Ames Fitness Center

Get to Know our Swim Professional,
Ciara McNeley




Bachelor of Science Engineering in Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University


Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

Teaching experience

-6 years teaching people of all ages and skill levels
-Creates customized lessons for individuals, small groups, and big groups
-Excels in increasing comfort levels in the water and stroke development


"We are really liking Ciara – she is pretty no-nonsense and gets things moving right when we get there. I’ve appreciated her candidness and coaching on possibly splitting the kids to private lessons if we continue - based on each of their progress. My kids love swim lessons, so that speaks volumes. As a working parent and with busy kids, the scheduling flexibility with the instructors is a big selling point!"     -Erika O.

"It’s been going great! Just signed up for 8 more sessions today. My daughter loves the lessons and is really building confidence. Ciara is doing a great job."      -Hillary T.

"We are very happy with Ciara. My daughter likes Ciara a lot and is making good progress. Ciara is patient, fun, teaches good techniques and has good tips. She knows what problem to tackle first. One example, My daughter is not good with back float and she is afraid to sink. Ciara first taught her just to sink on purpose and do bobs, so even if she sinks, she knows what to do."     -Anonymous