Kathy Crowley Kelly is an experienced swim teacher/coach/mentor bringing 30+ years of coaching and teaching swimming to downtown Chicago. Kathy is a third generation Chicagoan and grew up in Wilmette, IL. She competed as an elite swimmer and qualified for the Olympic Trials for the Mexico City Games.
In June, 2011, looking for a pool from which to teach, good luck was on her side when she met David Carlins, an Iron Man Triathlete and President of Magellan Development. Dave offered Kathy the chance to train masters swimmers and triathletes at the incredible Aqua Building pools. That was the beginning of her swim school, Swim with Kathy-Chicago. She offers classes based on the latest and most effective teaching methods. Working with age group swimmers on their technique is one of her favorite areas of teaching. Moreover, while 25% of her students are adults learning how to swim, babies, young children, and triathletes are all part of her teaching day.
Kathy’s students learn to swim in a fun, nurturing, and safe setting leaving with swimming skills they will enjoy for a lifetime. She is a passionate and encouraging teacher whose enthusiasm is contagious. She connects with her students and is excited every day to watch them progress. Kathy and her husband Ken live in Lakeview with their dog Jack
Kathy has taught all levels of swimming for over 30 years from babies to triathletes. She was an Olympic Trial qualifier in both 200m and 100m backstrokes. Kathy’s teaching is so successful because her students learn how to swim in a fun, nurturing, and safe setting leaving with skills they will enjoy for a lifetime. Kathy is CPR certified. She trained with Rob and Kathy McKay in their innovative and child-centered infant/toddler learn to swim method. She works with all levels of triathletes on stroke techniques and race strategies.