Aquachild is a family owned and operated 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 18 years since establishment, Aquachild has successfully taught thousands of children, hundreds of adults and certified many instructors.

Scotty Launer
WSI certified, First Aid and CPR certified

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.

Laura Benitez-Launer
WSI certified, First Aid and
CPR certified

Owner/Office Manger

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 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 is now scuba certified!) 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
WSI certified, First Aid and
CPR certified  (private at home lessons)

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.

First Aid, CPR Certified (private at home lessons)

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!

Sage Gordon
Sage Gordon
WSI and CPR Certified

I was born in a jacuzzi in my family’s backyard, which birthed my love for water. I swam competitively for Miami Beach, and surf as often as the waves permit. I am one of four children in my family, with a constant flow of kids and babies that weave into our home, which I am unable to resist. Teaching children to be comfortable and competent within the water brings such joy to me. Knowing that we are facilitating safety and pleasure for these children, in and around water, makes me adore my job. I am CPR and WSI certified, and enjoy continuing my education, growing me as an instructor.

Tomas Barrera
WSI certified, EMT and CPR

Being a miami local, I have been surrounded by water my entire life. I was born in Argentina but was brought to this beautiful city at the age of 3. Swimming has always been a huge part of my world. From being at the beach nearly everyday as a kid, to recreational water polo on the weekends. Being comfortable around water in Miami is very important, not only to be able to have fun and enjoy time with friends, but also in order to be safe. Teaching in my opinion is one of the most beautiful aspects of life, passing knowledge on to one another is key to our survival and there is no greater joy then to see how much we can accomplish together. Being EMT, CPR, BSI, ALS, and WSI certififed, one tends to try and teach many of the people around you, and I find it to be the highlight of my day. I hope you enjoy your time at Aquachild Swim School – and get ready to be amazed to what we can do as a team! Tomas Barrera

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