Janusz Kaczmarek has been the Head Coach of the West Vancouver Otters Swim Club since 2001. He brings to the Otters a wealth of coaching experience from National and International levels with teams in Poland, Switzerland and Canada. His Canadian experience is extensive as he has been Head Coach for three major swim clubs in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. In his day, Janusz was a fierce competitor in the pool, setting a number of national records and winning titles for the Polish National Team. As a coach, his accomplishments include:
- 2013 Canadian Youth Coach of the Year
- 2013 BC Youth Coach of the Year
- 2014 BC Junior Coach of the Year
Janusz’s swimmers have won gold medals in the European Championships, placed in finals in the Olympics and captured gold medals and established a world record time in the Para-Olympics. Notable swimmers and their accomplishments include:
Relay – Ben Christie, James McQuade, Daniel Russell and Craig Brazier
- 4 x 100 Free LC – Canadian Age Group National Record
- 4 x 100 Medley SC – Canadian Age Group National Record
- 4 x 50 Free SC – Canadian Age Group National Record
- 2008 Victor Davis Memorial Award recipient
- 2009 – Age Group National Record in 200 Fly SC
- 2011 Canadian Summer Nationals – Gold in 200 Fly
- 2013 Canadian World Championship Trials – Bronze in 200 Fly
- 2013 US Open – Bronze in 200 Fly
- Captain of the 2013 Indiana University Hoosiers Women’s Team
- 2012 – 13-14 Age Group Record in 400 IM LC
- 2013 Canadian Summer Nationals – Gold in 200 Fly
- 2013 World Junior Championships – Bronze in 400 IM (Junior World Record)
- 2014 Commonwealth Games – Silver in 4x200m Free Relay
- 2014 Pan Pacific Championships – Bronze in 4x200m Free Relay
Head Coach Janusz coaches the Youth and Senior National swim groups.
Assistant Head Coach
Norman Ng is the Assistant Head Coach of the West Vancouver
Otters Swim Club and has coached professionally since 2005.
Before joining the Otters, Norman was Senior Assistant Coach at
the Hyack Swim Club and was part of the coaching staff that helped
the team earn the 2012 Long Course Provincial AAA Championship
title. With the Otters, Coach Norman and his swimmers earned the
2014 Swim BC Development Club of the Year.
Norman swam competitively for 11 years. As a swimmer, his
accomplishments included achieving his Age Group Nationals and SNC
Western times in multiple freestyle events.
“Working as an Assistant Head Coach has been a goal of
mine for a long time. I’m hoping that my experience and
passion for the sport of swimming will help improve the
performances and successes of all Otter swimmers."
His notable swimmers and their accomplishments include:
2015 Speedo Can Am Para-swimming Championships – Silver in
S7 50 Fly, Bronze in S7 50 Free
2015 Parapan Am Games – Bronze in S7 50 Fly
2016 Canadian Olympic & Para-swimming Trials –
Canadian Record S6 50 Free
2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro) - 7th in
S6 50 Fly (S6 Canadian National Record)
Coach Norman is extremely excited to be part of the Otters
coaching staff. He believes he can help swimmers reach their
maximum potential and make all the sweat and tears worth it in the
OSA Coach-in-Charge and YDG Coach
Ali coached the West Vancouver Masters, Swim for Fitness
2010-2017, and open water swimming at Seawolf Sports 2013-2017
before joining the Otters.
Prior to coming to Canada, he coached at the Revolution Swim
Club for 7 years, and the Iranian junior water polo and kanopolo
team. He also coached the Iranian impaired vision swimming team
2001-2003. He joined the Iranian Water Polo team 2004-2007, and his
team achieved first place at the Police World Championship.
He is a certified NCCP Swimming Canada Coach certified,
Hydrotherapist, BCRPA Personal Trainer, Red Cross Instructor, and
Lifesaving Society Water front, Water Park, Pool National Lifeguard
and Standard First Aid instructor. In addition, he is a CMAS
Italian Professional Scuba Diving Instructor.
Ali’s swimming career started at age 15 in Iran.
Coach Ali is super excited to join the Otters' well-respected
coaching team. He believes that he can help swimmers of differing
abilities to achieve their goals.
OSA Assistant Coach
Paul has a passion for swimming, and for passing on swimming
skills to young athletes. He understands the importance of the
long-term development of young swimmers, and that laying a good
technical foundation in the early years is vital for success
Paul is a Swimming Canada / NCCP certified swimming coach,
and regularly upgrades his skills by taking approved coaching
courses. He knows that young athletes can learn important life
lessons through participation in sport, and has completed the
Positive Coaching Alliance's Double-Goal Coaching courses.
“The reason I became a swim
coach was because I love the sport and helping young athletes
succeed in it, but I think coaching is about far more than that.
Participating in a competitive swimming program provides young
people with an opportunity to develop personal qualities and life
skills that will greatly benefit them throughout their lives,
whatever they choose to do in the future. As their coach, I see
part of my role as helping them to reach their full potential as
individuals, and to develop a mature approach to life’s
In addition to his regular coaching duties with OSA, Paul
assists with coaching the Otters’ LMR and Youth Development
groups. Outside of the club, he coaches adults, is a coach for the
North Shore Masters club, and enjoys Masters swimming.
OSA Assistant Coach
Colleen is a certified NCCP Swimming Canada coach.
She is also certified as a National Lifeguard (pool), Lifesaving
Instructor, and Water Safety Instructor, as well as having
her Standard First Aid.
She is passionate about working with our athletes and
helping them enhance their performance and reach their full
potential as swimmers and as individuals. She believes in the
importance of maintaining a growth mindset. It is about long-term
development in young athletes, forming good habits from
the start with a focus on mechanics. On top of of laying a
good technical foundation in her swimmers, she believes in
going that extra mile and taking an individualized approach. A good
coach will teach an athlete how to think on their feet and deal
with the opportunities and challenges of competition. Competing is
as much about physical fitness as it is mental
fitness. Colleen’s goal as a coach is raising the whole
athlete, as much as it is to foster, develop and build