Meet our Coaches
Dave Tontini is back for his third year as Director of Swimming and Head Coach at Island Swimming Club. Dave coached at Pointe-Claire Swim Club in Montréal for 10 years before making the big move out west. He has had success at every level he’s coached, including coaching multiple Junior National champions and a 2017 Canada Games Medalist. Dave was an integral part of the Pointe-Claire Swim Club program that won three consecutive Junior National Championships.
Dave is an NCCP level 3 trained coach and a graduate of McGill University. He is known for his high energy and enthusiastic coaching style. He prides himself on his ability to keep swimmers motivated and engaged.
Assistant Head Coach
Originally from Quebec, Annie began coaching at the age of 17. In 1999 she moved to BC, working under the UBC umbrella as an Assistant Coach at Vancouver Pacific Swim Club for 3 years followed by 2 years as the Head Coach of the Winskill Dolphins. She also spent 12 years, she has been the Assistant Head Coach of the Pacific Sea Wolves.
Annie has her NCCP level 3 and graduated from the National Coaching Institute diploma program with NCI Pacific. She has completed a mentorship program working with National/International coaches and participated in the Pan Am and Commonwealth Games as well as the World Championships in Montreal. After almost 25 years of coaching mostly swimmers from the age of 10 to 16 years old, her goal is to give them the best age group swimming experience and ultimately developing well rounded swimmers who can be successful at the next level.
Island Black Coach
This is Riley's sixth year with ISC, After 2 years as the Westshore Lead Coach he has spent the last 4 years as the Island Black coach. Since taking over he has coached multiple provincial medalists as well as several club record holders.
Originally from Saskatoon, Riley started swimming at the age of 6. Riley held many club and provincial records as well as a national age group record before he joined the Canadian National Team at the age of 15. Riley was part of the 2004 Olympic swim team, was a member of 2002 Commonwealth Games & Pan Pacific Championships & 3 World Championship teams. He has held several Sr. National records in sprint Freestyle and Backstroke and has been inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame.
Senior Performance Coach
Before moving from Calgary to Victoria, Cole spent his first 5 years coaching with the Cascade Swim Club, working as a head coach for age group, 10&U athletes, and summer club programs. This is Cole's fourth year at Island Swimming, leading the SCP Blue group for his first two years here. Cole is now the Lead senior performance coach working alongside Dave with both Sr Performance and CSI.
Cole brings lots of energy to the pool, and is constantly looking to improve as a coach and help the swimmers improve as athletes.
Manager of Programs at Juan de Fuca
Wouter returns for his fourth year coaching at JDF and his third as Manager of Programs and coach of the Island Black, Island Blue, and ISS gold groups. Originally from the Netherlands, Wouter moved to Vernon at the age of 8 where he swam and went to school. In 2014 he moved to Victoria where he swam with ISC and the High Performance Center's Next-Gen training program. In 2016 & 2017 he spent the summer as the head coach of the Lumby Lightning Swim Club, a summer club just east of his home town. Wouter currently goes to Camosun College where he is working on a bachelor's degree in sport & fitness leadership. Wouter is also working on his NCCP level 2 certification.
SCP Island Blue Coach
Born in Vancouver, Brett has been involved with ISC as both an athlete and coach for almost 10 years now. He began coaching in 2016 after swimming the previous 3 seasons in the Claremont Sports Institute (CSI) Program. Swimming mostly at a provincial level, his favourite events included the 200m Butterfly and 200m Freestyle. Outside of swimming, Brett is currently in his third year in the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. Brett will be be back coaching the Blue group at SCP.
SCP Island Green Coach
Katrina began coaching summer club at the age of fourteen in her hometown of White Rock. Before moving to Victoria, Katrina spent four years as head coach at the Crescent Beach Summer Swim Club. This is her second season with Island and is now the Lead coach for Green group. Katrina is passionate about coaching and swimming, and her goal is to make every athlete fall in love with swimming and sport.
SCP Island Swim Skills Gold & Silver (Tu/Th) Coach
This is Kyle's second year as a lead for the Silver group at SCP and first year as the lead coach for the Gold group. As longtime ISC /CSI swimmer he has a keen technical eye and loads swimming of experience that he brings every session. He brings endless youthful energy and a natural ability to connect with the swimmers.
SCP Island Swim Skills Silver (M/W/F) Coach
Born and raised in Victoria, Erin swam competitively for 8 years before hanging up the suit after graduating high school. She is now one of the ISS Silver coaches and is in her first year of the Exercise and Wellness program at Camosun College. Erin loves working with young athletes with hopes of helping them reach their goals in the sport.
JDF Assistant Coach; SCP Conditioning & Technique Coach
Fynn returns for his seventh year of coaching with Island Swimming and second year as the Green and Silver coach at JDF as well as the lead coach of the C & T program at SCP. He has worked with a variety of groups, from Wave Skills to Blue! Fynn has also coached summer club with the Sidney Piranhas Swim Team for the past 4 years, the last 2 of which as the Co-Assistant Head Coach. Fynn’s coaching philosophy is that swimming should be as much fun as possible while still learning and he strives to create a safe and enthusiastic environment for kids to learn the amazing sport of swimming. Fynn is also working his way through a bachelors of sport and fitness leadership at Camosun College and is passionate about incorporating fitness and health into everyday life. He is also level 1 trained coach in competitive swimming.
SCP Island Swim Skills Bronze (Tu/Th) Coach
Avila has coached with Island Swimming for more than 25 years. We are fortunate to have her back for another year - this time working with our bronze level swimmers. Avila will be giving our youngest members a great start technically.
In her teens, Avila was both competitive swimmer and instructor/lifeguard and later swam on varsity team at UVic. For more than 30 years Avila has been a member (and coach, last 16 years) of Victoria Masters Swim Club and still enjoys competing and travelling with her teammates in Canada and abroad. Avila has a BEd from UVic. She continues to train regularly, has participated in triathlons over the years and enjoys open water swimming - especially in the summer!