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Lydia Linton Pontius


  • Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
  • Certified WaterART Master Trainer 

  • Certified WaterART Fitness Instructor

  • Certified WaterARTART Personal Trainer Speicalist

  • Certified WaterART Arthritis Instructor

  • Certified WaterART Aquatic Rehabilitation Specialist 

  • Certified WaterART Shape Up  Train Instructor 

  • Certified WaterART Sports Conditioning Specialist

  • Certified Gold Instructor

  • Red Cross Babysitter Instructor

  • Safe Sitter Instructor

  • Red Cross CPR Certified

  • The Stewards of Children online training program presented by Darkness to Light

  • Bachelors from UNC-Wilmington in Psychology & Sociology

I teach group and private swim lessons for all ages. I am privately insured, which allows me to teach or train in most private or public neighborhood pools. I teach all year round at the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department on Egypt Road and East Shore Athletic Club.

With the amount of water that is around us, pools, ponds, rivers and oceans, it is extremely important that everyone knows how to swim. Everyone learns differently, and my approach is to find what motivates and works for each individual. I am certified through the Red Cross as a Water Safety Instructor and have been teaching for over 10 years. Learn more about swimming lessons.

I am a WaterART Fitness International certified Water Fitness Instructor and I teach year round classes at Mount Pleasant Rec Department on Egypt Road. Calorie Burner's Water Fitness Class is held Monday and Wednesday Nights 7-8 PM and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10-11AM. I also teach at East Shore Athletic Club on Johnnie Dodds Blvd. on Mondays at 9:15 and 10:15 AM. During the summer (May - September ) I teach a Water Aerobics Class at Dunes West 4-5PM. If you have a group interested in having a class in your neighborhood pool, contact me and lets try and work it out. Learn more about these water aerobics classes.

I co-teach an Arthritis Class at Mount Pleasant Rec Department on Egypt Road Thursday 11-12. The class is also held Tuesday and Saturday 11-12 with Diane Hoffman instructing. I am certified to teach Arthritis through WaterART Fitness International, Inc.. To learn more about thes arthritis class.

I am a certified Water Fitness Personal Trainer through WaterART Fitness International, Inc. I do one-on-one training which begins with a full hour assessment in the water. We discuss your goals and I create a work-out designed to meet your needs. I recommend we do 5 sessions which include the assessment, presentation of your personal work-out and 3 additional sessions to assure you are doing the workout in a way that is maximizing your potential. This is great for people who have not done exercise for a while, are new to the water, have a specific goal in mind or for those who want to cross train. Water training can help improve your performance in many sports. Learn more about personal water training.
I am an Aqua Rehabilitation Specialist, through WaterART Fitness International, Inc. I completed the training in March 2011. This allows me to help people rehabilitate from injuries and disorders through aqua therapy. More and more doctors are encouraging their patients to use the water before and after surgery. I have worked with people with knee and hip replacements, strokes, cystic fibrosis and more. Learn more about water rehabilitation.

In November, 2011 I completed my fifth certification, Shape Up and Water Train. This will focus on Nutrition and ways to help people make better lifestyle choices. Some examples of medical conditions that respond to reduced body fat through exercise and lifestyle choices are: diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular, and joint issues,not to mention just feeling better about one's self.

With the completion of my 5th certification I became a Master Trainer, qualifying me to train and assess instructors.

November, 2012 I started my 6th certification to be a Sports Conditioning Specialist. With the number of athletes in the Lowcountry I thought it would be perfect for helping runners, triathletes, golfers, cyclists and others cross train.

I am CPR certified and a Red Cross Babysitter Instructor and Safe Sitter Instructor. I teach at the Mount Pleasant Rec Department. There are several courses throughout the year, teaching tweens basic care and first aid.

My educational background is in Psychology and Sociology. I spent years working in Mental Health Facilities, Counseling, Therapeutic Foster Care and as a Documentary Producer, specializing in Award-Winning Mental Health Documentaries. My love for the water and understanding of its therapeutic value has steered me in this direction, and I use my understanding of people to teach and motivate them.

When I am not in the water I am planning group trips to the Yucatan Or publishing and writing for our travel website www.sac-be.com. The next trip we are planning is to Akumal with WaterART Fitness International, Inc.

Read an article about Lydia in the WaterART Fitness Fall 2011 newsletter. It's on the last page.

Read an article that appeared on March 30, 2012 in Charleston's Post and Courier about Lydia's Calorie Burners water aerobics class held at the Jones Center in Mount Pleasant, SC 2011 newsletter.

Contact Lydia click here  OR 843 814-4575 and check out  her website www.waterfitnessandswim.com  &  Just Imagine Vacations, Inc www.rivieramayavacation.net

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