Meet Our Swim Instructors

Dennis Judson

Dennis Judson

Rest in Peace

Dennis was a dreamer and he made his obsession his job. He was not only one of the owners of ASU, he developed the curriculum of the Swim Program. He had been teaching for over 35 years and was beginning to get second generation kids coming to him.

Sadly, we lost our Denny in November of 2017, but his legacy lives on through every swimmer, diver, forager, and kayaker that has ever had their life touched by his unique and wildly fun energy.

He will always have a place on this page as we miss him everyday! He will always be know as ASU’s finest.

Kyle Gorham

Kyle Gorham

Aquatics Director / Instructor
Emily Zimmel

Emily Zimmel

Vice president of ASU / Aquatics Instructor

Emily has been a part of the ASU team for about 5 years now, teaching and working in the scuba shop. Her love for the water and raising her own kids in it, brings a unique stance to the swim program. Emily teaches tues/thurs mornings and has a firm but gentle approach in training our little swimmers.

Nicole Carver

Nicole Carver

Aquatics Instructor

Nicole has been with ASU for about 2 years now. She graduated from Westmont in 2014 with a BS in Biology. She is an adventurer to the max! When she‘s not in the pool, she spends her time 100ft below the ocean filming sea creatures or 100ft up in the treetops of Mt. Hermon giving zipline tours! She is a certified dive master with ASU, and she’s looking forward to grad school. Nicole teaches M/W mornings.

Christina Schimmel

Aquatics Instructor

Christina has been working for ASU for about a year. She studies Early Childhood Development and American Sign Language at Cabrillo College. You can find Christina hiking around beautiful Santa Cruz with her dog in her spare time. Christina teaches all levels on Saturdays and Sundays!

Jessica Woods

Jessica Woods

Aquatics Instructor

Jessica has worked for ASU for 3 years after coming back after a 5 year break from her first swim season working here. She has always had a love for the water and was on a swim team when she was younger. Growing up in Southern California she was in a pool every chance she had. She loves kids and enjoys the awesome personalities they have. Her passion for teaching swim makes her very enthusiastic about her job. Jessica teaches group lessons Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and private lessons on Saturday.

Nathan Rodgers (Nate)

Aquatics Instructor

Nate is twenty years old and was born and raised on the West Side of Santa Cruz! He surfs Mavericks in the Winter, has a year and a half old Corgi named Ziggy, and he is preparing to go to Paramedic School in the next year. He also teaches CPR, BLS, First Aid, and EMT classes at Defib This downtown. He works as a Beach Lifeguard in the summer months! As a qualified waterman, Nate is sure to take your little swimmer to the next level.

Anaiis Nysether

Anaiis Nysether

Aquatics Instructor

Anaiis is working at ASU for her second summer in a row. When she was little, she came to Adventure Sports to learn how to swim. Now, she has been a swim instructor, lifeguard, and is currently a Marine Rescue Swimmer for the Santa Cruz Fire Department. Her love of water and her fun, lively spirit is what makes her a great swim instructor!

Colin Wiederkehr

Aquatics Instructor

Colin is new to our swim program this year, and the kids just love him. He has really taken a hold of what our swim program is all about. He is a junior at UCSC majoring in politics. In his spare time he likes to be sailing or hanging out with his cool cat named Mallory. He played water polo growing up and he loves the pool.