About

Our Story and Our Staff
 
Our Short Story

Charlotte Safety Training was established in 2007 by Brian Coffey.  Brian wanted to share his passion for aquatics and decided to start Charlotte Safety Training, a health and safety education company with a focus on aquatics training and the aquatic industry.

Meet the Staff
Brian Coffey

Brian Coffey

Founder

His experience includes:
Managing Pools since 1994 -Municipal and Private
Aquatics Director Charlotte Christian School from 2001-2007
Head Varsity Swimming Coach/ Swim Program Director Charlotte Christian School 1999- Present
Developed summer swim programs and teams for numerous facilities in North Carolina.
U. S. Merchant Marine Licensed Boat Captain.
Aid in development and training of Lifeguards in both Pool and Oceanfront/ Lakefront environments since 1999.
Head Coach experience of USA Swimming associated club, Charlotte Yellow Jackets Swimming.
Certified Lifeguard Since 1992 (pool & ocean/waterfront experience)
Certified Water Safety Instructor since 1994.
Lifeguard Instructor Trainer
Water Safety Instructor Trainer
American Red Cross Workplace CPR, First Aid, AED Instructor & Instructor Trainer. (all certifications)
Member of U.S. Lifesaving Association (USLA).

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Matt Yates

Matt Yates

Director of Safety Training

Matt is a 2007 graduate of Appalachian State University with a BS in Physical Education.  He has been working in aquatics since 2004, spending time as a Lifeguard, Pool Manager, and Area Supervisor throughout the Greater Charlotte area.  Matt has been a Lifeguarding Instructor since 2010 and a Lifeguarding Instructor Trainer since 2016 and has trained thousands of lifeguards in that time.

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Dawn Peebles

Dawn Peebles

Babysitting Course Instructor

Dawn graduated from Radford University with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development & Family Studies.  Dawn has spent her career opening and operating child care centers in all parts of Charlotte and currently is the Director of Charlotte Child Development Center.  Dawn is passionate about everything involving young children and she is so excited to share her knowledge of child development with teens that desire to be the very best sitters!
Leslie Kasserman

Leslie Kasserman

Lifeguarding Instructor

Leslie is a native of West Virginia and a graduate of West Virginia University. Leslie has worked in the pool industry since 1998. She has been a lifeguard, pool manager, and swim lesson instructor. She has experience with public, private, and residential pools. She has over 17 years of experience as a lifeguard instructor. In addition to her position with Charlotte Safety Training, Leslie is also a 5th grade teacher. 
Emily Gourd

Emily Gourd

Lifeguarding Instructor

Emily has been a lifeguard in the Charlotte area for seven years. She has managed neighborhood pools for three years and has a lot of experience within aquatics. She is currently an elementary school teacher and is excited to expand her love of teaching to the pool!
Lindsay Treece

Lindsay Treece

Lifeguarding Instructor

Lindsay currently the general manager for Nothing But Noodles in Steele Creek, which occupies a lot of her time. She has worked with Charlotte Safety Training for over 5 years and enjoys teaching lifeguarding in her spare time. 

As a former competitive swimmer she has also been involved with the aquatic world in some way shape or form for more than 15 years now. Having put her swimming days behind me until further notice, she now lives just across the border in South Carolina with her husband Jonathan.

Amanda Noto

Amanda Noto

Lifeguarding Instructor

Amanda has been in the Aquatics field for 14 years. She originally started out in Michigan, having experience guarding at indoor/outdoor facilities, as well as aquatic parks. She has taught both swim lessons as well as Aquatic exercises for multiple years. She also spent a few years managing neighborhood pools. She transitioned away from Aquatic exercise classes and has been teaching Lifeguard classes for the last 4 years in North Carolina. When she is not teaching classes, she spends her time working in Outpatient Physical Therapy and enjoying the outdoors with her dog
Christine Still

Christine Still

Lifeguarding Instructor

Christine has been a Lifeguard Instructor since 2017, and has worked for numerous facilities all over the Charlotte-Metro area. ​Currently, she is a graduate student at UNC Charlotte studying Social Work. Christine has been a lifeguard since 2010, and has experience as a pool manager and aquatics area supervisor as well. 
Cameron Funderburk

Cameron Funderburk

Lifeguarding Instructor

Cameron is a student at North Carolina State University. She is studying English: Language, Writing and Rhetoric with a minor in History. She will be graduating in December of 2018 and will be attending law school in the fall of 2019 to pursue a career in corporate law. Cameron has worked as a lifeguard since 2013 and a lifeguard instructor since 2017. Her hobbies include working out, cooking, spending time with friends and taking care of all of her pets.
Darius Back

Darius Back

Lifeguarding Instructor

Darius has worked in aquatics for 7 years. He has taught many swims lessons and coached a swim team as well as being a lifeguard and pool manager. His hobbies include playing football, taking his dogs out and videos. Go VIKINGS!
Amy Thompson

Amy Thompson

Lifeguarding Instructor

Amy grew up on an inland lake in Michigan, where she learned to swim, ski, sail, and fish.  She started working in college as a Water Safety Instructor, and Lifeguard, for Central Michigan University, Michigan State University, Chipwood Swim Club, and Okemos Public Schools.  She earned a Ducktorate in Business Management Disney Style from the Disney College Program while working as a Lifeguard at Disney World’s River Country Waterpark and Fort Wilderness Marina.  

She has also been a summer camp Waterfront Director, Pool Manager, and Area Manager.  Amy is a volunteer Assistant Coach for High Point Special Olympics Swim Team and participates in Masters Swimming.

Jody Frazier

Jody Frazier

Lifeguarding Instructor

Jody is a lifeguard, a USA Triathlon Certified Coach, Fitness instructor and has a BS degree in Accounting.

She coaches the Y Dub Tri- Club, a group that trains at the YWCA throughout the year for triathlons and other fitness events. She enjoys teaching and coaching all levels of individuals to help them reach their set goals.  She’s passionate about what she does, and hopes that rubs off on other people.

Caroline Nault

Caroline Nault

Lifeguarding Instructor

Caroline is going on 7 years as a Lifeguard & 2 years as a Lifeguard Instructor.  She has a love for the water! 
Kayla Riek

Kayla Riek

Lifeguarding Instructor

Kayla is a 2016 graduate of Western Carolina University with a BS in Communications with a concentration in PR and Broadcasting. She has been in the pool industry for 8 years, becoming an LGI in 2017. Kayla is a huge Panthers fan. If she’s not at home reading a book you can typically find her at the gym lifting weights.
Chelsea Thompson

Chelsea Thompson

Lifeguarding Instructor

Chelsea a senior at East Carolina University. She is a second year instructor but has been lifeguarding for 7 years. She loves teaching and looks forward to helping you have a wonderful season as a lifeguard.