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MEET YOUR WEST COOK YMCA swim lesson instructors and lifeguards!


frank lenardi
associate director of recreational aquatics

Growing up, I would always go the YMCA for open swim.  I have been working for the Y in aquatics for 27 years as a swim instructor, lifeguard, coach, aquatics director and COO. I am motivated to make a difference in children’s lives every day.  I love teaching children how to have fun in the water while being safe.  The biggest joy I have is seeing a student smile after they have accomplished something new.

Certifications: American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, Head Lifeguard, Lifeguarding, CPR, AED, 02 & First Aid; YMCA Multi-Team Leader, Aquatic Management, Principles of Y Aquatics Leadership, Swim Lesson Instructor, Stroke Mechanics, Lifeguard Supervisor & Safety Around Water


Gilbert acevedo
lead lifeguard & swim instructor

My aquatics experience started when I was in third grade. I joined a competitive swim team and competed for eight years. I also became a lifeguard the summer of my freshman year of high school. Swimming has been a huge part of my life, so naturally I wanted to become a swim instructor. I first started teaching in 2010. I instantly fell in love with being an instructor. I’ve taught all ages from toddlers to adults. I continue to teach now because of my passion for swimming, but I also teach now to engage with the community I work for. I am grateful to teach something I am passionate about and have fun while I am teaching it.

Certifications: American Red Cross Lifeguarding, CPR, AED, 02, First Aid, Head Lifeguard; YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor, Stroke Mechanics & Aquatic Management 


 jackson friker


For as long as I can remember, I have always been a swimmer and enjoyed swimming. I have worked for the Y since 2020 to make sure everyone has an opportunity to enjoy swimming. I have been swimming competitively since I was 7 years old and have made countless memories of fun and competition that I think everyone should experience.

Certifications: American Red Cross CPR, AED, 02, First Aid; YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor

Lauren friker

Competitive swimmer on the West Cook YMCA’s swim team, TOPS, from 2008-2020. Currently a high school varsity swimmer and water polo player at Oak Park & River Forest high school.

Swim instructor for the YMCA since June 2021. Eager to teach kids that the water is a beautiful and fun place while being safe.

Certifications: American Red Cross CPR, AED, 02, First Aid, Head Lifeguard; YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor

jennifer medina

I have been working for the West Cook YMCA since 2018 as a lifeguard along with swim instructor experience. I believe in having fun around water while being mindful of how to stay safe for ourselves and others around us. An aspect I enjoy about the YMCA is seeing how we as a community come together to help and grow with one another, no one is left behind. From the staff to the patrons, we all care deeply for each other and strive to keeping the Y an open-minded, welcoming environment for all who may enter. As a swim instructor, I am always excited when a student makes achievements and reaches goals, such as mastering a skill that they struggled with previously. I aspire to make connections with the children and help them grow confident in their swimming capabilities as well as learning alongside them different ways to approach teaching.

Certifications: American Red Cross Lifeguarding, CPR, AED, 02, First Aid; YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor 


Bio and certifications coming soon





Jazmin montes

I have been a lifeguard and swim instructor for my local community pool for two summers and decided to continue my skills here at the YMCA. I have been swimming for more than five years and have been on multiple swim teams. I chose to work for the Y because I support their goal of making a difference in the community and improving personal growth. As a swim instructor and lifeguard, I value helping other learn not only about swimming but water safety too.

Fun Fact: I was actually terrified of the water as a child and was taught by various swim instructors. My experience with many different swim instructors taught me a lot of swimming skills and techniques that have shaped me into a strong swimmer.

Certifications: American Red Cross Lifeguarding, CPR, AED, 02, First Aid; YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor

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