Coach Scott Thompson is a lifelong swimmer. He began swimming at the age of six and swam competitively all the way through college. In High School Coach Scott was a multiple time Michigan State Champion, All-State, All-American, and was also a Sectional Champion. In college, Coach Scott swam at the University of Florida under coach Gregg Troy who is a U.S. National Team Coach and 2008 Head Olympic Coach for the United States. At UF, Scott was the Team Captain and achieved a United States Olympic Trials qualifying standard in the 400 meter IM.
Scott has been on the coaching staff of the Gator Swim Camp-FL, Scarlet Aquatic Cub-NJ, Oakland Undercurrents-CA, Temescal Aquatic Masters-CA, Birmingham Athletic Club-MI, and the Arete Swim Camp-NJ. Combined with seven years of elementary, middle, and high school Physical Education teaching experience here in Oakland, Scott blends his educational expertise with a tremendous amount of experience in the swimming world.
Coach Amber Rhett swam, played soccer, and took gymnastics as a child. Her first foray into instructing young athletes drew on her experience as a gymnast. She taught gymnastics for over a decade, and worked with all ages and all levels--beginners to competitive gymnasts, and children as young as three right through to adults.
Amber cannot remember a time when she didn't know how to swim, and didn't love being in the water. She started swimming competitively at UC Santa Cruz, where she also played water polo. After graduating, she began swimming with local US Masters clubs (Cal Masters, Manatees, Tsunami, and Fuego), began competing middle and long distance events, and then joined the Dolphin Club, where she discovered a love for both open water swimming and endurance swimming. After some years of training, she swam the Strait of Gibraltar, the Maui Channel, and the English Channel.
Her motto: Swimming fixes everything