Daniel is Colombian born and joins the Imagine team by way of St. Petersburg, Florida. As a true Pisces he has always had a natural affinity for the water, growing up near the pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico, where he spent as much of his life as possible - surfing, wake-boarding, knee-boarding, fishing, boating and swimming! One of his first memories came at the age of four, when he jumped into a neighborhood pool and had to be rescued by his older brother. The next day his mother enrolled him in swim lessons. He recalls being captivated at a young age by local surfers braving the hurricane-strength waves and saying to himself, “I want to learn that one day." He and his friends were soon emulating those veteran surfers on second-hand boards, learning how to stay safe in much rougher waters than swimming pools! Daniel went on to graduate from the University of South Florida with a degree in Finance and soon after moved to NYC to pursue a career in the music industry. He has spent years working in music, fashion and marketing, but was determined to stay with his greatest aquatic passions, and teach the lessons of the pool and the ocean to a new generation. In addition to teaching with Imagine, Daniel also teaches at NY Surf School in the Rockaways every summer.