Entering her 28th year as a swim instructor, Susan is the founder and Director of Pods Swimming. She has taught thousands of Rhode Islanders to swim through various local swim programs. Her experience, knowledge, and positive encouragement have allowed many children to enjoy swimming.
Before becoming director of Pods Swimming, Susan was an entry level swim coach for the Bay & Ocean State Squids from 1996-2007. During that time she attended several American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) clinics and received two “New England Age Group Coach of the Year” awards from New England Swimming. Her program was the starting point for many top New England swimmers and national level swimmers. In 2007, she joined the United States Swim School Association and founded Pods Swimming; she then became certified in their Infant/Toddler program. Susan has attended the annual US Swim School Association National Conference since 2008 to the present. She has also been coaching for Seacoast Swimming from 2007 to the present.
Susan is a recipient of the 2016 Rhode Island Small Business Journal Entrepreneurial Women to Watch Community Champions. She is a 1997 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she received her BS in Dental Hygiene. Susan practiced dental hygiene at the office of Drs. Rubinstein & Ducoff in Providence, RI from 1998-2016. In 2017, Susan became a Certified Pool Operator. She and her husband Marc reside in Barrington with their daughter Jillian and son Evan.
Entering her 24th year as a swim instructor, Jamie's creativity, enthusiasm, and knowledge have given her exceptional success in teaching children to love and be safe in the water.
For seventeen years before becoming the program manager of Pods Swimming, Jamie was a private swim instructor and an entry-level swim coach for the Bay and Ocean State Squids. Jamie worked with the Cuttlefish and Pods programs which were the starting point for many top New England swimmers. The knowledge she attained from her coaching experience at Squids has proven to be an invaluable asset to the development of children as swimmers and athletes, and she generously shares that knowledge and experience with Pods Swimming staff.
In 2008, Jamie became certified in the United States Swim School Association's Infant/Toddler program and in the Special Abilities course in October 2014. She has also attended the annual US Swim School Association National Conference since 2008 to the present. Jamie is a former Ocean State Squids swimmer who brings with her fifteen years of competitive swimming. Jamie is a 2004 graduate of Rhode Island College where she received her BA in Graphic Communication. She currently is the Pods Swimming Program Manager and website and graphic designer.
Jenna brings thirteen years of competitive swimming experience to the Pods Swimming community. Jenna joined the Pods staff in March 2012. In 2013 she became certified in the United States Swim School Association's Infant/Toddler program, and in October 2014 completed the Special Abilities course.
Jenna is successful in teaching children of all ages to swim. She enjoys helping fearful children become comfortable and happy in the water. Jenna also enjoys teaching all four strokes and helping swimmers with their stroke technique. Jenna is excited to help the swimmers in the Pods program be the best that they can be in and out of the water.
John started swimming competitively at the age of 12, loved the sport right from the start and swam on his high school swim team at Cranston High School East. He currently attends Ashford University pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education.
Entering his 5th years as a Pods Instructor, John has brought excitement and enthusiasm to the pool. John was certified in the United States Swim School Infant/Toddler Program in October 2016. He has also been a lifeguard at the Wheeler Summer Camp for the past 3 years. His positive reinforcement and his ability to treat every swimmer as an individual has allowed many children to thrive in Pods Swimming.
Mike swam for the Seekonk Dolphins under coach Ellis Mayers. He enjoys passing on the great technique work he learned from coach Mayers.
Mike has been an instructor with PODS for 6 years and is also a coach for Seacoast Swimming Association. He attended the Eastern and Central states coaches clinic sanctioned by the ASCA in September 2016. Mike has two boys, Benjamin and Ryan who both swam for PODS and continue to swim for SSA.
Marguerite Pascale has always enjoyed the water. She grew up spending summers in Longmeadow Beach in Warwick, RI, taught herself to swim, and is the mother of three swimmers-- she sent her children to swim lessons when they were 6 months old.
Marguerite has over forty years of experience in medical billing for orthopedic surgeon Americo Savastano and podiatric surgeon John Volpe. Marguerite was certified in the United States Swim School Infant/Toddler Program in October 2014. She was also trained in the Summer 2015 by Angelfish Therapy. Marguerite is excited to share her love of children and her enjoyment of the water with the swimmers at Pods Swimming.
Entering his third year as a member of the Pods Swimming staff, Ricky has a keen ability to recognize stroke imperfections and help swimmers make corrections. He has proven to be an invaluable asset to the advanced Pods swimmers. Ricky was certified in the United States Swim School Infant/Toddler Program in March 2017.
His talent has also earned him a coaching position with Seacoast Swimming Association Age Group II and III program. Ricky has found a passion for teaching timid children to love the water. He was the captain of the 2015-2016 Cranston High School East swim team.
Gail joins the Pods community bringing with her over forty years of teaching experience. In 1965 Gail's mother founded the Glocester recreation swimming program where Gail began her teaching career. She comes from a family of swimmers, lifeguards and swim instructors who love the water. Gail has experience working with children of all abilities and adults. She currently holds a certification as a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and is presently the Community College of Rhode Island's Aquatic School program director at the Flanagan campus. Gail was trained in the Summer 2015 by Angelfish Therapy. She was also certified in the United States Swim School Infant/Toddler Program in March 2017.
Amanda is a 2006 graduate of Rhode Island College with her BA in Psychology. She is has been a swim instructor instructor for the Community College of Rhode Island since 2010. Amanda specialized in teaching children from the age of three to age ten. Amanda was certified in the United States Swim School Infant/Toddler Program in March 2017. She is excited to share her experience and knowledge with the Pods Swimming community.
Angelica is looking forward to joining the Pods staff and give back to the community where she began her swimming career. Angelica started swimming competitively at age 5 on Bay & Ocean State Squids who learned to swim under the direction of Susan and Jamie. She swam for Bay and Ocean State Squids from 1999-2007 and then swam for Blue Fish Swim club from 2008-2012. She was Captain of Narragansett High School Swim team her senior year of High School. Angelica received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology and she is currently enrolled in a Masters of Healthcare Administration program through Seton Hall University. She swam for the University of Rhode Island her freshman year. Angelica is a certified USA and YMCA swim coach and coaches for South County YMCA and Liquid Space Swim Club from 2013 to present. Angelica was certified in the United States Swim School Infant/Toddler Program in March 2017. She was a veteran ocean surf rescue lifeguard at Narragansett Town Beach for five summers. Angelica is excited to share her love of the sport with the swimmers at Pods Swimming.
Elizabeth joined the Pods Swimming staff in 2014 and instantly found her nitch. Her patience and ability to understand breath control and body position has earned her a position as a head instructor. Elizabeth instills confidence in the young swimmers in the Pods program. Elizabeth was certified in the United States Swim School Infant/Toddler Program in March 2017.
During the summer of 2016, she was a instructor for the Wheeler School summer camp. Elizabeth is excited to continue to share her skills with the swimmers in the Pods community.
Caroline joined the Pods Swimming staff in the fall of 2016 and has thoroughly enjoyed her time with the organization. Caroline is a 2014 graduate of Penn State University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism. Caroline has worked in the pool since she was a young kid -- swimming competitively for 12 years and serving as a coach, instructor and lifeguard for six years. She did all of that while living in her hometown of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Out of the pool, you can find Caroline on the TV working as a reporter for Channel 12 in Providence. Caroline is extremely excited to begin working with the Pods organization -- serving as a deck supervisor and instructor.
Nick joined the Pods staff in 2017 as the Pods Swimming Pool Operator. Nick is a certified pool operator through the National Swimming Pool Foundation. He has been maintaining and operating the Community College of Rhode Island's pool from 2001 to the present. Nick is a former competitive swimmer who represented CCRI. Nick has passion water quality and facility maintenance. He is excited to continue his excellence at the Pods Swimming Aquatics Center.
Erica is currently a student at the University of Rhode Island pursuing a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. A former competitive swimmer at LaSalle Academy, Erica joined the Pods staff in 2013, and was certified in the United States Swim School Infant/Toddler Program in October 2016. Erica enjoys teaching water safety and stroke development to children of all ages and skill levels.
Tom began his swimming career at the age of two under the direction of Susan and Jamie. Tom represented the Ocean State Squids as an age group swimmer from 1998-2005. He went on to play division 1 rugby at both the high school and college levels and he is currently the assistant rugby coach at Bishop Hendricken High School. Tom is a 2014 graduate of Iona College where he received his BA in Secondary Education with the focus of History. Tom is a history teacher at his alma matter BHHS. He has also been lifeguarding for the past ten summers at various beaches throughout the Ocean State. Tom is excited to give back to the community where he started his roots and can't wait to share the love of water with future generations.
Emily is currently enrolled at Rhode Island College majoring in elementary education with a special education concentration. Emily joined the PODS team in 2015 and has since rejoined us. She works with children with special needs and disabilities, and is assisting children from the Autism Project. Emily has also been apart of the 2017 coaching staff for the Kirkbrae Krocs and is focused on perfecting a child's swim stroke, breathing technique and pushing kids to their full potential.
Enrolled in the Pods program, Kayla began her swimming career under the direction of Susan and Jamie at the age of nine. Kayla continued swimming competitively representing Seacoast Swimming Association and St Mary’s Academy’s Bay View. Kayla joined the Pods staff in 2015, and has worked with the Nautilus, Octopus, Jr and Giant Squid levels at Pods. Kayla was also a member of the coaching staff for the 2017 Kirkbrae Krocs. She is excited to share her enjoyment of the sport with the Pods community.
Charlee joined the Pods Swimming staff in 2013, her love of kids and outgoing energy allowing her to have patience and to provide comfort. She recently became a head instructor in the summer of 2017 after being a helper and developing the skills of body position and breath control. Charlee swam at a young age and continues for her Moses Brown high school swim team. She was lifeguard and CPR certified most recently in 2016. She is excited to continue to teach and support swimmers in the Pods community.
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