Alberto Barreto de Jesus

By amerigo

Alberto grew up in Río Piedras Puerto Rico where he spent most of his life. He started swimming there when he was 10 years old and competitively at 12 years old in the Association of Puerto Rico, which took place at the northern part of the island. His  swimming times were getting better, and he dominated freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke rapidly. He moved on to the Swimming Federation of Puerto Rico, where he had the opportunity to train with an Olympic level coach, Sanoni and Olympic swimmer Vanessa Garcia Vega . Thanks to them, he mastered butterfly stroke in 3 and half months and immediately started competing. The coach saw talent in him, but unfortunately, due to the economy and crisis of the country, he moved to the United States at 16 years old during Christmas and stopped swimming for months. During high school, he joined the swim team which got him back on track. The events that he swam were 200 IM relay, 400 relay freestyle, 50 freestyle, 100 fly, and 100 breaststroke.

In college he became a lifeguard and his first experience as a swim instructor began in  Norwalk, where he taught basic, intermediate, advanced, swim team and adult lessons for 4 and a half years. 

“Swimming has basically shaped my life to what it is today, working at Swim Blue and the other previous jobs that are all related to the water.”