Coaching Team


Coach Brandon

Head Coach

Hey Orcas,
I am Coach Brandon and I have been involved in swimming since I was 5 years old. I swam for the Olympian Swim Club in Edmonton Alberta and the Aquajets and Liquid Lightning in Kelowna BC. I have coached for over 10 years starting in Merrit, BC then for Okotoks Stingrays and High River Tigers in Alberta. I started coaching for the Orcas five years ago and have enjoyed making a splash with many kids in our community. I enjoy mountain biking, swimming in the river and competition. I hope to introduce you all to the exciting world of racing and give you the skills to explore the waters around us.

​​​​​​​See you at the pool!


Coach Debbie

Developmental Coach

Hello little fishies,
I am Coach Debbie. I am a swim Mom turned swim Grandma who is now a swim coach. I grew up in the surf and now I’m looking to teach you the skills to impress. I’m excited to meet more swimmers and to see you race. I love to cheer and enjoy watching swimmers push their limits and try new things.

​​​​​​​I look forward to see you all on the blocks this season.



Developmental Coach

We are looking for a coach to help foster a love of swimming in the children and youth of our community.  Must love working with children, have some knowledge of competitive swimming and ideally certified as Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, Lifesaving Swim Instructor, or NCCP - Swimming 101 or Community Swim Coach.

Must be available betwen 4-5:30pm 1-5 days/week (Monday - Friday). 
If this interests you please reach out by email to  

The Orcas swim programs are based upon the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) strategy created by Swimming/Natation Canada.  ​​​​​​​

As coaches, we take a long term athlete development (LTAD) view of swimming, seeing the swimmer's experience as an endurance event, not a sprint race. LCSC coaches prioritize learning good stroke technique at every stage of their development. We believe that swimming correctly needs to be taught before athletes move on to training. We also find that swimmers who learn better stroke technique early, will inherently swim faster and smarter races, reduce injuries, and better enjoy swimming long term. 

At the younger levels, basic technique, kicking and learning about the sport are the most important. Our coaches are trained to give feedback at these levels and be patient about a swimmer's progress. All strokes are stressed at the developmental, age group, junior and senior levels. We consider our team to be all round swimmers rather than stroke specific swimmers, which will give the swimmers the best possible chance for success as they move through their swimming career. Coaches stress the ownership of the athlete in the process of their improvement and achievement. Concepts of intrinsic feedback are introduced, along with goal setting, accountability and a vision for the future of their swimming.

Naturally, year round swimming will improve swimming ability, but it will also carry over to other aspects of an athlete’s life. Swimmers tend to take the listening, discipline, organization, work-ethic, time management, and goal setting skills they learn in our program,with them to the classroom, and thereafter to the rest of their world. In addition, swimmers learn to handle successes and failures, which create resilience, sportsmanship and self-confidence.

The Coaches are here to support your swimmers and are happy to answer questions and offer support. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches.  For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please email

All Orca staff are trained and certified with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)

Current Board of Directors

ChairKathy Gonzales
Co-ChairAnthony Searle
RegistrarKerstin Lewis
TreasurerErin Anderson
SecretaryTami-Lyn Stephen

Sponsorship/Fundraising Director

Social Director

Bonnie Cook/Jada Bohmer

Liz Laforest

As part of the AGM, board positions and vacancies are reviewed. As per LCSC Bylaws, and as required under the Societies Act, LCSC is required to keep the first 5 positions filled at all times. Board members meet monthly to plan the season, review the budget, and discuss issues.  Other committee positions are created when needed to better serve the club. If you have an interest in serving on the board or attending a meeting please email the club at