We have a brand-new state of the art indoor heated pool for Aquatic Therapy.
Our equipment includes:
3 Aqua Gaiter Underwater Treadmills
2 Underwater Bicycles
2 Underwater Elipticals
Therapy jets, Pool weights, Noodles, Kickboards, etc.
We also offer Water Aerobics, Aqua Zumba, Happy Hinges, and Aqua Pole classes, as well as Lap Swimming and Lifeguard Training.
Click the link to view our current Aquatics Schedule!!
Meet the Aquatics Team!
Heidi Blair, Aquatics Manager
Heidi joined our team in April of 2021 to add water fitness classes and other programming to our brand new indoor therapy pool. Heidi grew up in Ohio where she swam competitively and played water polo through high school. She started lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons at the age of 16 at a local pool. She received her B.A. from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. Heidi worked at the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg for over 16 years as the Senior Program Director overseeing all youth programs and specializing in Aquatics and safety training. She then opened the Discovery Center on the brand new St. Petersburg Pier in the summer of 2020. She is a certified Water Fitness Instructor, Arthritis Instructor, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard instructor, and CPR/AED and First Aid Instructor. In her free time Heidi enjoys being at the beach and spending time with her family.
Carol Klein, Aqua Zumba and Aqua Pole Instructor
Carol is originally from New York and relocated to Florida a few years ago. She owned and operated her own dance and yoga center for 23 years before moving to the Sunshine State. She is a Professional Fitness Traveler, teaching classes in Mexico and the Caribbean. She also teaches at 5-star superclubs including the Ritz Carlton and Couples. At Realhab, she instructs Aqua Zumba and Aqua Pole classes.
Elizabeth Stroshine, Water Fitness Instructor
Beth moved to Palmetto, FL from Massachusetts. She had a successful career in Healthcare Administration focusing on Geriatrics and Rehabilitation. She is also a Home Health and hospice registered nurse who received her BS and MBA from Western New England University. Beth has a lifelong love of lap swimming, water fitness, and yoga. She is a proud breast cancer survivor and thriver! In her spare time, Beth is an avid reader of historical biographies and enjoys walks with her rescue dog, Daisy.
We proudly partner with The Swim School to be able to offer swim lessons year round in our climate controlled facility!
Hilary Koppenhaver, Swim School Owner
Originally from Pennsylvania, Hilary started swimming at the age of five and continued competitively through college in Ohio where she earned a B.A. in Psychology. After receiving her degree in 2003, she returned to PA and worked part-time as a lifeguard, swim lesson instructor, and swim team coach in addition to having a full-time position in the human services field assisting children with special needs. With a love for the beach and a craving for a warmer climate, Hilary relocated to Florida in 2006 and worked as an Aquatics Director at a YMCA for over eight years where she developed a year round competitive swim team program, administered a progressive swim lesson program and conducted water fitness classes at two aquatics facilities. In May 2015, Hilary took her passion for teaching aquatics programs and established The Swim School. After seeing a great need in the community, she formed the Parrish Bull Sharks swim team in May 2018. Hilary strives to provide valuable, educational aquatics experiences for children of all ages and ability levels. She enjoys watching children progress and achieve new skills in the pool, and hopes to instill in her students a lifelong love for swimming. She is a certified Swim Lesson Instructor, Lifeguard, and CPR-PR/AED & First Aid Instructor.
Jacie is a senior at Manatee School for the Arts. Originally from Maine, she learned how to swim at a very young age. Jacie moved to Florida when she was seven years old and by the summer before entering middle school, she joined her first swim team with the Bradenton YMCA. After competing for two summer seasons, she fell in love with the sport of swimming and joined a year-round team at the Lakewood Ranch YMCA. She swam there until moving to the North River Rapids (now Parrish Bull Sharks) summer swim team in Parrish.
In 2020, Jacie was hired as a summer camp counselor and lifeguard for the River Wilderness Golf & Country Club Sports Camp. She developed a swim program specifically for the camp participants based on their ages and abilities, and has served as the lead swim instructor/coach for the camp for the past two summers. Jacie has a passion for teaching swimming and is excited for the opportunity to work as a swim instructor for The Swim School and swim coach for the Parrish Bull Sharks swim team.