Private Contractor Lessons

The department offers private lessons taught by contracted instructors, each of whom has a minimum of three years experience teaching swim lessons, and one or both of the following certifications: Water Safety Certificate issued by the American Red Cross a coaches certificate issued by U.S.A. Swimming.

Call 454-7953 to get more information about the instructors, fees, or to register.

Contracted Instructors


Becky Gomoll Matt Nauman



Stacy Henderson

Throughout Stacy's life, she has been involved with sports and athletics, with swimming being her first love. She began her competitive aquatic career at age nine in AAU swimming, and continued throughout high school and college. She began teaching swimming during high school and continues to love sharing her passion for the water with others. Stacy has been a swimming instructor, lifeguard, and high school and club coach; she is now back in the water herself, competing as a Masters Swimmer. Stacy is also an Adapted Physical Education Specialist as well as a Physical Education instructor. Stacy's 30+ years of teaching provides a solid background in instructing students of all ages and abilities, from non-swimmers to advanced competitive swimmers, from fearful first-timers to stroke analysis, and even those wanting to develop a personalized fitness-based swimming program. Individuals with special needs and unique learning styles will benefit from her Adapted Physical Education expertise and extensive experience.

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Becky Gomoll

Becky began swimming at age 4 and continued learning strokes, dives, and water safety until she was old enough to become a life guard and swim instructor, and eventually a pool director. She has taught for 13 summers at summer camp and community pools. She loves to see swimmers conquer their fear of water and begin to really swim. She has taken students from entry level to proficient swimmer; the reward for both student and teacher is a bond and friendship that continues today. Becky is also a certified elementary teacher which gives her insight into working with children and parents alike. You can find Becky keeping up her own swimming skills here during adult lap swim.

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Matt Nauman

Matt has been a "water bug" for as long as his parents can remember. From frequent vacations at oceans and lakes (Matt grew up in Wisconsin), to competitive swim team from ages 5-22 through a local club, high school, and UCSC's NCAA team, to his current jobs as a JG  instructor, a lifeguard and EMT for CA State Parks, an assistant swim coach for Cabrillo Threshers swim club, and an assistant coach for UCSC's NCAA Division III swim team, Matt has spent as much time as possible in the water.

In addition to having a passion for the water, Matt has a passion for teaching and sharing the experience of swimming with others! He first started teaching lessons  in his spare time while a junior in college, and has been doing so for 6 years since.  He has experience working with all ages, goals, and ability levels from coaching water safety and fundamentals for beginning swimmers aged 8 to adult; to stroke analysis and improvement for competition focused swimmers, masters swimmers and triathletes; even surfers looking for some extra fitness and paddle power will benefit!  If your swimmer is under 8 but is already comfortable in the water and/or mature for their age Matt is happy to consider working with them as well. While Matt takes swimming seriously, he also appreciates the value of enjoying the sport and makes a concentrated effort to help students enjoy their time in the water, while helping them learn as much as possible! Matt is available most weeknights from 6pm on so book a lesson and come start towards your goal this week!

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Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
General Information (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Phone: (831) 454-7901 •