Lil Shrimps Swim Academy was founded in 2013 after Allison & Greg were searching for survival swimming for their first son. They quickly learned that the nearest option was in Mobile, Alabama which they could certainly not do because of work schedules. So, the search ended for a bit while Allison pondered on why there was not a survival swimming instructor on the MS Gulf Coast. Preponderance, gave way to action in the summer of 2013 when Allison traveled to Atlanta to train as a survival swimming instructor. The only caveat to Allison’s training was that Greg would need to have a backyard pool installed prior to her returning from the 5 weeks of training.
This task would be difficult under normal circumstances, however Greg was in the middle of building their home and now would have to add pool installation to the list. Thanks to Holston Pool Builders (now Premier Pools and Spas), and a number of other sub-contractors, Lil Shrimps Swim Academy opened its door in July 2013 as the first survival swimming instructor on the MS Gulf Coast and trained its first 25 students.
Today, Lil Shrimps Swim Academy continues to be the best and only survival swimming instructor on the coast and now trains nearly 150 students each year. The commitment that you make to assure your children are prepared in the event of a water emergency is the same commitment that Greg and Allison Laney made to their children. Lessons are not easy, however are productive. Rest assured, that you are embarking on the most successful swimming lessons on the Gulf Coast and the safety of your children is considered above all else.
The LSSA Family
Allison | Owner and Lead Instructor
Allison is the founder and lead instructor of LSSA. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner with Memorial Hospital and graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. She holds a Masters Degree in Nursing Education from William Carey and is certified as a Basic Life Support Instructor, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Crisis Prevention Intervention and Trauma Nursing Core Course. Allison is a member of the US Swim School Association, a certified Water Safety Instructor and received training from Infant Aquatics as a Swim-Float-Swim Instructor.
Greg | Owner and Manager
Greg is the co-owner and business manager for LSSA and is married to Allison. He has served in our United States Navy for over 17 years and holds a Bachelors Degree in Project Management. He is certified in the Navy as an Instructor, Master Training Specialist and Class 2 Swimmer.
Lacy | Instructor
Amanda | Instructor
Amanda started her journey with LSSA in 2014 and has found her true passion in teaching these essential lifesaving water safety skills. She teaches all portions of LSSA’s program and has trained extensively with Allison. She is CPR certified and possesses a background in competitive swimming. Amanda has been married to her husband Brandon for 13 years and stays very busy raising their 3 beautiful girls. She has previous experience in Retail Sales Management and Cosmetology.