WETS Team

Savannah Vongphit - Lead 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 - Lead 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!

Ben Halsall

Ben Halsall - Swim Instructor

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 - Swim Instructor

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!

Callie Martin - Lead 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.

Keana Smart

Keana Smart - Swim Instructor

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.

Keila Bittle - Swim Instructor

Hello, my name is Keila and I have been involved in aquatics for 10 years. My aquatic background includes first aid training, bronze medallion, bronze cross, and certification as a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. What inspires me as a swim instructor is to see my students improve and develop their swimming skills! Besides swimming, I also love reading, biking and wake surfing. I look forward to teaching your students in the WETS program!

Jacey Adams

Jacey Adams - Swim Instructor

Hello everyone,  my name is Jacey Adams. I have been teaching swimming lessons for 5 years and before that I found myself babysitting and mentoring kids of all ages. With this experience I have learnt patience and compassion, but I also know when to push kids to do their best! Watching kids become more confident in themselves encourages me to do my best as well, in and outside the pool. When I’m not teaching, I like to be outdoors with my dog Copper, playing card games, or learning something new (right now I’m learning guitar). I am excited to be part of the WETS team and I can’t wait to see you in the water.

Instructor Kallie Wheeler

Kallie Wheeler - WETS Instructor, Parent & Tot Specialist

Hi my name is Kallie! I have 15+ years of swimming teaching experience.
What I love most about teaching swimming is being a part of the each students journey and celebrating their wins, big and small. Whether it be blowing bubbles for the first time or swimming their first length every step is worth celebrating!
I am an extremely patient teacher, I believe that repetition is key to long lasting progress in the water. I also have a calm nature that often puts students at ease. Not only am I a swimming teacher but I’m also a professional photographer and videographer. So I spend a lot of my time with a camera in my hands but I also enjoy a cheeky Netflix binge or spending time with friends.
I look forward to being part of your swimming journey!

Danielle Hofer

Danielle Andrews - Marketing & Partnerships Lead

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. She also leads partnership and business development opportunities. If you manage a facility that has a pool connect with her at danielle@wets.ca

Danielle is also the Outreach Officer at WeBC, 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.

Susie Morel - Human Resources

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 I now am 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.