Our Staff | Small Fish Big Fish Swim School

Our Staff

We have a highly trained staff that provides our unique brand of professional swim lessons and exceptional service.  All instructors are typically lifeguard, CPR, and first aid certified and are required to participate in a rigorous 40+ hour training program. Our training program and curriculum were developed by A Broido Consulting.  We are proud of this curriculum, its' teacher training, and its' evaluation systems which have been defined over the last 40 years of proven success teaching students of all ages. 

Small Fish Big Fish Swim School is also proud of its dedicated management team which consists of:

 

Melissa Taylor, Founding Fish & President

After a successful professional career in luxury automobile sales, Melissa Goldberg-Taylor decided to leave her job to pursue her dream of opening a swim school. In less than 4 years she was able to transition her backyard and community swim school into a promising year round indoor facility that services the Palm Beach community. Throughout many years of swim instructing, Melissa has taken many professional courses and accreditations to supplement her training.  She has been certified as a lifeguard, water safety instructor, professional CPR, First Aid, and AED administrator, and has even taken numerous courses in adaptive aquatics as well as infant and toddler swimming. In 2011, she became professional accredited pool operator by the National Swimming School Foundation.  She is also a current member of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and the United States Swim School Association and regularly travels around the country to meet with other aquatics professionals in order to stay abreast of new trends within the industry. Her favorite "small fish" and current enrollees in the Small Fish Big Fish Swim School include her own two children.

 

Kurt Taylor, Owner           

                                                                        

 

 

 

 

Whittney Warner, Director of Operations

Swimming before she could walk, Whittney always knew she would live a life surrounded by water. After serving in the U.S. Navy for five years in Jacksonville, Florida, Whittney relocated to Lakewood, Colorado and became an American Red Cross certified Water Safety Swim Instructor and began teaching swimmers of all ages. Living in the water led to a friendship with a couple of scuba divers that knew of a boat captain in Key West, Florida that was in need of a deck hand for the vessel’s live aboard dive charters. Whittney relocated and enjoyed several years diving and traveling to the Dry Tortugas, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and Cuba as a deck hand during the dive season. The “off season” was spent lifeguarding, coaching, and teaching swim lessons at the Florida Keys Community College. Knowing her passion was to share the love of water with others, Whittney moved to West Palm Beach and found a home at Small Fish Big Fish Swim School where she shares her tales of under sea adventures with small fish, encouraging them to stay safe and have fun everyday!
 
Certifications
American Red Cross Lifeguard
American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor
American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
USSSA Infant/Toddler Instructor
USSSA Special Abilities Instructor
US Masters Swim Coach
Aquatic Facilities Operator
National Water Fitness Aquatic Fitness Instructor
 
Certifications
American Red Cross Lifeguard
American Red Cross Lifeguard Instrn Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
USSSA Infant/Toddler Instructor
USSSA Special Abilities Instructor
US Masters Swim Coach
Aquatic Facilities Operator
National Water Fitness Aquatic Fitness Instructor

 

Swimming before she could walk, Whittney always knew she would live a life surrounded by water. After serving in the U.S. Navy for five years in Jacksonville, Florida, Whittney relocated to Lakewood, Colorado and became an American Red Cross certified Water Safety Swim Instructor and began teaching swimmers of all ages. Living in the water led to a friendship with a couple of scuba divers that knew of a boat captain in Key West, Florida that was in need of a deck hand for the vessel’s live aboard dive charters. Whittney relocated and enjoyed several years diving and traveling to the Dry Tortugas, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and Cuba as a deck hand during the dive season. The “off season” was spent lifeguarding, coaching, and teaching swim lessons at the Florida Keys Community College. Knowing her passion was to share the love of water with others, Whittney moved to West Palm Beach and found a home at Small Fish Big Fish Swim School where she shares her tales of under sea adventures with small fish, encouraging them to stay safe and have fun everyday!
 
Certifications
American Red Cross Lifeguard
American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor
American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
USSSA Infant/Toddler Instructor
USSSA Special Abilities Instructor
US Masters Swim Coach
Aquatic Facilities Operator
National Water Fitness Aquatic Fitness Instructor