Jan Marie Smith is a long time swim instructor-known throughout Colorado for her compassionate caring style of teaching. She began her swimming career as a competitive swimmer going all the way to the Junior Olympics and state competitions, but at the the age of seventeen she became a swim instructor for the American Red Cross and has never looked back.
It is estimated that Jan Marie or "Miss Jan" has taught over a thousand children the life-saving skill of swimming. Children throughout Denver, Grand County and Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort. This year alone she certified well over a hundred and fifty Lifeguards all over Colorado for the Red Cross. She has a special connectivity with many of her students and swimming clients, even teaching several generations in some of her families.
Jan Marie is currently certified with the American Red Cross , the Starfish Aquatic Program, and Swim America. She has many other certifications including Lifeguarding, Water Safety Instructor and is a trainer for both of those for the American Red Cross. She is also a CPR/First Aid Instructor.
She is a long-time water movement instructor, certified in water yoga and water cardio. Jan Marie travels the state of Colorado certifying aquatic candidates and professionls imparting her expertise to pools and facilities. Her home base is Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort and Greenwood Athletic Club in Denver, where she has worked off and on for over 30 years
Some of the recreational districts, facilities and towns Jan Marie has worked with, as well as certified aquatic staff for include:
Hot Sulphur Springs Resort, Glenwood Springs Hot Springs Resort, City of Glenwwood Springs, Granby Recreational District, Fraser Recreational District, Breckenridge Rec Center, Silverthorne Rec Center, Gilpin County Rec Center, Clear Creek Rec District, YMCA of the Rockies, Town of Springfield Colorado, Town of Sterling Colorado, City of Yuma, Splashland, The Hooper Pool, Arapahoe Parks and Recreation District, Trails Recreation Center, City of Salida, River Run Ranch, Town of Aspen, Fountain Valley School, Villa Sport, Carbon Valley Recreation District, City of Florence, CO, Starr Pass Resort, AZ, Show Low, AZ Aquatic Center, City of Laramie, WYO, Camp Solomon Schechter, Olympia, WA
Jan Marie also specializes in working with fearful swimmers, special populations and just about anybody needing to learn stroke refinement or the art of swimming. As she puts it, "I am lucky enough to do what I love to do.."