Swim Instructors

Highly Trained and Dedicated Professional Swim Teachers

From the very beginning, our coaches emphasize proper stroke mechanics in a fun, loving way. They recognize what it takes to learn to swim well and celebrate every achievement. Watch your child's self-esteem flourish as they receive hard earned recognition from our enthusiastic group of instructors.

Catherine Pearson

Catherine is the Director of Aquatics including programs such as Swim Lessons both group and private, Splash Camp, Yogi Swim for Preschoolers, Parent Night Out, Aquazone, Hartland Wellness after school program, Teen Night, Hartford Free Learn-to-Swim Program for 2nd and 3rd graders, Groups, Private Swim Lessons and World's Largest Swim Lesson. She grew up in the Upper Valley attending Hartford High School and then pursued a Bachelor's degree at St. Michael's College in Business Administration. She is currently working towards her Master's in Business Administration at Franklin Pierce University. Catherine has taught swim lessons for a decade and is certified with the American Red Cross and ASCA trained in the SwimAmerica lesson program. She is extremely outgoing, enthusiastic and has the ability to get a child "out of his or her shell." She enjoys teaching Preschool, Stations 1-6, as well as Private Lessons. She brings a wonderful amount of energy and experience to the UVAC Learn-To-Swim Program.

Karen Cox

Karen Cox loves movement in the water! Her experience as a mother of five children makes her a perfect addition to the lesson program. Karen and her husband Kevin live in Hartland and are proud parents of many soccer players and a Vermont State Swim Champion! (Her daughter Hannah swims competitively on the UVAC team!) Karen is devoted to discovering new ways to connect with children, inspiring confidence and relaxation in the water. Her motto is "Jump in and join the fun!" Karen has been ASCA trained in SwimAmerica lessons and is working towards Level 1 coaching certification.

Suzanne Curtiss

Hope, Fear, and Anger went for a swim. Only Hope knew how to float instinctively, Fear and Anger were frustrated but eventually got the hang of it, once they stopped believing everything they thought. If Suzanne Curtiss has a motto for life it’s that hope floats. Born and raised in Boston, Miss Suzanne (as she’s known by her students) has lived and studied in the Upper Valley for more than 10 years. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she helped pay for college by teaching swimming in a variety of day camp settings. She has lived and worked abroad in France and England. Her professional career first in manufacturing and then in high tech PR was punctuated with daily exercise be it walking, swimming, yoga, dancing, cycling, ice skating, roller blading, skiing or hiking depending on the season and resources. Private swim instruction, learning foreign languages, writing, and substitute teaching were activities she retreated to whenever the stock market and her employers fell out of synch. Raised in a family with three brothers, athleticism, dance, art and music were the cornerstones of her childhood along with as much reading as her parents and the local library could offer. Exposure through her volunteer work with a local therapeutic riding program, High Horses, enabled Suzanne to visualize a new approach to swim instruction. She brings her patience, sense of humor, love of games and focus on experiential learning to her work with fearful swimmers of all ages. “Life-long learning is really what makes me tick,” says Curtiss. You may recognize her from her days playing field hockey, basketball or lacrosse, teaching cooking at Billings Farm, discussing your favorite book at a bookstore, skiing with her extended family or discussing her latest writing project at a local watering hole. Marriage brought her back to the Hanover area and the smiles she gets whenever she sees a former student are what keep her here along with her husband, dog and cat.

Meg Petroski   

Meg was a long-distance competitive swimmer in high school but quickly discovered her passion was for teaching the finer points of stroke development. She attended college at Kent State University in Ohio where she received both her B.A. in International Relations and her M.A. in Geography (GIS; Cartography).

At Kent, Meg taught parent and child classes designed to increase safety and awareness around the water as well as toddler to teenager group & private lessons that encouraged enthusiasm for the water and beginner to advanced stroke development. She specialized in adult lessons for those looking for the confidence to participate in water activities or complete their first triathlon and coordinated the Adaptive Aquatics program for students with special needs. Now after 10 years of experiencing in the teaching world, Meg has taken on the added challenge of coaching the UVAC team.

When she's not at the pool, you'll find Meg rock climbing at the local crag or training for a running event (or two).


Weekdays 5:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 6:30 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm


802.296.2850 ext. 106