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About our Team

Welcome to our third year of The San Domenico Panthers swim team!  We are a USA sanctioned, year round program dedicated to competitive and recreational swimming.  It is our mission to provide a healthy and supportive approach to competitive swimming, regardless of ability.  We strive to teach our swimmers valuable and transferable life lessons while they master proper technique.  Most of all, we want our swimmers to have fun!

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Gadi Shamah Head Coach

Gadi has over seventeen years of coaching experience and an ASCA Level 4/3 certification. He is rated in the top 15% of coaches nationally. He received a Bachelors of Arts from Dominican University in San Rafael, California. A native of Marin County, Gadi has strong connections to the swimming community in the area. Gadi swam with the Marin Pirates, Marin Water Polo and at Terra Linda High School. Gadi has spent the majority of his professional career coaching multiple levels, including Learn-to-Swim programs, Head Coaching Summer League programs, Head Coaching for Drake High School (4th place at NCS 2006), two years coaching U.S. National Qualifiers at Marin Pirates, interning with Australian National and Olympic Trials Qualifiers, Head Coach at the Presidio Aquatic Club, Head Coach of Piranha Swimming a year round USA Swim Team. Gadi was most recently the Director of Aquatics and Manager at Western Athletic Clubs of San Francisco.

Gadi lives in Kentfield with his wife, Sarah, and two sons. Both boys are avid swimmers.

Phone: (415) 302-4320
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Kayla Burton Assistant Coach / Swim Instructor

My love for swimming began at a very young age. I can still remember my first swim lesson and how much I loved being in the water and learning how to be more efficient. Every summer involved either going to the pool or swimming in a river or lake. I joined the swim team in high school and fell in love with racing! When I was 16 I took my first lifeguard job and did that every summer until I was 23. I got my WSI in 2011 and have been teaching private and group swim lessons ever since then!

Outside of the pool, I work as a personal trainer at Body Kinetics in San Rafael. Fitness and aquatics are two things that I am most passionate about, and I am lucky to incorporate both into my work. I love coaching; whether it’s learning how to squat or learning how to back stroke, I love helping people learn new skills and gain confidence

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Heather Flynn Volunteer Assistant Coach

Heather started Coaching in 1998, where she coached water polo in Roseville and at UC Davis. As an athlete Heather made the Junior National and National teams for the USA Water Polo Team. She competed overseas, highlights include three World Cups, a gold at the Canada Cup and a silver at the Holiday Cup. Heather continues to swim and play water polo daily, and has three children that attend San Domenico.

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Siena Greenberg Pups Assistant/ Instructor

I'm 16 years old and I will be going into my junior year at San Domenico. I have been teaching swim lessons at my local community pool for two years now and I was an aide to other instructors before that. This time leaves me with 4 years of swim lesson experience. I have also always loved the water. Taking swim lessons and being on a competitive swim team when I was younger gave me the confidence to have fun in the water while being safe. On the note of water safety, this year, I took my love of the water and passion for safety and became a certified lifeguard. Lifeguarding has also given me the training and confidence I need to recognize and respond to any water emergency.  I look forward to advancing the swimming and knowledge of water safety to the children of San Domenico. 

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Sarah Larroque Mindfulness Specialist

Sarah is a long time mindfulness meditation practitioner and instructor. She recently began working with individual and team athletes with great success. Sarah is an athlete herself growing up playing both individual and team sports. As an adult she has been known to run marathons for fun, participates in adventure and running races, and currently plays on three soccer teams, continues to compete in swimming, and coaches two swim teams. She has successfully worked with the men's gymnastic team at cal star, the Redwood High School Ladies basketball teams, and Crossfit athletes (both adults and teens). She recognizes the high expectations athletes place on themselves today and strives to provide the tools and skills necessary to cope with stress, disappointment and the pressures of everyday life. Naturally, none of us are immune from life’s daily demands and it is with pleasure that Sarah educates both adults and children of all ages and abilities. A student in psychology, teaching and mindfulness, she feels blessed and overjoyed to have found a means to combine her life passions in the form of mindfulness teachings.

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Our Pool - heated year-round

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