Head Swim Coach
Coach Hayley Palmer joined the CBAC coaching staff in the Fall
of 2019 as the new Head Swim Team Coach.
Hayley comes to us most recently from the British International
School in Phuket, Thailand. She is a two-time New Zealand
Olympian as well as a Commonwealth Games medalist.
While Hayley obviously has impressive swimming credentials but what
really stands out is her coaching IQ. She is passionate about
building a strong foundation in young athletes and helping them
reach their full potential.
Beyond just being a great swim coach, we believe Hayley will be a
fantastic fit with our team. She has great experience in
working with a wide range of ages and abilities in diverse
international programs such as ours.
During her spare time, she enjoys watching rugby and exploring
her new home… Cayman!
Asst Swim Coach | Head Synchro Coach
Alissa joined CBAC coaching staff in December of 2017.
Her Cayman story started in July 2016 where she joined the team
at Fitness Connection as swim instructor, aqua fitness coach and
founder of Caymanite Synchro-- the first competitive synchronized
swimming team in The Cayman Islands.
As a result of joining the CBAC team, Caymanite Synchro is now a
part of the aquatic club and was able to represent Cayman at the
2018 CARIFTA games in Kingston, Jamaica.
The team has also competed at the Novice & Intermediate World
Championships as well as the West Zone Chamionships in Walnut
Prior to coaching in Cayman, she was a part of the Forest Lake Swim
Team coaching staff as well as Head Coach for several synchronized
swimming programs based in Minnesota. In 2012, she moved to
Kingston, Jamaica to lead the Synchro Stars as well as the Jamaican
National Team. After coaching in Jamaica, she took up the Head
Coaching positions at both Forest Lake, Minnesota and St.
In her spare time, Alissa loves to be by the sea, spend time
with friends and her husband AJ.
Swim School Coordinator
Coach Grant Ferguson joined the CBAC coaching staff in the Fall
of 2019 as the Swim School Coordinator/Assistant Swim
Coach Grant brings a ton of energy and excitement to the pool deck
and we are thrilled to see that transfer over to our
Grant comes to us from Knysna, South Africa, where he founded
and operated the Knysna Swim Academy and Knysna Dragons Swim
Team. The program was a comprehensive aquatics program
encompassing learn to swim, swim team, open water, and masters --
all run by coach Grant.
Grant is a dynamic, motivated individual and is incredibly
passionate about what he does. His experience running a
comprehensive, family-oriented program where he oversaw all aspects
of swimming have made him an awesome fit for CBAC and a tremendous
asset as we continue to evolve and grow.
During his spare time, Grant enjoys spending time with his wife,
Karen, and his two sons.
Swimming Coach & Team Administrator
Kirk joined the CBAC Coaching Staff in the Fall of 2017 after
visiting Cayman to present at a CIASA Coaching
The warm weather, sandy beaches, and awesome CBAC family lured him
to stay and he has been an awesome addition to the team.
Prior to Cayman, Kirk was assistant coach for University of Wyoming
and Boise State Women's Swimming Program before that.
Ermels was an assistant at UNC-Asheville as that program began, and
before that spent 5 season as the head coach of the Lions Swim Team
– one of the top club programs in the state of Montana. He
was named a three time Coach of the Year in Montana, and led Helena
High School to the program’s first ever state title in