SAN FERNANDO VALLEY TEAM

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John Manison

Owner

  • 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.

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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

Senior 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 serves the SAN FERNANDO VALLEY area

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Really happy we found Sailfish. John and his life story is a true inspiration. Kayla is amazing with kids of all ages and skill levels. My 5-year-old can't wait to go to the pool! . Thank you guys for being responsive, responsible, and overall a great team!!!

Yuriy

Meghan Go

Instructor

  • Former Competitive USA Swimmer

  • First Aid/AED/CPR Certified

  • Lifeguard Certified

  • Club Team Coach

  • Competition Level Instructor

Meghan Go was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her love of swimming began when she was 4 when she accidentally stumbled into a free swim class. Since then, she swam a total of 15 years. Meghan competitively swam in USA swimming since she was 7 and continued to swim as a NCAA D2 collegiate athlete. In high school, she was a CIF-SS D3 champion in 2015 and 2016 for the 100 freestyle. Before joining Sailfish, she was a lifeguard, assistant coach and swim instructor. In her free time, she likes to go on spontaneous adventures with friends or family while meeting new people along the way. 

Meghan serves the SAN FERNANDO VALLEY area

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Lucas Wiegand

Instructor

  • Former 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.

Lucas serves the San Fernando Valley area

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Alisha "Ali" Stone

Instructor

  • Former Competitive Swimmer

  • Former Water Polo Player

  • First Aid/AED/CPR Certified

  • Lifeguard Certified

Ali first became acquainted with the water in Phoenix, Arizona where she was born. Here is where her grandparents owned a pool and diving board, where her love for the water truly began. Some of her best and earliest memories are in the pool with family. Her love for the water and swimming would follow her into later life when she moved to California. Entering high school she joined the water polo team and swim team, where she would compete and place in games, meets, and championships, as well as becoming an awarded player and team member. Post high school, Ali continued to swim for fun and exercise until becoming a part of the Sailfish team.

 

Ali serves the San Fernando Valley and SUNLAND/TUJUNGA areas.

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