Meet Our Coaches

Coach Charyl Teal
Owner/Operator The Aquatic Academy

An avid swimmer since the age of 3, Charyl Teal first stepped into the role of swimming professional by the time she was 16, earning her first round of certifications: Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor, First Aid, CPR and Pool & Beach Management. Over the next ten years, she utilized her certifications while working for the City of Columbus Ohio, the Easter Seals of Ohio, Ohio State University and the YWCA of Columbus, during which time she coached upwards of a thousand students in swimming and diving, from beginner to competitor and from young to old.

Charyl went on to receive her Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering Technology and eventually found herself working as a tech professional at both NASA and Apple Computer. During this time, she and husband Mark, decided to start a family. She named her children Leia and Alex, and knew there was no-one better to teach them how to swim than herself. She wanted to share with her family the joys of swimming, and this desire inevitably grew into the desire to spread these joys to her neighbors. Soon enough, she found herself fully engaged in teaching other families in the neighborhood.

What started as casual lessons in the backyard grew into the business it is today – The Aquatic Academy. And today, even as the business continues to grow, Charyl still holds those central ideals at heart which motivated her to share her knowledge and expertise with those around her: that learning to swim is an essential life skill, and that no child is ever really safe around the backyard pool unless they have the knowledge and skills to swim independently.

In addition to her capacity as Owner/Operator and Lead Coach at the Aquatic Academy, Coach Charyl also works part time as an Assistant Coach for Pearland Aquatics (PEAK) Swim team, where she teaches athletic and competitive swimming.  Visit for more information about their year-round and summer swim team programs.

Coach Charyl is certified in WSI, AFO, First Aid/CPR/AED instructor, Babysitting Instructor, Swim Angelfish Swim Whisperer, Lifeguard Management, Lifeguard, Swim American Program Director, USA/ASCA Level 2 Swim Coach.

Coach Thuc

Coach Thuc was born in Vietnam where he swam at the national level, winning numerous medals in butterfly. After his family moved to the United States, Coach Thuc worked as a lifeguard for the City of Pearland, Assistant swim coach with Pearland Aquatics (PEAK), and lifeguard instructor with The Aquatic Academy.

In 2019, Coach Thuc earned his US Citizenship.

Coach Thuc is a certified lifeguard, lifeguard instructor, CPR for the Professional Rescuer Instructor, USA/ASCA Level 1 swim coach, and Swim America swim instructor, CPO.

Coach Beth

Coach Beth has loved swimming all her life. She began swimming competitively at eight years old, swimming for a summer league team in Iowa which she later coached. She swam for a USA Swim Club in Bettendorf, IA for several years and attended a variety of summer swim camps including one at the University of Nebraska. Here she trained under Penny Heyns, Olympic medalist in Atlanta and Sydney. Coach Beth continued swimming in junior and senior high school with much success as an Academic All-American, four-year varsity swimmer, team captain and anchor of a record setting relay team. She was a Water Safety Instructor and lifeguard in her Iowa hometown where she worked with children of all ages including some who were handicapped and others who previously had near-drowning experiences.

Since graduating from Florida State University, Coach Beth and her family have lived in South Carolina, Virginia and now Texas. Coach Beth learned about the Aquatic Academy through PEAK swimming and later began teaching with the Aquatic Academy in the summer of 2018. She also coaches Novice II, Junior Development I and Tech Fit for PEAK swim teams. Her oldest son, Will, swims in the Red II group and her youngest son, Jonathan, will be swimming for PEAK’s summer league team, Hot Tamales, the summer of 2019.

Coach Beth gets the most joy out of helping swimmers achieve a milestone or conquer a fear. She believes swimming is a life skill and everyone should learn regardless of age or ability level. Coach Beth is excited to share her love of swimming with swimmers of all ages and experience!

Coach Beth is certified First Aid/CPR/AED, WSI, USA/ASCA Level 1 Swim Coach

Coach Barbara

Barbara is a student of Manvel High School. Throughout her life she has constantly been involved in athletics and is currently on the Manvel Varsity Swim team. She is also a former member of the Manvel Water Polo team. She is English/Spanish bilingual and takes pride in her education and her position as a swim instructor and swim team coach.

Coach Barbara is WSI, Lifegaurd, First Aid/CPR/AED certified.

Coach Macoy

Coach Macoy joined the Aquatic Academy family as a student of Coach Charyl. Coach Macoy swims competitively in summer league, PEAK Swim Team, and in high school. Coach Macoy is also an avid water polo player and Harry Potter Fan!

Coach Macoy is WSI, First Aid/CPR/AED certified.

Coach Ivan

Coach Ivan joined The Aquatic Academy early 2019. Ivan has two years of experience as a swim instructor. Coach Ivan is WSI certified.
Coach Ivan believes in collecting moments not things. Coach Ivan has a creative nature that fosters a love for art out of the water but brings a liveliness and adaptive style to his method of instruction when giving lessons in the water. Ivan has an adventurous spirit and thrives in social environments. A personal accomplishment Coach Ivan is very proud of is that some of his artwork was displayed at the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston. Coach Ivan’s creativity in and out of the water never allow for a dull moment for him or his students.

Coach Abram

Coach Abram, or Coach A has been swimming for over six years and has three years of previous coach experience. Coach Abram says, “I love the water, it’s my natural place where I feel comfortable.” Abram is certified as a personal trainer, has his WSI certification as well as a health and nutrition certification. Coach Abram brings a fun yet informative method of instruction with him. Abram’s main focus as an instructor is progress, to move steadily forward in development of skills.

Coach Chate

“I enjoy teaching people how to swim and to be safe in the water. It’s fulfilling to see people face their fears and progress along the way. ” Coach Chate joined The Aquatic Academy at the start of our 2019 Fall Session. Coach Chate has been swimming for more than 18 years. As a former competitive swimmer and lifeguard Coach Chate has a lot to offer her students. She is WSI certified as well as has her CPR certification. Coach Chate works full time in the healthcare industry with adults and children. She enjoys travelling, exercising and spending time with family when she’s not in the water.