Tom Shackel – Head Coach
This is Tom’s third year with the Riptides. Before coming to the 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. He is an NCCP certified Age Group Coach and an NCCP certified Fundamentals Coach. In his time away from the Riptides, Tom teaches enjoys skiing, mountain biking and swimming.
One of only 11 coaches in Alberta selected to the Swim Alberta Futures Coaches Program in 2017.
Alexandra Pasemko – Assistant Coach
Born and raised in Canmore, Alex was a national level swimmer with the Riptides and many of her records remain unbroken. While she remains active, competing on occasion, her focus has shifted to helping others pursue excellence in sport. Alex holds an Exercise Science Diploma from Lethbridge College and has been a swim coach with Canmore Coho for 5 years. She is a trained NCCP Age Group Coach and an NCCP certified Fundamentals Coach and a CSEP Certified Personal Trainer.
Swim School Coaches:
Alex Pasemko – Swimming Fundamentals Coach, NCCP certified
Alison Douglas – Swimming Teacher, NCCP certified
Michelle Brito – Swimming Teacher, NCCP certified
Details on the Swimming Canada coach and swimming teacher development system at: