The Dolphin Difference

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Dolphin Academy Swim School is a classroom in the water. At Dolphin Academy, we specialize in individual stroke instruction, with an emphasis on technique. Using clear and concise technique instructions based on a professionally developed and proven stroke curriculum, Dolphin Academy swimmers can reach any level of swimming they desire.

Our teachers are trained in and out of the water and must shadow experienced instructors before teaching their own classes. Our teachers utilize props, specialized equipment and imagination to capture and hold the children’s attention to stroke details.

Dolphin Academy goes beyond teaching children the basics of water safety. Our students learn to be confident swimmers for life. Traditional swim lessons are designed to teach water safety during one or two weeks. Swim school instruction takes place once a week over an extended period of time to ensure mastery and confidence in the water.

About the Dolphin Owners

Amy Ristroph has been teaching children how to swim for 29 years. She is the co-owner of Dolphin Academy Swim School in Augusta, Georgia. She was an instructor and manager with the Dolphin Academy since 2004. In 2014, Amy and her business partner, Lee Fuller, built and opened their own swim school facility. Amy has taught swimming through private lessons, summer league swim teams, and her positions as head age group coach for two different USA Swimming sanctioned swim teams: Greater Augusta Swimming and Aiken Augusta Swim League. In addition to her swim instruction experience, Amy competed as a swimmer in college and has a degree in Early Childhood Education. Amy worked as a fifth grade teacher for two years and worked as a Media Specialist for ten years before working full time at their newly opened facility.

Lee Fuller has spent most of her life in and around swimming. Lee swam during her early years, but left the sport as a young adult while pursuing a BS in Chemical Engineering. She found her way back to swimming after having children. In support of her children’s swimming, she filled many roles in the sport. She was President of the North Augusta Country Club team, a USA Swimming official and a coach for the North Augusta High School Swim Team. Lee swam masters and when doing so, joined the Dolphin Academy team. She became an instructor and manager and was in charge of development of the infant program.

Dolphin History

In August of 2004, Amy Ristroph recognized a need in the CSRA for a quality swim instruction program that offered proficiency and technique for young swimmers. Through a collaborative effort with one of the year-round swim teams, she began year-round lessons at the Augusta Aquatic Center. The swim school grew to become the Dolphin Academy.

Lee Fuller joined the Dolphin Academy as an instructor and manager in 2009, as the Dolphin Academy expanded its curriculum to include infants and toddlers. Lee has helped extend the swim school classes into the weekday morning time slots and throughout the summer.

In August 2011, Ristroph and Fuller incorporated as Dolphin Academy Swim School, LLC, and now operate the swim school as owners.