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Adults aspire to swim more than any other activity...yet, 37% can not swim the length of the pool...Its never to late to learn to swim  or improve the skills you have!!!

Lesson are adapted to each participant’s starting level so that you can become the swimmer you  want to be.

Lessons are taught by our coaches and volunteers at the local pool!



Bruce McQueen

Coach McQueen has been active with Wrangell Swim Club since it started operation in 2013, first as a board member and volunteer lifeguard and then as a member of the coaching staff.  He has completed training and certification as a coach member of USA Swimming for youth swimming, is an Accredited  Interscholastic Coach with the National Federation of State High School Associations, is a certified US Master's Swimming Coach for adult swimming, an Adult Learn-to-Swim Certified Instructor and is an active member of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA).  He has taught swim lessons at a variety of levels.  He currently coaches and swims with Wrangell Island Masters Swimming (WIMS).

Kate Thomas

Kathleen Thomas began swimming at Culver Military Academy Summer Camps in middle school in the 1990’s. Drawn to the water by sailing, canoeing and kayaking, swimming was a suitable skill that complimented all her desired time on the water. After transitioning from years of backcountry guiding in Alaska into an administrative role in Parks and Recreation a few years ago, Kathleen took on swimming as a form of fitness, competition and social outlet in the small community of Wrangell Island. Through her role as Director of Parks and Recreation, Kathleen partnered with the local age group coach to form the Wrangell Island Masters Swimming Club. Kathleen became one of the first local members of USMS in 2015. And then a Master’s Coach in 2016. Kathleen is proud to say she can swim all four strokes and is looking forward to taking her skills to open ocean in 2017.

Holly Hammer

Holly Hammer started working on specific swimming skills and strokes back in college in 1995 in order to complete her American Red Cross Lifeguard and Swimming classes.  That summer she started working at Wrangell Parks & Recreation as both lifeguard and swim instructor and has been involved with the department ever since.  Over the years, Holly has instructed in a variety of areas in the aquatics field from water aerobics to assisting with swim teams and Learn To Swim programs.  Currently, Holly is the Recreation Coordinator at WPR and is certified in American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor & Water Safety Instructor Trainer, USMS Coach & ALTS Instructor.  She is a member of the local USMS swim club WIMS and personally enjoys swimming for fitness along with being part of a team.  

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