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.


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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


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 coaches with local PVS team Clark Swimming in addition to helping swimmers and triathletes improve their techniques at SwimBox. He also has his ASCA Level 2 certification.

Melissa Carroll


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.

christy murrell

Christy Murrell SwimBox Swim Coach Sterling Swim Lessons

Christy started competing in triathlon in 2014 and has competed in everything from super sprints to 70.3s. She's been passionate in proper technique and injury prevention in swimming ever since she became a competitor and can't wait to help the adult population learn to swim. Christy is Certified in USMS Levels 1&2, USA Triathlon Coaching Level 1, and is also certified as a health and wellness coach. She has her MSN in nursing and previously worked in oncology and bone marrow transplants with children and adults. Raising three boys and a ton of wonderful animals is what she likes to do in her (nonexistent) free time.

Dominic Latella


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.