Our goal is to help you swim better. Every one of our swim instructors has been in the swimming world the majority of their lives and has been trained with our protocols. Our swim lessons are for swimmers of all ages and abilities. We want everyone to know how to swim, let's get started.


SYDNEY FISHER

(SwimBox Sterling & Fairfax)

(SwimBox Sterling & Fairfax)

Sydney graduated from George Mason University in 2017 with a BS in Kinesiology. She has been teaching swim lessons for 7 years while also being a swimmer herself. Sydney swam for George Mason University as a freestyle and butterfly sprinter. She currently holds the school record in three events and competed at the Olympic Trials in 2016. In 2017 she was awarded with the Student-Athlete of the Year award. Currently, Sydney is a coach with MAKOS where she focuses on working with children/teenagers and building their techniques.


Dan McGuire

(SwimBox Fairfax)

(SwimBox Fairfax)

Dan is a graduate from the University of Mary Washington where he swam on the varsity swim team for 4 years, specializing in breaststroke and sprint freestyle. He grew up in Fairfax, VA where he swam for both the NCAP and Machine Aquatics club teams. During the summers Dan swam in the NVSL for Fairfax Club Estates, where he was also the head coach for 5 years. After his college swimming years, he became involved in USMS swimming for both L4 and Alexandria Masters. Dan is the Senior Group Head Coach in Arlington for local PVS team NCAP in addition to helping swimmers and triathletes improve their techniques at SwimBox. He also has his ASCA Level 2 & USMS Adult Learn to Swim Certifications.


Melissa Carroll

(SwimBox Sterling)

(SwimBox Sterling)

Melissa is currently a junior at George Mason University where she competes on the varsity team, specializing in distance freestyle. She grew up in Rochester NY where she was a New York State Championship finalist in several events and has been competitively swimming for 13 years. Melissa has helped coach at a variety of programs, including assistant coaching at a local high school as well as instructing private swim lessons in NY.  She is also on her 3rd year at FISH as a swim coach for younger swimmers.


Valerie Dix

SwimBox Fairfax

SwimBox Fairfax

Valerie began swimming when she was eight, participating in summer, year-round, and high school teams in Woodbridge, VA. She hung up her goggles in February 1999 and returned to the water in 2010 while training for her first triathlon. Since, Valerie has swam across the Chesapeake Bay twice as well as completed several IronMan triathlons. She is grateful for the experiences the sport has provided her and is passionate about helping people overcome their fears and/or insecurities in and around the water. Valerie is a US Masters Swimming Levels 1-2 certified coach as well as an Adult Learn-to-Swim Certified Instructor. 


Paula Alford

Paula has spent her entire life in and around the water, growing up in Hawaii, California, and along the Eastern Seaboard. She has extensive experience in pool and open water swimming, including the ocean, the gulf, lakes and rivers. Paula has raised thousands of dollars for cancer research and treatment through her Open Water Swimming for the non-profit organization, Swim Across America. She also is a continuous supporter of the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation. Paula’s desire to help eradicate drowning as the third leading cause of unintentional death by injury worldwide started her teaching others to learn to swim. She is certified as a US Masters Adult Learn-to-Swim Instructor.

SwimBox Fairfax

SwimBox Fairfax


Dominic Latella

(SwimBox Fairfax)

(SwimBox Fairfax)

In addition to his love for the sport, Dominic has been in the swimming world for over 14 years, and not just as a coach. Take a look at some pieces of his resume:

  • The only Level 4 US Masters Swimming coach in Virginia and DC (the highest level of certification available)

  • Head swim coach for Adaptive Swimming at Walter Reed

  • 2 time coach at USMS High Performance Camp

  • 12 yrs coaching experience working with swimmers of all ages and ability levels

  • US Masters Swimming Levels 1-3 Certification and Learn-to-Swim Certification Instructor

Dominic’s straight to the point scientific approach helps you learn safe and efficient swimming technique. SwimBox's endless pool technology allows him to be able to stop you mid-stroke and make any needed corrections/adjustments. He’ll tell you exactly what needs to be done with your swimming to become more efficient, get faster, and swim injury free.

*Dominic only works with clients on a membership basis. If you're interested in working with him please send an email inquiry to lissa@theswimbox.com.