Aqua Sports Swim Academy is very proud to present our amazing team of instructors. Each member of our talented instruction team is CPR and AED certified. Some of our instructors offer years of competitive swimming experience and others bring us many years of experience in working with children of all ages and together we have created a talented and qualified team of teaching expertise to students of various ages. We strive in maintaining instructors that provide each and every student with the best quality experience possible.


Alex, Swim Instructor at Aqua Sports and Swim Academy in San MateoAlex, a self-taught swimmer, came to us with over seven years of experience as a swim instructor and a passion for working with young children. He moved to the Peninsula from Southern California in 2002, where he began his career as a swim instructor while attending a local high school. Alex prides himself on being a fun yet productive instructor. His students excel in our program as a result of Alex’s ability to understand individual learning styles and cater his instruction techniques.

Alex joined Aqua Sports one month after opening our doors in 2011. Since then, instructor Alex and Mike partner closely to build a unique curriculum designed for personalized swim instruction. Alex is our lead instructor responsible for curriculum development and performance guidelines.

When Alex is not in the pool teaching he enjoys bike rides, reading comic books and routine visits to Disneyland.


Diana Butterfield Aqua Sports Swim Academy San MateoTeaching swimming is one of Dianna’s greatest passions. With over twenty years of experience as a swim instructor, Dianna has taught water safety and swim techniques to students of all ages and skill levels, infants and adults included. Her goal is to teach everyone to swim with enthusiasm and positive energy by sharing her passion for the sport. When Dianna is not in the pool teaching she loves to cook all varieties of food and share her home made meals with family and close friends. Dianna was born and raised on the peninsula and enjoys an active lifestyle with her family. Together they take advantage of the areas many water sporting activities like surfing and water skiing. One of Dianna’s favorite pass times away from the water is watching her eleven year old all-star play in baseball tournaments.


Mike, Swim Instructor at Aqua Sports and Swim Academy in San MateoMike came to Aqua Sports with over thirteen years of experience as a swim instructor and was instrumental in launching our swim school in 2011. He enjoys working with students of all ages, and specializes in working with toddlers to develop early water safety and survival swim skills. Mike grew up on the Peninsula and started teaching swimming during his high school years.

As our Lead Instructor and Facility Director, Mike has the responsibility for developing our instructor base, and maintaining a safe clean pool environment for our students. In addition to his many years of supervisory experience, Mike is also a Certified Pool Operator and overseas our pool chemistry.