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.

Ali Barahona


Ali is a graduate of George Mason University with a degree in kinesiology. She swam on the varsity team for four years while simultaneously coaching for Fairfax Country Club and teaching swim lessons at the George Mason Aquatic center. Ali has been a competitive swimmer for 15 years and has over 8 years of experience teaching swim lessons. She loves working with swimmers of all ages and is also currently coaching at Orange Hunt Swim Club, NCAP, and Alexandria Masters.

Evan Schweitzer

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As an American College of Sports Medicine Certified personal trainer, Evan discovered a love for swimming later in life. He’s currently finishing up his college career at George Mason University, where he will graduate with a degree in Kinesiology in May of 2019. Evan has worked as a personal trainer for over 5 years and heads up our research team where he’s constantly studying/testing what swimmers need for individual pool training and strength training. His desire to help prevent injury in athletes prompted him to switch from his original focus of Athletic Training to Kinesiology, where he studies the mechanics of body movements and how to move as safely as possible in the water. Evan has also taken to being a support kayaker for many open water races.

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.


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.