Swim Instructor Bios

Ages 3 - 15 only


An Tran

An learned how to swim when she was 7 years old in her hometown, Portland, OR, at East Portland Community Center and has spent her life in the water ever since. She has been a part of various competitive swim teams since the age of 9 and was the varsity water polo and varsity swim team captain at David Douglas High School. She started working in aquatics in 2016 as a lifeguard and swim instructor and has experience teaching all ages and levels. She has also coached her local pool's summer swim league and the Blue team in the Koret Youth Swim Club. She is currently working on attaining her biology degree at USF.

 

Monica Tse

Monica is a San Franciscan native and is currently studying nursing here at USF. She swam competitively for 10 years on multiple teams, including the YMCA, Fog City Hammerheads, and Lowell High School’s swim team. Monica enjoys swimming during her free time. Monica has been teaching swim lessons since her sophomore year of high school. She is also a lifeguard here at Koret. Monica has a passion for preparing swimmers for swim team and loves technique. She enjoys teaching kids and looks forward to seeing your progress!

 

 

All Ages


Bailey Warner

Bailey is a graduate of USF.  Her love for the water began when she started to compete in swim meets at the age of 7.  After a few years of swimming, she took a break when she moved to San Diego.  When high school began, she decided to take up her love of swimming once again by joining the water polo and swim team.  Her favorite swim strokes are butterfly and the individual medley.  Bailey has been lifeguarding for the past five years, has been teaching lessons for four years, and was also a coach for the Swim Team here at Koret.  She enjoys teaching children of all ages and levels.  She specializes in teaching intermediate swimmers stroke technique.  


Blaze Kenyon

Blaze has been swimming since he was a baby. He loves the water- it is his sanctuary.  Not only this, but swimming has always been the avenue to love many other sports. He has always been a distance swimmer and could swim for hours! 
 
From babies to adults, Blaze loves teaching all ages and abilities.  One of his favorite things to teach is the flip turn, since this teaches the breath to be in harmony with the stroke and the kick.  Teaching swimming and water dance/ aerobies helped voice movement and helping anyone to learn to swim is generally such a wonderful and rewarding experience.  Helping YOU and anyone willing to love the water has and will always be his greatest passion!


Melinda Flyash

Melinda has been in the water since her parent- tot classes at La Petite Baleen. She was born and raised in San Francisco and went to Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep. Melinda is fluent in Russian and is also studying chemistry at USF. She swam for Charlie Sava Pool which is a local parks and recreation pool on 19th ave for over 8 years. At Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, she swam on the school’s swim team starting her freshman year. Her favorite strokes are backstroke and freestyle. She first started teaching classes at Bay Club at the Gateway in 2016 and has experience teaching all ages and levels including parent-tot classes and adults. Melinda believes the best way to teach swimming is by first creating a strong foundation with her students which is why you will see her asking questions about their daily lives! She loves to see her students achieve which is why she is so enthusiastic about the little things! 

 

 

Adults & High Level Swim team only


Josh Chang

Josh is a San Francisco native. He began his swimming career right here at Koret over 22 years ago! After completing all the levels of swim lessons, Josh joined the Little Seals pre swim team. After spending a year on Little Seals he joined the Koret Youth Swim Club and began competing competitively. The competitive swimming continued in high school where Josh achieved All American consideration times.

In 1999 he started teaching lessons and has been ever since. Josh has experience in teaching all ages & levels from beginner to advanced, parent-tot classes and private lessons. His specialties include stroke improvement and efficiency. In his spare time, Josh works as a patent lawyer in Oakland.

Kathleen McNamara

Kathleen has been swimming with USF Masters since August 2011. She swam competitively throughout her childhood and college, and then took a "break" that lasted about 30 years. One thing she loves about participating as an adult is the chance to learn more about the technical, physical and mental aspects of the sport. She was especially inspired after attending the Intensive Workshop in Walnut Creek (which she would recommend highly).  Ever since then, she has been looking for ways to learn more, and to take that knowledge and help other improve. This year she became a certified US Masters Coach, and have begun assisting Coach Val and Aquatic Director, Clare Rudd with the team. She looks forward to working with each of you toward achieving your swimming goals!

Sean Flynn

Sean has been swimming competitively since being introduced to the water at the age of 4. Having competed at age group; high school, college and master's levels, he has a unique depth of experience that is helpful to all skill levels. Never having lost his love of the water, he is an enthusiastic teacher who can help anyone and everyone improve their technique, training, and speed. Having an association with Korets since the late 90s, he understands the culture of the masters program which inspired him to get his master's coaching certifications in 2015. Starting to work with KYSC this past year has him furthering his coaching experience with a pursuit of age group swim coaching certification. 
 
Sean prefers to work with all ages, but those who have a firm grasp of the basics of swimming and looking to become more comfortable in the water.  Ideally, looking more for pointers on improving their technique/stroke(s) and become stronger swimmers. Those youth swimmers looking to level up from current kysc team to next group and would benefit concentrated attention to those skills required are very welcome. 

Contact Info

Koret Health and Recreation Center

2130 Fulton St. (Entrance at the corner of Parker and Turk streets)
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-6821