Kelly E. Duell, M.A., NBCT, Kinesiologist
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Kelly E. Duell, M.A., NBCT, Kinesiologist

Kelly has a long history in aquatics starting with her own swimming lessons, progressing to swimming competitively, teaching lessons for almost 30 years, and being the aquatics coordinator/director of several programs.

She has a strong background in education, specializing in curriculum development, research, and writing. Due to this, Kelly has been able to develop our current Swimming for Life program based on the NASPE swimming progression.

At present, Kelly is the Vice-President elect for SouthWest District (SWD) AAHPERD; Managing Editor~Websites, for PECentral, and is hoping to launch an aquatics division within the next 12 months; is a current Board Member on the National Committee for Aquatic Professionals; the SWD-Aquatics Laision for the National Convention; on the Submissions Evaluations Committee; Co-Chair for the National Committee for Aquatics Standards, Guidelines, and Practices; will be speaking at the National Convention; and wears many other hats on a national professional level. For her complete vita, please go to

Ariel M. Duell
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Ariel M. Duell

Ariel starting swimming when she was just two months old, in her Mother's Parent-Child class. She took to the water quickly and has been involved in aquatics ever since.

Ariel taught her first swimming lessons when she was only 12 years old. She was a junior lifeguard for five years; in her fourth year, she a student assistant to the instructor of the program; and in her fifth year, she co-taught the program. Last summer she organized and implemented the YMCA Swim Camp Program. She has been working as a lifeguard and She is one of our "master" instructors and assists with training new instructors.

She is attending Concordia University in Irvine, CA, on an academic and athletic scholarship for basketball. Although we miss her, as well as her students missing her, it is a great opportunity for her and we wish her well. The great thing is when she is home from school (on vacation), she will be teaching lessons!

Joseph A. Duran ("Uncle Joe")
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Joseph A. Duran ("Uncle Joe")

Joe taught swimming and life guarded "back in the day" in Los Angeles, CA. He has always enjoyed the water, aquatic activities, and working with children. He is a current Water Safety Instructor and will teach classes on occasion.
Uncle Joe, as the children know him, is our "customer service" guy, answering calls, setting up the table, greeting the families, but most importantly, he builds special relationships with the children since he is the one the children go to get their hands stamped after class!

New Instructors
Valley Isle Aquatics

All new instructors to our aquatics staff will be listed here. We would love to bring aboard some new instructors to enable us to offer more classes to our community
as well as give more folks the opportunity to experience the joy we all receive with every class we teach. Stay posted for further details!