Coaches & Directors

If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact Head Coach Barry Healey. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

John "Barry" Healey

Head Coach


Mission Statement

I am a leader, visionary and entrepreneur who is motivated by the power of sport.


Career Goal

To remain a leading Coach and Teacher and Mentor in the world of aquatics and sport.






Education & Qualifications

  • Willfield High School. Staffordshire UK

  • Stoke on Trent College City and Guilds1972

  • Graduate Swimmers Teacher STA UK 1974

  • NCCP Level 3 coach Fully Certified swimming

  • Level 1 Coach Volley Ball.

  • Master Course Conductor & Trainer I Can Swim 2015

Leadership and Professional Experience:

  • Head Coach Columbia Shuswap Selkirks Swim Club 2015-present

  • Head Swimming Coach Chester Academy & University of Chester  2010-2013
  • Aquatics Training and Performance. Wimslow  Owner 2011 -2013
  • GB Triathlon Talent ID consultant and coach. UK 2006-  2007
  • Head Coach  Swimming  City of Chester 2007-2010
  • Lecturer and Tutor Sports and Public Service. Macclesfield College and Mid Cheshire College 2006-2012
  • Head Swimming Coach South Cheshire Forum.
  •  Head Coach Staffs University &Manchester Met University 2002 -2006
  • Sports Development Officer for Cheshire Sports . 2002-2006
  • Head Swimming Teacher & Head Coach City of Stoke and Berry Hill High School.
  • President and part owner SPT and Sports Marketing  USA & Calgary
  • Head Age Group coach and Corporate Sponsorship Cascade Swimming
  • Head Coach and Owner of Grassroots Swimming Vernon BC
  • Assistant   Head Coach Olympian Swim Club
  • Head Age Group Coach Regina. RODS
  • Head Coach Winnipeg Dolphins   (Manta)
  • Head Age Group Coach London Ont


Professional Achievement

Sept 2015 -Present.

Head Coach Columbia Shuswap Selkirk Swim Club & Wave Masters Swim Club.

Owner and Manager of Shuswap Columbia Sports Development and Performance



Head Coach and Age Group Coach and Masters Senior Coach

Athletes Results:

  • Three swimmers win Gold one silver and two bronzes at Canadian Junior Nationals.
  • Canadian Open water Champs team places 2nd Women’s team ranked 1st

  • Swimmer picked to swim for Canada at North America Open Water Champs. June 2017 Gold Silver and Bronze

  • Swimmer placed 5th Senior 1500 final World Trials April 2017

  • Para Swimmer places top 3 in Can Am Para Championships April 2017

  • National Age Group Champion 5 km Open Water 15 – 17 women.

  • 1500 15Year old National Champion Women

  • National Age group Bronze Medal 5km Open water 14 year

  • Increased western national qualifiers from 2 to 6

  • Increased National Age group qualifiers from 1 to 5

  • Over 1400 Club records broken since Sept 2015

  • 5 Swimmers ranked in top 5 in Age group rankings in Canada.

  • Olympic Trials Finalist at Para Olympic Trials 2016

  • Increased both Masters and Age group membership

  • Won bid for hosting BC Open Water Championships

July 2013 – Dec 2014

Director of Swimming and Head Swimming Coach Grande Prairie Piranhas Swim Club


Athletes Results:

  • Coached and produced Age group ranked in the Top 5 in Canada in 2013 -2014.
  • Swimmers have broken over 30 club records 2013 – 2014.

  • Coached Special Olympic Swimmer to win 5 Gold Medals at World Championships 2014.

  • Over 8 World records set by Special Olympic Swimmer 2013-2014

  • Working with local schools and Education in expanding swimming in schools.

  • Produced and bid for two provincial swimming championships, winning both bids.

  • Increased club membership from 60 to 100 members.

  • Moved club rankings in Alberta from 43rd to 20th.

  • Increased swim school membership to over 130 per session.

  • Improved image of club by working with local media.

  • Guest speaker at community groups and schools





1. Aquatic Consultant for Canadian Olympic Swimming Teams Training Camp Greece


  • Arrange and book all training time, hotels, meals and ground transport for both the Olympic Athletes and the Para Olympic Athletes.

  • Meet day to day with the coaches and team management.

1. Aquatic Consultant for USA Swimming


  • Introduced Velocity Training and Testing to USA swimming.

  • Training and providing staff for National Camps.

  • Provided training and feedback for international coaches and swimmers on the results of the testing.

2002 – 2006

Sporting Chance Coordinator, Sport Cheshire.  Cheshire

  • Design and manage programmes to improve the quality of sport and increase participation in sports and health improvement programmes across the county
  • Promote social inclusion using sport, volunteering, and alt education, with links to employment for young people out of school.

  • Provide sports leadership and volunteering pathways for university students

  • Support national government sports bodies in implementing their strategic plan

  • Support all Cheshire Colleges and Universities on widening access to sports education and training

1976 – 1998

Sports Consultant/Swimming Coach for Olympic, National, Provincial Teams


  • International level swim coach for Canada

  • Chef De Mission BC, Western Canada Games

  • Provincial team Technical Director Manitoba

  • Placed swimmer on Olympic and Commonwealth Games teams

  • Head Swimming Coach Vernon Kokanee BC.

  • Olympian Swimming Club Head Coach and Head Age Group Coach Alberta

  • Winnipeg Dolphins ( Manta) Head Coach Winning 5 Provincal Championships

  • Regina Optimists Dolphins Head Age Group Coach

  • Arrange and planned staging camp for Canadian Pan Pacific swim team

  • President of B.C. Swimming Coaches Association for 4 years

  • Aquatic Consultant for the Canadian Red Cross Swimming Tutors and swimming teachers

  • Aquatic Consultant for USA Swimming at the Olympic Training Centre, Colorado Springs