About Our Instructors
Chabot Swim Academy is proud of our program and our instructors are a big reason why. The majority of our teachers are College Aged, attend a university as an athlete participating in a sport and have worked with kids for several years. They all have competitive swimming backgrounds and are trained to keep the swimmers moving and active while they practice the skills being taught. They truly enjoy working with the kids. All this adds up to lessons that have our swimmers progressing much quicker and enjoy the process.
About Bill Kriskovich
I have been involved in aquatics almost my entire life. I started as a swimmer at 10 years old with the San Leandro Swim team and after my last season of summer swimming I began coaching at 19 years old. I coached off and on for the next 19 years with various Aga group teams including stints with San Leandro High and Bishop O’Dowd high schools.
During those years I began teaching swim lessons in the summers while attending San Diego State University. I received my Teaching Credential and taught PE with Fremont Unified for 25 years. During my teaching career I ran my own swim school serving 300+ kids each summer as well as teaching Competitive Swim Clinics for kids wanting to improve their competitive skills.
I am thrilled to be involved with Aquatics once again as the Head Coach of Chabot Swim Club in Castro Valley. While our new school; Chabot Swim Academy will be much smaller than what I did in the past I am more excited as our quality of instruction still be of the highest quality and I can focus on a smaller select number of kids. The more intimate setting will allow me to assist my instructors and oversee the progression of our swimmers. I look forward to more interaction with the kids, my instructors and the parents as we all work toward the goal of having the swimmers become more safe in the water, improve their skills and have a special experience learning. I know swimming has had a major impact on my life and I hope the same for everyone involved in Chabot Swim Academy.
About Tommy Ryken
Tommy began as a swimmer in the East Bay Swim League with the Chabot Marlins. He attends Ohlone College having been recruited by the Water Polo and Swim Team. He qualified to swim at the State meet as a freshman and has taught lessons for 5 years. Tommy became a Junior Coach with the Marlins and is now beginning his second year as a Lead Coach with the team.
About Elizabeth Waters-Leiga
Liz has been involved in swimming since she was 7 years old starting on the San Leandro Darryl’s. She is an outstanding athlete having competed at the varsity level in high school and earned a scholarship to Florida State University in volleyball. As a freshman there, she made the All-American team in beach volleyball. She also competes with the indoor team. She will be a Senior next year at FSU.
About Andy Jerome
Andy has been attending college at the University of California at Irvine. He competed in swimming starting at age 6 and stayed with the sport all through high school and summers until he turned 19. Andy has been a great mentor to the younger kids and a great example having success through dedication and hard work. He has been teaching swimming while in college, as well as with us at Chabot Swim Academy. Andy will be a Junior next Fall.