Our Coaches

Perth City Swim Club has the most amazing coaches!

We have a roster with our volunteer coaches, who all have loads of swimming experience, technical swimming expertise & tips to help you to swim faster and more efficiently.

 

Bob Tarr

Bob Tarr

Head Coach

Bob grew up in New Jersey (USA) and moved to Perth in 2010 for work with the Bureau of Meteorology. He swam competitively in high school and uni (mostly as a backstroke/breaststroke/IM swimmer), then got stuck into long-distance endurance swimming. As of 2020, Bob has completed 10 Rottnest Channel crossings including one double crossing, and has also completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming (English Channel, Catalina Channel, Swim Around Manhattan).
Bob coached Special Olympics swimming for more than 15 years, and has coached with Perth City since 2013. He aims to help improve Perth City swimmers improve as swimmers and reach their goals, whether that is swimming to Rotto, swimming faster in pool events, or just to increase fitness and enjoy training as much as possible.

 

Allison Hass

Allison Hass

Coach

Allison has been a member of Perth City since 2003 and Vice President since 2008. Allison has a background in competitive swimming, spending most of her life growing up (outside of school) at the pool.  Coming from Queensland, that’s the only place you want to be in Summer!  Allison is also an Underwater Hockey player…strange but true. She has competed at State, National, and International level over the past 20 years.  So if you do the math, she is either really old or started playing quite young (or maybe both!).  Allison is one of your dedicated coaches who is there to assist and encourage you during your training sessions.

 

Jon Haines

Jon Haines

Coach

Jon joined Perth City in 1999 because Steve Raynes would not stop talking to him until he became a member.  At the 2001 Post Rotto dinner, Jon whispered that he would be happy to help out in some way.  Within 20 minutes, Dan Soanes had delivered all the Treasurer paperwork and files to Jon’s house. Jon then became a qualified coach and remained Treasurer until taking over from Fiona Wilkins as Club President in 2010.  Jon was born in London, moved around southern England before ending up working at what was then the world’s biggest record store, HMV Records in Oxford St.

Dan Soanes

Dan Soanes

Coach

Dan has been swimming and coaching with Perth City (and his wife, Ros) since the 90s, despite his tender years!

He is quiet, unassuming, and deadly in the pool!

A Rottnest and Open Water race veteran, Dan will readily provide practical advice based on solid experience to anyone who asks.

Andreas Muller

Andreas Muller

Coach

Andy joined Perth City in 2009 after a few years away from the pool and swimming. He grew up in Davos, Switzerland and started swimming at the local club there.He has been involved in coaching adults and age group swimmers on all levels (beginners and Olympians, 6 months old kids to 75 year olds) in Australia and Switzerland.Andy is an ASCTA Bronze, Master Swimming and Open Water Coach.

 

He is currently working on his ASCTA Silver License.Sports and swimming in particular – are Andy’s great passion. Getting the best out of athletes and being able to help all swimmers to improve & achieve their goals – may it be a Rottnest Solo, make the first open water swim or improve in pool events – is the aim of Andy.

Erica Price

Erica Price

Coach

Erica has been a member of Perth City since 2007 and living in Australia for the same length of time.  Erica grew up near Montreal, Canada (oui, je parle francais!) and swam competitively from 9 years old until graduating from university.  Since living in Australia, Erica has completed 4 Rottnest Chanel Swims: 1 solo, 2 duos, and 1 female team.  As a breastroker and IM’er, Erica understands the importance of using all strokes to build fitness and speed.

Fiona Wilkins

Fiona Wilkins

Coach

Fiona has been swimming with Perth City since 1996, but she first joined Carine before she saw the light and shifted to the Dark side! For a while, Jon Haines, Steve Raynes and Fiona ran the club to keep it afloat!

Fiona has been a coach with the club for about 14 ish years or whenever Steve Raynes says because they did the course at the same time.

Fiona has 3 kids who aren’t really young goats anymore: Siobhan, Aiden and Niamh.
She also crossfit and run in addition to her swimming addiction.

Emily Chetwin

Emily Chetwin

Coach

Emily comes from New Zealand, and claims she is really a waterpolo player, who also likes swimming in the ocean.  You’ll notice she doesn’t really know much about dives, turns, finishes, or the rules of swimming.  That’s because there’s no walls in waterpolo or the ocean, but she does aim to get you fit and make swimming more enjoyable.