UNIQUE & EFFECTIVE SWIMMING PROGRAM

aquachild is a family owned and run business established in 2002 by Brian Lilburn and Scott Launer. After being trained and certified in 2001, Brian and Scott gave private at-home lessons until they found their home in North Miami Beach in the spring of 2002. In the 14 years since establishment, aquachild has successfully taught thousands of children, dozens of adults and certified many instructors.

aquachild is run by a dedicated staff that strives to provide children with a unique, positive and rewarding experience in the water.

At aquachild we believe that every child should have the opportunity to learn to survive and have fun in the water using the unique method taught by our instructors.

Scotty Launer
Scotty Launer
WSI certified, First Aid and CPR certified
Owner/Instructor

Born and raised in Miami, Florida I grew up on the water.
Boating, surfing, diving, from an early age, I knew when I had kids I wanted them to love the water as much as I do. In 1999, when my first child, Jaya, was born, I had heard about survival swimming lessons for infants but was unable to find any instructors in Dade County. Eventually, in 2001, when my daughter was 2, I finally found an instructor teaching out of her home.

Even during the first week, I was amazed at not only at Jaya's progress but what even the infants were able to do. Watching 10 month old babies swim and float independently was shocking to me. I had to learn how to teach this. Always having a passion for teaching and working with kids, I realized there was a need for more instructors teaching these life saving skills. After a little persuasion, our instructor told told me how to get in touch with my future mentor.

Now almost 14 years later with the thousands of students I've taught, I couldn't have found a more rewarding career. Being a positive influence, and empowering children is something that will never get old for me.

Brian Lilburn
Brian Lilburn
WSI certified, First Aid and CPR certified
Owner/Instructor
At the age of two I almost drowned in a backyard pool. My mom and her friends were sitting at a table by the shallow end as I was racing around the pool. I fell in, bumped my head, and before anyone could react was at the bottom in the deep end.

By the time they got me out I had swallowed a lot of water so they rushed me to the emergency room to pump my stomach. The next day my mom brought me back to the same pool and got me in. She followed up by putting me in swim lessons. My mom would not let this experience be the defining one. This led me on the waterlogged path I'm on today.

I studied underwater archeology at Florida state university. In 2001, after 200 hours of hands on training, Scott and I started aquachild. I have a beautiful wife Ana and two amazing children Pixie and Raiden.
Laura Benitez-Launer
Laura Benitez-Launer
WSI certified, First Aid and CPR certified
Office Manager/Instructor
After 10 years of assisting off and on in the office and in the pool, I completed the 200+hours training in the swim float swim method, beginning of this year 2011. Now, not only do I get to interact with new and long time clients in the office, but I get to make an impact on their kids lives as well.

Seeing our own kids so comfortable in the water... swim team, water polo,surfing, and scuba diving (Jaya just got certified this year!) I fully appreciate the value of teaching the very lessons that enabled them to get to this level. Watching students progress and become so confident, I'm happy to know I've contributed to them being safer in the water and enjoying a lifetime of swimming.
Giana Garcia-Smith
Giana Garcia-Smith
WSI certified, First Aid and CPR certified
Instructor
As a young girl, I was a water baby. I loved the ocean, boating, and especially swimming. I went to the University of Florida and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Recreation. Through my work experiences, I  learned that I enjoy working one on one with children. When I discovered this type of swim lesson, I knew it was a perfect fit for me. I'm a mother of two and the importance of my children's  safety around water is extremely important. I've been teaching since 2007 with over 200 hours of in water hands on training. I'm a certified Water Safety Instructor, First Aide and Adult/Infant CPR by the American Red Cross.
Nicholas Coard
Nicholas Coard
Lifeguard Certified WSI Certified First Aid CPR Certified Through Red Cross.
Instructor

 Swimming since 4 years old. At 7 years old started swimming competitively.
 I worked as a lifeguard at Victory Pool for the past year.
 Swam for his country Grenada in 3 World Championship Games Rome 2009,
 China 2011 and Turkey 2012

I'm currently training for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil
Looking forward to teaching our future Olympians!

Gilberto Almeneiro
Gilberto Almeneiro
English/Spanish Lifeguard Certified First Aid CPR certified AED Certified WSI Certified
Instructor

I've been swimming since I was a child taught by my father.
At 6 years old, I joined the Swim Team for 2 years. After that, I swam on the Water Polo team for the next 10 years.

Swimming is a family tradition, my father and uncles have been swimming, teaching, and playing water sports for as long as I can remember.

I am excited to teach future generations of swimmers!


Jimena
Jimena
First Aid, CPR Certified
Instructor
Always having been a water person and passionate about the ocean and its creatures,
I started my diving career when I was 18. In 1997 I became an Open Water Dive Instructor
and travelled around the world teaching people how to dive. In 2009 my daughter, Maia, was born.
I also wanted her to love the water and be safe around it. When she was 18 months old, she started the program at Aquachild.
It was incredible to see her swimming progress. Loving to teach and amazed by the swim float swim method, I decided I had to learn.
And so, I completed over 200 hours of hands on training with Brian and Scotty, beginning of 2012. Since then I've been working at Aquachild.
Being able to share the same amazing results I had with my own daughter with other families is the best.
And knowing that I'm making a difference with something I'm so passionate about is really fulfilling!
Varinia Cid
Varinia Cid
Bilingual - First Aid Certified, WSI & CPR Certified
Instructor

My first experience at Aquachild was when I was invited to attend my nephews initial program graduation. I remember sitting there watching and tears falling down my face uncontrollably as I watched him nail everything at only 11 months old. I was blown away!!

My passion has always been teaching young children dance since I was 15 years old. When I saw this swim float swim method I was determined to learn and get certified. I completed 250 Hours at AquaChild in May 2015 and was offered a position and have been working with the AquaChild team ever since.

Thanks to this opportunity I feel privileged in making a difference in these children’s lives while teaching them the skills to become self-reliant.

William Cuervo
William Cuervo
WSI, CPR certified
Instructor

Instructor William Cuervo was born raised in Miami Beach where he spent his entire childhood Surfing, Skim Boarding and Free Diving. He has had a profound love for the water since he was a child, where his first independent swim occurred on the beach when he bravely took his arm floats off and dove head first into the ocean.

 As he got older William further engaged his passion for the water by joining his High School team, and swimming competitively for 2 years. William’s passion for the water and teaching potential all culminated during his time at the United States’ oldest Private Military College, Norwich University.

While at Norwich University, William perfected his teaching ability while serving in various Military Leadership positions, and realized his passion to teach and ensure the safety of others.

 Upon graduating Norwich University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, William was hired at Aquachild Swim School as a Stroke Instructor and is now advancing his skill as a Maintnence Instructor.

 

Charles Williams
Charles Williams
WSI, CPR certified
Instructor

Stroke & Maintenance instructor at Aquachild. I've been swimming since I was at least 3 years old, I swam for many swim teams in my career, last team was my College team " Daytona State Falcons. Best events we're sprinting and the butterfly stroke. I really enjoy teaching and seeing my students progress!

TESTIMONIALS
Our 1 and a half year old daughter Lily graduated from Aqua Child today. We couldn't be more please with her swim/float abilities and her newly found confidence in the pool. We would highly recommend this program and of course, our instructor, Scotty, who not only was amazing with Lily, but who also helped us as parents learn how to best handle our precious baby in different water situations. We adore you Scotty and can't thank you enough. The peace of mind you have given us, especially living in Florida is simply priceless. We would recommend this program to ANYONE looking to learn how to swim!
Posted by Shirley Lampert Miami, FL
Published on 03/19/2014
 
I was really hesitant to send Ali to Aquachild, who at the time was about to turn 4, because I was afraid he would be traumatized by approaching swimming through the "survival" perspective. However two things happened, one was that no matter how much I tried he was just not learning to swim from me and two that one day at his friends birthday party where there was a pool he disappeared from my sight when we were inside the house for no more than a minute and when I ran outside he was standing by the pool scared because his friend had just accidentally fallen in. Luckily his friend knew how to swim. That day I knew I had to muster up the courage and I brought him to Brian who is just absolutely amazing, he is a "child whisperer" in the pool. Though Ali was terrified the first ...
Posted by Yadi biscayne park, FL
Published on 08/07/2015