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Leah Bencivengo

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COACHING SPECIALTY

  • Babies 6+ mos.

  • Anxious Beginners: Children

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children

  • Spanish curriculum

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard

EXPERIENCE

  • 10+ years Coaching Experience

  • Spanish Language Education (2009-present)

  • Competitive Swimmer (2008-2013)


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18-hr. Booking Window: Online registration for classes and private lessons must be done 18 hours in advance. Please contact your coach directly to coordinate short notice lessons or call the office for assistance / 216.543.418


GET TO KNOW COACH LEAH

ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Perceptive.

FAVORITE STROKE

Breastroke, but I’m a distance swimmer at heart.

5 fun facts ABOUT ME

  • For the past year I have volunteered for an animal rescue that specializes in cats, and have 3 kitty babies of my own.

  • I often watch shows in different languages and sometimes even pick up a few new words.

  • Speaking of different languages, my phone, computer, and t.v. subtitles are all always in Spanish.

  • My fireplace burns 24/7 once the weather drops below 50 degrees, I hate being cold!

  • I’ve been practicing yoga for about 4 years, but also enjoy lifting weights, and of course, swimming!

FAVORITE QUOTE

“…usus communis aquarum est / nec solem proprium natura nec aera fecit / nec tenues undas ad publica munera veni” - Ovid; Metamorphoses, Book VI 349-51

TRANSLATION: “The use of water is a right to all / Nature did not make the sun nor air to one person / Nor the slender waves of water; this common right I seek”

“Weebles wobble but they don't fall down.” - Hasbro

I began my swimming journey in the early 2000’s by taking swim lessons at my community pool, and in 2008, I joined my first competitive summer recreation swim team. From 2009 - 2013, I swam competitively for North Olmsted High School.  During that time, I was also a swimming instructor for my local pool. I graduated from John Carroll University in May 2017 with a degree majored in Classical Languages and minored in Spanish. 

After teaching from 2009-2016, I was lucky enough to be hired on as a coach for Liquid Lifestyles. Liquid Lifestyles’ lessons are unlike any lessons I have ever taught before. The program is absolutely amazing, and the children I coach quickly become proficient in their swimming skills. My expertise with Baby Bubbles 1 and 2, as well as Liquid Bubbles 1, 2, and 3 curricula makes it simple for me to see the importance of each skill. My classes are filled with fun and energy to encourage children to be comfortable and enjoy their time in the water!

My mission is to help children grow in confidence for both swimming and everyday life. I love encouraging swimmers to challenge themselves and believe in their own capabilities. The progression of an anxious beginner is one of my favorite things to witness. To see a child who might have spent the first two lessons crying come to the third lesson with a smile on his or her face and an eagerness to swim is thrilling!

If you are interested in lessons fully in Spanish, or lessons that incorporate learning Spanish, let me know! I love combining my passion for languages with my passion for coaching.


Coach Leah Bencivengo is THE ABSOLUTE BEST COACH EVER. She is the sole reason we kept coming back. She is amazing with our daughter, and we can’t say enough good things about her.
— Amanda Q.
Great engagement, made my baby (and me!) feel comfortable. Leah is the best! Raegan just loves seeing Leah! I caught her singing “hello Leah” in her crib this morning 😁😍
— Ashley V.
On a side note, we are on vacation this week and Olivia is jumping in the pool, turning and swimming to the wall completely independently! Literally everyone was coming up to us on vacation and commenting about how amazing it was that she was doing so well in the water and so young! It is absolutely amazing and a truly all because of the lessons with Liquid Lifestyles! I can’t wait for you to see her at her next lesson! She’s even swimming, taking a breath, and then swimming further if she is too far from the wall still! It’s so amazing!!!! Thank you!!!
— Happy Mom

Bryan Gerber

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COACHING SPECIALTY

  • Anxious Beginners: Children

  • Learn-to-swim: Children

  • Competitive: Age-Group

  • Special Needs

CERTIFICATIONS

  • 4 year degree in Special Education from Baldwin Wallace University

EXPERIENCE

  • Competitive swimmer since age of 9

  • 4 year Varsity in both high school and college

  • MVP and Team Captain at Baldwin Wallace.

  • Broke high school and college records in various events

  • Swim coach since 2011 / Programs included Hudson HEAT and Twinsburg Tigersharks


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18-hr. Booking Window: Online registration for classes and private lessons must be done 18 hours in advance. Please contact your coach directly to coordinate short notice lessons or call the office for assistance / 216.543.418


GET TO KNOW COACH BRYAN

ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Enthusiastic.

FAVORITE STROKE

Breaststroke all the way!

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • In addition to swimming I also practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Archery, and Fencing.

  • I taught himself ventriloquism at the age of 6 years old, meet Jeff Dunham, and was taught some tricks of the trade by Jimmy Nelson.

  • I am a professional magician following in the footsteps of my father who was a professional magician.

  • While coaching for the Twinsburg USA team I helped coach a young swimmer to finish 10th in age group finals.  During the same season I coached a Nordonia High School senior to the state meet for the NOC.

  • I’m a coffee junkie, which could explain some of the enthusiasm 😜

FAVORITE QUOTE

"Try not, do or do not, there is no try."

- Master Yoda

Bryan started swimming when he was only 9 years old. Bryan specialized in the 200 IM, 200 Freestyle and 200 Breaststroke events. Some of his accomplishments include lettering all four years in both high school and college, breaking the 200 IM, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, and both 200 and 400 freestyle relay records in high school, while breaking the 200 breaststroke in college. In addition to the college record Bryan was voted MVP and team captain of the Baldwin Wallace Swim Team. Bryan has been coaching swimming since he was 18 and has a degree in special education from Baldwin Wallace University. Bryan loves working with children and helping them tap into their full potential both in and out of the water.

Joy Presley

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COACHING Specialty

  • Anxious Beginners: Children

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children & Adults

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke

  • Special Needs

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CPR/First Aid/AED

  • PAP certified (Pupil Activity Permit for Coaches)

Experience

  • 20+ years swim coach and private lesson instructor / Developed LTS program for USA Club Program

  • Assistant High School Coach (6 years)

  • BA in Elementary Education / Taught grades 2-4 and several years of preschool experience

  • Director of a Daycare and Director of education for an after school learning program.


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18-hr. Booking Window: Online registration for classes and private lessons must be done 18 hours in advance. Please contact your coach directly to coordinate short notice lessons or call the office for assistance / 216.543.4181


GET TO KNOW COACH JOY

ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Caring.

FAVORITE STROKE

Breaststroke. I swam it, all 3 of my girls swim it, and I love when it finally clicks for a new swimmer I am teaching it to.

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • I have visited 44 of the 50 states + DC

  • I have lived in Ohio twice, Indiana twice, KY twice, MI and MA.

  • I did my first mile swim when I was 8.

FAVORITE QUOTE:

"My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but better than I used to be."

- Dr Wayne Dyer

"Everything you ever wanted is on the other side of fear."

- George Addair 

"Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.”

- Roy T. Bennett


* Sending quotes to my kids, their friends and past swimmers I coached is one of my favorite things to do, especially when it is championship season for any sport they participate in... 

I love swimming. I love everything about it...teaching it to beginners, coaching it, watching it, and especially cheering for my three daughters, that all do it competitively, and cheering for all the great swimmers I've had an opportunity to work with and see at meets throughout the year.  Swimming has always been connected to the best friendships I've had.  Lifelong friendships that started when I started swimming at age 6, friendships with former swimmers I've coached, and adult friendships that started sitting at a pool watching our kids compete.  I truly love teaching kids to swim and feel blessed I get to do what I love everyday!

Thank you, Joy!

(Sidebar: Scarlett and I went to Lowe’s on Friday and, of course, all the Christmas decorations are up. She was SO excited to see your name EVERYWHERE and pushed hard to get my husband to buy a 6’ lighted JOY sign for our front yard. Unfortunately, it was $700.)

Happy Thanksgiving!
— Happy Family

Katie Ross

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COACHING SPECIALTY

CERTIFICATIONS

EXPERIENCE


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GET TO KNOW COACH KATIE

ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

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FAVORITE STROKE

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

FAVORITE QUOTE