Director of Swimming/Head Coach

Lidia Lucaciu Menzies

Lidia founded the Dynamo Swim Club in 1998.

Lidia swam competitively for Romania placing first in National and International competitions. She continued to race at the Masters level and placed first in her disciplines from 1983 through 1990. She also placed first in the Naytikh Ebdomada Competition in Greece in 1992. Since she started coaching in 1982 Lidia has trained a number of very successful swimmers at all levels. Some of her swimmers have reached the international stage and swam at Olympic and Para Olympic Games 

A Professional Head Swim Coach with over 20 years of progressive experience in the coaching field. Skilled in talent identification, organizing, working with athletes in all age groups and levels, including disabled athletes. She earned a reputation for developing coaches and swimmers to achieve their maximum performance levels, mentoring responsibilities related to the overall enhancement of coaching knowledge, and promoting enthusiasm.

Assistant Head Coach Luis Dapat

Hi I’m Luis. I swam competitively for 11 years in the Philippines where I competed in national and university level. During my third and fourth year in university, I was the co-captain and captain, respectively. I coached at all level of swimming.

My main stroke was backstroke, but I generally swam well in most sprint events. My favorite workouts include 200 IM sets. My least favorite workouts were 5K runs.

I’ve taught swimming to a lot of kids in different levels, but coaching a swim team has always been a passion of mine.

I am looking forward this season to help you all reaching your goals in swimming.

Assistan Coach - Avani Dhaliwal

Avani Dhaliwal Avani has been swimming for over fifteen years, since she was less than a year old. Born in Nassau, Bahamas, Avani started her swim training in the infant survival swimming programs. From there, here love of the water continued, and she followed that into the sport of swimming. She swam with her school swim programs while living in Nassau and attending elementary school. She moved with her family to Canada in 2016, where her family was returning back home after being abroad for many years. Upon her return to Metro Vancouver, Avani joined Dynamo Swim Club. She started with the club, and then moved onto the Dynamo Swim Team. During her time with the team, Avani developed a desire to explore and work on being a swim coach. To achieve this, she completed all ten of The Red Cross Swimming Levels, Bronze Medallion Lifeguarding Course, Bronze Cross Lifeguarding Course, and Standard First Aid Training. Earlier this year, Avani completed her required certification under Sport Canada for her age group and being a swim coach. Avani has spent her entire life in and around the water and the sport of swimming. She works with all of her students to help them develop the same level of appreciation and love for the sport of swimming that she has. Being the older of three siblings, Avani has always had the aptitude to work with younger athletes and help them get the best out of their efforts. 

Assistant Coach- Natasha Prasad 

For Natasha Prasad swimming is more than your average afterschool sport, swimming has helped her grow and flourish into the person she is today.  She is certified in CPR- A, CPR-C, and is also certified in Standard First Aid.  She has completed both her Bronze Medallion and her Bronze Cross swim courses.  Natasha is also a certified Water Safety Instructor, which has been her dream from a young age.  She enjoys working with a wide variety of people ranging from pre-schoolers to the elderly but does have a soft spot for new swimmers.  At her high school she enjoys helping out her fellow peers at the school’s afterschool tutoring program.  Afterschool you can often find Natasha in the theatre where she is in charge of the sound for her high school plays.  It is through all of this that Natasha has developed strong leadership skills.  In her spare time you can often find Natasha outdoors with her camera, as she is an avid amateur photographer.  Natasha is excited to be apart of the Dynamo team!


 Assistant Coach :Shawn Chaudhry     

I have  been swimming for majority Of my life . Swimming has played a large role in my life from swimming competitively to swimming for fitness. I swam with Dynamo for over 10 yrs and My favourite swims include  200 fly and 400 fr, I also enjoyed sprints but endurance swimming was more of my strong suit. I learned a lot from swimming from self discipline to leadership, which is why I would like to pass on what I’ve learned to future generations of swimmers.

 I’m currently a 2nd yr Student SFU majoring in Chemistry and I am exited to be part of Dynamo coaching staff.



Assistant Coach  Jimmy Song

Jimmy Song has been a competitive swimmer for over 7 years. Initially starting off as a winter club swimmer he then transferred to a summer club to balance both his passion for swimming and school. His employment with Dynamo Swim Club started in 2016. His commitment as a competitive swimmer intertwined with his experience as a competitive swimming coach has made him an invaluable asset to the club.

Assistant Coach- Annika Prasad

Annika Prasad’s passion for swimming developed at a very young age when she first began to visit the local swimming pool. Since then she’s pursued swimming and has completed all 10 levels of the Canadian Red Cross. Currently she is working towards certification towards lifeguarding and swim instruction. In preparation for becoming a lifeguard Annika has completed the following courses: Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, CPR A, and CPR C. Along with that, she has also earned a certificate in leadership. However Annika is not just a swimmer, but also a competitive basketball player who has been playing the sport for 7 years. That is where Annika learned and developed her strong skills of teamwork, sportsmanship, and healthy competition. Annika’s strong desire for working with children is what drove her to coach for the Dynamo swim club.

                                              Assistant Coach- Eman Dapat

"Hi! I'm Eman Dapat, a 22 year old student at UBC and I'm one of Dynamo's newest coaches! I started swimming when I was 4 years old in the Philippines and although I mainly swim to stay fit now, I swam competitively for 12 years at the regional, national, and international level. My favourite stroke is backstroke and I love swimming the 200 and 400 IM! I swam in Dynamo under Coach Lidia's help and now I'm here hoping to help the next generation of swimmers reach their goals, push their limits, and break boundaries! I hope to see everyone at the pool and let's have a good year of swimming!"

Assistant Coach -Allen Ding 
Hello I am Allen. This is my 3rd  year teaching and coaching at Dynamo. I am a wrestler and rugby player on the side. I am a swim coach with great patients and love to teach children swimming lessons.
Assistant Coach - Helena Zhou
Hello, my name is Helena! I am a first year student at UBC and I have had 10 years of competitive swimming experience. Throughout my swimming career, I earned several medals at provincials and qualified for the 2019 Team Canada Trials. I specialized in sprint breaststroke however I enjoyed all sprint events. The most inspirational people in my life are my coaches and teammates which is why I chose to coach at Dynamo!