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At South Tampa Swim School we provide our swimmers with specialized training that ranges from infant survival skills, to compeition level training. Our instructors are trained and certified to provide this level of instruction, and create customized goals for each swimmer to succeed and maximize their time in the pool. 


Please note that our South Tampa Swim School instructors are proudly insured by FITCO, and certified by Swim Lessons University. 

Claire Patchan



Claire learned to swim at just six months old, and never looked back! Her love for the water lead to a successful career in swimming which has allowed her to continue to follow her passion into starting a swim school. Claire has over 10 years of experience teaching lessons to children and adults of all skill levels, and is a former professional swimmer for the US National Team. Claire is CPR/AED and First- Aid certified, and is a graduate of the University of Florida. Claire also has an MA in Marriage & Family Therapy from Argosy University.

Christine Applefield



Christine has always had a passion for the water that started at a very early age, and even leared to swim before she learned to walk! Christine has been teaching swim lessons for over 10 years and specializes in skills training for infants to adults. Christine is WSI/CPR/AED and First-Aid certified and was a competitive swimmer at the national level for more than 14 years. Christine graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of South Carolina and an MA in Marriage & Family Therapy from Argosy University.


Lindsey Shindel


Lindsey is a Pennsylvania native who truly belongs in Florida. She has years of working with children of all ages, and takes pride in creating a fun and up-beat learning environment for children of all ages, and abilities. Lindsey's patience has served her well when it comes to working with children and adults both in the childcare and medical field. Additionally, Lindsey is pursuing a career in real estate in South Tampa. Lindsey is CPR/AED, and first aid certified. 

Molly Erhardt 


Molly has always had a love for children and being around the water. She has a strong passion for helping children learn and grow, while helping to provide a comfortable learning environment. Molly worked as a special needs teacher/ therapist in Jacksonville for three years, after working as a lifeguard and swim instructor for four years. Molly is CPR, AED, and First Aid certified. Molly is a graduate of the University of North Florida with a BS in Communication. 

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