At Premier Aquatic Services, we believe that the quality of our programs depends on the collaboration of an incredible management team. As part of our mission, we believe in constant education and training, and we know those two pieces are the keys to our success.
Dan has over 15 years of coaching experience as well as over 12 years of experience in the recreation field with a focus on project management. In addition, Dan has over 13 years’ experience as an instructor for the American Red Cross where he teaches classes ranging from CPR to Lifeguarding and First Aid.
Ryan Larson has over 20 years of experience in aquatics. As a collegiate swimmer, swim instructor, lifeguard, and coach, Ryan has learned from some of the most experienced coaches and instructors, giving him a unique vantage point in the aquatics world.
Jordana has a degree in Cognitive Psychology from UCSD, as well as a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She has worked with people with acquired brain injuries and earned her Education Specialist Credential to work with kids with special needs.
Heather has lived in Tustin, California all of her life. She grew up playing softball and eventually played three years at the collegiate level. Heather is currently finishing her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton. Her future aspirations include entering a doctoral program and becoming a full-time Physical Therapist. While facing personal and family adversities with injuries and illnesses, she developed a passion for helping others. Her goal is to rehabilitate as many people as possible, so they too can continue achieving their dreams. Heather is currently working both as the Lifeguard Service and Heath and Safety Manager and is enjoying every minute of it!
Cass has over 10 years of recreation experience. She worked for the City of Santa Clarita as a Senior Lifeguard Instructor where she taught American Red Cross courses. Cass also developed and implemented the city’s Water Exercise Program. At Canyons Aquatic Club she worked with swimmers between the ages of 5-12 years old and was instrumental in their successes up to the Junior Olympic level. Cass coached swimmers ages 3-10 and was the Head Lifeguard on staff. Over the last year she has also created and implemented structured swim lessons for children with special needs. Her focus at Premier Aquatics is to develop both a well rounded special needs and babies training program for our team of instructors.
Susan grew up in south Mississippi, and attended Oklahoma City University as a dance major, where she studied and honed her craft. Many great opportunities led Susan to a successful career as a professional dancer and took her to performance venues and stages all across the US and Internationally.
After her successful performance career, Susan became owner/director of The Studio, a performing arts school serving dancers, artists and gymnasts of all ages where she created and managed all aspects of the business. Susan has experience in special event planning, management and sales, as well as over 25 years of experience teaching children and she is excited to bring her unique skill set to the Premier Aquatics Team.
Susan currently resides in Dana Point with her husband Christopher, her son Nicolas and daughter Natalie.
Richard has a ten year background in swimming. During this time he spent four years at Saddleback High School and another two years at Orange Coast College. He recently graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor’s in Geography. Richard has been with Premier for three years and his roles within the company include: swim instructor, swim coach and managing various facilities. He values teaching our swim classes simply because of the excitement each child experiences when they move up a level or even move on to the swim team.