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Owner Sink or Swim

Clint Avery

As the lead instructor and owner of Sink or Swim, Clint is the driving force behind everything we do. Voted as the Lowcountry Parent Mom’s Choice winner of Best Swim School in Charleston in 2017, 2019, and 2021, he is 1 of only a few swim instructors in Charleston trained by ISR to teach Survival Swimming Lessons and self rescue. Clint has been teaching since 2010, continuing to learn new skills so that he is always able to offer the best service to every student. This includes attaining the Infant Swimming Resource Certification in 2017. Clint instructs all ages but works mostly with babies and toddlers.

Swim Instructor Summerville South Carolina

Lynette Dickerson

Having been involved with education for over 20 years, Lynette holds both a BS in Education and a PhD in Biology. She is passionate about education, teaching valuable skills that will help students throughout life, and swimming is an essential part. Lynette joined the Sink or Swim team in 2017 and her son Harper has been a student in the program. Lynette is able to teach all ages and can also help students prepare for triathlon or swim team events.

Swimming Lesson Instructor

Susan Heath

Susan joined the Sink or Swim family as an instructor in 2016 and has since seen her own daughter go through our program. Her motto is “You are stronger than you think!” She mostly teaches babies and younger children and loves everything about her job.

Swim Teacher Summerville

Trish Ladson

Joining our family in 2019, Trish is a dedicated swim instructor who can help young students and beginners, but also help swimmers refine their stroke and improve performance. Trish also with works with adults and brings a smile to every lesson.

Swim Instructor Charleston SC

Mckenna Richards

Mckenna joined Sink or Swim in 2020 and swam competitively for over 8 years. She is also a middle school teacher and passionate about children and education. She loves working with babies and toddlers, and thanks to her competitive swimming background, can help any swim team member with stroke technique.

Swim Teacher Summerville SC

Melanie Brooks

Melanie is our program administrator and can be reached by phone or email. She has worked at Sink or Swim since 2018, but having put all four of her children through the program, Melanie has been part of our family for over ten years.

Swim Instructor

La’Nya Reese

Joining the Sink or Swim family in 2021, La’Nya has been teaching for three years, and is in her fifth year of competitive swimming. She attends Clemson and enjoys working with students ages three years to adult.

Swim Instructor Summerville SC

Anna Avery

Anna is a First Aid/CPR certified instructor who started training with Sink or Swim in 2020. Anna is a 2020 state qualifying swimmer from Hanahan High School and she now attends the University of South Carolina. Anna works with students four years and older and instructs both private as well as small group lessons.

Swimming Instructor Sink Or Swim

Britton Avery

A senior at Wartburg College, Britton is our media relations director.