Josh grew up living on the Muskegon River and this is where
his love for the water was born. He started swimming competitively
for a then local team when he was 8 years old. Strong suit was
Breaststroke. After getting his BA in Business Management at Baker
College he enlisted in the Military as a Navy Seal based in
California. He was medically discharged for Kidney problems during
his first year in. While going through this he came back
home to Michigan where he received a kidney transplant,
married, had a daughter and started Lifeguarding as a part time
job. This has evolved over the past 4 years to be more
of a career in Aquatics and a staple to maintaining a healthy
living for him all while teaching others how to be safe by the
He has numerous Instructor certifications from YMCA Lifeguard
Instructor, YMCA Swim Leader, Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor and
Water Safety Instructor (swim lessons for all ages) to teaching
C.P.R., First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens, Oxygen Administration and
Coaching. He continues to take every opportunity to further his
education so he is knowledgeable in all aspects of the Aquatics and
can further teach others.
His goals are to, "learn, Instruct, educate, and have fun while
being safe in and around the water."
Amy Lynn Hulst
Coach Amy Youngquist Hulst.
(Amy began competitive swimming at the age of 6 during a summer
swim season in(Louisville, Kentucky. Amy never stopped swimming,
starting year round swimming when she was 10. These first four
years of year round swimming included MYST.
Her family then moved to Zeeland(where Amy became an All-American
Swimmer for the Chix, which included Team State(Championship 2nd
and 4th place finishes. She swam a variety of races, but the
breaststroke races and sprint freestyle were her best. Slightly
beyond swimming, Amy played Water Polo for the Chix with All-Region
While at Zeeland, Amy started to be Coach Amy coaching for ZAGS
(the age group team)(as well as the younger swimmers for WMS (the
USA swim team) year round. She also taught(multiple levels of swim
lessons. Most summers, Amy was at the pool at least 12 hours a
day(between training, teaching, and coaching. Any time off was
typically spent water skiing with the family.
(Amy swam collegiately 2 years for Calvin College and then 2 years
for Grand Valley State(University. While studying Nursing at GVSU,
Amy also played for the Women’s GVSU Club(Water Polo team
that also traveled around the country playing other university
teams. She(continued coaching at Zeeland in the summer, as well as
planning and coaching the GVSU(Summer Youth Swim Camp for three
After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Science in Nursing
(BSN), Amy started her nursing(career at Spectrum Health Blodgett
Hospital. She was not too far out of the swimming world as she
continued to cheer on her younger sister, Britt, who also swam at
GVSU. Then for many(years she spent considerable time traveling to
cheer on her younger brother, Clay, as he swam(for the University
of Texas. This included two trips to the Olympic Trials as well as
various(international meets when he was a member of the USA
National Team. Amy’s mother, Julie(Younquist, has also been a
career full time swim coach. She is the current head coach of
(Battle(Creek) Lakeview Aquatic Club.(
Amy heard word from various swim families that a Fremont MYST Coach
was needed. Amy decided to coach swimming again as her oldest two
sons, Garrett (11) and Gabriel (9), also showed an interest in the
sport. Amy is also the mother of two younger children: Judah (5)
and Sarah (3).
She continues working as a RN during the day. For the last few
years she has worked at Spectrum Health Gerber Hospital in Fremont.
She specializes in Interventional Radiology and Cardiology;
primarily helping patients through(procedures. She has also been
happily married the last 13 years to her husband, Nathan.(Nathan is
a fishing guide on the local rivers as well as the property manager
for a nearby farm.
Mitchell is an avid swimmer who grew up in Philadelphia. He
attended the University of Michigan, where he swam for one year,
and graduated with a BSE for Aerospace Engineering. Mitchell
has been swimming for 18 years and continues his swimming career
through the US Masters swimming program.
Talitha is a graduate of Calvin College where she was a 4 year
memeber of the women's swim and dive team. She graduated with
a degree in excercise science. After graduating she coached a
middle school swim team as well as a high school soccer team for a
few years. Durring those years she also attended Aquinas
College where she graduated with her Master's in Elementary
Education. After receiving her Master's she took many years
to just be a mom. When her youngest was 2 she took a part
time job with the Muskegon YMCA where she has been teaching
swimming lessons for the last 9 years. She has coached all
ages on the MYST team for 8 years.