Instructor Insights

Jaime Beenen, Aquatics

Jaime Beenen (née Crow) began teaching aquatics in 2013 at the WAC after falling in love with it when she taught as a substitute. Jaime’s interest in fitness began at a young age through dancing, performing on the trapeze, completing obstacle courses, and eventually running marathons.

“My family is all in the medical field, so I’ve always been interested in the body,” she says. “I love seeing and testing what my body can do.”

While still teaching aquatics, Jaime joined the Club’s ranks as a personal trainer in 2015. Two years later, a skydiving accident left Jaime a quadriplegic. Although the accident ended her personal training career, she successfully returned to teaching aquatics at the WAC.

“I think teaching aquatics really helped me not go into the same depression that happens with a lot of people after an accident like this,” she says. “Being able to go back to work after such a traumatic injury put a focus in my life. Teaching at the WAC was the first job I had after the accident. It felt amazing to feel useful again and part of the workforce.”

In helping others stay active, Jaime finds her own motivation. “I love the people in my class,” she says. “They’ve become family over the years. It makes me feel great whenever I can help them.”

As published in the January/February/March 2022 issue of WAC Magazine

—Posted January 11, 2022

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