Coaches & Directors



                                                                                                                                                                                         Our mission is to have our swimmers enjoy positive experience at every level, from learning to swim to our highest level senior gold group.

To have a nationally recognized aquatics program that teaches and trains all levels of swimmers emphasizing individual progress, team unity and family participation. The PS program is characterized philosophically by the principles of self image philosophy. This discipline is concerned with guiding and directing individuals towards maximum development of their talents and abilities. The coaches endeavor to teach, train and motivate all the young people to achieve their ultimate potential in swimming, in the belief that this experience will prove valuable to them as they grow and develop.

Coaching Staff

Dianne M Molenaar "Di"



Di Molenaar was born in South Africa . Di has 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren who live in San Diego . Di swam competitively until the age of 16 in South Africa . As well as a 16 year career in Advertising and Marketing, Di ran a swim school in Johannesburg for 13 yrs after her first child was born, before moving to the the US. After arriving in the states Di coached for the United Poway swim team for 2 years. Pacific Swim team was founded in 1990 with a small group of swimmers and a handful of beginners in lessons. "My passion for swimming as well as my love of kids has made this an unbelievably gratifying experience and journey for me, we now have 300 year round swimmers, over a 1000 beginners in lessons, adults who are beginners and adults who swim masters.  A positive experience for all levels is my motto and we strive to create this every day for everyone who swims in any of our groups, beginner through national.

Dan S Peck

Head Coach Senior Gold


Dan begins his 12th season with Pacific Swim in 2017 spending 11 years with the Gold Group and beginning with the team in 2006 as coach of the Silver Group for his first year.

In his tenure as coach of the Gold group, the team has steadily moved up in competitive depth and regional success.  From winning Sectionals in the small team division in 2007, to getting 3rd overall (1st Girls) in the Medium Team Division in 2011, and beginning competition in the Large Team Division in 2013-14, the senior team has sent more and more swimmers to the Sectional Championships than most other teams in California and Nevada. Pacific Swim has produced Sectional Champions both individually and relays and has had multiple top-8 finishers make the podium at that meet.

At the top end, the Gold Group has continued to produce a consistent stream of Junior National and National qualifiers as well as qualifying swimmers for the Olympic Trials. They have had multiple individual finalists as well as a top-5 relay at the national level and swimmers have continued to achieve top-10 nationally ranked times in all events and ages.

Locally, the Gold Group swimmers at Pacific Swim has been responsible for a large amount of JO Champions, JO Records and have even set many San Diego Records in both individual events and relays.  In 2012 the 400 and 200 Free Relays crushed the San Diego record by over 3 seconds on the way to a Sectional Championship and Junior National 5th place finish.

As the Gold Group is a high school age team, there is a lot of pride in how they compete during the high school season at CIFs.  The Gold Group has had multiple champions every year and are consistently responsible for more finalists than any other team in the area. All swimmers tend to make CIFs, be part of their team’s top relays and many are the top swimmers at their school.

Dan’s coaching philosophy is based on each individual achieving success at whatever level they can. Some swimmers will be national level, some will be sectional level, and some will only achieve locally but all success is a life achievement to the swimmer no matter what level it is. His goal is to impact each swimmer positively both in and out of the pool and develop an experience through the team that will leave lasting memories of both achievement as well as friendships.

Dan’s swam competitively in high school for Jersey Storm and Rancocas Valley Regional High School and swam for 4 years at the University of Massachusetts where his teams won the A-10 Conference title 3 out of 4 years. Since moving to San Diego he has been actively involved in all aspects of the sport of swimming.  He was the Head Assistant Coach for University of California San Diego for 5 years, working with national level collegiate athletes as well as working with national level triathletes at the UCSD Masters swim program. He was also the founder of the Masters program at the La Jolla High School as well as the Wind N’ Sea Swim Team, which is still in operation today and is now a perennial top-10 team locally.

In addition to Pacific Swim, he is currently the head coach for the Mt. Carmel High School Team and has won multiple CIF titles on both the girls and the boys side and is consistently one of the top teams in the area. He was the Boy’s “Coach of the Year” for the state of California in 2011 and has been the San Diego “Coach of the Year” multiple times. He also currently coaches the Poway Swim Masters program that sports multiple top-performing triathletes in the area.

Dan lives in Poway with his wife Amy, a biology teacher at Rancho Bernardo, and his two daughters Ronni and Hannah as well as two cats and two dogs.  He loves being part of this community and feels like Pacific Swim and all of the kids that come through are his extended family.


Claudia Ettelson

Bronze Group Coach


As a competitive swimmer Claudia started at age 7 in a summer league team near Philadelphia.  She moved to swimming year round at Suburban Swim Club and Lake Erie Silver Dolphins in Ohio. After a move to California she swam with the Mission Viejo Nadadores under coach Mark Schubert and made Sr. Nationals in the 200 and 100 Backstroke.  She also swam with Cal State University Long Beach and UCLA swim teams qualifying for the National Championships in the backstroke events.  She currently is a Masters swimmer.

Her swim coaching career started as a UCLA assistant, and also includes High School and Masters coaching.  Her Age Group coaching experience includes 10 years as an Age Group coach/summer swim team and lesson coordinator with the Blue Fins Swim Team in San Diego and then Pacific Swim 2000-2006.  After being away from Age Group coaching, she began working again with Pacific Swim in 2010 and is the JV coach for Mt Carmel High School. Claudia lives in Rancho Penasquitos with her husband Jack and has two children Hayley and Dan.  In her free time she enjoys swimming, stand up paddling, hiking, camping and skiing.


Owen J Molenaar

Blue Group Coach


Started swimming in South Africa when he was 3 years old. Swam competitively for club and High School until age 17. Has been a swim coach at Pacific Swim for the past 15 years. During that time coached beginners and 3 Olympic Trial Qualifiers. Since 1997 Has consistently coached top ranking swimmers in the Nation. Coached multiple Junior Olympic Champions, C.I.F Champions, Sectional Champions, Junior National Champions, Senior National Qualifiers and Finalists. Owen’s swimmers have won over 25 races at the Western Zone Championships.
As an age group coach, Owen has received the Coach of the year award and was head coach of the San Diego Imperial Allstar team. His swimmers have been ranked # 1 in the nation. They have broken many San Diego Age Group and C.I.F records.Owen was selected to attend Select Camps at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
He is proud of the fact that many of the swimmers he has worked with from a very young age swam with me for over 10 years and are currently swimming on scholarships at top colleges across the country including Stanford, Northwestern, USC, UCSB, UCSD, UCI, UCLA, Wisconsin, Tulane, Villanova and many more.

Board of Directors

Dianne M Molenaar "Di"