Tina Dessart, Make a Splash Program Director
Tina Dessart is the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Program Director. Tina is a 25+ year veteran in aquatics management and learn-to-swim instruction, who has also done both age group and Masters coaching. Tina is the owner and director of the Colorado Springs Swim School and has been active in the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Initiative, participating as a Local Partner, since 2009. In addition to her swim school, Tina is co-owner of Swim Colorado, Inc, an aquatic facilities management company which saved three City of Colorado Springs aquatic facilities from closure.
As the Make a Splash Program Director, Tina’s role is to provide strategic oversight, direction, creativity, and coordination for the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative and associated efforts.
Tina is responsible for building and fostering relationships which allow for collaborative efforts in support of water safety education and drowning prevention at the national level; these strategic partnerships provide resources, materials, and funding which aid the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative in providing the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim.
Tina is an Air Force Brat, and was a Division I distance and 400 IM swimmer at Bowling Green State University, OH where she earned her B.A. in Mathematics. Tina and her husband, Kevin, have lived in Colorado Springs since 2001 and have three children.