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Meet Our Swim Instructors


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All swim instructors at American University hold an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard certifications.

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    Elinor Bragaw

    Public Health

    Charlottesville, VA

    Elinor is a certified Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard
    through the American Red Cross. This is her fourth year lifeguarding and second year teaching swim lessons. Fascinated with all things water from a young age, she began swimming competitively at age 7 and continued from summer league to her high school team. In high school she also played lacrosse and fell in love with rowing. As a sophomore at American, she intends to major in public health with a focus on environmental sustainability and public policy. In her free time, she likes drawing, writing and listening to Hamilton on repeat.


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    Jace Caccavale

    Psychology & Justice and Law

    Rochester, NY

    My name is Jace Caccavale. I learned to swim early in my
    life when I refused to play on a soccer team. I swam on my high school's JV team for 1 year and the Varsity team for 3 years. I have been a lifeguard for 4 years and a swim instructor for the same amount of time. I've taught a variety ages from children to adults. Outside of the pool I'm majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice and I love reading books on either of those topics.

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    Albert Fuji


    Seattle, WA

    Hi there! My name is Albert Fuji. I have been swimming since I was 5 years old and I haven’t stopped since! Some of my fondest memories in the water are of my swim lessons at my local pool in Seattle where I learned the starfish float and became confident in the water. Since then, I have enjoyed building upon my own love of the water, from surfing to open water races. But my real passion is teaching others how to enjoy the water as much as me! Here at American University, I am a certified Red Cross Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor and I teach group and single lessons to adults and children.

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    Will Jessup


    Lancaster, PA

    Will is one of our four head lifeguards at the Reeves Aquatic Center. He has been working as a lifeguard and swim instructor for over five years. He began swimming competitively around the age of 8 and is very comfortable in the water. Will has had experience teaching the basics with kids and adults, as well as focusing on stroke techniques with more advanced swimmers.

    Will is currently a junior at American University, studying Biology on a pre-vet track. He spent the summer travelling across the world, working with some of the coolest animals on the planet. While he's not at the pool or in class, Will is a member of his fraternity's executive board, serves on the Student Conduct Council, and is an ambassador for the Washington Mentorship Program.