WETS Swim Instructor Biographies

DONNA Morel
Donna Morel is an award winning Red Cross Master Instructor Trainer, Water Safety + Life Saving Instructor and Former Competitive Speed + Synchronized Swimmer. She is the creator and owner We Teach Swimming (WETS), a private swim club that specializes in teaching children water safety and how to swim with confidence.With 35 + years of teaching and instructor training expertise Donna created WETS results-driven and progressive teaching method by combining over 60 years of best practices and innovative techniques with the Red Cross Swim Levels + Water Safety curriculum. She makes learning to swim a fun and rewarding experience for children with small class sizes to give more individual attention and personalized instruction. She also teaches Swim Patrol and Bronze Star levels of the LifeSaving Society.From water safety and life saving aquatic skills all the way to developing endurance and strong strokes to synchronized swimming and pre-swim club. Explore her learn to swim programs, instruction videos, water safety presentations and success stories at www.weteachswimming.ca, find her on twitter @DonnaMorel and become a fan at www.facebook.com/weteachswimming
 


ABIGAIL Baker

Hello my name is Abigail Baker. I have been involved in the world of aquatics for over 5 years. My early experiences include instructing at an adaptive swim program at Parkinson Rec Centre and lifeguarding/instructing at Morning Star Bible Camp for two girls camps. Some fun aquatic memories include lifeguarding during class field trips to the beach and on boating trips.After graduating high school, I began instructing and lifeguarding at the Kelowna Family YMCA in 2013. I worked there for over a year before joining WETS. Since working for WETS I have felt myself grow tremendously as an instructor and enjoy the continuous development for myself and for my students. What I enjoy most about teaching swim lessons is seeing how children develop as swimmers, and little men and women. My enthusiasm and dedication helps me to develop children into strong and confident swimmers.Currently I am taking my Bachelor of Science to one day teach science at a high school level. I also plan on travelling to become better educated about cultures and continue learning Spanish. I really do love to swim as well as other sports like soccer, skiing, and hiking. Reading, painting and cooking are also some of my favourite past times.

AYSHA Curley
Hello, my name is Aysha. I have worked in aquatics for 9 years teaching swim lessons, water aerobics, lifesaving skills and coaching swim club. I am also a certified lifeguard, and for many years I was employed with the City of Surrey, and City of Kelowna.  I have been swimming competitively since the age of 3 and have many outstanding swimming records in the British Columbia Summer Swimming Association. Some of the awards I am most proud of include my Provincial records from 2002 that are still outstanding.I feel swimming is a very important skill to grow up with and this is why I enjoy teaching lessons. I love to see the children grow strong in the water and improve in many ways.Some hobbies I enjoy doing when I am not at the pool include hiking with my two dogs, and working around the yard and house. My future goal with WETS is to help expand the business into the Southern Okanagan.

 

TAYLER Roorda
Hi, my name is Tayler. I’ve been a lifeguard for just over 5 years and a Red Cross  Water Safety Instructor for a little over 3 years.  I love teaching people of all ages, especially seeing them improve and succeed with the right encouragement. I have also been a Lifesaving Society Instructor for 2 years and really enjoy teaching the water safety side of aquatics the most. I am working on becoming an instructor trainer, so if you have any questions about the Red Cross or Lifesaving programs, feel free to ask me!
Susie Morel- WETS swim Instructor SUSIE Morel
I am Susie Morel and some of you may have seen me around the pool assisting with some of the classes. I have already completed the Red Cross Assistant Instructor course and am currently working on my Red Cross Water Safety Instructor’s.Being around the water, in the water and watching my Mom and the Instructor teach swimming has been a part of my whole life. I love to swim and it is even more fun to help the swim students learn to love the water too!I have been a competitive swimmer for 6 seasons since I was 10 years old, and this year I became an assistant competitive swim coach. For 2 summers my uncle sent me to Berkley for a competitive swim camp lead by the USA Olympic swim coach, Teri McKeever. It was great! My other interests are soccer, hanging out with my friends, traveling and computer games.

 

Matttew Tran
Hey everyone, I’m Matt. I’ve coached with the WETS program before and am thrilled to be back on the squad teaching… SQUADS. I hope to bring a great amount of excitement, a pinch of competitiveness that I hope will drive the swimmers to be their absolute best and a fire that comes with wanting to see everyone succeed.When I’m not busy with aquatics, I am in class pursuing a Bachelor of Education Degree at UBCO hoping to eventually become an Elementary School Teacher.  I coach for the UBCO Masters Swim Club, as well as the OKM Swim Academy, currently I’m the Head Coach of the Kelowna Ogopogos, and I coach the competitive Rock Climbing team at Gneiss Climbing. I’m pretty easily found, if you ever need me just head towards the booming voice…
anneka-hynchak-01 ANNEKA Hunchak
Hi everyone, my name is Anneka and i am super excited to be joining the Wets team for the first year as a squads coach. I am from the coast from a town called Delta and have moved up to the beautiful Okanagan to attend UBCO and study Human Kinetics. I have grown up my whole life competitive swimming for a summer club and routinely medalled in provincials. When i was around 13, i began junior coaching and became an official coach at 16. I have worked with kids ranging in age from 2 through 18 and love to work with all ages. I love to help foster a love in swimming like i grew up on and believe that swimming is a skill that everyone should have! I look forward to seeing you around the pool!
Samantha Theobald Instructor SAMANTHA Theobald

Hi my name is Samantha. My aquatic career began in 2009 when I swam with the Trail Stingrays swim club. In 2011 I began coaching the team and by 2012 I was working as lifeguard. I obtained my Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certificate in 2013 and have been teaching ever since.  I worked at Trail’s Pool until August 2016 when I then moved to Kelowna for school to become a nurse. In addition to my Water Safety Instructor certificate, I also have my National Lifeguard certificate First Aid and CPR-C certificate, Live Saving Instructor certificate, and NCCP Level 1. My favourite part about teaching swim lessons is watching the swimmers become comfortable in the water and progress to a point where they no longer fear the water. I’m a very outgoing, enthusiastic instructor who ensures all students are comfortable in the lesson.

ELORA Admson
Hi Everyone! My name’s Elora and I started teaching with WETS this winter. I recently moved to Kelowna from Winnipeg after working as a Counsellor and Lifeguard at the Kelowna YMCA’s Camp Silver Lake. Before moving here I taught swimming for a private company in Winnipeg and I was happy to find WETS in Kelowna. I love teaching swimming and especially working with kids while teaching them such important skills. I’ve been swimming my whole life and did most of my swimming lessons in Lake Winnipeg, which is not quite as warm as our pool! Something else I am passionate about is Cross country skiing. I competed across the country throughout high school and ended up competing at Canada Games for team Manitoba in Prince George in 2015, which was the highlight of competition for me. Besides swimming and skiing I love hiking and being outside! I am excited to continue teaching with WETS while attending UBCO next year!
LAUREN Pitre
Hello my name is Lauren and am pleased to be coaching for WETS. I am a certified Water Safety Instructor in addition to being trained in first aid. I have been involved in aquatics for the past thirteen years and it has been such a big part of my life. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to teach WETS students what I love!  I recently moved from Vancouver, where I was involved in a swim club for the past eleven years both swimming competitively and coaching. What I love most about teaching swimming is seeing children grow into strong confident swimmers. I think my best virtue as a coach is that I’m very patient with the kids and enthusiastic, but I can be strict to make my classes efficient and effective. When I’m not at the pool I am playing volleyball with my friends or skiing. See you at the pool!