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About Children of the Sea Swim School Staff


Hi Everyone! I am Lynne Zavrski, owner of Children of the Sea Swim School. In 1975, I moved to Hawaii, where I was the first female lifeguard on the beach of Waikiki. Breaking ground for females to join the ranks; and awarded a citation by Mayor Fasi for my life threatening rescues.

I’ve participated in triathlons, Century bike rides, and the 2.4 mile ocean swim race of Waikiki Rough Water Swim. Eight years was dedicated to help train dolphins, sea lions, and conducting lectures within the Education Department for school age children with Sea Life Park in Waimanalo, Hawaii. From 1978 to 1981 I was often found teaching children how to swim in city and county pools within the Oahu area.

Keiki Kai (Children of the Sea in Hawaiian) started with me teaching private lessons in my backyard pool. Here is where I developed the individual-paced teaching philosophy of what is today’s Children of the Sea Water Safety Program. In July 1996, I decided to bring my knowledge and methods to the mainland, and Children of the Sea officially opened in Portland, Oregon. It is a great love and delight being able to introduce children to the joys of swimming.
Dolphine Encounters — Swim School in Portland, OR


Aj — Swim School in Portland, OR
My name is AJ and I am a co-owner of Children of the Sea. I have been making splashes in the pool since the summer of 2005. I am originally from Massachusetts and moved to Portland after graduating from the University of Vermont in '05.

Working at COTS is perfect for me because I love to swim and teach kids of all ages. Away from the pool I enjoy camping, hiking, biking and running, along with spending time with my family and friends. See you in the pool!


Sarah — Swim School in Portland, OR
Hello! My name is Sarah I am the Operations Manager at Children of the Sea. I recently celebrated my 12th year anniversary working here-- I started in February 2005! I was on a swim team for 10 years ... Read more


Courtney — Swim School in Portland, OR
Hi everyone! My name is Courtney and I have worked here at the Front Desk since Spring 2005. I enjoy meeting all the families that come through here. I’m excited I get to try out the pool now in the ... Read more


Wendy — Swim School in Portland, OR
Hi Swimmers! My name is Wendy. Besides being a swimming instructor since 1999, I am a mom and grandma, a retired professional golfer, a musician, a student, a preschool teacher, an astronomer, a ... Read more


Erica — Swim School in Portland, OR
Hello! My name is Teacher Erica. I have been a swim instructor for over 13 years--almost 6 years at COTS. Before that, I was on swim team and have been swimming all my life. You could say chlorine is ... Read more


Gina — Swim School in Portland, OR
Hi! My name is Gina and I am one of the Managers at Children of the Sea. I've been at COTS for over 3 years and love the fun and family friendly environment. I was a preschool teacher and worked in a variety of business offices prior to that. When I'm not at work, I love to spend time with my family and friends. We love to hike, camp, spend the day at the beach, or just walk our beagle around the neighborhood. I look forward to getting to know you and your family!


Abbie — Swim School in Portland, OR
Hey guys! My name is Abbie and I am the Pool Manager. I've been swimming ever since I can remember. I was on my high school swim teach and even life guarded for a while. I also enjoy seeing movies, cooking, and spending time with my family and cats!


Ashlee — Swim School in Portland, OR
I have never enjoyed a facility as much as I do working here at Children of the Sea! I taught early and elementary education for over a decade. After the birth of my second child, I moved toward a ... Read more


Cori — Swim School in Portland, OR
Hi, I'm Cori. I have always loved working with kids and plan on making it my career one day. Some of my favorite hobbies include reading, working out, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors. I am a very enthusiastic and outgoing person. I can't wait to see where my future takes me at Children of the Sea.


Johanna — Swim School in Portland, OR
Hi! My name is Johanna. I have worked with children, both babysitting for family friends and helping kids with homework and basic science. As my friends have had kids, I've enjoyed helping them and watching them grow. In my personal time, I enjoy being outdoors: hiking, camping, and of course, swimming! I also love all animals.


CC — Swim School in Portland, OR
Hey, I'm CC. I'm originally from Eugene but have lived in Portland for about three years. I attend PSU and love swimming and other water sports like wakeboarding, kayaking, fishing, and just being a river rat, anything that gets me in the water. I am part of the front desk staff and love making friends with all our patrons. Just keep swimming.


Geri — Swim School in Portland, OR
Hi, my name is Geri and I am a swim instructor here at COTS. My family moved to Portland from the East Coast two years ago. I was a lifeguard and swim instructor for the American Red Cross. I grew up as a competitive swimmer and coached a bit in my college days. I now have a daughter who is finishing up her high school swimming career, so I have been in and around a swimming pool my whole life. I enjoy swimming as a life long sport and it gives me great pleasure to teach and share my love of the water with others. When not in or around the pool, I enjoy reading, playing tennis, running, and spending time with my family.


Nick — Swim School in Portland, OR
Hey, my name is Nick Hansen. I was raised in a suburb of Chicago and then spent 2 years going to school in Alabama before moving to Oregon. I was a competitive swimmer, a swim instructor, and a lifeguard. I enjoy many different activities, but I am an outdoorsman first and foremost. When I am not working at COTS, you'd likely find me hiking through the woods or floating down a river, fishing pole in hand.


Olivia — Swim School in Portland, OR

Hi, I'm Olivia. I'm a senior at Southridge High School. I am involved in swim, track and field, choir, and theater. I love Jesus, dogs, and working with kids. In the future, I plan on studying nursing or sports medicine. I'm very thankful for my job at COTS.


Sammie — Swim School in Portland, OR
Hi, I'm Sammie. I love being in the water and enjoy working with kids. I taught martial arts for a while in high school and I spent some time last summer teaching in an elementary school in Zimbabwe. Outside of swimming, I dance, lift, and write.


Sydney — Swim School in Portland, OR
Hey, my name is Sydney and I am currently a senior at Southridge high school. At Southridge, I am the ASB student president and I am also a part of the choir and theater department. After high school ... Read more



Alison — Swim School in Portland, OR
Hello, I'm Alison, here to greet you at COTS along with the rest of our Front Desk staff! I enjoy writing, gaming, and digital painting on my off time. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you and your cuties - let's have fun together!


Jude — Swim School in Portland, OR
Hey! I’m Jude and I am an instructor here at COTS. I currently attend PCC and I'm pursuing a chemical engineering degree. I swam for years and I swam competitively for my school back home in Sri Lanka. I have been in Oregon for about 4 years and I love hiking and hanging out with friends when I am not studying or teaching the kids at COTS. See you in the pool!


Brock — Swim School in Portland, OR
Before moving to Portland for graduate school and launching my career, I was a swim instructor and lifeguard throughout high school and college back home in Honolulu. Today, you'll find me hustling ... Read more


Lisa — Swim School in Portland, OR
Hey guys. My name is Lisa and I am one of the instructors here at COTS. I was born and raised in Germany and moved to the states almost 5 years ago. Back in Germany I worked as a Ballroom dance and kid's dance instructor since I was 16 years old. I've always loved the water and am excited to be a part of the COTS team. When I'm not in the pool, I like to go out with friends, bake elaborate (ish) cakes, watch Friends on Netflix, and explore Oregon; however, my biggest passion is photography. I could spend hours with my camera in hand on a photo safari. I also have two younger siblings who are both taller than me and 8 lb dog named Bugsy. I'll see you in the pool!


Maddi — Swim School in Portland, OR

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Hello! I am a student at PSU and I moved to Portland from the San Francisco Bay Area. I have been swimming in the pool, the lake, and the ocean for as long as I can remember. I have been a babysitter starting in middle school and continued throughout high school. Some of my hobbies are hiking, drawing, photography, and watching movies!


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Hi! I'm Aria. I've lived in Portland since I was a year old. I enjoy theater, music, and spending time with my friends and family. I am at the Front Desk and enjoy meeting new people.

Contact us at (503) 620-5970 to enroll your child in our amazing swimming lessons.