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G. Harold Martin Award

Johnny & Cindy Johnson - Blue Buoy Swim School

2015 Judge G. Harold Martin Award


Johnny and Cindy Johnson are owners of Blue Buoy Swim School in Tustin, California. It is one of California’s oldest private swim schools and many of their students have achieved elite status in competitive swimming and water polo, including seven who have competed in the Olympics or set World Records.


As co-owners of the Blue Buoy Swim School, they each bring unique talent and experience to the partnership. Cindy has a cum laude degree in accounting and finance and over 40 years of corporate experience. In 1999, Cindy left the corporate world to take over the office management of the swim school and spend some time in the pool. Like Johnny, she has given many children a wonderful start to their aquatic journey, including a three year old named Jessica Hardy.


Always concerned with water safety, Cindy and Johnny founded the Swim for Life Foundation (SFL) in 2004 and with it, created the Safer 3 Drowning Prevention program. The Safer 3 Early Education Drowning Prevention Program curriculum is being taught in school districts and preschools across the nation, and their message is gaining international recognition. Both are on the Board of Directors of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA). Cindy is currently treasurer of both organizations, as well as Blue Buoy Swim School.


Johnny brings over 48 years of teaching experience; he has coached high school water polo, swimming, synchronized swimming and SCUBA. He is a past president of NDPA and President of the SFL Foundation, as well as charter member and past president of the US Swim School Association, and co-author of its Infant Toddler course that has

been adopted by thousands of instructors worldwide.


Johnny & Cindy have been invited to speak on Blue Buoy’s unique philosophy and teaching methodology in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Canada, Mexico, and throughout the United States.

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