LifeSTROKES
1601 Normandy Ct. Ste. 100
Lincoln, NE 68512

402-421-SWIM (7946)

swim@lifestrokes.com

hours
monday 9am - 8pm

tuesday 9am - 8pm

wednesday 9am - 8pm

thursday 9am - 8pm

friday 10am - 6pm

saturday closed

sunday closed

friday & saturday available for scheduled birthday parties

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© 2019 LifeSTROKES

Owner

I became a lifeguard at our local pool in Gothenburg, NE and began teaching Red Cross swim lessons. I quickly realized I had a passion to get children comfortable in the water and started offering private swim lessons to local families.

After high school I moved to Milwaukee, WI for college. I was introduced to Swimtastic Swim School and was so intrigued by their teaching style and passion for children and how their mission was to get each child or adult comfortable in the water. I became a swim instructor there and later became a deck manager, assistant facility manager and facility manager. Through my training I was able to refine my teaching style and become nationally certified in teaching infants.

I moved back to NE and brought back with me a STRONG desire and passion for offering professional lifesaving swim lessons to families using the knowledge that I was given. I started teaching swim lessons at the Racquet Club and realized that my dream of giving professional lifesaving swim lessons to families was far beyond anything that I had seen offered to the community of Lincoln. I was introduced to Blake Collingsworth who is the founder of Josh the Otter project after he and his family experience the death of their 2 1/2 son, Josh, to drowning. It was then that I was able to start the journey of offering my skills and passion to Lincoln.

Through the connection with Josh the Otter foundation I was able to start teaching 30 swim students after work 2 nights a week from a local hotel. From there my clientele grew and my husband and I decided to purchase a home with a pool in the backyard to teach from during the summer months. Soon the demand was more than what I was able to meet on my own and I hired my first swim instructor, Miss. Jana!! We then taught from hotels in the winter months and my home pool during the summer months for two years. After the second summer teaching from our home pool it was very clear we needed a swim facility to call home. It was then in the Spring of 2012 that we moved to the 16th and Old Cheney location and have never looked back since!! We quickly outgrew that facility, so we moved across the street and expanded to accommodate our ever growing needs!! In the Fall of 2015 we unveiled our new 6,400 sq ft swim facility to all our swim families, Lincoln and surrounding communities.

I have been continually blessed by our AMAZING swim families and their support of my passion for offering LIFEsaving swim skills to Lincoln and the surrounding communities!! Without the support of God, my husband, family, staff and community this dream would never have been able to become reality!! I would love to introduce myself and amazing staff to you and show the awesome possibilities that you or your child have in the water!!

Ms Jessica

Ms Jana

Facility Manager

I became a Red Cross certified lifeguard in high school in my home town of Spalding, NE where I taught public and private swim lessons which combined my love for children and enjoyment of the water.

After high school, I studied education at the University of Nebraska-Kearney for 2 years. I later transferred to Doane College in Lincoln to study psychology and sociology where I graduated with my degree in Human Relations in 2012. I am so thankful for a career where I get to nurture and participate in childhood development on a very intimate level. The water can be a challenging environment in which to become comfortable and confident, and that is what I love to equip your children with most — confidence in their abilities!!!

In June 2007, I was introduced to Jessica Bailey -and after learning of my love for helping children- she asked me to join their family as a nanny after the birth of their first son in April 2008. I became a swim instructor for LifeSTROKES in February 2011 and have fallen in love with the families and children that I have been able to teach! Through the years, I have had the opportunity to watch LifeSTROKES grow into what it has now become. I admire and share Jessica’s work ethic and passion for teaching professional lifesaving swim lessons.

Currently, I am the Assistant Facility Manager and can be seen in the water teaching; on deck hiring, training or assisting new instructors; or at the front desk getting you registered for future swim sessions. Also, I’m usually the one posting and responding to you all on Facebook. 

I am not in the water teaching as much as I have been in the past. Even though it is hard being away from some of my favorite students, our goal is to train and equip other women who share our desire to better the lives of others through providing LIFE saving swim skills. We want to be able to offer our services and passion to as much of this awesome community as possible!

Thank you to our amazing families who allow us to be a part of your lives every single week!!

meet our LifeSTROKES family

Anita Pollard

front desk | instructor

 | loves Jesus + her grandkids |

 | golfer | 

| graceful |

Morgan Walton

front desk | instructor

| wife & mama |

| loves pizza |

| strong | 

Jean Moseman

front desk 

| grandma of 11 |

| birding + photography |

| faith |

Jessica Schmidt

front desk | instructor

| married with 3 kiddos |

| ocean + beach |

| loyal |

Sue Shamblin

front desk

| grandma of 6 |

| playing bridge |

| faithful |

Nicole Lopez-Bettendorf

front desk

| masters in special education |

| spongebob-shaped mac ‘n’ cheese |

| witty | 

Jaime Markowski

front desk

| mom of 4 |

| pickleball |

| caring |

Hailey DeWitt

instructor

Hannah Carlstedt

instructor

| doane university |

| collegiate soccer player |

| experienced | 

| lincoln christian school |

| 80's music |

| driven |

| unl – elementary education |

| shoot trap |

 | passionate | 

Mikayla Kiefel

instructor

| nebraska wesleyan university |

| coloring |

| caring |

Jessica Kiefel

instructor

| nebraska wesleyan university |

| popcorn |
 | genuine | 

Ashley Svik

instructor

Brooke Eisenhauer

instructor

| doane university |

| disney lover |

| smiley |

Miranda Horner

instructor

| pius X |

| singing & chemistry |

| attentive | 

Katelyn Oathout

instructor

| bryan college of health and science – nursing |
| french fries & ice cream |

| patient |  

Regan Schneider

instructor

| lincoln high school |

| volleyball, dance & crafts |

| spunky |

Jaiden Triggs

instructor

| southwest high school |

| brownies & BLT’s |

| energetic | 

deck assistant | instructor

| lincoln high|

| track|

| compassionate | 

deck assistant

| southwest high school |

| cheerleading |

| smiley | 

Mauni Brown

deck assistant

| university of nebraska |

| hiking |

| people person | 

Zahria Johnson

Courtney Edelmaier

instructor

| doane university |

| chicken nuggets |

| gentle | 

Hope Muehling

Rylee Schneider

swim instructor

| lincoln high school |

| cheer and dance |

| sweet | 

Kiley Peterson

front desk | instructor

| amazing mom to 1 |

| coffee conn |

| genuine | 

Valerie

deck assistant

Kendall Bolte

deck assistant

| scott middle school |

| dance |

| easy going | 

Hayley Hogan

deck assistant

| southwest high school |

| 3D printing |

| sweet |

Amiyah Crisler

deck assistant

| lincoln east high school |

| cheerleading|

| outgoing| 

Kendall Bolte

deck assistant

| scott middle school |

| dance |

| easy going | 

Hayley Hogan

deck assistant

| southwest high school |

| 3D printing |

| sweet |

Amiyah Crisler

deck assistant

| lincoln east high school |

| cheerleading|

| outgoing| 

Kendall Bolte

deck assistant

| scott middle school |

| dance |

| easy going | 

Hayley Hogan

deck assistant

| southwest high school |

| 3D printing |

| sweet |

Amiyah Crisler

deck assistant

| lincoln east high school |

| cheerleading|

| outgoing| 

Kendall Bolte

deck assistant

| scott middle school |

| dance |

| easy going | 

Hayley Hogan

deck assistant

| southwest high school |

| 3D printing |

| sweet |

Amiyah Crisler

deck assistant

| lincoln east high school |

| cheerleading|

| outgoing| 

Kendall Bolte

deck assistant

| scott middle school |

| dance |

| easy going | 

Hayley Hogan

deck assistant

| southwest high school |

| 3D printing |

| sweet |

Amiyah Crisler

deck assistant

| lincoln east high school |

| cheerleading|

| outgoing| 

Alaya Austin

deck assistant

| lincoln high school |

| puppies |

| caring | 

Claire Lundgren

instructor

Gemma Larsen

deck assistant

|  piux high school |

| soccer |

| laughing |