Ms. Cathy began her swimming career at a young age. Before becoming a swim instructor, she participated in competitive swimming for over 13 years holding junior Olympic times. She then taught children age 6 months and older in the Red Cross program and continued to do so for over 25 years. During this time, Ms. Cathy developed her own teaching style and has been instructing her students in this way for over 15 years throughout central Texas, teaching all ages from 6 months to 95 years.
Ms. Cathy specializes in children with sensory disorders and autism.
In addition to being a swim instructor, Ms. Cathy has also instructed students in Scuba and Gymnastics and has assisted patients with water rehabilitation (after heart attacks, motor vehicle accidents, etc).
Ms. Cathy was also the owner and operator of Young Gymnastics Sportsplex and Grander Riding, a year-round camp with Gymnastics, Swimming, Art, Horseback Riding, Imagination Theather, Mom’s Morning Out and nature trails (Austin, TX).
About Ms. Cathy and the Safety-First Survival Swim Program & Swim Lessons
Located in the beautiful Austin hill country, Cathy Vance (Grander), known to her students as “Ms. Cathy,” has been teaching swim lessons in Austin for over 30 years. She teaches a Safety-First Survival Swim Program and swim lessons, which means that any child that can crawl should be able to swim to the side and get out of a pool if they fall in. She specializes in children with sensory disorders and autism and has a way of bonding with and then nurturing children which helps many that have tried other programs without success. Read more about her credentials and experience here.
Ms. Cathy firmly believes that teaching your child to swim is just as important as covering an electrical outlet. One of the leading causes of accidental death in children ages 2-10 is drowning. This is why she not only teaches children to float until they get help (like the I.S.F. program), but teaches them to swim to the side and get out.