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By Kevin Gemmell
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August 11, 2006
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POWAY – Patience. The word keeps popping up when people talk about swim instructor Mike Morrill. It's a virtue, indeed, especially for Morrill, who Photo Galleries
teaches students of all ages, some as young as 5 months. Topics

Morrill's name might ring a bell to Powegians who were around in the late Military
'80s and early '90s when he was a two-time All-America water polo player at Poway High. Now he's taking those pool skills and passing them on to a Education
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Morrill and his wife Karyn run their business, Floaties Swim School, out of Archives
their Poway home. Complete with backyard restrooms, locker rooms and a E-mail Newsletters
slew of magazines for moms and dads to read while their children learn to Wireless | RSS
stay afloat, the home has all the trimmings of a commercial facility with a Noticias en Enlace
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“We tried other places, but we really fell in love with Mike's philosophy and approach,” said Kellie Spring, a Floaties swim school
Owners: Mike and Karyn Morrill of
fine line of getting the best out of them while also having fun.” What: Swim instruction for all ages.
Phone: (877) 277-SWIM.
After a stellar career at Poway High, Morrill went on to play at Information: Prices and schedules
He was selected to the Junior Olympic squad before bad While attending education classes at San Diego State, Morrill worked as a years since 9/11 became lifeguard but never considered teaching until the military stepped in. While shorthand for terror. How serving as a pool manager at Miramar, when it was still a Navy base, Morrill did events of that day change your life? E-mail was asked to teach some of the recruits to swim so they could pass their 911anniversary@ The
Union-Tribune would like Morrill began teaching throughout the county, actually going door-to-door to use some of the most interesting submissions as part of our coverage of the fifth anniversary of “That's how we got the name Floaties,” explained Karyn. “He was just floating the terror attacks. Please from pool to pool.” include your full name and a phone number. So they decided to start up the business at their home. “People would tell me 20 times a day how patient he is with kids and we
wanted to find a way to help service more clients,” Karyn said. “We found that Quick
this area was really an untapped market for swim instruction.” With demand for his services high, Morrill is hoping to open a commercial facility, likely along state Route 56, within the next couple of years. But neither Mike nor Karyn wants to lose the family atmosphere that has made Floaties a success with kids and parents. “When we come here, it's like going to a friend's house,” said Mission Hills resident Lauri Brennan, whose 22-month-old daughter Brooke takes multiple classes. “He knows how to grow with the kids and adapt to every age.” Morrill doesn't play up his water polo achievements. When he met Karyn, who hails from Dallas, she didn't even know what water polo was and the moms around the pool couldn't care less. However, when dads come to class with their kids, it becomes a hot topic.” > News > North County -- Water logged “I think it means a little more to them because they tell their friends their kid is being taught by a former All-American,” Morrill said. “It's neat, and it's something I'm proud of. But it's not a huge selling point for me.” Morrill recently introduced his son Nash to the water at 4 weeks old. Karyn was a bit nervous, but like every other parent whose kid attends Floaties, she put her faith in Mike. “Every time I see him working with kids, I just fall in love with him all over again,” Karyn said. “He's so good at it and he loves it. That's the most Scho
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