Rebecca and Shaun Katzberg are the Founders and Directors of Aquatics Academy Inc. Rebecca obtained a personal training certificate from Seneca College and studied Kinesiology at York University. She has worked for many of the local swim schools in Toronto including The Bathurst Jewish Community Centre over the past 20 plus years of her career in aquatics. By being a personal trainer Rebecca always incorporates fitness into her teaching routines and program. She has developed a unique approach which is very hands-on with the focus on each individual and addresses their specific needs. Her methods have been introduced to her staff and worked into their lessons and program.
Rebecca’s Lifesaving Society qualifications include; Bronze Cross Examiner, Standard First Aid Instructor, Standard First Aid Examiner, Lifesaving Instructor, National Lifeguard Instructor, National Lifeguard Examiner, Swim Instructor, National Lifeguard, Advanced Instructor, Aquatic Supervisor as well as Red Cross Water Safety Instructor.
Shaun has a background in sales, marketing and business management. He has gained his experience in the automotive business over the last 20 years and has transferred his knowledge and skill set of business and management to the daily operations at Aquatics Academy. As a child Shaun always had a passion for swimming and completed the Red Cross learn to swim program as well as the Lifesaving Society Bronze courses.
When Rebecca and Shaun are not busy at the pool, you will find them running around after their 2 busy boys Noah and Colby. In 2018 Aquatics Academy has pledged to raise $50,000.00 in support of SickKids over the next 5 years. Colby is the motivation behind Aquatics Academy's fund raising initiative in support of SickKids. Colby was diagnosed at 3 months old with both an Atrial Septal Defect and a Ventricular Septal Defect in his little heart. In 2015, 12 weeks after diagnosis Colby under went open heart surgury at the The Hospital for Sick Kids to repair both the ASD and VSD. During surgery the Doctors also found Colby's Mitral valve to be deformed and may require further surgery later in life. Colby will be a patient of the cardiac clinic at SickKids until he reaches adulthood. Rebecca and Shaun are forever grateful to all the Doctors, Nurses, and support staff for the care Colby recieved at SickKids.
In 2000 due to requests and client needs, Rebecca started teaching private lessons at her client’s backyard and condo pools. This was the beginning of Aquatics Academy. In 2008 originally named Mobile Aquatics which saw tremendous growth over the years, we started renting local Toronto pools to provide year round swimming lessons to our customers. Word of mouth spread and the growth continued. In the spring of 2017 we moved into our state of the art brand new purpose built aquatic facility located in the Champagne Centre at 2 Champagne Drive in North York. Our Champagne location serves as our Head Office and the main pool which is open 7 days a week.
Aquatics Academy still specializes in private mobile swimming lessons in the comfort of your backyard or condo pool.
Rebecca and Shaun continue to take an active role in the day to day operations of the company to ensure the high level of quality and customer satisfaction expected by our clients.
At Aquatics Academy we provide high quality swimming lessons with low student to instructor ratios. All preschool group classes have a ratio of 2:1 and a maximum ratio of 3:1 for all other 30, 45 and 60 minute classes conducted in an enjoyable and safe environment. The benefit of our low student to instructor ratios ensures an ideal learning environment while maximizing personal instruction time for each participant.
Aquatics Academy is more than the average swim school as we offer a wide range of services not limited to lifeguards, Aqua Fit instructors, camp staff courses, first aid training, advanced aquatics, as well as the full Lifesaving Society and Red Cross learn to swim programs. Our friendly and experienced staff was handpicked and thoroughly screened by the Aquatics Academy Management Team. Our Instructors are qualified by both The Canadian Red Cross and The Lifesaving Society. Most of our Instructors and lifeguards have been working at Aquatics Academy for multiple years.
Aquatics Academy is a proud charitable partner In Support of SickKids. Because every donation helps, we kindly ask for your added support. Please click here for our donation page. A tax receipt will be sent directly from SickKids Foundation. The SickKids vision is simple: Healthier Children. A Better World.
SickKids believes fighting for the health and wellbeing of children is one of the most powerful ways to improve society. Every year, SickKids Foundation invests in critical research, innovative education, and exceptional clinical care. With donor support, SickKids is building a better future by helping all children reach their fullest potential.
We service Toronto, Forest Hill, North York, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Markham, Vaughan, Maple, Aurora, Newmarket and Woodbridge. We truly believe the key to our success is customer satisfaction. We will go far to keep you as customers. We'll even come to you to prove it! That is why we are Aquatics Academy.
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