The Instructors

Colleen Craig
Program Director and Teacher

My joy for swimming began when my parents enrolled me in my first swim lessons at the age of three. I later joined my first swim club when I was six years old and swam competitively for another fourteen years.  
When I was older, I started training again but this time for triathlons.  This led to me representing Canada at the Worlds in the Olympic distance event.  To further challenge myself, I even completed an Ironman.


My passion for sport fuelled my desire to become a physical education teacher.  I received my Honours Bachelor of Physical Education from Laurentian University and pursued further education at Western University where I completed my Bachelor of Education with distinction.  I have now been teaching Physical Education and Health for over twenty years and teaching and coaching swimming for over thirty years. Currently I am the head of Physical Education at Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute.

As an educator, I continue to seek new ways to improve my teaching and learning.  One example of this was by renewing my lifeguarding and swim instructor certifications as well as becoming certified as a swim coach.      

As an educator, one of my goals is to make learning fun and accessible to all.  In my classroom, I strive to foster an equitable and safe learning environment to provide students with the tools and approaches that help them to think, feel, and act in creative and insightful new ways.  I want to help my students learn through meaningful practices so they can create a plan that leads to their dream career or to direct employment.    

I am committed to helping each individual strive to be the best that they can be.  I will take into account individual learning and communication styles.  I will also direct and support your child's learning by helping them create strategies, skills, and actions they can sustain to help them achieve their goals.

I look forward to working with your child.

Ariel Ricketts
Recreation Coordinator (City of Guelph)

Aquatics has always been a big part of my life. My career in aquatics started when I was a youth working as a lifeguard and swim instructor for my local community pool. The experience and joy I received from working at the pool inspired me to enroll in post secondary education in recreation. I graduated from Flemming College with a Recreation and Leisure diploma.  My favourite part of working at the pool has always been teaching aquatic leadership courses. 


For the past 8 years, I have been teaching Aquatic leadership courses for the Lifesaving Society.  I have all my qualifications to teach others how to become lifeguards and swim instructors.   Currently, I hold the following certifications: Instructor Trainer Swim and Lifesaving Instructors, National Lifeguard Instructor and Examiners, Standard First Aid Instructor and Examiners.  


In 2012, I was hired by The City of Guelph as a member of the Aquatics team and hold the title of Recreation Coordinator.  Within this position I have been able to work with so many amazing youth at our pools in Guelph.  I am very excited to be part of the Leadership Aquatics Program to continue to provide leadership and employment opportunities to the youth in Guelph.



Colleen Craig

(519) 822-1260 Ext 2603

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