Meet Your Instructor


Certified PediaSwim Instructor

    Born and raised in Florida, I have spent my whole life around water. 


    Growing up, my family enjoyed many weekends and holidays camping, fishing, water skiing and knee boarding.  In addition, I swam on the high school swim team. 

    When my daughters were born I knew how important it was for them to learn to swim and during my search to find a swim instructor I stumbled across a survival swim school. This was not your typical swim lesson. The idea of teaching a child as young as 6 months to rotate onto their back into a float fascinated me and I quickly realized how valuable this skill was.  


    In September of 2018 I decided to start a new career as a survival swim instructor. I received my training  and certification through the PediaSwim program at SouthWest Aquatics in Winter Garden. Part of my training included a very special group of children from one of the local Head Start programs. It was an honor to have been able to make a difference in the lives of these children.


    Float First Aquatics opened in October of 2018 and is now providing survival swim instruction to children in Sorrento, FL and the surrounding areas.   

Our son was very timid the first few lessons and I loved how willing and flexible Ilene was to help him at his own pace. As soon as he built his confidence in the water, he had a huge grin and couldn't wait to get in the pool and swim. We are so grateful for Ilene and will be returning for practice  lessons as well as beginner lessons for our daughter. Thank you Ilene!

- Brittany

In The Community

Bringing awareness to drowning prevention through community outreach. 

      At the heart of everything I do is my passion for child safety and the commitment to educating our community while bringing awareness to the prevention of drowning. .

Member of the East Lake Chamber of Commerce 

Member of National Drowning Prevention Alliance

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@2018 by Float First Aquatics