Pirate Coaches

Tuesday
Oct062015

Kelly Kaye- Head Coach

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be back as a member and head coach of the Pirates Swim Club.

For those of you who do not know much about my background, I am a former junior national team swimmer and senior national team snowboarder. My first job coaching was with the Pirates Swim Club in 2000. After one year as an assistant, I became the head coach and remained head coach until 2005. In 2005 I decided to further my career and took a job with CHEENA, a winter club in North Vancouver. I have had much success in building fun-family oriented swim clubs with both of these teams. While at CHEENA I was a major contributor to it's growth, which went from 10 provincial qualifiers, to winning the Swim BC provincial team title and qualifying twenty swimmers for age group nationals. During that time I was lucky enough to coach some very talented high level swimmers. We had much success in the pool and won many national medals and crowned over a dozen national champions. One of my many swimmers, James Derousoff (18), just swam in the 'B' final at the Pan Am games in Toronto. I have also had many swimmers continue on with success out of the pool, attaining US scholarships for swimming and academics.

My biggest strength as a coach, however, is my ability to form close, trusting, bonds with each one of my swimmers. I am still in contact with many of my ex swimmers and value that above all.

In 2013, I made the decision to focus more on family life, put an end to the commuting, and return to coaching in my home town of Squamish. When not coaching, I am busy with my three small children, aged 6, 4, and 2. If I manage to find any other time, you might see me in the pool swimming, on the mountain biking, or snowboarding, at the skateboard park or perhaps on the waves in Tofino.

I look forward to bringing my knowledge and passion into the pool of the Squamish Pirates!

I can be reached at group3coach@squamishpirates.com

Monday
Oct052015

Wyatt Pedersen - Senior Coach

Hey Pirates! I am very excited to start coaching with the Pirates. I started swimming with the Pirates when I was 6 after a very poorly swam triathlon. I swam with the Pirates for 11 years and then with the West Vancouver Otters for 1 year. My competitive swimming career had many highs and lows, the highest achievement being top 3 at summer swimming provincials and making the times to compete at the AAA meets with the Otters.

Coming from personnel experience, swimmers are very delicate and can be hurt easily. My goal is to create technically skilled and healthy swimmers so that they can keep swimming and continue to become faster and faster.

I will do my best to pass on the skills I have learnt to the swimmers of the Pirates.

I can be reached at group2coach@squamishpirates.com

Sunday
Oct042015

Katie Coombs- Junior Coach

I am beyond excited to be joining the Squamish pirates!  

I have been a competitive diver, synchronized swimmer, lifeguard, and have successfully completed two triathlons! 

Since my move from Winnipeg to Squamish 4 years ago I have been swimming with the Squamish titans and have been actively competing in masters races through out the lower mainland.  

I have been coaching competitive swimming for just over two years, and teaching swimming lessons, including private lessons for 10 years. 

I am beyond excited to share my love and knowledge for swimming, as well as watching each and every swimmer grow after each practice. 

Remember, all you have to do, is just keep swimming! 

 See you on deck! 

 

 

Saturday
Oct032015

Alex Jevons - Junior Coach

Hello fellow Pirates! It’s a New Year and a new season!  I am so excited to be coaching for my fourth year with the Pirates. This year is going to be great. This is my ninth year swimming with the Pirates.

I have loved the water ever since I first learned to swim in a river in Chile, so when I started lessons here at Brennan Park it was recommended that I start training with the Pirates Swim Club and I stuck with them ever since.

Two year's ago was a great year for the whole team, but an especially proud year for me, because after seven years of hard training I finally made it to the BCSSA Provincial Championship! I was so proud of myself and I wore a smile from ear to ear the whole time. I placed 15th in both of my events with personal best times. This past August, I out did the previous year placing 7th in the 100 metre back at the Saanich Commonwealth pool at Provincials!


My message this year is, if at first you don’t succeed try again until you do.

Happy Swimming!

Thursday
Oct012015

Nikaya Peiskar- Junior Coach

 

  Hello everyone my name is Nikaya, aka coach Nikki. I am very excited to be coaching the Mini Mateys this season. 

Growing up I have always had a love for the water. I grew up in a small town of Smithers BC where I enjoyed learning to swim in my childhood pool  as well as the lake.

I started competitive swimming at the age of eleven. During my senior year I competed at a national level with backstroke being my strong race and my favourite event. I also had the amazing opportunity to grow as a swim coach where I coached the  Otters in my home town for three years. 

I then continued on in the field of aquatics to become certified as life guard and swim instructor for 7 years. I took a break when I got pregnant with my son Jake who is now five and excited to be a part of the swim team this season. 

 An interesting fact about myself is I also grew up competitive dancing as well. Most people wonder how do I swim gracefully? Being a dancer this  is where my gracefulness comes into action when I'm swimming. 

 I look forward to meeting you all and having the privileged of coaching your kids. Let's have a blast this year.