Cadlyn came to Stillwater as a freshman at OSU in the fall of 2018. As most people do she quickly fell in love with all things Stilly and knew this would be her forever home.
Cadlyn had the honor of representing OSU as the Spirit Rider in 2021, riding the beloved Bullet across Boone Pickens Stadium throughout the football season. In May of 2022 Cadlyn graduated with her degree in Ag Leadership from OSU.
Cadlyn is engaged to Paden Day and they will be married in December of 2023.
Growing up in Elk City, OK, Cadlyn Smith spent her summers assisting her mom, Darcey Smith, with her Swimmin Safe lesson program. As their program, Swimmin Safe, continued to expand to include numerous communities Cadlyn's interest in completing her own certification grew.
Cadlyn has also worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor for the YMCA.
In August of 2022 Cadlyn headed to Southwest Aquatics in Winter Garden, Florida and completed her own survival swim instructor certification with PediaSwim.
After her engagement to Paden Day, and deciding to make Stillwater her home, Cadlyn chose to branch off of Swimmin Safe and open Cowboy Swim Academy in Stillwater.
She is excited to be able to bring high quality lessons to the area and set down roots in a community that she has grown to love so much.
Darcey Smith has an extensive background in aquatics. Growing up in Tempe, AZ, Darcey learned to swim at an early age. She grew up a swimmer competing as a synchronized swimmer and on her high school swim team. In high school and college she worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor.
After moving to Oklahoma Darcey began a private swim lesson program in Elk City, Oklahoma where her and her husband have lived for 25 years.
Darcey has also worked as an aquatics director with the YMCA and developed the curriculum and assisted in opening a swim school. In 2020 Darcey went to Southwest Aquatics in Winter Garden, Florida to complete her PediaSwim survival swim instructor certification. Darcey is passionate about giving children the skills they need to be confident in the water in any situation. She is proud to have taught multiple generations of families these lifesaving skills, and to have mentored 4 instructors who have become PediaSwim instructors and started programs in their communities. Darcey is excited to be spending time in Stillwater in addition to her home in Elk City.