Our program is built around a consistent and intense methodology to ensure that all swimmers can be safe, comfortable, and confident in the water. According to the CDC, among those ages 1-14, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes. With accidental drowning causing so many lives every year, water safety is our top priority. Once the swimmers are water safe, their confidence will tremendously increase allowing them to master stroke technique with ease.
The director of The Delco Swim School is Matt Matys. He has over 25 years of swimming experience which ranges from teaching swim lessons, lifeguarding, competitive swimming, coaching, and pool management. Being around water is his natural environment. Matt received his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from West Chester University where he was an All American swimmer. He was named Athlete of the Year at the university in 2000 and 2002 then inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. During his prolific career as a swimmer, he broke numerous swimming records and stood out as a true leader on the team. Once his swimming career ended, he continued to serve the team by joining the coaching staff under the guidance of head coach and swim lesson director Jamie Rudisill. Now in addition to his full time Health and Phys. Ed. teaching position and running the swim school, Matt has joined the coaching staff for Widener's Men's and Women's swim team.
Previously, Matt had also coached at Creekside Swim Club in the Delco Swim League for 18 years. During his coaching tenure, he gained experience teaching beginner swimmers as young as 3 years old while a majority went on to compete at the age of 4. Teaching children how to swim is his passion. Matt feels swimming is a life skill and all children and adults should know how to be safe, comfortable, and confident in the water. Through this program, he is looking forward to sharing his vision in order to make all children water safe as well as refining their stroke technique.