WETS Team

DONNA Morel - Owner of WETS

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

SUSIE Morel - Human Resources Manager

Being around the water, in the water and watching my Mom and the instructors 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.

SAVANNAH Vongphit - Swim Instructor

Hi Everyone! My name is Savannah. I previously was a lifeguard and swimming instructor at the City of Regina for 2 years and then moved to Kelowna to attend UBCO to study Medical and Molecular Biology. My favourite part about teaching is seeing children’s growth and progression as a swimmer. As an instructor, I am enthusiastic and fun to ensure everyone enjoys the experience of swimming lessons! Outside of swimming, I love to hike and being outdoors. I also love to travel and experiencing new places.

Instructor Jenna

JENNA Holland - Swim Instructor

Hello! My name is Jenna Holland. I have been involved in aquatics since the 5th grade when I first joined swim club. Since then, I have enjoyed over four years of lifeguarding both at local pools and on the ocean on Vancouver Island. I have been teaching swimming for two years and my favourite part is seeing kids grow more confidence in their swimming skills and in themselves! I love encouraging my students and sharing my love for swimming. While not at the pool you can catch me studying chemistry, biking, skiing or surfing! I am very excited to learn from Donna, the experienced team at WETS, and all of the students here!

Danielle Hofer

Danielle Hofer - Marketing Manager

Danielle is the Marketing Manager for WETS. She has been with WETS for 5 years and manages the communications for WETS, creates the newsletter, manages the social media accounts and creates print and digital media.

Danielle is also the Outreach Officer at Women's Enterprise Centre, a not for profit that supports women business owners in BC. In her role, Danielle coordinates the WEC Regional Ambassadors and does outreach to partners and other service providers around the province. As a member of the client services team, she connects clients to the resources they need to succeed in business.

Danielle has a business degree from the Okanagan School of Business with a major in Marketing. As former President of JCI Kelowna (Formerly the Kelowna Jaycees), she plays an active role in supporting the community through her volunteerism.

Callie Martin - Swim Instructor

Hi! My name is Callie. Before WETS, I was a Lifeguard and Aquatic Instructor for the Township of Langley since 2018. I moved to Kelowna to attend UBCO with hopes to become a high school teacher. My favorite part about swimming lessons is seeing the improvements that the kids make, and how proud they are of themselves. I am a very enthusiastic instructor in the hopes of making the kids more confident and increase their love for the water! When I'm not teaching, I love to paint and spend time with my friends and family.

Ben Halsall

Ben Halsall

Hello, I am Ben Halsall and a keen water polo player, masters swimmer and surfer. Since moving from England in 2012, I have lived in Québec, Saskatchewan and recently moved to Kelowna in June 2021. My passion for the water is one I share with my two children. My daughter is an artistic swimmer with the Kelowna Dolphins, and my son plays water polo with Kelowna Water Polo Swim Club. This first-hand experience of teaching my kids to swim and being involved in a wide range of aquatic disciplines helps me to be a patient teacher. I recently took my involvement with swimming and love for team sports to the next level by founding the water polo club here in Kelowna in September 2020. I am excited to be teaching at WETS and can’t wait to see you at the pool

Zuleida Rodriguez

Zuleida Rodriguez

Hello! My name is Zuleida Rodriguez. I have been involved in aquatics since I was seven years old, I started out by taking swimming lessons and joined an Artistic swimming club when I was twelve. Since then I have enjoyed being an Artistic swimming coach for four years and have been a competitive athlete for six years. I have been teaching swimming for a year and my favourite part is seeing kids grow into confident swimmers that love the water. When I am not at the pool, I am usually hiking, biking or studying biology! I am eager to continue to learn from Donna and the rest of the WETS team!

Keana Smart

Keana Smart

Hello, my name is Keana. Before I joined the WETS team, I was a competitive swimmer for about 13 years. Since I had the love for swimming, I began to get my certification and became an instructor in 2016. I have many certifications in the lifeguarding field, Standard First Aid, Basic Lifesaving and a Community Coach certificate. I enjoy teaching swimming and allowing individuals to have a life skill and have the confidence in water. I am a very enthusiastic and patient instructor in hope of making each individual have more confidence and love for the water. When I am not in the pool, I enjoy doing outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, kayaking, etc. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

Chanelle

Chanelle Emond

Hello, my name is Chanelle. I've been a competitive swimmer since I was six years old, and I've recently retired to further my education at the University of British Columbia. At the age of 15, I began coaching at my swim club. I received my lifesaving instructor certification at the age of 16 and have been teaching swimming lessons ever since, I also hold my WSI. My national lifeguard pool, water park, and waterfront are some of my awards. I also hold my NCCP certifications for my community coach, and swimming 101 fundamental coaching. With my talents and experience, I'm really passionate about swimming and teaching youngsters how to swim and feel confident in the water. I love any water activities, cycling, and any outdoor adventures are my favourites. I enjoy working for WETS due to the 1-1 teaching and small class size to prioritize our swimmers.