Meet Our Instructors

We have the best swimming instructors in the Hamptons! Art of swimming instructors start as American Red Cross Lifeguards or Water Safety Instructors. They then go on to have approximately 100+ hours of additional training in the Montessoro Method of swim instruction. Our instructors have taught people from all walks of life from children in Thailand to celebrities of all kinds. We are internationally acclaimed!

The Montessoro Method is a child centered, kinesthetic, approach developed by Vicki over 40 years. It encompasses educational methodology, child development, learning styles, learning differences and abilities, as well as Vicki’s swimming progressions. This method maximizes results in a shorter period of time decreasing the overall cost.

Vicki Bonaguro

Owner/Instructor

Degrees/Certifications:

  • M.Ed. in Special Education
  • New York State Teacher in Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Art,
  • Teaching Students with Disabilities Biology
  • Adapted Aquatics Instructor
  • Infant and Toddler Instructor
  • PADI SCUBA Instructor
  • PADI Emergency First Responder Instructor

American Red Cross Certifications:

  • Water Safety Instructor
  • Lifeguard Instructor
  • CPR, First Aid, and AED Instructor
  • CPR for the Profesional Rescuer Instructor
  • O2 Administration Instructor
  • Lifeguard
  • CPR/AED and First Aid for Adults and Children
  • Babysiters Training Instructor

Vicki was born into a family that spent all their time in and on the water Raised in San Diego, Ca, she grew up in the San Diego Mission Bay Boat and Sky Club. At 15 she was certified as a Scuba Diver when the PADI Dive Association was still in its infancy.

Vicki worked for the Commander Naval Forces Marianas as a lifeguard, WSI (Water Safety Instructor), and pool manager in Guam. She became a Dive Master and taught Swimming, Advanced Lifesaving, CPR, and First Aid. After moving to Hawaii in 1977, Vicki taught Lifesaving, CPR, and First Aid for Kapiolani Community College and various Adult Ed programs in Waikiki.

 In, 1981, in New York, she was awarded the “Rescuer of the Year Award” by the American Heart Association for performing CPR on a bystander, saving his life. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Biology. For the next 8 years she worked for 7Z’s as a WSI and lifeguard. Vicki began teaching infants in the old fashioned “One, two, three, dunk” method in the Hamptons. She taught her own children to swim as infants.  

Vicki has continued to teach in the Hamptons for the last 40 years with short reprieves to care for her sons with disabilities. Her daughter Kim joined her at the age of 12 as her aide. Kimberly took on her own students at the age of 16 and has been teaching Vicki’s method for the past 15 years. Vicki has changed her method greatly since the old days by using fun and encouragement, rather than force, to get students to swim as fast as possible as well as possible.

Vicki became an Adapted Aquatics Instructor and got her NSSA (Now the USSSA) certification in infant and toddler swimming to add to her WSI, First Aid, CPR, and Lifeguarding Instructor certifications. After raising her children, Vicki went on to get her Master’s Degree in Special Education and her PADI Scuba Instructor’s Certification in 2009. She is a NY State Certified Teacher in Biology, Teaching Students with Disabilities Biology, Chemistry, General Science, and Art. She currently teaches biology and Earth science for an online high school and has recently finished writing an Earth science curriculum for the online school. Vicki is now writing her “Montessoro Method” of swimming curriculum which will hopefully be completed in late 2018.

Kim Reiss

Office Manager/Instructor

American Red Cross Certifications:

  • Water Safety Instructor
  • Lifeguard Instructor
  • CPR, First Aid, and AED Instructor
  • O2 Administration Instructor
  • Lifeguard
  • CPR/AED and First Aid for Adults and Children

Kim began to swim at an early age and found a love for the water early in life.  Born and raised on Long Island, Kim spent her summers with her family at the beaches on Fire Island and at her grandmother’s house in San Diego.  She began to swim as a toddler under Vicki’s instruction and was soon swimming all around the pool with ease.

As Kim grew into her teen years, she turned more to dance then swimming, but that did not stop her from being an apprentice to Vicki in the summer months.  At the age of 12 Kim began to train with Vicki, learning every technique and trick Vicki had developed over the years. By 16 Kim was very ambitious, buying her first car and getting her driver’s license and becoming a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. At only 16 years of age, Kim was taking on a full time work schedule as a Swimming Instructor teach her own students.

Kim Continued to teach during the summers between college semesters. During the fall, winter and spring, Kim was a part-time student, Dance Teacher, Nanny and worked part-time in retail. By 21, Kim took her first step in her corporate career by accepting a full-time position as an Assistant Manager.  However, that did not stop her from teaching swimming lessons in the summer time on her days off.  Throughout the next 6 years, Kim worked her way up in her corporate job taking on different positions until lading what would be her final position as an Account Executive. 

In 2015, Kim left her 10 year career to pursue her dream of teaching swimming lessons full-time and growing her mother’s business into a year round business.  

Jocelyn

Scheduling Manager/Instructor

American Red Cross Certifications:

  • Lifeguard
  • CPR, First Aid, and AED  for Adults and Children

Jocelyn was born and raised on Long Island. She started swimming at the age of 2 when her mother enrolled her in swimming lessons at the YMCA. From there her love of the water grew and she was always the first to jump into the pool as a child. Jocelyn went to college in Boston for Biomedical science with a minor in chemistry and graduated in 2015. During college she was a nanny and babysitter for a few families as she has always loved to be around kids. Upon moving back to NY, she was looking for a more rewarding career when she met Kim. She was then offered a position as a swimming instructor with Art of Swimming, because of her love for the water and her ability to make kids smile. In 2017 Jocelyn received her American Red Cross Lifeguard certification and began training to teach swimming lessons. After 2 months of training with Vicki and Kim, Jocelyn began to teach her own lessons. Since then she has immensely enjoyed teaching and she has had many glowing reviews as an instructor. 

Testimonials

“Vicki is an excellent swim teacher.  She taught both out 6 and 5 year old to swim last summer.  She has a very nurturing and comforting style which enabled our children to trust her from the beginning.  She is a very knowledgable about swimming as well as very experenced with childred.  We have recommended her to several of our friends.”

Sabrina and Joey

NYC

“My husband and I were really very impressed watching you during the two lessons you gave our son, Stani, in Long Island this summer. we learned quite a bit from you too! The technique with which you encouraged a somewhat reticent three year old into the water, and then proceeded to teach him the basics of swimming without compromising on the aspect of “fun” was uplifting and inspiring to watch as a mother. Stani’s attitude to the water and swimming has changed from one of curiosity, combined with a little too much fear, to eagerness and enjoyment (with a healthy dose of respect!). All this in two short lessons! Thank you. Wishing you all the best from Vienna, Austria.”

Philipp Sunti and Stani Metternich

Vienna, Austria

“Vicki is far and away the best swim instructor my children have had.  She knows how to motivate each child, no matter what their personality and age of development.  She has high standards and a firm hand, but somehow manages to make each lesson fun.  My children look forward to their swimming lesson with Vicki every week.  She has taken them from not knowing how to swim at all, to learning all of the key strokes and, now, refining their technique for each.  I highly recommend her for swimmers of all abilities and attitudes towards swimming.”

Michele A

NYC

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