Melon (M. Ellen) Dash grew up in upstate New York. She started swimming competitively when she was 7, started teaching swimming when she was 14, and has been doing both ever since.
She earned her B.S. degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and her Masters degree in Education from the University of Michigan. She coached the men’s and women’s swim teams at Keene State College (NH) and was assistant coach of the women’s teams at Harvard, University of Michigan, and University of California/Berkeley. She opened Miracle Swimming Institute in Berkeley, California in 1983. It's now also in Sarasota, Florida. Her video, The Miracle Swimmer: How to Overcome Fear and Discomfort in Water, Shallow and Deep was produced in 2000 and has sold in over 40 countries. She speaks at world and national conferences bringing the message that Beginning Swimming classes are too advanced for afraid students...and what to do about it: Miracle Swimming.
Her favorite toys are her Macintosh and her bike. She looks for a good pool to swim in, wherever she goes.