Staff & Senior Swim Instructors

Coach Chuck Warner – Director of Little Dolphins Swim Academy

After spending thirteen years as head coach of the varsity program at Rutgers University, three-time USA National Team, Coach Chuck Warner, created the Little Dolphins Swim Academy. Coach Warner brings a perspective that comes from a lifetime of teaching swimming to people of all ages, as well as developing world-class swimmers and winning team championships. Coach Warner is the former President of the American Swimming Coaches Association (the largest swim coaching organization in the world with more than 10,000 members). He is currently the Treasurer and Executive Committee Member of the Board of Directors for the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He has authored two highly acclaimed books on swimming: “Four Champions, One Gold Medal” and “…And Then They Won Gold: Stepping Stones to Swimming Excellence.”

Coach Warner leads the program, hires and trains staff, supervises, and occasionally gets to teach!

Coach Lisa Rivera – Director of Internal Systems & Master Coach

Coach Lisa Rivera has 10+ years of experience in swim classes for kids and adults. She is a mother of two young boys and one baby girl, and is a certified physical education teacher and swim coach. Lisa is also a Masters swimmer who has competed in numerous long-ocean swims as well as the Tough Mudder. Lisa teaches, supervises, and trains instructors at LDSA.

Coach Allison Serries – Outreach & Facility Director

Allison is the former Aquatics Coordinator at the Raritan Bay Y and has been active coaching in the ARETE Swim Camps & Clinics. Allison leads outreach programs to Home Schools, Day Cares, and other groups, as well as helps manage the facility.

Coach Kimberly Romanowski – Administrative Assistant

Kimberly is a Veteran of the United States Navy as a Mass Communication Specialist. Kimberly is a former competitive swimmer and has eight years of experience teaching children and adults swim lessons.

Coach Lateef Portee – Facility Coordinator

Lateef is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Lateef not only has experience teaching swim lessons but karate to children. Lateef is in charge of the daily maintenance at our facility.

Coach Annie Warner

Annie has been an instructor at LDSA for four years and is a sophomore at the University of Florida that is planning a career in International Relations.

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