Darcey Smith - owner
Growing up in Tempe, AZ Darcey learned to swim before she could walk. At the age of 8 Darcey joined a private synchronized swim club where she traveled on their nationally competitive team for 12 years. With a passion for aquatics she went on to become a Red Cross certified lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor. As a swim instructor she trained and mentored under the owner of Desert Swim School, Janice Jaicks. In 1998 Darcey married her husband, Will and re-located to western Oklahoma. She continued her back yard swimming lessons, growing the small program to what Swimmin' Safe is today. Over the years Darcey has taught hundreds of young children and adults how to be water safe through her water safety focused swim lessons. In 2020 Darcey moved to Florida for a month where she trained with PediaSwim. After 100 hours of in water training Darcey finished her certification as a Survival Swim Instructor. This year Swimmin' Safe has expanded to include classes in Elk City, Weatherford, Altus, and Ardmore. Darcey and Will have two children, a daughter Cadlyn and son Dalen. Cadlyn attends Oklahoma State university where she is a member of the rodeo team and is pursuing a degree in Ag Leadership. Dalen attends Southern Nazarene University on scholarship as a member of the football team, he is pursuing a degree in physical therapy.
Cadlyn joined mom, Darcey in the summer of 2020. Cadlyn also joins Darcey in the pool teaching maintenance lessons.
Cadlyn will complete her Ag Leadership degree at Oklahoma State University in May 2022. Cadlyn plans to complete her survival swim instructor certification with PediaSwim after graduation. Cadlyn is also a member of the OSU Rodeo Team and is the current OSU Spirit Rider riding the famous OSU horse Bullet.
Cadlyn plans to join the Swimmin Safe team on a regular basis once she graduates from OSU. In the meantime Cadlyn joins us in the pool anytime she is home from school.
Sonja joined the Swimmin Safe team in September of 2021. Sonja is in charge of the Swimmin Safe office. She manages all customer messaging, instructor scheduling and anything else needed to keep things running smooth. Sonja's son Kitson completed his basic training program with Swimmin Safe in the summer of 2021. Sonja is able to bring a valuable parent perspective to our programs when communicating with parents.
Tracy joined the Swimmin Safe team in 2021 as a maintenance lesson instructor. Tracy lives in Weatherford, Oklahoma and is engaged to her fiance Brady Hicks. Tracy graduated from SWOSU with a bachelors in sports management.
Tracy is enrolled with PediaSwim to complete her survival swim instructor certification in February of 2022. We look forward to having her as a full-time survival swim instructor in 2022.