My name is Colleen Haas. I moved to Arizona in 1980 and consider myself a native! I have been married for 23 years and have four sweet children; three girls and one boy. We are like most families, juggling a schedule that a family of six can bring! The most enjoyable place we like to go on vacation in Lake Michigan where we can see family and play in the sand. My kids love the water! They have all been little fish since they were babies. I have seen the confidence that comes when you are a skilled problem solver in the water. It is an important skill, especially when living in Arizona where everyone has a pool.
I first heard about Infant Swimming Resource when my twins were babies. With four of my own children, I felt outnumbered and concerned with a pool in my backyard. I enrolled my twins through the program and was amazed at what they learned in 5 short weeks! They weren’t clinging to me and crying in the water anymore. Instead, they were jumping in, confidently swimming, floating, and finding the exit of our pool! They had survival skills and could swim, which opened a whole new world for our family! Hanging out at the pool was an enjoyable activity for us now and I wanted to share this gift with others. The best way I could do this was to go through the training program and become an instructor myself. That was in 2007 and since then, I have had the privilege to work with 300 students each year. It never gets old watching my students become confident aquatic problem solvers! This has been the most rewarding profession. It not only provides my family with additional income but allows me to help save lives. My mission is to see that not one more child drowns. My life has also been blessed by the personal relationships I have made with each of the families I meet. I look forward to meeting your family and the opportunity to teach your children. I maintain an American Red Cross and first aid certification for adults, children, and infants. I am current with all annual re-certifications through Infant Swimming Resource.