Hubbard Swim Instructor Honored as ‘Educator of the Year’ by United States Swim School Association

It’s now official. Outstanding, talented, and caring swim instructors who specialize in teaching infants, children, and children with special needs how to swim, can be found right here at the Hubbard Family Swim Schools.

Kathy and Bob Hubbard, the owners of the internationally recognized Hubbard Family Swim Schools, are very proud and pleased to announce that one of their long-time swim instructors, Ed McHale, recently received the prestigious 2018 “Educator of the Year” award by the United States Swim School Association (“USSSA”). This tremendous honor is only given out to one swim instructor annually from among the 400+ member swim schools from across the U.S. and the more than 20 countries that belong to the USSSA.

“Ed has a true passion and calling for teaching children how to swim and be safe around water,” says Kathy Hubbard. “The care he puts into each child and their family and into building lasting relationships with them is inspiring to everyone around him. Since joining our swim school in 2000, Ed has become a lead instructor, innovator, inspirational educator and mentor to our staff.”

As a teacher, he is equally skilled at working with parents and their babies, beginner swimmers, upper level swimmers, and children with special needs. Due to his creativity, commitment and dedication to teaching, amazing things happen with his students when he works with them in the water.

“Ed is particularly magical with special needs children. He stays late after several of his shifts to teach the students who need a little extra time and individual instruction. He is never discouraged and works hard to give the gift of independence in the water to every child who learns from him.”

McHale not only found a successful career as a swim instructor at the Hubbard Family Swim School. It is where he also met his wife, Christine, who was a swim instructor there too. After taking the plunge into marriage, Ed and Christine are now the proud parents of five beautiful children.

“Ed’s faith and family are by far the most important things in his life and this commitment brings patience, joy, and love into his relationships with all of us who work with him,” adds Bob Hubbard. “Ed has definitely found a successful career in the water and we look forward to having him as a member of our team for many more years to come.”

There are currently three Hubbard Family Swim Schools across the Valley – in Phoenix, Peoria, and Mesa – and a new, fourth location will soon be opening in Goodyear in the spring of 2019. Now celebrating their 20th year in business, the Hubbard Family Swim Schools offer lessons to babies and children, ages 2 months up to 12 years of age. For more information, call (602) 971-4044 or visit



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