Michael Verwest Head Coach

Coach Mike swam as a youth for Fort Myers High School and with Fort Myers Swim Association .  He received his bachelor's degree from Florida Atantic University  and his M.D. from University of South Florida College of Medicine.  He is a ASCA Level 2 coach, and certified by Swim Lessons University as a Learn-To-Swim Professional.  He has been certified by the American Learn to Swim Teachers as a Certified Stroke Technician.




Laura Verwest Coach

A former competitive swimmer, Juan started swimming at 4 years old and swimming team (Bogota, Colombia) from ages 8 – 18 years. At age 10, winning national and international merits. At age 14 - 22, Juan began teaching swim lessons at the Club Campestre Internacional (Colombia) and became the head coached for the swim team.
At age 27, Juan moved to the United States, attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha and working as lifeguard , lifeguard instructor and American Red Cross swim instructor (all levels). He became part of the Omaha Masters swim program as participant wining some merits and became assistant coach in 2012 to 2014.
Juan has worked in finance for almost 25 years. Currently, he is a Regional Branch Manager and Assistant Vice President for Wells Fargo Bank.
Juan is a certified USA Swimming Coach, American Swimming Coach Association Level 2 Coach and Certified USA Master Swimming Coach Level 3.


Born and raised in New York, I was a competitive swimmer from the age of 8 till I entered college at the University of Rhode Island. I swam under the coaching guidance of Bob Burke whose daughter won 4 Olympic gold medals in Rome. I myself went to the Olympic trials in 1964. After completing college, I married and was blessed with 4 children. I re-entered the swimming world full force as a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and started my own USA swim three years ago in New York. I recently moved to beautiful Cape Coral and continue as a certified USA Swim Coach and WSI.

Michael Verwest Board of Director
Laura Verwest Board of Director
JUAN PICON Board of Director