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This class is taught by:

Maggie Nelsen

Maggie Nelsen grew up in Vienna, Virginia and attended The Potomac School in McLean. Throughout her high school and college years she lifeguarded and taught swim lessons at Potomac’s Summer Programs. After graduating from Connecticut College, Maggie was a middle and high school teacher in Malaysia for two years. She has recently moved back to the area and is excited to continue working with children and adolescents at Machine.

Kim Ellis

Kim started swimming at age five but it wasn’t until she was 10 years old that she began swimming competitively. She was a member of the North Suburban Aquatics Club (Northbrook, IL) for 3 years and swam competitively through high school. She is now a US Master’s swimmer and triathlete. Kim began teaching swim lessons when she turned 16 and has been teaching ever since. She is married and has three daughters to whom she has passed on her love of swimming.

Kevin Baynes

Kevin has always been in the water for one reason or another. He learned to swim at the age of 4. At age 6, he began to swim for the Chantilly National Bluefins under Nancy Monaghan until the age of 18. After his last year of swimming competitively, he began to lifeguard for NV Pools for the next three years where he taught group and private swim lessons throughout the summer. In 2010, Kevin was the assistant coach of the Stone Ridge Sharks. He is currently enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College where he is studying engineering and is planning to transfer at the end of Spring ‘15. Kevin joined Machine Swim School in Spring ‘13 and has enjoyed his time working here. When Kevin is out of the water, he likes spending his time watching TV, playing soccer, and hanging out with friends and family.

Heather Purk

Coach Heather starting swimming competitively at the age of 5 for the Elyria YMCA/USS Swim Club in the Lake Erie LSC. Her favorite events were the 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, and 500 Freestyle.
Coach Heather starting helping with the 8 & Unders on her swim team when she was 14yrs old and started teaching swim lessons at 16 yrs old. She is a certified Lifeguard and Lifeguard Instructor with the American Red Cross. She started her USA Swimming coaching career in the Georgia LSC with the West Georgia Swim Club in 2005.
In 2009, she moved to NOVA and coached with the Blue Waves Swim Team.  She has served as a PVS Zone Coach for two short course and two long course trips. Currently, she serves at the Coaches Representative to the PVS Board of Directors. She loves working with swimmers of all ages and abilities. Currently, she works with the Age Group High Performance Group and Age Group Session Program at Audrey Moore Rec Center. Also, she teaches Private Lessons, Semi-private Lessons, Group Lessons, and Competitive Private Lessons (Video Analysis) at the Machine Swim School.

Robin Liddell

Robin is a mother of five who enjoys swimming. She has been a swim instructor at Oak Marr Recreation Center and started teaching at the Machine Aquatics Swim School in 2013.
During the summers her children swim for the Oakton Otters, an NVSL team, and she coaches the club’s Masters group.
Robin lives in Oakton, but is originally from Alexandria. She has two B.S. degrees in Finance and Management from VA Tech.  She worked for First Virginia Bank for eleven years before coaching swimming full time. 

Claire Bell

Claire started swimming when she was 8 years old with Hunter Mill Swim, and started swimming competitively at 12.  She coached Hunter Mill’s Mini Sharks, and taught private lessons. Claire Continued to swim recreationally but decided to dedicate her time to volleyball and swim recreationally after that. Claire and her father started Vienna Youth Volleyball and Vienna Elite volleyball club, and Claire has been an active coach and referee ever since.   She got back into swimming when she came to work with Machine at the front desk in the Summer of 2015. Claire studies Kinesiology at George Mason University. While she hopes to one day get her masters in Pediatric Occupational Therapy and continue to work with Children.   When Claire isn’t in the water or at the front desk she enjoys spending her time playing beach volleyball or hanging out with her two dogs, her family and her friends.
3 Year Olds
A beginner level class for children new to swimming who may or may not put their face in the water. Designed for swimmers who need assistance when in the water, working on the fundamentals of kicking, taking strokes, and breath control.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Oct 21 8:30 am - 9:00 am with Maggie Nelsen
  • Sat Oct 21 9:00 am - 9:30 am with Maggie Nelsen
  • Sat Oct 21 9:00 am - 9:30 am with Peyton Moore
  • Sat Oct 21 10:00 am - 10:30 am with Maggie Nelsen
  • Sat Oct 21 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm with Erica Demson
  • Sun Oct 22 9:30 am - 10:00 am with Colin Ackleson
  • Sun Oct 22 10:30 am - 11:00 am with Kim Ellis
  • Sun Oct 22 11:00 am - 11:30 am with Kim Ellis
  • Sun Oct 22 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm with Kim Ellis
  • Mon Oct 23 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm with Kevin Baynes
  • Mon Oct 23 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm with Kevin Baynes
  • Mon Oct 23 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm with Heather Purk
  • Tue Oct 24 10:30 am - 11:00 am with Robin Liddell
  • Tue Oct 24 11:00 am - 11:30 am with Robin Liddell
  • Tue Oct 24 11:30 am - 12:00 pm with Robin Liddell
  • Tue Oct 24 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm with Erica Demson
  • Wed Oct 25 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm with Jack Galbraith
  • Wed Oct 25 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Claire Bell