Our Staff

Tiffany Harmon

Lead instructor and owner of Seahorse Swim School, Tiffany Harmon is a graduate of UCSC (1997) with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She focused her studies on child development and social psychology. Born and raised in Santa Monica, California, Tiffany has been teaching swimming lessons since 1985. She has been instrumental in nurturing the development of hundreds of swimmers, Water Safety Instructors & lifeguards in Santa Cruz County. As the owner and operator of Seahorse Swim School since 1995, she specializes in private and semi-private lessons for adults, children and special needs. She believes that personalized and individual attention given to each swimmer breeds water safe, water confident, skilled swimmers.Read more

Kianna Hersey

Kianna Hersey, a Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor for Seahorse since 2008, is teaching swim lessons, lifeguarding and coaching our Sharks Swimteam. “Kiki” has a patient demeanor with the kids she teaches and communicates very well with the parents too. Kianna recently became a Lifeguarding Instructor and will train and mentor new Lifeguards for Seahorse Swim School.

Heidi Andersen

Heidi Andersen, manages our office, helping to coordinate the schedule for all of our locations. Heidi is patient, has been teaching swimming for decades and works with Special Needs children during the school year. Fluent in American Sign Language, Heidi welcomes students who communicate best by signing. Heidi has enough patience for us all. Her calm demeanor instantly demands the attention of the children and her background in Education serves her well in the pool.

Nikki Best

Nikki Best, a certified Lifeguard and swim instructor, teaches at the Elks Lodge and Seascape Sports Club. Nikki learned to swim with Seahorse Swim School and is now a proud member of the Team! She is a strong swimmer and has learned to love teaching swimming lessons. Nikki will teach our Pool Jr. Guard Program at the Elks Lodge this Summer as well as teach swim lessons; her past experiences will lend a great hand to our Program. Go Nikki!

Emma Compton

Emma Compton, a Lifeguard & Swim Instructor, is able to connect quickly with her students in the pool. She has a super sweet personality and great enthusiasm. She loves water polo and plays for Soquel High School. Emma helps w. all aspects of our programs from Jr. Guards to swimteam to swim lessons.

Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson is a certified Lifeguard and swim instructor; she has been teaching kids and adults how to swim for the past 4 years. She is patient with the kids and skilled at teaching lessons. Kate, a Cabrillo student, is a valuable member of our Team and works during the school year for Seahorse Swim School teaching and coaching our swimteam. Another water polo lover… ready to rock!

Alli Blackmun

more info to come soon.