At Premier Aquatic Services, we believe that the quality of our programs depends on the collaboration of an incredible management team and amazing part-time and full-time team members. 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 17 years of coaching experience as well as over 15 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.
Jen comes to the United States from the UK, and brings with her an extensive background in design and marketing, which she put to use as the Marketing Coordinator for Isuzu UK. Jens strength lies in her ability to oversee many departments and operations at once, and we are very lucky to have her on the Premier Aquatics team.
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!
My name is Sami Leonis and I grew up in San Jose, CA. Growing up, I was a water baby. I learned how to swim at a very young age and started swimming competitively when I was 4. I continued competing until I was 17, when I then moved to San Francisco to pursue a degree in Kinesiology. I graduated from San Francisco State University in May of 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. Shortly after, I decided to move down to sunny Southern California to try something new! I am a die hard fan of all bay area sports teams- 49ers, Giants, and Warriors- and have a passion for food, music, and the water. I plan on bringing a lot of positivity, fun, and high energy to Premier Aquatics, and am looking forward to what's ahead!
Erica Funk grew up and currently lives in San Clemente. Growing up, she was a competitive water polo player and swimmer which is where she developed her love for the water. In her free time, you will in the water surfing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and fishing with her husband. She has been a swim instructor for 15 years, a masters and age group swim coach, but her love is teaching and working with babies.
Erica has been a senior parent and me instructor for 8 year and is instrumental in the redesign of our Premiers Parent and Me program.
Swim Instructor Team
My 5 year goal is to get through community college at saddleback and transfer to a four year college, most likely out of state. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and girlfriend and going to the gym. One of my favorite hobbies is basketball; I love playing pick up games with friends, as well as watching games on tv. My favorite things about working for Premier Aquatics are our socials where we all get together, hang out, and get to know each other more! If I was stranded on an island I honestly don’t think I could live without In-N-Out.