Swim Instructor Bios
Ages 3 - 15 only
Bailey is a graduate of USF. Her love for the water began when she started to compete in swim meets at the age of 7. After a few years of swimming, she took a break when she moved to San Diego. When high school began, she decided to take up her love of swimming once again by joining the water polo and swim team. Her favorite swim strokes are butterfly and the individual medley. Bailey has been lifeguarding for the past five years, has been teaching lessons for four years, and was also a coach for the Swim Team here at Koret. She enjoys teaching children of all ages and levels. She specializes in teaching intermediate swimmers stroke technique.
Melinda has been in the water since her parent- tot classes at La Petite Baleen. She was born and raised in San Francisco and went to Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep. Melinda is fluent in Russian and is also studying chemistry at USF. She swam for Charlie Sava Pool which is a local parks and recreation pool on 19th ave for over 8 years. At Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, she swam on the school’s swim team starting her freshman year. Her favorite strokes are backstroke and freestyle. She first started teaching classes at Bay Club at the Gateway in 2016 and has experience teaching all ages and levels including parent-tot classes and adults. Melinda believes the best way to teach swimming is by first creating a strong foundation with her students which is why you will see her asking questions about their daily lives! She loves to see her students achieve which is why she is so enthusiastic about the little things!
Adults & High Level Swim team only
Josh is a San Francisco native. He began his swimming career right here at Koret over 22 years ago! After completing all the levels of swim lessons, Josh joined the Little Seals pre swim team. After spending a year on Little Seals he joined the Koret Youth Swim Club and began competing competitively. The competitive swimming continued in high school where Josh achieved All American consideration times.
In 1999 he started teaching lessons and has been ever since. Josh has experience in teaching all ages & levels from beginner to advanced, parent-tot classes and private lessons. His specialties include stroke improvement and efficiency. In his spare time, Josh works as a patent lawyer in Oakland.
Kathleen has been swimming with USF Masters since August 2011. She swam competitively throughout her childhood and college, and then took a "break" that lasted about 30 years. One thing she loves about participating as an adult is the chance to learn more about the technical, physical and mental aspects of the sport. She was especially inspired after attending the Intensive Workshop in Walnut Creek (which she would recommend highly). Ever since then, she has been looking for ways to learn more, and to take that knowledge and help other improve. This year she became a certified US Masters Coach, and have begun assisting Coach Val and Aquatic Director, Clare Rudd with the team. She looks forward to working with each of you toward achieving your swimming goals!