" Coach Amy- I just wanted to thank you so much for your work with my kiddos! We tried MULTIPLE swim teachers and programs over the years, and you are the first one to help my kids make consistent progress - and have them be excited to go to lessons every single time! I so appreciate your patience with my boy’s motor coordination and focus issues, and I knew from the first lesson that you just “got” what he needed. Swimming is such an important life skill and we are just so grateful to have found you as our swim instructor. " K.H.
"My son has worked with Coach Amy for 3 summers privately plus one school year in group technique and fitness. In that time we've gone from a lousy crawl to all 4 competitive strokes legal. Acquiring good technique has always been challenging for my son due to motor coordination challenges. We've worked with a lot of swim coaches - both groups and private for about 13 years (YMCA, city of RR, Nitro) with 2 kids. Amy is not only tops in competence but she has extensive experience with all kinds of swimmers, and she really personalizes the instruction to the child. She's persistent. She knows how to get the strokes legal to progress. She communicates with solid instruction - clear verbal and beautiful demonstrations. She can teach general swimming and then zero in on your areas needing improvement. This summer was pure stroke coaching for us. Next year we plan to work on diving technique. My son likes her a lot. What more could I possibly need? A coach with a big collegiate competitive swim background? She's that too - and a lot more. I can't say enough good things about Coach Amy because I'd write a book. No matter what level your swimmer, you should definitely try to work with her and see if it's a good fit." - Maria
"Amy was very patient and kind when giving Michael (who is autistic/nonverbal) swim lessons. She understood how to communicate with him and teach him how to swim. He loves the water and can now swim and enjoy the water without a life jacket. We now can enjoy swimming as a family!!"-S.H.
"Our daughter has been working with Amy for two years. When we started she was very frightened of the water. She is now confident in the water and loves to float on her back and swim to the wall! Amy is very patient, knowledgeable and great with kids. We love Coach Amy! - Megan H."
"Coach Amy is amazing with kids. My 3 year old got over her fear of getting her head wet in just a few sessions and is now swimming short distances all by herself! Highly recommend especially for timid swimmers!" - L.M.
"My teen-aged daughter M has been swimming with Amy Linkous for a couple of years. M has multiple disabilities including the inability to speak, substantial sensory processing and motor planning issues, and seizure disorder. Amy has been a marvelous teacher for M: patient and sensitive to her needs and preferences, extremely respectful of her autonomy and agency and careful to learn her way of communicating, and also very savvy in gently pushing to ever greater achievement and skill-building tailored very specifically to M’s needs. M has flourished with Amy’s instruction — I couldn’t imagine a better swim teacher than Amy! - M's Dad"
"Coach Amy is fabulous! My son has been working with her throughout the summer to learn and refine his strokes and techniques. He looks forward to every session and can't wait to practice what he's learned. We will definitely be taking more sessions with her, and we highly recommend her for all swimmers." - D.R.
"We have been amazed at the progress our 6 year old son, Caden, has made in such a short period of time! We had previously completed several swim lesson sessions with absolutely no progress and Caden's continued discomfort of water. Last summer, we anxiously began lessons with Amy just as our backyard pool was finished and ready for swimming. Caden tends to be pretty sensitive and has some sensory issues and Amy knew exactly how to get him comfortable and confident in the water. Within two lessons, Caden was able to swim enough to get himself to the side of the pool. One year later, Caden loves to swim and is a fish in the water! Thank you so much, Amy! He could not have gotten this far without you!"- Dana G.
“Amy was absolutely instrumental in helping our daughter overcome her fear of swimming in the deep end of the pool. Amy’s great sense of humor and never-ending patience, while nurturing our daughter’s confidence, turned a previous bad experience into one where she felt like she could swim in the deep end again. We are very grateful we reached out to Amy when we did, and have enjoyed watching our daughter build the skills she needs to overcome her fear.“-Joe and Joanna T.
"We took lessons with Coach Amy this summer and the girls did so well! My 4yo and 2yo took lessons together and Coach Amy was so great with the both of them. The girls learned a lot and their confidence level in the water has improved so much. We really enjoyed working with Coach Amy and will be taking lessons with her again next summer!!" - J.T.
"Coach Amy is great! I have been so pleased with the progress my kids (4 & 6) have made in only six lessons. My daughter, 4, has gone from not wanting to put her head underwater to looking forwarding to going to her lessons and “seeing if Coach Amy has painted her toenails” underwater. Coach Amy is patient and consistent with the kids and they love going. I love that they are learning how to swim and learning proper form and safety from the start." -T.G.
"Amy is fabulous. She has given stroke lessons to all three of my kids and to my niece. Amy is highly skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to stroke technique. Most importantly she is wonderful with kids of all ages. I highly recommend Amy."-A.T.
"Amy is a great swim instructor whose years of experience shows in her style of teaching. She sincerely and patiently worked with my kids while motivating them to achieve their goal." - G.S.