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

Kyle has been teaching with ASU since 2005. Kyle knows exactly what it takes to become an excellent swimmer and helps all of his students become just that. Kyle is a graduate of UCSC studying Chemistry and is currently a certified dive instructor for PADI here at ASU. Kyle teaches group lessons on Tuesdays/Thursdays and works in the office most of the week.

Contact Kyle via the swim office: swim at asudoit dot com

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 Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays!

Beatrice Bloom

Aquatics Instructor

Beatrice teaches group lessons on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Josey Miele

Aquatics Instructor

Josey Teaches group lessons on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Emily Zimmel

Emily Zimmel

Vice president of ASU / Aquatics Instructor

Emily has been a part of the ASU team for about 6 years now, teaching swim 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.

Dario Margheriti

Dario Margheriti

Aquatics Instructor

Dario works well with children and in one lesson you’ll see why! He is high energy, encouraging, and just a lot of fun! Kids and parents agree!

Claudia Bloom

Aquatics Instructor

We are so lucky to have Claudia! She has worked for many years as a nurse and has a clear and precise expectation she lays out for the children. She is always in high spirits and we are happy to have here as an Adventure Sports Instructor.