Shunda Wilkin, a Louisiana native, is the owner, operator and instructor for Sunny Days Swim School.

She is a graduate of Louisiana State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology. While a student, her major physical education studies were concentrated in swimming. Shunda honed a pastime she loved into a skill through the swim courses she had taken. She completed her studies by participating in the Annual Swim Marathon held at the university.

After graduation, Shunda worked in the engineering field for 10 years. When she became pregnant with her first child, swimming again surfaced as the exercise of choice to promote a healthy pregnancy. After the baby was born, she retired from the corporate world to become a stay-at-home mom. Since their home had a pool, Shunda sought a place to take her child for swim lessons and was led to Swim with Mary in Apopka. She sat, watched, went home and helped her 8-month old do her “homework” in the pool.

Four years and one additional baby later, Swim with Mary closed, leaving her with her desire to continue her children’s developing swimming skills. Shunda hired the instructor, who had been their swim teacher, to come twice a month and give them a skill to work on. The instructor was impressed with their progress so much that she suggested Shunda explore her talent as a swim instructor. “Why am I coming to your house to teach your kids to swim?” she said. “Go get your own certification!”

The rest is history. Sunny Days Swim School was born. Shunda completed her training, and is certified through the American Red Cross as both a Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard, and is authorized to teach through the Central Florida Chapter. She has the Professional CPR/AED and First Aid certification through the American Red Cross and the Advanced Open Water Diver certification through the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). She has a love for the water and a desire to see others learn to enjoy it, as well. “Water is a realm of God in our world, just as the air we breathe and the ground we walk on are realms of God. My desire is to help others learn to replace the fear of water with respect for water, so then, they can learn to love to swim.”