Our Instructors


Terry Maul

He has been director of the Tallahassee Swim School since it’s beginning. He has over 40 years experience in aquatic instruction. He was head swimming coach at Florida State University for 16 years and is currently the head coach of the City of Tallahassee sponsored Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club.

In addition to these duties, he is an assistant professor of statistics and sociology at Thomas University in Thomasville, Ga. His wife Dr. Jodi Yambor is a professor of psychology at Thomas University.


Blanca F.

Blanca has over 14 years of experience in aquatic instruction. Swimmer instructor at Hood College Aquatic and Coach at Monocacy Aquatic Club, Frederic, Maryland. She is currently coaching the novice groups at ATAC and she also runs the Summer Swim Lessons program for Talswim. She additionally obtained a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Language, Literature and Art. She is a Spanish professor with 17 years of experience in higher education.

Nick N.

Nick has been a lifeguard and a swim instructor for the past 15 years. He has worked all over Tallahassee and even the world. His strategy for swim lessons is to have students feeling as comfortable as possible in the water and to be able to have fun. He really enjoys working with adults but is also great with kids of all ages. When he isn’t in the water, Nick enjoys being up on a mountain rock climbing or being indoors and playing video games.

Karlie A.

Karlie is a junior at Leon High School. She has been swimming with ATAC since 3rd grade. This will be her second-year teaching swim lessons with TalSwim. On her down time, she really enjoys hanging out with friends at Chick fil A.

Lydia H.

Lydia has been a competitive swimmer here in Tallahassee with ATAC swim team for 7 years. She is going to continue swimming at the University of Kentucky this Fall where she plans to study digital media and design. She worked with Talswim last year and loves sharing her excitement for swimming while working with kids.

Shelby P.

Shelby has been swimming competitively with ATAC for six years, and this is her second year working for TalSwim. She was a member of the Chiles High School state championship swim team twice and has been a state finalist in relay and individual events for three years.  She is entering her senior year in high school and hopes to further her athletic career by swimming at the collegiate level. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the lake and traveling.

Emily L.

Emily has been swimming competitively for over 10 years and has been teaching swim lessons for more than 4 years in Tallahassee. She currently goes to school and swims collegiately for Colorado State University where she studies Health and Exercise Science. She has a lot of patience, as well as recognizing the wants and needs of each swimmer. Emily considers the pool her second home is always eager to help people of all ages find their love for swimming.