around Portland, OR
around Portland, OR
I am the founder of DolFUN. I am married and a mother Spencer and Bryce, stepmother to Forrest, Jacob and Jessilyn.
I don’t remember learning to swim, I do remember at the age five, my mother being successful at begging the swim team coach to let me on the team. In 1994, I re-discovered my love of the water when I started Aqua-Tot classes with my first son Spencer when he was only 18 months old. A passion was instilled in me to inspire other families with infants on why and how it is safe to bring them back to the water after their birth. My enthusiasm began to grow for educating all ages, all stages and all abilities in the water. I then began my journey in establishing DolFUN SWIM Academy and creating a SAFE, FUN and JOYful aquatic environment where families can gain a positive experience through water safety and learning to swim. I am dedicated for life to passing on the blessings that this wonderful world of water has offered myself and others. I am intent on teaching families about all the layers of drowning prevention and that swimming lessons an important layer of protection.
I am privileged to be surrounded by an amazingly talented, knowledgeable, devoted and loving staff, we graciously call our DolFUN Pod.
I also pass my passion to others through presenting domestically and internationally in such countries as Australia, China, England, Figi, Hawaii, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Vancouver B.C.
United States Swim School Association Member (USSSA). USSSA Infant Toddler Committee Member, coop writer of the course. USSSA Infant Toddler Course Presenter. Swimagine Institute Faculty member.
I spent the first twenty summers of my life living 300 feet from the Mediterranean sea in a small beach town in Spain. The countless hours that I have been in water, either in the sea or at the pool, gave me the understanding of the freedom that water provides. I am so excited to join the DolFUN pod to bring Watsu to the Portland community and to share my skills and knowledge with DolFUN children and their families.
My first job ever was as a lifeguard in my community’s pool, where I taught occasional kids’ swim lessons. I went on to study Physical Therapy in college where I connected deeply with the healing properties of water as I was studying Hydrotherapy and its clinic applications. After graduating in 2005, I moved to Italy where I worked for almost three years as a PT with disabled children. I had the special opportunity to offer individual hydrotherapy sessions to some of my patients in a therapy pool. Later, I traveled to Central America where I took my first official Watsu class and I suddenly realized that sharing the magic of water with the world was going to be my long-life passion. During the same trip, I found the love of my life, my wife Jessie and we moved to Spain where we had our first kid, Fenix, I became a Watsu professional, and Jessie became a Full Spectrum Doula. We relocated our little family to Portland in 2013, where we had another kid, Lirio, and we will welcome our third one in 2018.
Becoming a father helped me to discover the power of pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. I have gained very valuable information from studying pregnancy and birth alongside Jessie. I love sharing my understanding about the benefits of Water during the childbearing year, infants, and children. Ultimately, I am deeply drawn to supporting life from the very beginning and I hope to share my passion for a natural and healthy approach to birth, parenting, and water education and healing. It is my most sincere belief that we can make this world a better place by better nurturing and caring for children and their families.