Finding a Swim Instructor

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Finding a Swim Instructor

Many patents ask me, “What should I look for when I’m looking for a quality swim instructor?” A quality instructor should be able to lead without overwhelming or intimidating your child. They should be organized and let you know what to expect from lesson to lesson and be able to give you feedback when lessons are finished. They should teach developmentally appropriate skills, first focusing on safety and conditioning and swim strokes only much later after the first steps of safety are already learned, such as breath holding, proficient underwater swimming, flipping from front to back floating and returning to the side of the pool after a fall in. Lastly, ask for references. A quality instructor should have many and will be more than happy to have you speak with other parents who can vouch for their expertise.

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Nicole Hill, MA

Behaviorist & Swim Instructor

Nicole Hill, Director of Autism Services and CEO of Brightwork ABA Therapy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  Nicole has been working in the field of ABA since 2005.  She has a Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis, a BA in Speech Communication, and a minor in Spanish.

Nicole has a broad range of experience stemming from working with children from birth through high school in a variety of capacities for over 15 years.  Nicole specializes in working with young children on the autism spectrum and their families, with particular focus on  early intervention including FBA’s, BIP’s, verbal behavior, DTT, natural environment teaching, play skills, social skills, and parent training. 

Nicole originally began her work with special needs children in 1998 as a swim instructor for children who found learning to swim especially challenging.  With this experience, Nicole founded SwimFit Babies & Kids (, a program that uses techniques founded in ABA to teach swim techniques. 

She is an active member of Applied Behavior Analysis, International (ABAI) as well as California Association for Applied Behavior Analysis (CalABA).

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