Meet the 

team

I first became involved with swimming about 15 years ago. At that time I was 5 years old when my mom thought it was a good idea to sign up my older sister and I for swimming lessons at LaGuardia Community College. It’s safe to say that my mom was pissed when she found out that she not only wasted one month of lessons but three. I hated the water; I’d cry and yell and do everything but get in the water. Till one day. With my moms consent my instructor threw me in the deep end and left me alone to save myself. After what felt like years of me being submerged under water and swallowing water, my instructor jumped in to save me. This traumatic experience was the best thing that could’ve happened to me. Months of being afraid of the water turned into months of me pushing myself to get over that fear. As a result of the traumatic experience I can say that I became a well-disciplined swimmer who became one with the water. Today I can look back and say that I am proud of were I started, where I have gone, and where I still have to go.

I had the opportunity to be part of a swim team, St. Sebastian swim team based in Woodside where I met my incredible coach. At that time I only knew the basics, how to float, how to kick, move my arms, and how to breathe, all horribly may I add but my coach was able to shape me into the amazing and disciplined swimmer that competitively swam for the next couple years of her life. My career in swimming started when my instructor threw me in the deep end, it then gave me the opportunity to join a team that taught me self-discipline and teamwork. Today even though I’m not competing anymore you can still find me in the water teaching people of all ages how to swim or how to feel comfortable in water.

Vania Bravo

Born in the city, Jada spent her early years in Far Rockaway, where the water was always minutes away. With Rockaway beaches notorious for their rocky waters and dangerous currents, Jada’s parents knew the necessity of her learning how to swim. At the age of 14, Jada joined her high school swim team at Far Rockaway High as a sophomore where she specialized in freestyle and butterfly. At 16, she became the head captain of the team. While in high school, she began teaching lessons for the first time, in Far Rockaway, Queens with the Swim Strong Foundation where she taught children, adults and seniors.

Jada Martin

I am 25 years old. I have been teaching both children and adults how to swim for about 8 years now and have been with ASC for a little more than 6 years. My age group of expertise is children who are six months to 8 years old. Getting the children comfortable in the water at a young age is a priority to me in order for a child to succeed in learning proper technique and strokes. I also specialize in teaching children with special needs ranging from Autism, Down Syndrome, and Angel’s Syndrome just to name a few. Patience is key when it comes to teaching kids and I for sure have a lot of patience. When I am not at the Complex teaching, I spend my time at home with my two daughters.

Brittany Rosenthal

For me, the water always seemed so scary. As a little girl, I never enjoyed getting into the water. My mom decided that it was enough and signed me up for swim lessons. My swim instructor was not fun and I hated her. She never stepped foot in the water with me and I had to learn how to hold myself up. She was tough, but she was effective. She taught me all four strokes and then some. My lessons were three times a week for two hours and I hated going. However, my swim instructor made me fall in love with the water. After I learned how to swim, I became a fish. I joined the swim team and made swimming a goal of mine. She pushed me and shaped me into who I became today as a swimmer, a good swimmer. I believe I have a special bond with the water and to pass my knowledge on to other kids would be a pleasure of mine. Swimming is an important part of everyone’s life and should be taught to everyone, not only as a life skill, but also as hobby that many can use to their joy.

Sharon Abayev

Natalie learned how to swim at the age of five, and has loved being in the water ever since. She started swim team at 11, and by 14, she had joined a program to help assistant teach swim lessons at the city pools. After training and receiving her certifications, she began teaching independently and has been doing so for the past three years. Natalie is dedicated to creating a safe and enjoyable environment for students of all ages to foster a love for swimming while learning a necessary life skill.

Natalie

Evan Boshi has been teaching and working in aquatics for almost 15 years. He has worked with students of all ages from infant to senior, as well as having extensive experience working with students with special needs.  Evan is currently working towards a career in Occupational Therapy, and believes in a positive and confidence-building focused approach to swimming.

Evan Boshi