About the Founder


About the founder

Lyes grew up swimming in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Algiers in North Africa. When he was 14 years old he was selected for the Algerian national swim team in his age group.

From 1984 to 1992 Lyes was at the pinnacle of his swimming career, setting records and winning Continental titles as well as several other medals at international swim competitions.  Simultaneously, he was inspired to earn his masters degree in sports and science technology.

Lyes moved to the U.S. in the late 1990s and discovered his true calling – working with children – when he hosted his first swim exposition.  After several years of teaching a multitude of swim lessons for both children and adults, as well as coaching champion youth swim teams, Lyes eventually established Children of the Sound in 2004.

Lyes’s methodology teaches with a “LOVING BUT FIRM” approach that blends equal doses of laughter and fun with hard work.  His methodology prides itself on a personalized approach to instruction that helps children become confident and agile in the water through awareness, self-confidence and respect for the water.