Dawn Walsh

Dawn brings a rich tapestry of experience to her role as a swim coach, blending her background as a retired Registered Critical Care Nurse with her passion for aquatic sports. Certified by the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) as both a Level 1 Swim Coach and an Adult Community Triathlon Coach, Dawn also holds a National Lifesaving Award and a Lifesaving Society Water Instructor Award. Her lifelong journey in swimming and paddle sports provides her with a profound understanding of how to navigate water efficiently.

Embarking on a new chapter post-nursing, Dawn has found her calling in coaching, where she guides a diverse range of swimmers from infants to seniors. Her coaching philosophy is deeply influenced by her mentorship experiences with some of Ottawa's elite coaches, including Julia Aimers. Always eager to absorb new knowledge, Dawn is committed to continuous learning and improvement, aiming to enrich her swimmers' experiences.

Dawn's coaching approach is characterized by personalized drills and engaging activities, designed to help each swimmer discover their own path to mastering water movement. This methodology not only enhances skill acquisition but also fosters independence and boosts confidence among learners.

Rooted in the belief that swimming offers endless opportunities for growth, Dawn views the sport as a journey of lifelong learning that has something to offer everyone, regardless of age or skill level.

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