Head Swimming Coach
Coach Leal has been coaching competitive swimming for over 35
years in the U.S. and the Caribbean region. He has been certified
at level 5 by the American Swimming Coaches Association, ranking
him among the elite swimming coaches in the world.
His teams have won national and junior national championships,
at both the club and NCAA levels, and he has coached Olympians and
world record holders. At his most recent coaching assignment,
SwimMAC in North Carolina, his team produced more Academic
All-Americans for the past two years than every other swim club in
the U.S., an accomplishment he is proud of.
Head Swim Instructor and Coach
Coach Eline was born in the Netherlands, and specialized as a
swim instructor among other things during her university years.
Following her graduation, she began working as a swim instructor in
Holland, then moved to Sint Maarten in 2014. She has worked with
CST since 2015 as the Head Swim Instructor as well as working with
the competitive team.
Tanya started teaching swimming 14 years ago and joined CST as a
swim instructor in 2014. Tanya is our Baby Buddy instructor
teaching babies from as young as six months old with their
parents. She also teaches children and adults in classes or
private one-on-one sessions, especially small children too young
for group classes. She is experienced with beginners who are
afraid of the water as well as teaching children with physical and
Born and raised in Barbados,
Nikita has been living in St. Maarten since 2018. She is
a past Barbados National Volleyball Player. Completing a four year
Volleyball Scholarship to Sheridan College(2) in Wyoming and Morgan
State University(2) in Baltimore.
Nikita is a Level 1 Certified Coach
with approximately six years in learn to swim programs. She enjoys
coaching and takes great pride in seeing students excel in sports
learned to swim
as an adult in the middle
of Oklahoma, where the nearest beach was a 2 day drive away.
She didn’t want that experience for her kids so
they started learn-to-swim lessons
at 3 years
grew, they assisted in the learn to swim program while swimming
competitively. When they left after Hurricane Irma,
Peggy filled in the gap and learned how to teach swimming to
challenge has taken Peggy out of her comfort zone, and in
return she takes the kids out of
theirs as they learn to swim and save themselves. Peggy has been
teaching with CST since 2018.
Sophia started working for Carib Swim Team in January 2019.
She started teaching and coaching in sports during
her study in The Netherlands to receive her bachelor of
Sport and Physical Education. During this period she received
her certificate for swimming instructor, for the Dutch
swimming diploma system (Zwem ABC), and rescue swimming. Seeing
adults and children from the start, not knowing how to react in the
pool to swimming multiple laps, keeps her motivated.
Being passionate about anything that had and has to do with
water sports, Audrey got the chance at the Carib Swim Pool to
practice what was a life time dream: teaching others how to swim.
Helping them to be confident in and around water, so that also they
can experience the joy of swimming. Being an educator and coach for
almost 20 years, she enjoys seeing students grow and be proud of
what they achieve … but now in the swimming pool!
Grace swam competitively with CST for six years and was the
youngest swimmer to complete the 4 km, inter-island Nevis to St
Kitts race, in 2014. Grace has been teaching children
swimming at CST since 2018.