At the age of 7, Jonathan joined Yonkers’ Parks and Recreation Swim program. He worked his way through Level 3 and then began taking Private Swim Lessons, in addition to taking Group Swim Lessons. Once Jonathan reached Level 5, he was identified as being exceptional for his age, which propelled him forward with swimming. He participated on Ossining’s Spartans through the Ossining Parks Department, continued swimming competitively for Ossining High School and became the Co-Captain of the Swim Team. As a co-captain, Jonathan discovered his passion for mentoring developing swimmers.
Jonathan is a certified Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor and Certified USA Swim Coach at Club Fit Briarcliff. When delivering instruction, he focuses on giving everyone the opportunity to feel safe in and around the water by altering his teaching styles for each individual he is working with. Jonathan believes strongly that patience, trust and dedication are the key elements to becoming an efficient swimmer.
“You win or you learn.” – Kanye West
“Jon is a great swim instructor — very friendly and patient. I’m really amazed at the progress my daughter has made!” – Rebecca
“Jon did a wonderful job “coaching” my first grader. My son was already a swimmer but we needed someone to work with him on mastering his strokes so he could be pre-or swim team ready. Jon has a gentle, but focused style that worked really well for us. My son enjoyed his weekly lesson while getting stronger and enhancing his swimming skills. So glad Jon is part of the Club Fit Swim community.” – Julie Lowery
“I’m writing to give you some feedback on our experience with Jon Garcia as a swim teacher. Simply put, Jon is the most excellent swim teacher we have had. He taught my shy and timid twins to swim in no time at all. And with no tears!!! His approach with young kids is so gentle and patient and kind, yet effective, he can get any kid swimming in the blink of an eye. He’s really talented with the older kids working on stroke refinement as well. If you’re looking for swim lessons that are highly effective yet fun, stress free and gentle, Jon is for you!! I can’t recommend him highly enough!” – Dulcie O’Hara
“Several years ago and several swim instructors later, we were at our breaking point. Just when we were ready to give up, we tried one last teacher. That swim instructor was Jon Garcia. Within a few lessons, he had my sinking, non-swimmer actually learning strokes and kicking. Jon makes lessons fun and rewarding while secretly making kids learn and work. Several years later, we are still with Jon and my son can now currently swim unassisted laps. We never thought the day would come and we couldn’t be more thankful that Jon has given our son the gift of water safety and true enjoyment in the pool.” – Sarah Kooluris
“Jon is a calm and patient presence and helped my shy 5-year-old become confident in the water, all while she smiled and chatted away. She looked forward to her lessons and was so proud of herself with all she accomplished!” – Cary Bosak