Tom Shackel – Head Coach

Tom has experience coaching all levels of Riptides swimmers from learn-to-swim, to novice and up to national level competitors. Before coming to the Bow Valley, he was a swim coordinator for a swim school in the UK and has been teaching and coaching since he was 16, when he transitioned out of competitive swimming and into teaching.

  • NCCP trained Senior Coach
  • NCCP certified Age Group Coach and NCCP certified Fundamentals Coach
  • Selected to 2017 Swim Alberta Futures Coaches Program
  • Selected as Zone 1 coach for 2018 Alberta Summer Games

This will be Coach Tom’s 5th year with the Riptides. Tom tries to bring a unique approach to the club as a whole valuing all the athletes through all the programs. Tom insists on taking a teaching approach while on deck and thinks young swimmers should be taught the ‘how/what/when/where/why’ of all the strokes & skills. By doing this, they’ll develop good habits that will translate to success in their long-term development and journey as a competitive swimmer.


Alex Pasemko – Assistant Coach

Born and raised in Canmore, Alex was a national level swimmer with the Riptides and many of her records remain unbroken.In the off season she is the head coach for the Canmore Coho Summer Swim Program. While she remains active, competing on occasion, her focus has shifted to helping others pursue excellence in sport and education. Alex holds an Exercise Science Diploma from Lethbridge College and a Business Marketing Diploma from SAIT. She has over eight years experience coaching swimming and volleyball.

  • NCCP certified Age Group Coach and  NCCP certified Fundamentals Coach
  • CSEP Certified Personal Trainer


Swim School Coaches:

Avery Spence – Swimming Fundamentals Coach, NCCP certified

Alison Douglas – Swimming Teacher, NCCP certified

Lecia Furber – Swimming Teacher, NCCP certified

Mike Wills – Swimming Teacher, NCCP certified

Neo Gleason – Swimming Teacher, NCCP certified



Details on the Swimming Canada coach and swimming teacher development system at: