School Of Fish Mission:

     Our mission is to help all ages: 1) Learn critical survival skills, develop safe swimming habits and a healthy respect for water, 2) Develop skills and techniques that are commensurate with their swimming performance goals, and 3) Participate in an activity that contributes to a lifetime of well-being.

     In addition to safety and skill development, SOF strives to create an enriching experience by optimizing the instructor-to-student ratio. SOF offers cost-effective group classes and delivers an appropriate level of direct instruction for participants at different skill levels. Each instructor has an area of expertise and brings genuine passion to swim instruction that inspires students to achieve measurable outcomes.

     SOF features distinct programs to meet specific needs of each age group, skill level and individual goal: Early Childhood (6 months to 3 years old), Pre-Kindergarten to Junior (3 to 11 years old) and Pre-Teen, Teen and Adult (11 to 18 years, and adults all ages, including children, and adults, and special needs).

     SOF offers progressive programs that create continuity, visibility and encourage bi-directional feedback. Each SOF program has a specific session description, prerequisites, session skills/goals, weekly assessment tracking sheets, and certificates of achievement that include instructor feedback outlining strengths, skill development and recommendations with respect to the next SOF program level.


Instructor Biographies


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: “Miss Maria” Barringhaus has more than 30 years experience in swim instruction. In addition to her Red Cross WSI certification, she has helped many students and adults overcome aquaphobia; instructed children with special needs, including the (Manasota BUDS); she specializes in instructing

children with disabilities, and is a certified elementary education teacher/tutor. As the owner of SOF, she has thoughtfully created a team of highly effective professional swim instructors with superior knowledge, experience, and the highest quality of delivering exceptional instruction.


2005 – 2007 University of South Florida – Sarasota, Manatee Master of Arts in Education – Elementary K-6 Endorsement: ESOL, ESE Resource, Special Needs (Children and Adults)

1991 – 1993 New York Institute of Technology, Westbury, New York Master of Arts – Industrial Organizational Psychology   

1985 – 1988 Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri Bachelor of Arts – Business Communications   

1983 – 1985 Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri Associate of Arts – Humanities


"Miss Becky" Stevens has over 8 years of experience teaching swim to all ages, skill levels, including children with special needs. She specializes in teaching swim to children with disabilities. In addition to her Red Cross & School Of Fish certifications. Miss Becky is a certified elementary education teacher and tutor. Miss Becky has extensive experience in teaching children with Autism how to swim. She specializes in 

non-verbal, sensory and behavior modification, enhancement and enrichment.


2009-2013 -- Florida Atlantic University

Elementary Education K-6, Endorsement: ESOL


"Miss Chelsea" Rademaker has over 10 years of experience teaching swim to all ages, skill levels, including children with special needs. In addition to The School Of Fish WSI certification, she is a certified Special Education elementary teacher and tutor. Her leadership

skills and ability to manage expectations for our students and parents/caregivers surpasses the average expectation in delivering superior customer service.


     2007-2011: University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL - Bachelor of Science-Electronic Media and Psychology

     2012-2014: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL - Master of Arts-Special Education

     Endorsements: Special Education, PreK-3, Reading, ESOL 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Miss Ashlyn Kratsch is an avid swimmer and an amazing school teacher. She loves sports, and swimming is a major part of her life. She strives to provide all children with opportunities to excel in every ability and skill level. She understands that all children need

differentiated instruction whether in the pool or the classroom – which makes her an exceptional SOF swimming instructor. Her compassion and passion for the sport of swimming, and helping children become winners is insurmountable. She is highly qualified to teach swimmers with special needs. She is also a certified elementary education teacher and tutor.


May 2014: Master of Education in Early Childhood Education

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 

May 2013: Bachelor of Arts in Special Education

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, Florida Academic Scholars


Professional Education

PreK/Primary (age 3-grade 3)

Preschool Education (birth-age 4)

PreK Disabilities endorsement

ESOL endorsement

40-hour Child Development Associate

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Jessica Nunemaker is a sports enthusiast. Miss Jessica likes to "swim with the sharks" -- as she is seriously focused on helping children, young teens, and adults find their comfort zone with learning how to swim, and become their personal "best." She works diligently toward developing skills that promote safety and a life long love of swimming as a "gateway" toward a healthy life style to stay in tip top shape. She is also a highly-effective certified elementary education teacher and tutor.


May 2011: Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education

Elementary Education Teaching Certificate Grades K-6

Bloomsburg University Cumulative -- Elementary Education program

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Miss Lyn has lived in the Bradenton area since 2004. She has been swimming competitively since the age of 5 through summer and age group swim teams, high school and into college and masters level teams. She is an avid swimmer, boater, jet skier, water skier, scuba diver, paddle boarder and beach bum. She earned her bachelors degree in psychology with a minor in human development at Colorado State University as well as her Paralegal Certificate. She is American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR, AED, Scuba and USA Swimming Official certified. She

believes in teaching a healthy respect for the forces of water and has years of experience teaching all ages including her own two children starting them at the age of six months. Her teaching style is gentle while instilling love, respect, safety and skills in and around the water especially in order to live and enjoy the Florida lifestyle.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: "Miss Darcie" Pleasant is a life-long swimmer. She swam competitively throughout high school, and has continued her swimming career as a coach and swim instructor. This is her seventh year with the School Of Fish. She has taught swim to all ages and skill levels, including children with 

special needs. In addition to her Red Cross & School Of Fish certifications, she is a certified elementary education teacher.


2010-2012: University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (Orange County)

Bachelors of Arts-Elementary Education K-6


Endorsement: Reading

Endorsement: ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Language)

2008-2010: Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL (Collier County)

Associates of Arts

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: "Miss Braedan Mudd" has been in Manatee and Sarasota area since 2004. She has been swimming since she was six months old and competitively swimming since she was six years old on summer, year-round, and high school swim teams. She is an avid golfer and swimmer which gives her the passion to teach both. She also loves to travel and spend time with her puppies! She has her degree in Education from State College of Florida. She also is American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard, CPR, AED, First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, and Scuba Certified. She hopes to give her students the skills

necessary to survive in and around the water while instilling the confidence for a healthy lifestyle and a lifelong enjoyment of the water.


 All School Of Fish Instructors are Pediatric First Aid CPR & AED Certified.

©2008 ~ Maria Barringhaus ~ Family Fitness, LLC