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Meet Our SWIMkids USA Family


"Our mission is to save lives while providing a captivating environment where children love to learn."

Every child's swim teacher has lifeguard certification from StarGuard. Every employee is certified in CPR and first aid. We form special bonds with all of our students and welcome everyone into our large and friendly family.

To say we love what we do is truly an understatement. We believe in each other and always want to strive in earn and keep your trust through the years.

Lana Whitehead

Lana Whitehead

President and Founder of SWIMkids USA, President of Blake's Miracle Foundation

Lana Whitehead has owned and operated SWIMkids USA since 1971. The swim program is the result of Lana's Master's thesis which included four research projects tested and researched at Arizona State University. Lana has authored several swimming books, articles, videos, and has lectured internationally and nationally for professional education and swim forums.

Mrs. Whitehead received a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Physiology and a Masters in Special Education, specializing in Sensory Integration and training children with disabilities, including signing to the deaf. She holds Arizona and California Teaching Certificates and is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. She is certified in American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, StarGuard Lifesaving, CPR and First Aid for the Professional Rescuer and YMCA Adaptive Swimming Instruction.

Lana has been a competitive swim coach and served as a State and National USA Swimming Official. She and her team continually strive to meet higher standards in the industry by attending numerous training workshops and seminars at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, U.S. Swim School Association and the World Aquatic Baby Congress. In 2012, she was inducted into the U.S. School Association's prestigious Hall of Fame.