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


Jessica Schmidt

front desk | instructor

| married with 3 kiddos |

| ocean + beach |

| loyal |

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Jean Moseman

front desk 

| grandma of 13 |

| birding + photography |

| faith |


Morgan Walton

front desk | instructor


Cammi Howard

front desk | instructor

| early childhood education |

| disney lover |

| vibrant | 


Kiley Peterson

front desk | instructor

| amazing mom to 1 |

| iced coffee |

| genuine | 


Ashley Svik


| elementary education/ special education |

| shoot trap |

 | passionate | 

| wife & mama |

| loves pizza |

| strong |


Miranda Horner


| nebraska wesleyan university |

| singing & chemistry |

| attentive | 


Mikayla Kiefel


| nebraska wesleyan university |

| coloring |

| caring |


Katelyn Oathout


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

| patient |  


Courtney Edelmaier



Sophie Antinoro


| lincoln southwest |

| track and field |

| motivated |


Zahria Johnson


| lincoln high |

| track |

| compassionate | 

| pre-school teacher |

| chicken nuggets |

| gentle | 


Amiyah Crisler


| lincoln east |

| cheerleading|

| outgoing| 



Avery Tomlinson

| lincoln southwest |

| traveling and brownies |

| generous | 


Delaney Kort


| lincoln southwest |

| volleyball |

| bubbly | 

| lincoln high|

| track|

| compassionate | 


Hayley Hogan

deck assistant

| lincoln southwest |

| 3D printing |

| sweet |


Ava Lavene

swim instructor 

| lincoln southwest |

| loves to read |

| artistic | 

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Hailey DeWitt


| southeast community college |

| 80's music |

| driven |


Kendall Bolte

deck assistant

| lincoln southwest |

| dance |

| easy going | 


Taylor Finley


| UNL education major |

| loves cats |

| positive | 


Tori Madewell


| early childhood teacher |

| loves tacos | 

| funny |


Jenneca Sonder

deck assistant

| lincoln southeast |

| piano and dance |

| friendly | 


Chloe Hogan

deck assistant

| lincoln southwest |

| rubik's cube solver |

| honest |