Swim Lessons at Rock Creek Pool

Both private and group lessons will be available at the pool this summer. The pool manager (Dale), coaches, and lifeguards may teach lessons. The guards will need to schedule lessons around their lifeguarding duties, so please be patient if they are not immediately available. It should be noted that the guards have varied experience in teaching lessons. Individual bios of the staff that are available to teach are below.

Group lessons will be available on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5:45 and 6:30. Please contact Dale (lewisa370@gmail.com) if you are interested in a group lesson. Group lessons will start Tuesday 6/21 if interest allows.

Understand that the more flexible your schedule the easier it will be to find an instructor. Other lesson policies will be communicated on an individual basis.

Coaches and Lifeguards offering lessons

Julia Baechli. This is my fifth summer as a lifeguard at Rock Creek Pool. I finished my last year on the Rock Creek swim team last summer, after about 12 years on the team. I also swam during the winter for the St. John’s College High School swim team, and have previously swam year round for Joe Flaherty’s Dolphins. Currently, I am a rising sophomore at Fordham University. I am CPR and First Aid Certified, and have experience with children through babysitting. I am looking forward to doing lessons this summer! My contact information: 202-809-6666 and jbaechli8@gmail.com

Zoe Crane is in her second year as a Rock Creek Fins Assistant Coach. She has been a competitive year-round club swimmer for over 8 years, swimming with Rockville Montgomery Swim Club (RMSC). Zoe also swims for her high school varsity team, BCC High School. Zoe can teach lessons to kids of all ages and is CPR, First Aid and AED Certified. Call or text Zoe at 301-821-0227 to schedule lessons.

Hello my name is Ailey Gold, I am 18 years old and a graduating senior at Bethesda–Chevy Chase HS! I am the Assistant Coach this year and I have been coaching at Rock Creek for about four years. I have been swimming at Rock Creek since I was five years old, and I have been swimming at Rockville Montgomery Swim Club competitively since I was eight years old. I swam for Bethesda–Chevy Chase HS winning states in 2020 and getting second at states in 2022. I love coaching kids and helping them get more confident in the water. I would love to give lessons so please reach  out! You can contact me at (301) 219-7443 and adgold510@gmail.com

Charlie Jacobs. I’m a rising junior at St. Anselm’s and I’ve been swimming competitively for five years. This is my sixth summer swimming for rock creek and my first as an assistant coach. I have worked as a CIT for two years and have experience teaching beginners. My phone number is 202-748-4368 and my email is charlesjjacobs1205@gmail.com

Noah Klugman. I am a rising senior at B-CC high school where I’ve been on the swim team since freshman year, and I’m an assistant coach here with the Rock Creek Fins. I joined the Rock Creek Fins when I was 10 years old, and have been swimming year round on club teams since I was 12. After 4 years with the Joe Flaherty’s Dolphins, I currently swim with the All Star Aquatics. I am certified in CPR and First Aid and this is my third summer giving private swim lessons. I look forward to seeing everyone at the pool, and helping everyone improve their strokes and get more comfortable in the water. Contact: noahcowboys@icloud.com or 301-646-2273.

Hannah Otte.  This is my third summer lifeguarding at Rock Creek. I graduated from BCC HS in June and have been a member of Rock Creek since I was seven. I have been on the swim team since I was eight and formerly swam for RMSC and BCC. I like working with kids and have experience doing so through babysitting. Here are my contact details: (240)308-4419 or Hannah.ottertje@gmail.com