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My name is...Beth Graf

Swimmer, traveler, grandmother


Managing acquatics

I’m the aquatics manager at Apex. I oversee all the aquatic venues: Myers Pool, Apex Aquatics, Secrest Outdoor Pool, Lake Arbor Outdoor Pool and the splash pad. Next year we’ll be adding Fitzmorris and the wellness pool at Secrest. Between my seven full time staff members, we supervision about 240 teenage employees. Our role is hiring and training lifeguards, hiring and training swim instructors, maintaining safety protocol and water safety.

Teaching water aerobics

I teach six water aerobics classes a week. I have three that are high intensity classes — when I say that, I mean we do a lot of jumping and screaming and have a great time. I am very boisterous and very much a cheerleader. I like to get people energized and enthused. The other three are what used to be known as the Arthritis Foundation class. We now call it our Fish Bowl. Part of that is at Apex people above us can see down, so we feel like we’re fish in a bowl. The reason we changed from the Arthritis Foundation is that our class outgrew the protocols a little bit. Our class got stronger, healthier, happier — so we were able to incorporate a little more.

Traveling the world

I have four grandchildren and that takes up most of my time when I’m not at work. Also, my husband and I have become avid travelers. We love to go to Europe and hang out, see the sights and climb mountains if we can. Although, we haven’t done any 14ers yet, so our climbs are very small. I like to go anywhere in Europe. Prague is probably one of my very favorites as well as Vienna. We like to go to Cozumel, Mexico. We pretty much will go anywhere. California, Washington DC — those are some fun places to visit.

Scuba diving

We are liking to scuba dive this year. I did my first scuba dive last year in Cozumel and I’m really excited to be going again this year. I love, love, love reef diving. When you go down there you don’t fight the current and what you see down there is totally amazing. The fish are so beautiful.

My passion

My passion is working with people who have challenges — both physical and mental. I have a client who come to one of my classes who one day came to my office and said, “I have to show you something.” And she bent down and put her socks on. She said, “that’s the first time in 15 years I’ve been able to put my own socks on.” That’s the kind of thing that impacts me and makes me do what I do.


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