn to Swim
Hometown: Issaquah, WA

Competitive Swimming or Swimming Instruction Background
Savannah doesn’t have experience working in a pool, but she has a lot of experience working with children. 

Favorite Swim Memory
When my family and I go to Rattlesnake Lake we all love playing on the logs and stumps. Normally it ends with bruised knees and awful sunburns, but an extremely happy family.

Favorite Stroke
Breaststroke

What You Love About Instructing at SwimLabs
I love interacting with the kids and seeing their faces when they accomplish a certain goal.

Teaching Approach
I personally like showing kids how to do a certain stroke and once they understand, I let them do it and I make adjustments as needed. Excitement is an important quality to have when teaching, so the kids know they did well.

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SwimLabs Issaquah Staff