/ Watchung, NJ

Meet Lindsay Pennella of Big Blue Swim School Watchung

At Big Blue Swim School, we are proud to have countless members of our team, who radiate passion and joy, and are ready to face the day with a smile on their face. Lindsay Pennella, the general manager (GM) of Big Blue Watchung exemplifies just that, as our second Big Blue Staff Member of the Month feature. We are thrilled for you to learn about her dedication to families at the pool and why we are so lucky to have her!

Lindsay Pennella, the General Manager of Big Blue Swim School Watchung


With experience in hospitality and managing full-service restaurants, Lindsay quickly found Big Blue to be a great change in her career. In fact, she started as one of Big Blue Watchung’s assistant managers about a year and a half ago and is now the GM. Lindsay lives nearby in Westfield, New Jersey.

As the GM, you may have already noticed some of Lindsay’s day-to-day activities. Her job entails hiring, motivating, and coaching her team as well as overseeing and managing performance, based on business needs. One of Lindsay’s most important tasks is ensuring everyone is safe and following Big Blue’s curriculum. She is constantly guiding and coaching staff, helping them work to the highest level of their abilities possible.

Teaching a Lifetime of Confidence

There’s certainly no shortage of positivity at this pool. Lindsay describes that her favorite part about working at Big Blue is, “... the space that my bosses (our owners Sam and Mirna) have given me to create a fun and safe community to build kids’ confidence. I love talking and coaching kids, and finding out about their day and week.” She also loves level-up graduations and Big Moments – all elements that are deeply engrained in Big Blue’s values.

Lindsay enjoys her time as GM so much, that she can’t even narrow down her favorite memory at Big Blue. “Every moment I am in the Big Blue building is so fun that I can’t pick just one!” No wonder Lindsay’s team would describe her as “a little crazy,” but supportive and someone who wants what is best for them.

Outside of work, Lindsay enjoys spending time with family and friends in addition to reading (and you guessed it!) swimming.

Next time you’re at Big Blue Watchung, never hesitate to say “hi” to Lindsay and ask her any questions you might have. She always loves connecting with new and current families at the pool!