Meet our Coaches
Dave Tontini is back for his fourth year as Director of Swimming and Head Coach at Island Swimming Club. Dave coached at Pointe-Claire Swim Club in Montréal for 10 years before making the big move out west. He has had success at every level he’s coached, including coaching multiple Junior National champions and a 2017 Canada Games Medalist. Dave was an integral part of the Pointe-Claire Swim Club program that won three consecutive Junior National Championships.
Dave is an NCCP level 3 trained coach and a graduate of McGill University. He is known for his high energy and enthusiastic coaching style. He prides himself on his ability to keep swimmers motivated and engaged.
Wave 2 Coach
This is Riley's seventh year with ISC, After 2 years as the Westshore Lead Coach he has spent the last 5 years as the Island Black coach and is currently the Wave 2 coach. Since taking over he has coached multiple provincial medalists as well as several club record holders.
Originally from Saskatoon, Riley started swimming at the age of 6. Riley held many club and provincial records as well as a national age group record before he joined the Canadian National Team at the age of 15. Riley was part of the 2004 Olympic swim team, was a member of 2002 Commonwealth Games & Pan Pacific Championships & 3 World Championship teams. He has held several Sr. National records in sprint Freestyle and Backstroke and has been inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame.
Wave 3 Dryland & Open Water Coach, Wave 4 Dryland Coach
Before moving from Calgary to Victoria, Cole spent his first 5 years coaching with the Cascade Swim Club, working as a head coach for age group, 10&U athletes, and summer club programs. This is Cole's fifth year at Island Swimming, and he is currently coaching Wave 3 Open Water and dryland and Wave 4 dryland.
Cole brings lots of energy to his practicesl, and is constantly looking to improve as a coach and help the swimmers improve as athletes.
Manager of Programs at Juan de Fuca
Wave 3 Dryland & Open Water Coach, Wave 4 Dryland coach
Wouter returns for his fifth year coaching at JDF and his fourth as Manager of Programs at JDF. Currently Wouter is coaching Wave 3 Open Water and dryland and Wave 4 dryland.
Originally from the Netherlands, Wouter moved to Vernon at the age of 8 where he swam and went to school. In 2014 he moved to Victoria where he swam with ISC and the High Performance Center's Next-Gen training program. In 2016 & 2017 he spent the summer as the head coach of the Lumby Lightning Swim Club, a summer club just east of his home town. Wouter currently goes to Camosun College where he is working on a bachelor's degree in sport & fitness leadership. Wouter is also working on his NCCP level 2 certification.