Back for her 3rd season with HAW, Natalia grew up in California and has been swimming competitively since she was 5 years old. All through high school she was on the Varsity swim and water polo teams and was a lifeguard and swim instructor each summer during high school. She attended Pepperdine University where she majored in pre-med Psychology. While in college, she swam on the swim team for 2 years and played water polo on a club team for 4 years. Natalia believes that swimming in an incredible gift and one of the main reasons she loves swimiming is because of the confidence and friendships that it builds!
"We are SO happy with our swim instructor, Natalia! She was so wonderful with my son, Ethan and made him feel so comfortable in the water. Ethan made great progress after just a few classes and he looked forward to his lessons every week, which is so important to me! We are very grateful for Ethan's experience with Natalia!"
-Laura M., Marina Del Rey, Summer/Fall 2016
"Natalia is fantastic!! She did an amazing job motivating our five year-old last year, and this year, our two year-old is having a blast! She loves every minute of being in the water with Natalia and learning to swim. Natalia did an excellent job of making it fun for them both!"
-Courtney B., Mar Vista, Summer 2016
"Natalia was very friendly and not too pushy about getting my 1-year-old, Clementine into her arms right off the bat. She also was very aware of Clementine's need to be close to me and played with her until she got whiny and needed me to hold her. Natalia's intuition with this balance was perfect!"
-Amanda A., Venice, Summer 2015
Ages Natalia Works With: 6 months through Adult
Natalia's Schedule: Saturdays
Areas Natalia Teaches: West LA
Read on to get to know Natalia even better...
Q1: Where did you grow up?
Near Fresno, CA
Q2: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Fiji - The beaches there are so pretty!
Q3: What is your favorite thing about being a swim instructor?
Growing up, swimming was a huge part of my life and I love being able to share and teach it to others now.
Q4: Who is your hero?
Mom mom! She's incredibly determined and beautiful in every way.
Q5: If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Rocky Road Ice Cream!