Our Story

Water is our passion.  We want to share it with you!

Water is Everywhere!

In Pagosa Springs, we are blessed with natural hot springs, an abundance of rivers, lakes, and streams; and so many opportunities to enjoy time in and around water.

Calm Waters Aquatics is a learn-to-swim school that has been operating in Pagosa Springs, Colorado since 2011. We are committed to cultivating a love for water recreation, safety, and sport swimming in students of all ages.

We teach group and private lessons in four different Pagosa Springs locations.  Starting with 70 children, we currently support well over 250 students throughout the year with access to heated indoor and outdoor pools.

Calm Waters Aquatics is committed to keeping a small class size. While the Swim America national standard is 5:1, we maintain a 3:1 student to teacher ratio.  At times we provide an even lower ratio in order to provide quality instruction and individual practice time for our students.

ASCA Certified Teachers

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Happy Swimmers

Our Team

Our swim teachers love the water.  We want everyone to enjoy swimming as much as we do.
Susan McKnight

Susan McKnight

Program Director

Susan owns/operates Calm Waters Aquatics and is licensed by the American Swim Coaches Association to offer a Swim America School in Pagosa Springs.  For over 40 years she has been an aquatics professional, teaching, coaching and managing facilities.  She has been a Swim America Program Director since 1996.  Susan has a B.S. in Physical Education with a coaching concentration from Colorado State University.

email: calmwatersaquatics@gmail.com

Krisha Doocy-Fuchs

Krisha Doocy-Fuchs

Site Supervisor

Site Supervisor, Krisha Doocy-Fuchs is a Swim America Coach certified by ASCA.  With nearly a decade of professional swim teaching, and experience in competitive swimming, she brings a wealth of water knowledge to our team.  As a Site Supervisor, Krisha is additionally trained and certified by ASCA to supervise lessons and teachers at her assigned facilities.

email: swimamericainpagosa@gmail.com

Anika Thomas

Anika Thomas

Site Supervisor

Now an ASCA certified Site Supervisor, Anika has been teaching Swim America lessons as a lead teacher since 2015.  Through continued education she has achieved her ASCA Level 2 Swim Coach certification.  Additionally, Anika is Lifeguard certified.  She uses her creative, positive teaching style to great effect with swim students of all ages.  Anika’s teaching experience spans across multiple disciplines including dance, skiing and academics.

email: anikaswimamerica@gmail.com

Lead Teachers

Asia Gorman | Evelyn Rose | Sienna Rose |  Valerie Neisen

Swim America

Swim America is a learn-to-swim program developed and franchised by the American Swim Coaches Association.  Calm Waters Aquatics has utilized Colorado Springs, Colorado and Sioux Falls, South Dakota prior to locating in Pagosa Springs.

Our Program Director, Susan McKnight, was coaching a swimteam and saw a trend of children coming out of swim lesson programs with inadequate swim skills.  The swim coaches had to completely reteach their strokes.  Susan started to teach proper technique for all children, not just aspiring athletes.  She has used Swim America teaching progressions with great success ever since.

We Want People to Love Swimming!

We want people to love swimming!  When the kids we teach grow up, and check into a hotel – the first thing we hope they ask is ‘Where’s the pool?’  We want people to love being in, around and part of the water.  We want people to be able to save themselves and to know what to do or not do in the water.  Rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, irrigation ditches…water is everywhere.  We teach children to rollover , float on their back and call for help.  Swimming offers access to fitness opportunities for older children, water sports, water skiing, tubing, swimming, exercise, swimteam, and water safety skills.  Swimming is a lifetime skill.

We would love to see more people in the community involved and trained to teach Swim America methods so we can expand availability to the public.  We would love for our baby program to be embraced and give children earlier exposure to the water.  We want adults to feel comfortable coming for instruction.  We can help people overcome fear, feel safe and provide continued learning opportunities.  Our program is also an excellent fit for home school families as an opportunity for physical education.

Calm Waters Aquatics is Pagosa Springs’ learn-to-swim school!  We are committed to cultivating a love for water recreation, safety and sport swimming in students of all ages.


Program Information

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