To celebrate turning 50, Richard Schwarzenberger was invited to go on a 10-day sail in the British Virgin Islands. One problem: he never learned to swim. He took the Beginning class and the Next Step Class and yes, got off the boat into the water. Back in the Bay Area where he lives, he began spotting at classes, eventually becoming an instructor. He has taught Beginning and Next Step classes in the Bay Area and elsewhere for over sixteen years, helping hundreds of students overcome their fear of water. In addition to teaching, he is a writer and a gardener.