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Introduce The Team

Our team is made up of dedicated and passionate individuals who are committed to helping people of all ages and abilities learn to swim. With years of experience and a love for the water, we strive to create a safe, supportive, and enjoyable environment for our students.

In addition to our core team of instructors and lifeguards, we also have a caring and friendly support staff who are always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We are excited to work with you, and help you or your loved ones learn to swim and feel confident in the water. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any queries or to book a lesson. Our team is dedicated to providing the best possible experience for you and your family.

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Dimitrie Comanescu
Owner & CEO
With an early passion for sports and active and healthy living, Dimitrie is a former Personal Trainer who worked with adults helping them reach their maximum fitness levels, as well as a former Physical Education teacher for daycare children. His interest for sports and fitness transcended into swimming, and he is now using his experience and dedication to make swimming accessible to as many children and adults as possible.

With a background in Marketing and Fitness, Dimitrie brings his rich and unique experience to the Aqua Life team. His entrepreneurial approach is both inspirational and innovating making sure Aqua Life is always at the forefront of Aquatics, through patronaging and welcoming innovating approaches to swimming.
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Corina Oaches
Owner & Director of Operations
Having over 5 years of competitive swimming background, Corina is devoted to create programs and services that align with Aqua Life’s mission which is to enrich every child, teen, and adult’s aquatic experience by meeting their individual needs. What’s important to Corina is creating meaningful relationships with her team, clients and community. She excels at passing on her knowledge and method to the team and loves to see her staff become incredible swim teachers. Having a background in Psychology, Human Relations and Human Resources, Corina brings to the table her unique touch in building a winning team, and superior customer care practice.
Sep
Sepide
Aquatics Supervisor
Swimming since 9 years old, Sep brings an extensive and rich background in aquatics. Swimming as a competitive swimmer for the University of Tehran’s swim team and later on, being selected for Iran’s National Swim team, Sep won many medals being six times gold medalist in breaststroke, and winning four times first place in swim relay. She moved on to become a swim coach for 2 years at the Al Zahra University in Tehran. Swimming has always been a passion for Sep, and she has been teaching swimming for over 14 years. With a Bachelors in Phys Ed and Exercise Physiology followed up by a Masters in Exercise Physiology and a 2 years PhD in Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology, Sep will bridge the science and technique of swimming with your potential, by making you a better and more robust swimmer. When not teaching, you will always see Sep somewhere on the pool deck, helping and coaching our awesome instructors. Her warm and nurturing nature, make her such a joy to hop in the water with!
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Karen
Sales and Client Experience Team Lead
Karen is dedicated to create the best customer experience possible. From the first inquiry, to every lesson you attend, she is focused on making your experience at The Aqua Life second to none. She lives outside of Almonte with her husband and two school-age children. The family enjoys a variety of recreational activities, including camping and swimming. Karen is also an avid runner, and has trained for and participated in half marathons, 5k runs and 10k runs. In the summer she enjoys water skiing and swimming, while in the winter she plays broomball with her friends.
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Eduardo
Head Swim Instructor
With aquatics as a cornerstone of Eduardo’s life, he will be contributing expertise in all facets of water towards your swimming education and abilities with the Aqualife program. Having a waterpolo career that includes medals in the Jr. Pan Am games with team Canada, CAMEX games with team El Salvador, and OUA championships with Carleton University to name a few, proficiency, and familiarity with the nuanced dynamics of swimming are well understood, well developed, and well-refined to suit your needs. A then pursuit of further expertise and knowledge within the profession of lifeguarding and swimming, Eduardo has been in roles as a volunteer for drowning prevention and provincial public education, a Lifeguard/Swim Instructor Trainer and Examiner, Swim Club Program Coordinator, and Swim Camp Program Director, accumulating a robust array of skills, drills, techniques, and tricks of the trade, to set you up for success. Additionally, a Carleton University Degree in Psychology; a Minor in Sociology, allows Eduardo a tool kit to help clients overcome any personal mental obstacles that can arise when learning to swim. Getting you to flourish, whether you want to be swimming in the pool, at the cottage by the lake, competing with yourself and others, or being out at sea with the waves, Eduardo is excited and eager to help you reach any, and all, of your goals for the water.
Paige
Paige
Head Swim Instructor
Paige started competitively swimming at the age of 6 and is still competing following the end of her university swimming career at Dalhousie University. She has coached competitively as well as non-competitively for more than 6 years and hopes to spread her love of swimming for her entire life. Paige recently graduated with a Bachelors in International Development and minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. She hopes to eventually work with women and children fleeing unsafe living conditions and continue teaching the sport she loves most. She is very excited to meet you all!
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Becca
Head Swim Instructor
Hi! I'm Becca.
Emma
Emma
Deck Supervisor & Swim Instructor
Hi everyone, my name is Emma! I currently attend Brock University for the Concurrent Education program. I have a passion for working with children and educating them which has helped me in my journey as a swim instructor. I have been teaching swimming for two years now but have had a love for swimming and aquatic my whole life! I am looking forward to meeting everyone and can’t wait to get started!
Tracy
Tracy
Client Care Specialist and Sales Coordinator
Tracy is an office administrator who enjoys providing warm and friendly service. She is excited to develop relationships with staff and customers alike. She is an avid walker and cyclist who also enjoys adventures and nature hikes. She is the mother of an adorable little boy, and, as a result, is responsible for organizing an ever-growing collection of dinosaurs. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Religious Studies, and a diploma in Office Administration. Baking, meditating, and jigsaw puzzles are a few of her hobbies.
Rykaa
Rykaa
Head Swim Instructor
Hi, I'm Rykaa! I'm happy to welcome you to the pool.
Jon
Jon
Deck Supervisor & Swim Instructor
Having over 5 years of pool management and 4 years of competitive swimming time Jon is motivated to create an experience for swimmers that inspires confidence, resilience and of course a life-long passion for swimming! What's important to Jon is creating an organized safe space for youth and adults to discover how swimming can enrich their lives. Jon is great at coordinating the best team of swim instructors to ensure your best experience with Aqua life! Having professional experience in philanthropy and a background in Sociology, Jon guarantees an inclusive, diverse and safe experience for all swimmers. In their free time Jon can be found cuddling with his cats Marcus and Yzma or playing with his pet bearded dragon.
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Tori
Client Care Specialist and Sales Coordinator
Tori is a bright and courteous office administrator with a focus on creating an uplifting experience for everyone. She lives in Hamilton with her wife and their three cats. Tori spends her time practicing all kinds of arts, including music, writing, watercolour painting, crochet, and embroidery - and she's always excited to try new things! She has a diploma in Music & Digital Media from St. Lawrence College.
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Rosanna V.
Revenue & Scheduling Strategist
Rosanna is helping in the office with administration and customer inquiries. With a wealth of experience in hospitality, Rosanna also brings a genuine love for helping people into Aqua Life with her. She’s also the proud mother to two young daughters. At home, they enjoy playing dress-up and dancing. Friendly and easy-going, she loves to build real relationships when she works with clients. Rosanna looks forward to speaking with you!
Dani
Dani
Head Swim Instructor
Hi, I'm Dani and I can’t wait to see you in the pool!

Our Instructors

Our swim instructors are passionate about making swimming accessible to all ages and abilities. Each of them brings a unique set of skills and experiences to the pool deck. With backgrounds in competitive swimming, physical therapy, nutrition, and coaching, our instructors strive to create a fun and safe learning environment for their students. Collectively they bring years of experience to the table and are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals!

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Adelaide
Swim Instructor
My name is Adelaide. I have been swimming competitively since I was seven years old. I love swimming and the water is like my second home. I am so happy to be part of the Aqua Academy team and I look forward to all the people I will get to work with, in and out of the pool.
Ryan
Ryan
Swim Instructor
Hi, I'm Ryan! I'm happy to welcome you to the pool.
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Lukas
Swim Instructor
Hello! My name is Lukas.
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Jacob
Swim Instructor
Hello! My name is Jacob.
Rory
Rory
Swim Instructor
Hello my name is Rory and I can’t wait to see you in the pool!
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Jenna
Swim Instructor
Hello! My name is Jenna.
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Tanisha
Swim Instructor
Hello! My name is Tanisha.
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Jackson
Swim Instructor
Hi my name is Jack! I am currently attending Western University, pursuing a double degree in Software Engineering and Business. Growing up in Peterborough surrounded by lakes, I have been swimming my whole life which sparked my passion for teaching swimming so others can be safe and enjoy the natural environment we are blessed with in Ontario. My previous experience as a swim instructor at the YMCA and working at summer camp has helped me find creative ways of teaching skills to keep students engaged. Seeing improvements in swimmers and hearing that a lesson was fun is extremely rewarding and why I enjoy teaching so much. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, songwriting, and going to the gym. I am looking forward to meeting everyone in my classes!
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Logan
Swim Instructor
Hey! I'm Logan and I'm a second-year honours chemistry student at Western University, and after that, I plan to pursue a profession in dentistry. Other than my studies I love going to the gym and playing football. I've been swimming my whole life and started teaching swimming lessons around age 14, where I volunteered as a co-instructor. Recently I've worked for the city of London as well as teaching Private lessons from my own home. I've been teaching for 5 years using multiple different programs and I'm always excited to learn and improve. Can't wait to meet all of you!
Jerry
Jerry
Swim Instructor
Hi, I'm Jerry and I can’t wait to see you in the pool!
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Mary-Jane
Swim Instructor
Mary-Jane started competitive swimming at the age of 8 and has been in and around the pool since before she can remember. In addition to competitively swimming, she coached for her team weekly and picked up lifeguarding and instructing at the same pool. Her second home is the pool. Currently working on a Bachelor of Health Science at the University of Ottawa, she hopes to find herself in a career in medicine one day. Outside of the pool, she finds herself working towards her grade 10 RCM in piano and going for walks to stay active. Mary-Jane is passionate about teaching swimming and water safety as it’s a very important skill. She provides a fun and safe environment for all her classes and is excited to meet you!
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Tristan
Deck Supervisor/Swim Instructor
Tristan is an experienced swim instructor and lifeguard who has been swimming his entire life. He is currently pursuing an honors degree in International Relations, but his passion for swimming has led him to teach others how to swim and stay safe in the water. Tristan has worked with a variety of students of all ages, including adults, and has a deep understanding of the different approaches needed to teach swimming to people of all ages and abilities. He believes that everyone can learn how to swim, and he is committed to helping his students achieve their goals.

As a lifeguard, Tristan takes his responsibility to keep people safe in the water very seriously. He is trained in CPR, first aid, and other emergency response techniques, and he is always vigilant when he is on duty. Tristan's love for swimming extends beyond teaching and lifeguarding. He enjoys swimming in the deep ocean and is always looking for opportunities to explore new bodies of water. His passion for the skill is infectious, and his students often find themselves sharing his enthusiasm for the water.
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Bridget
Swim Instructor
I'm Bridget Rielly, and I am in the third year of my BA in English and History at Carleton University. I have always enjoyed literature with special interests in nineteenth-century modernism and Shakespearean drama. I hope to eventually pursue a Master’s degree in Education to teach secondary school. I began teaching in high school when I started working as a lifeguard and swim instructor in my hometown. I began swimming at the age of 4 in my grandparent’s pool and took SwimKids lessons at my local pool facility. I would retake several lessons consecutively to complete difficult skills like the front dive and breaststroke due to an ongoing love for the sport and desire to become a lifeguard. I taught for two years both Swimkids classes and private lessons with individuals with special needs and of all ages. I prioritize safety and structure within my classes while providing a welcoming and enthusiastic approach to learning skills. I think that students learn best with constant moral support and by catering to specific swimmer needs. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, reading, and walking my dog in the park. I am very excited to begin teaching at Aqualife Swim Academy and I look forward to seeing you in the pool!
Axl
Axl
Swim Instructor
Hi there! My name is Axl (they/them) and I’m super excited to meet you! I’ve been teaching and guarding for 5+ years now, I have my NLS, Standard First Aid with CPR-C and my Lifesaving Swim Instructor. I’ve taught a wide variety of age groups from 4 month old babies to adults. My teaching style is gentle and energetic. I like to incorporate fun games and drills into my lessons to really engage my students' attention. I’m currently a Massage Therapy student at Algonquin College and love learning how the body works! I used to be a competitive swimmer from age 10-15 and I absolutely love swimming. I’m looking forward to teaching you!
Zahra
Zahra
Swim Instructor
Hi my name is Zahra! I am super happy to be a part of the Aqua Life Swim Academy. Passionate about swimming since childhood🏊‍♂️, I've turned my lifelong love for the water into a fulfilling career as a swimming instructor.🌊 Sharing my expertise and fostering a love for swimming in others is my greatest joy. Let's dive in and make a splash together!💦
Stevey
Stevey
Swim Instructor
Hi, I'm Stevey! I'm happy to welcome you to the pool.
Naomi
Naomi
Swim Instructor
Hi, I'm Naomi! I'm happy to welcome you to the pool.
Sep
Sepide
Aquatics Supervisor
Swimming since 9 years old, Sep brings an extensive and rich background in aquatics. Swimming as a competitive swimmer for the University of Tehran’s swim team and later on, being selected for Iran’s National Swim team, Sep won many medals being six times gold medalist in breaststroke, and winning four times first place in swim relay. She moved on to become a swim coach for 2 years at the Al Zahra University in Tehran. Swimming has always been a passion for Sep, and she has been teaching swimming for over 14 years. With a Bachelors in Phys Ed and Exercise Physiology followed up by a Masters in Exercise Physiology and a 2 years PhD in Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology, Sep will bridge the science and technique of swimming with your potential, by making you a better and more robust swimmer. When not teaching, you will always see Sep somewhere on the pool deck, helping and coaching our awesome instructors. Her warm and nurturing nature, make her such a joy to hop in the water with!
Eddie
Eduardo
Head Swim Instructor
With aquatics as a cornerstone of Eduardo’s life, he will be contributing expertise in all facets of water towards your swimming education and abilities with the Aqualife program. Having a waterpolo career that includes medals in the Jr. Pan Am games with team Canada, CAMEX games with team El Salvador, and OUA championships with Carleton University to name a few, proficiency, and familiarity with the nuanced dynamics of swimming are well understood, well developed, and well-refined to suit your needs. A then pursuit of further expertise and knowledge within the profession of lifeguarding and swimming, Eduardo has been in roles as a volunteer for drowning prevention and provincial public education, a Lifeguard/Swim Instructor Trainer and Examiner, Swim Club Program Coordinator, and Swim Camp Program Director, accumulating a robust array of skills, drills, techniques, and tricks of the trade, to set you up for success. Additionally, a Carleton University Degree in Psychology; a Minor in Sociology, allows Eduardo a tool kit to help clients overcome any personal mental obstacles that can arise when learning to swim. Getting you to flourish, whether you want to be swimming in the pool, at the cottage by the lake, competing with yourself and others, or being out at sea with the waves, Eduardo is excited and eager to help you reach any, and all, of your goals for the water.
Paige
Paige
Head Swim Instructor
Paige started competitively swimming at the age of 6 and is still competing following the end of her university swimming career at Dalhousie University. She has coached competitively as well as non-competitively for more than 6 years and hopes to spread her love of swimming for her entire life. Paige recently graduated with a Bachelors in International Development and minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. She hopes to eventually work with women and children fleeing unsafe living conditions and continue teaching the sport she loves most. She is very excited to meet you all!
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Becca
Head Swim Instructor
Hi! I'm Becca.
Rykaa
Rykaa
Head Swim Instructor
Hi, I'm Rykaa! I'm happy to welcome you to the pool.
Jon
Jon
Deck Supervisor & Swim Instructor
Having over 5 years of pool management and 4 years of competitive swimming time Jon is motivated to create an experience for swimmers that inspires confidence, resilience and of course a life-long passion for swimming! What's important to Jon is creating an organized safe space for youth and adults to discover how swimming can enrich their lives. Jon is great at coordinating the best team of swim instructors to ensure your best experience with Aqua life! Having professional experience in philanthropy and a background in Sociology, Jon guarantees an inclusive, diverse and safe experience for all swimmers. In their free time Jon can be found cuddling with his cats Marcus and Yzma or playing with his pet bearded dragon.
Amine
Amine
Swim Instructor
My name is Amine. I fell in love with swimming at the age of 2, when my feet touched the water for the first time. Now, 16, I am eager to share my passion and can't wait to make people discover my world.
Binta
Binta
Swim Instructor
Binta has a degree in environmental engineering and is returning to Dalhousie this fall to complete a degree in earth science. She is passionate about all outdoor activities, swimming, and music. She loved swimming since she was a child and swam competitively for 5 years. She coached pre-competitive and high school swimming, as well as swimming lessons in both indoor and outdoor settings. She worked has a lifeguard for a number of years and believes swimming is a life skill everyone should learn so they can enjoy the water safely!
Parker
Parker
Swim Instructor
Hi, I'm Parker! I'm happy to welcome you to the pool.
Megan
Megan
Senior Swim Instructor
Hi! I'm Megan. I am an experienced swimming instructor and lifeguard who has worked with all age groups. I have a Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology. I look forward to welcoming you to the pool!
Perry
Perry
Swim Instructor
Hi, I'm Perry! I'm happy to welcome you to the pool.
Dani
Dani
Head Swim Instructor
Hi, I'm Dani and I can’t wait to see you in the pool!
Autumn
Autumn
Swim Instructor
Hi, I'm Autumn! I'm happy to welcome you to the pool.
Dante
Dante
Swim Instructor
Hi, I'm Dante and I can’t wait to see you in the pool!
Emma
Emma
Swim Instructor
Hi, I'm Emma and I can’t wait to see you in the pool!
Callie
Callie
Swim Instructor
Hi, I'm Callie! I'm happy to welcome you to the pool.
Payton
Payton
Swim Instructor
Hi, I'm Payton! I'm happy to welcome you to the pool.
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Abbey
Head Swim Instructor
Hi, my name is Abbey! I've been lifeguarding and teaching for five years and am excited to welcome you to the pool!
Ben
Ben
Swim Instructor
Hi my name is Ben. I’m from the East Coast and am currently doing a Masters in Kinesiology at Western. I have a passion for fitness and leading a healthy lifestyle. I grew up swimming in my grandparent’s pool and began teaching swim lessons in the 10th grade.  Since then, I’ve completed multiple triathlons and also spent 6 years lifeguarding at a waterpark. I’m an energetic guy that loves working with people and helping them reach their goals, whether it’s learning swim strokes or just being more comfortable in the water. I’m super excited to be a part of the Aqua Life team and look forward to seeing you in the water!
Elisa
Elisa
Swim Instructor
Hi, I'm Elisa! I'm happy to welcome you to the pool.
Lina
Lina
Swim Instructor
Hi, I'm Lina! I'm happy to welcome you to the pool.
Nicole
Nicole
Swim Instructor
Hello, my name is Nicole! I have always loved being in the water, doing anything from swimming laps to just splashing around with friends. Throughout my years of experience teaching swimming, my favourite part has always been watching someone else discover the joys of the water for themselves. I hope that together me and my students can learn some new swimming skills, practice water safety and have so much fun!
AJ
AJ
Swim Instructor
Hi, I'm AJ and I can’t wait to see you in the pool!
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Rory
Swim Instructor
Hi I’m Rory! I was a competitive swimmer for 5 years and I have over 2 years of experience with lifeguarding and 6 months of teaching! Swimming has always been such a big part of my life and I have always felt so comfortable in the water. I’m so excited to be a part of the Aqua Life team and cannot wait to meet you and get to welcome you to the pool!
Maya
Maya
Swim Instructor
I’m Maya with a background in synchronized swimming and lifeguarding on a beach, the water is a passion of mine. Excited to share that passion with you! 
Zoe
Zoë
Swim Instructor
Hi, my name is Zoë! I was a competitive swimmer for 8 years, I love the water and swimming. I am currently completing my Bachelors Degree at Queen’s University. I’m very excited to be a part of the Aqua Life family and can’t wait to meet you!
Maeve
Maeve
Swim Instructor
Hi, my name is Maeve. I grew up doing swimming lessons every summer at my cottage. It was always my goal as a little girl to become a swimming instructor. I developed a love for the water and eventually teaching. With hard work and lots of support, I finally reached my goal! I am excited to be part of the team!
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