Stephanie Rainey

AKA: The Swimologist

Stephanie is a former high school drama and science teacher who has used her B.A. in education to design innovative learn to swim programs for both her former children’s swim school, The Aqua Life Swim Academy and now her new adult swim school, The Swimologist. 

Since 1998, she has been involved in swim education and has had the pleasure of teaching thousands of adults and kids to swim! Stephanie has also been a Special Olympics swim coach and Head Coach of a high school swim team. 

She has a gift for relating to her students and bringing out their full potential in the water. Watching a student swim for the first time makes her heart soar! Stephanie is often referred to as the Swim Whisperer. She also excels at passing on her knowledge and method to the Swimology instructors who train with her and loves to see them become exceptional swim teachers. 

90min Discovery Lesson

Discovery Lesson - The Swimologist

In this lesson we will assess your comfort level & skills in the water, set your goals, determine the best plan of action and develop a tailored Swim Plan to move you forward.  

Beginner Swim Lessons

Beginner Swim Lessons - The Swimologist

With Stephanie by your side, you will overcome your fear, learn the necessary skills to be comfortable in the water, and learn to swim with competence and confidence. 

Swim Coaching

Swim Coaching - The Swimologist
Looking to perfect your stroke or get comfortable in deep or open water? In these 1hr lessons, you will solidify your stroke, learn to breath easy, gain endurance and efficiency in the water.

Swim Retreats

Swim Retreats - The Swimologist

Learn to swim in paradise! This retreat is all about YOU. Join us for 8 days in Hawaii to explore Kauai island, meet its beautiful people, taste local dishes AND Learn to Swim. 

Adeena Wisenthal - Swimming Lessons - The Swimologist

Adeena Wisenthal

PhD, M. Ed, OT

Stephanie is a warm and caring person who exudes enthusiasm and empathy – characteristics that were critical for me to overcome my fear of the water and learn how to swim. 
I can honestly say that Stephanie is the reason I am swimming today.

Margaret Hartshorn - Swimming Lessons - The Swimologist

Margaret Hartshorn


If I can learn to swim at the age of 71, you can, too. With Stephanie as your guide, you are in the hands of an adult learn-to-swim expert. 

Lisa Larter - Swimming Lessons - The Swimologist

Lisa Larter


When I started I couldn't stand water on my face, not even in the shower. I felt like I couldn't breathe in chest-deep water. Stephanie took me from being terrified of going underwater to jumping up and down in the deep end and swimming across the pool on my own.