OUR COACHES

John Manison- San Fernando Valley Area

John Manison, President, Head Instructor

Former USA Team Swimmer

First Aid/AED/CPR Certified

Lifeguard Certified

Level 3 Coaching School

Learn To Swim Certified Trainer

John Manison’s swimming addiction started when he played in the Ohio River at six months old. Growing up on Lake Erie, his love for the water grew and so did his lung capacity with swimming all summer long for many summers. Through his early teens, John competed in Triathlons excelling in the swimming portion and received several medals. When John was sixteen years old, he was struck with a rare disease, which permanently damaged his spinal cord and put him in a wheelchair. While still in the wheelchair, he decided to give competitive swimming a shot in High School. As John worked diligently to get out of his wheelchair, he also worked diligently on his swimming, advancing to the district level his senior year (without the use of his legs). John went on to compete at the USA level in disabled competitions where he was seeded first in the 1500 Freestyle, third in the 50 Breast Stroke, and sixth in the 50 Freestyle. He swam on the college level and served as the Head Swim Coach at Sierra Canyon. He is a USA Certified swimming Coach and continues to embrace and pass on his knowledge to young swimmers.

Coach John is ABSOLUTELY the BEST swim instructor. I cannot believe that in just a few short weeks my almost 3-year-old went from having zero swim experience to actually swimming! John has such patience to work through screaming cries and whining for Mommy. Nothing takes him off his main focus – teaching my kiddo how to swim safely. Not only is he a fantastic coach, but he also has fun songs to sing for each new technique. Warning: they WILL get stuck in your head. But my little one loves to come home and play swim lessons with her dolls, which only helps reinforce the lessons from John and its fun. Who could ask for more?! Highly recommend him.

Geraldine Belafsky

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Kayla Ward- San Fernando Valley Area

Kayla Ward, Instructor

Former Competitive Swimmer,

First Aid/AED/CPR Certified

Lifeguard Certified

Kayla was born in the desert of Las Vegas, NV but had a natural attraction to the water. She began swimming in high school where she competed for 4 years then continued on to swim for personal enjoyment. She’s found a new love for swimming by becoming an instructor and enjoys passing on her knowledge to new beginners.

Kayla Ward serves the San Fernando Valley Region

Emily Heller- Culver City/San Fernando Valley

Emily Heller, Senior Instructor

Competitive Swimmer

First Aid/AED/CPR Certified

Lifeguard Certified

 

Emily Heller was born in Los Angeles, California. Emily has had a love for competitive swimming since she was 7 years old and continues to swim for her high school. Emily's favorite strokes are freestyle and butterfly. Her love for teaching children new things grew when she volunteered at Agoura Stingrays, a program in which she taught children with disabilities to swim and play water polo. Other than swim, Emily enjoys hanging out with friends, swimming in the ocean and being with her family.

 

Lucas Wiegand- San Fernando Valley

Lucas Wiegand, Instructor

Competitive Swimmer

First Aid/AED/CPR Certified

Lifeguard Certified

Lucas Wiegand was born in Tarzana, California. Growing up with a pool in his backyard, Lucas learned how to swim at a young age. He began his life of aquatics at the age of seven when he started playing water polo. After playing water polo for some years, he began springboard diving and competitive swimming. Later in high school, he competed in swimming, diving, and water polo . Lucas began teaching swim lessons during Summer 2019 and also taught a novice dive team. During his free time, Lucas likes to spend time with his friends and family as well as going to the beach and exploring new places. 

 

 

 

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