Avantis Swimming Academy Staff

Staff members at Avantis are hand picked for their life experience in coaching and working with children. Each staff member serves a dual role as both an instructor and counselor. Their professionalism, friendliness and teaching skills will provide your child with an exciting swimming environment. We believe that the relationships our staff members build with each student promotes trust, high levels of success and endless possibilities.
Every staff member at Avantis Swimming Academy is certified in CPR and lifeguard training. We spare no expense or effort when it comes to making sure your child gets the best care, training, and experience possible. Our philosophy is to maintain a team of highly qualified staff, who love both swimming and working with your kids.



Administrative Department:

Laura C. – Assistant Administrator

Athletic Department:


Swim Program Manager:

SueSue L.
I’ve been a competitive swimmer throughout my school years, and a Master’s swimmer for the past 16 years. As a private swim instructor, coach and mentor for the past 16 years I have been able to share my passion for swimming with many different levels and age groups. In between I’ve taught school and raised four children. I consider myself very blessed to do these things.

Head Coach:

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Alex is an athlete with over 18 years of swimming experience. He is a former swimmer with outstanding achievements. He was 3 times national champion in Ukraine, second place at European Champ and 3 times NCAA D2 Champion which given him unique experience to be put at Avantis Swimming Academy. He began his coaching career 2 years ago and he will join us also next season to share with all his experience that he has. Alex is a valuable member in Avantis team. He is bilingual and speaks fluently in Russian and English. His charisma and ability to work with kids of different age groups will help Avantis Academy to get the new level of swimming.
  • Ukraine’s 3-time National champion
  • 2nd place at European Champ
  • 3-time NCAA D2 Champion


Anastasia N.

Michael K.

Tony B.

Swimming Instructors:

RebeccaRebecca H.

Rebecca started swimming at age 10, has 2 years competitive experience and 3 years’ experience coaching. She has been lifeguard and coach at a local YMCA and at college in Washington, DC (where patrons consisted of diplomat’s children and a member of the First Family). Rebecca is a high achiever; she graduated college 1.5 years early and is now working toward her Master’s degree. In addition, she is a multi-talented athlete and enjoys working out in her free time. Rebecca engages in hobbies such as student government, fine arts, reading, playing piano, gymnastics, biking, running, cheer leading, swimming and much more. She understands the value of hard work as well as the importance of leadership and being a role model for children.

Brian L.

SergioSergio B.
I’ve been swimming at the college of Staten Island, under coach Michael Ackalitis, for three years and now I am the current captain of the men’s swimming team. Last season, I was fortunate enough to be a part of a winning season, we were able to become the CUNY champions. I hope we can repeat that this year again. When I am not training myself, I instruct at Avantis. I enjoy the sport and helping others enjoy it as much as I do.

Michael O.

TimurTimur R.

  • Student in College of Staten Island
  • 14 years experience in swimming
  • NCAA nationals qualifier
  • All-American athlete

Nolan R.

Katlyn picKatlyn Z.
I have been a swim instructor for over a year now, as a job at the South Shore YMCA I have been teaching kids ages ranging three to twelve how to swim proper strokes, how to float in the water, basic swim techniques and many more. I also have been a swim coach for Our Lady Queen Of Peace for about seven years, coaching a catholic swim team with critiques on swim strokes and to become a faster more effective swimmer in the water.

Swim Program Assistant Instructor:

Danielle C.Danielle C.
Danielle is a young but experienced swimmer who brings her unsurpassed enthusiasm and love of swimming to Avantis. Danielle is skilled at all four stroke techniques and has shown great expertise in stroke analysis. She has a special passion for working with young swimmers and enjoys imparting the skills and knowledge she has obtained to them. Danielle has qualified and competed at numerous USA Swimming Championship events throughout the east coast. She is currently ranked in the top twenty in three different strokes (Free, Back & Breast) on Metro Swimming’s Top 25 list, reaching as high as #5 in the 100 Backstroke. Most recently she joined USA Swimming’s 2015 Metro Zones Team and has qualified for the Senior Metropolitan Championships at the age of 14. In addition to her work with Avantis, Danielle currently serves as a team captain at Richmond Aquatics Club. Danielle is a current Arista member and will be entering Tottenville High School’s honors program in the fall.