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Our Staff

Tiffany Harmon

Tiffany Harmon (“Teacher Tiffany, “MamaSeahorse”)

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 in Southern California, West Los Angeles area, Tiffany has been teaching swimming lessons since 1985. She has been instrumental in nurturing the development of thousands of swimmers as well as hundreds of 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.


Kianna “Kiki”

“Kiki” has been an integral part of Seahorse Swim School for 15 years. She has taught hundreds (maybe thousands) of kids to swim with Seahorse Swim School and Kiki is a pro with infants and young children. Calm, delightful and encouraging are words used to describe her teaching style.

Uziel Barba

Uziel (Coach B).

Coach B worked for Seahorse Swim School in 2009 as lifeguard and swim instructor. We welcome Coach B back to our staff! Always positive, always a delight to work with.

Born and raised in La Selva Beach California, “Coach B” graduated from Pacific Union College in 2014 with a Bachelors in Sports Therapy.  After earning his Water Safety Instructor certificate with Seahorse Swim School in 2009, he continued to use his learned skills as a lifeguard and swim instructor during his time as a college student athlete. Coach B played soccer and ran cross country in college. In 2017, he became a substitute teacher, taught drama class and was Head Coach for boys varsity flag football and girls varsity basketball.  In 2022, he became a certified Lifeguarding Instructor, adding to his certificate stack, he also is an Emergency Medical Technician.

Coach B is excited to work all season with Seahorse Swim School to help kids of all ages become confident and strong swimmers.


Ariel Taylor grew up in Santa Cruz and participated in Capitola Beach Jr. Lifeguard program for many years as well as 2 sessions of Pool Guards at Simpkins Swim Center. Ariels father inspired her involvement at a young age to learn about water safety, as he was in the Coast Guard. She believes swimming is a valuable skill to have for fun in the water while being safe—she is excited to help others learn water safety from an early age. Ariel joins us as a swim aid Spring 2023.

Laurie Boswell

Laurie B.

Laurie has over 45 years experience teaching swimming. Laurie was the aquatic coordinator for Los Gatos Community Pool for many many years. Her incredible teaching skills, delightful demeanor and ability to connect with all swimmers is incredible.


On hold for 2023 Season.
Max came to Seahorse Swim School with over 5 years teaching experience. Max Manwaring-Mueller, is currently a senior at UCSC and has swam competitively his whole life. He loves swim instructing because of how rewarding it is to watch someone progress and develop their own love for the water and all the awesome activities that go on in the pool, lake and oceans all over the world. Max recently updated his Lifeguard Training certification to keep up our safety standards in our swim program.


On hold till further notice.
Heidi Andersen has taught swimming lessons for decades. With a calm demeanor and an immense amount of patience, and a background in education, she instantly earns the attention of the children in her class. At PVUSD she is a 1:1 classroom aid for special needs children. Fluent in American Sign Language, Heidi welcomes students who communicate by signing too.

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