Now in her 4th year with Head Above Water, Allyson was born and raised here in Southern California, in the San Fernando Valley. She started swimming competitively at the age of 8. She swam and played water polo in high school and continued through college, and she now swims competitively on a masters team. She has been lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons for over 10 years, many of those years spent teaching with the City of Burbank because coming to Head Above Water. She has taught children as young as 6 months of age and others well into adulthood. She has coached Parks and Recreation swim team for 9 years as well as coaching high school water polo. Allyson loves to teach people how to swim because she wants them to enjoy the water just as much as she does. Her favorite part about teaching lessons is seeing the look on someone's face when they accomplish something that they thought they couldn't!
Ages Allyson Works With: 6 months through Adult
Allyson's Schedule: Mon-Thurs, 2pm-6pm
Areas Allyson Teaches: Central San Fernando Valley
"My son, Nixon had SUCH a blast and cannot stop talking about swimming with Miss Allyson! Thank you so much!!"
-Whitney I., Toluca Lake Pool, Summer 2018
"I was STUNNED at what Allyson taught my son in the first 30 minute lesson. I’m so happy he's having instruction like this! Allison was terrific!!"
-Katie P., Toluca Lake Pool, Summer 2018
"We have been working with Allyson for a while. This past weekend my husband and went swimming in our pool with our two girls and we were AMAZED at how well our older daughter Seema was swimming. It was INCREDIBLE and it’s all because of Allyson. We love her!!!!"
-M Shah., Encino, Summer 2018
"Our lessons are going really well! I didn't know that my son, Zane would be able to do as many strokes as Allyson asked him to do. She's SO good with both of my children. I'm excited to see what they continue to learn this summer!"
-Hali H., Woodland Hills, Summer 2018
"Our experience has been great! Both of my children were fearful and within the first ten minutes both had their faces in the water and were both jumping in repeatedly by the end! Allison is a great teacher; making them both feel secure enough to try what was being asked of them. Both of my children are always desperate for their next lesson!"
-Esme N., West LA, Fall 2017
"Allyson is SO great with my two girls. In just a few lessons we've already seen a huge improvement! Allison is awesome and my girls love her!!!"
-Mona S., Encino, Summer 2017
"Joshua was really nervous going into this swim lessons this year as he hadn't been in a pool since last summer. He said he didn't want to blow bubbles or get his face wet. Allyson was AWESOME and Joshua did all the things he said he didn't want to do...and then pronounced it really fun and the best swim lesson he ever had. I couldn't be happier about his experience!"
-Lisa H., West LA Pool, Summer 2017
"My son really loves Alyson! She is able to handle his frustrations and she's teaching him to LOVE the water. I would highly recommend her, especially for younger kids. As a side note, she's always on time - might seem like a small thing, but it makes all the difference to me."
-Shannon P., Studio City, Fall 2016
Read on to get to know Allyson even better...
Q1: Where did you grow up?
Q2: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Hawaii, because I love the water and beaches!
Q3: What is your favorite thing about being a swim instructor?
Being able to watch kids get excited about the water and learning new things!
Q4: Who is your hero?
My mom - she is tough and always ready for an adventure.
Q5: If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?