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!