RC Swim and Dive Lesson Instructors

At RC, we have exemplary instructors on staff to help meet the individual needs of our young swimmers and divers. Lessons can be arranged as private lessons (one student) or semi-private lessons (2-4 students). 

To arrange a private or semi-private swim/dive lesson, please contact your instructor of choice directly, and they’ll work with you to schedule your lessons. 
If you have any difficulties with getting a lesson arranged and need assistance, please contact Marea Balcom, our swim lesson coordinator, or Aquatics Director Brad Huttenga.

If you’d prefer RC assigns an instructor, please fill out this form and we’ll get back to you shortly:  Lesson Request Form
*If you need to cancel an already scheduled lesson, please contact your instructor ahead of time.  No shows for scheduled lessons will be charged at full price.

Swim Instructors

Marea Balcom

Swim Lesson Coordinator

I’m a currently a sophomore at the University of Michigan and I’m the swim lessons coordinator as well as a group lessons instructor at RC this year! I began swimming at the age of 5 for Dexter Community Aquatic’s Club and continued my swimming career during my four years at Dexter High School, winning 3 Division II SEC titles. I also enjoyed playing waterpolo all four years at DHS. I have been working at Racquet Club for the past three years teaching private swim lessons as well as taught at Travis Pointe Country Club. I enjoy teaching swimmers of all ages, helping beginners learn to swim, as well as more experienced swimmers in their technique. I love to being able to teach and see improvement in this sport like I was once taught!

Sam Durrant

Swim Team Coach & Instructor

Hi, my name is Sam Durrant, and I’m the 9-10 swim team co-coach! I enjoy working with all ages on technique, various strokes, flip turns, starts, and anything to be competition ready.

Isabel Chapman

Swim Group Lesson Instructor

Hi, my name is Isabel and I just finished my first year playing varsity soccer at Cornell University. I grew up in the pool swimming for Liberty Athletic club and then moved to Club Wolverine for a couple of years. I have worked private lessons and group lessons at Racquet Club the past 3 summers at Racquet Club and have had a blast! I am here to help kids of all ages feel comfortable in the water while teaching them the basic strokes and breathing techniques.

Stella Chapman

Swim Group Lesson Instructor

My name is Stella Chapman.  I started swimming when I was four years old, and I started swimming competitively at the age of nine for Club Wolverine.  I also swim for Pioneer High School, and have won multiple Division 1 individual state titles.  I am a rising senior at Pioneer High School and will swim for the University of Wisconsin beginning the Fall of 2024.  My main goal is helping kids learn to have fun and feel comfortable in the water.  I love working with any age group, no matter how young! 

Katie Leissner

Swim Team Coach & Instructor

*Katie is out of the country until June 21st and will be available after that.

Hello, my name is Katie Leissner and I am one of the swim coaches for 8 & Unders! I started to swim competitively as an 8&U in Chelsea and continued through high school, where I was mainly a distance swimmer and backstroker. I am currently studying at Miami University. I will gladly help your child learn new strokes, work on their technique, or practice starts and turns to help them be prepared to compete!

Lizzie Kinsey

Swim Instructor

My name is Lizzie Kinsey and I’m from Ann Arbor. I just finished my first year at the University of Michigan and plan to study Ecology and design. This is my fourth year as a lifeguard and I used to swim for RCC when I was younger. During the school year, I work as a jellyfish researcher and In my free time, I enjoy lifting and painting!

Aubrey Baumhover

Swim Instructor

Hi, my name is Aubrey Baumhover and I am an incoming freshman at Auburn University! I’ve been swimming since I was 4 and have swam for RC, Club Wolverine, and Pioneer, and I’m also planning on swimming for the Auburn club team next year. This is my fourth year lifeguarding and giving private lessons at RC, and I’m so glad to be back! I’m also a coach on the swim team for this year and spent the winter coaching and lifeguarding for the Slauson middle school team with Jenni Wilkening. I love helping kids of any skill level with just learning the basics or advanced techniques!

Laura Walton

Swim Group Lesson Instructor
My name is Laura, and I’m going to be a sophomore at GVSU this Fall. I swam competitively for 12 years and played water polo throughout high school. I have been a lifeguard for 4 years and taught swim lessons for one year prior to starting here at Racquet Club. This helped me discover my passion for creating a safe and enjoyable learning environment for kids and helping them build confidence and skills in the water!

Savannah Farmer

Swim Instructor

Hello, my name is Savannah Farmer and I will be a freshman at the University of Michigan this fall. I’ve swam competitively first at Racquet Club, CW, and through high school at Pioneer. I lifeguarded at RC last year and am excited to be a swim coach this summer! This winter I was an assistant coach/manager for the boys season at Pioneer as well. I am excited to share my love of swimming with kids of all ages, from getting comfortable in the water to perfecting stroke technique.

Mada Montgomery

Swim Instructor

Hi! My name is Mada Montgomery. I am a rising senior at Huron High School where I play water polo and volleyball. I love the water and am excited to help kids feel the same!



Reagan Marinucci

Swim Instructor

My name is Reagan Marinucci, and I just finished my sophomore year at the University of South Carolina! I began competitively swimming when I was 8 years old for the Farmington Glen Aquatic Club, and participated throughout high school for Club Wolverine as well as the Father Gabriel Richard High School team. During the school year now, I am on the Gamecock Club Swim team, where I mainly do backstroke and freestyle. This is my first year teaching private lessons, but in the past I have helped my young nieces and nephews learn how to swim. I am excited for this summer season to begin, and would love to show your children the ropes of swimming!!

Jensen Wood

Swim Group Lesson Instructor

Holly Pringle

Swim Group Lesson Instructor

Ally Southward

Swim Instructor

Dive Instructors

Brad Huttenga

Head Dive Coach
Aquatics Director

Brad’s been the Head Diving Coach at RC for over 20 years, and has experience with divers of all levels. His focus at RC is using diving to help kids learn a variety of skills, build confidence, and enable more bodily awareness.  While he typically refers lessons to his assistants, he is still available for lessons when requested.

Will Brenner

Hi, my name is Will Brenner. I was a diver for 17 years, and I have been a coach for about 4 years now. I started at Orchard Hills, then started to take diving more seriously when I started diving with Brad Huttenga at Huron High School and Racquet Club. From there, I was able to get a spot on The University of Iowa Swim and Dive team where I competed for 4 years. Since then, I have been coaching kids of all different skill levels and age groups. I’m really excited to be back at Racquet Club and share what I have learned about this sport over the years. Hopefully, we will have some fun along the way as well.