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 12 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 10 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 he was a child taught by his 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!
TESTIMONIALS
This is an absolute must for all parents. Brian was an amazing teacher. We couldn't thank him enough. Our son graduated with ease at the end of the 6 weeks. Like I said. A MUST FOR ALL PARENTS
Posted by Brian L. Miami Beach, FL
Published on 07/07/2011
 
We were sadly late to start swimming lessons with our 2 and a half year old daughter, but once we started, we find out that it's better late than never. From day one, Scotty's gentle demeanor and fun-loving attitude truly put Lia at ease in the water. She was certainly very stiff at the beginning, but little by little, she became more relaxed and began looking forward to her classes and interactions each and every day. We are so thrilled with the results, and cannot wait to continue to nurture these amazing skills and sharing the results with our friends and family. In our daughter's own words, she went from being a mermaid to a "dolphin". We thank Scotty and the entire Aquachild staff for their kindness, patience and amazing experience! We'll be back for a refresher soon!!!
Posted by Lauren Cortinas miami shores, FL
Published on 05/18/2013