DAN VAWTER, HEAD COACH

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Dan Vawter’s, Head Coach & Co-Owner,  competitive swimming career began early at the age of five with the Carmel Swim Club, in Indiana.  Dan became a part of CSC’s National Development Team at the age of eleven, where he trained and developed his technique under Tom Avischous (USA Swimming) and the legendary Doc Councilman (Head Coach Indiana University).  With Carmel, Dan was a part of an eight year run as State Champions in both short and long course seasons and was a part of the Junior and Senior National Teams.

Dan swam high school for Noblesville High School in Indiana; where he was Sectional Champion and State Finalist his Sophomore, Junior and Senior years in the 100 Fly, 100 Back and 200 IM and was also held the school records in the 100 Fly, 100 Back, 200 IM and 400 Free Relay.  As a freshman at Transylvania University; Lexington, KY, he was a NAIA finalist in the 200 IM, 100 Fly and 100 Back.  He was also honored as the Scholastic Swimmer of the year and given the Team Spirit Award.

Dan has been coaching and developing learn to swim programs and advanced stroke training for over 1991.  He started teaching in his own backyard pool, and then began instructing at the Stoney Creek Swim Center; where he developed and ran the advanced swimming program, developing competitive swimmers for area teams.  Dan also organized and ran the Hamilton Southeastern Swim Team’s Developmental Program, as well as coached the 10 & Under Team.   

Dan moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1997 and began working with Jack Nelson Swim School part time, while also working for the Marine Industries Association of South Florida for 6 years.  Dan served as the Membership Development Coordinator and Special Event Planner.  He was responsible for working with over 800 marine business members to keep them informed on marine industry issues and events.  Dan was also responsible for the growth & success of the Plywood Regatta which raises money for Broward Schools’ Marine Magnet Programs and introduces children to boat building and careers available in the marine industry.  In 2003 over 150 students participated in this two day boat building event.

In 2004 he joined the Jack Nelson Swim School full-time as the Head Coach & Marketing Director of the Jack Nelson’s Swim School.  Dan was instrumental in the development and execution of the first ever Fort Lauderdale Children’s Safety Day in 2006.  JNSS grew with new programs like water therapy, disability swimming classes, “Access to Success” Scholarship and water aerobics; the Jack Nelson Swim School quickly became the premeir learn-to-swim and aquatic development program in South Florida.

In December 2007, Dan became part owner in the swim school.  With Mary & Sherrill, they opened AquaChamps Swim School in Wilton Manors.  Under Dan’s leadership AquaChamps has developed an AquaTism program, specifically designed for children swimming with Autism.  The AquaChamps program has received national attention, and Dan has been a speaker for the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, Florida Pool and Spa Association and the United States Swim School Association.

Continuing the swimming tradition begun by Coach & Sherrill Nelson, AquaChamps Swim School is a safe, fun and friendly environment for children and adults to enjoy a variety activities.  AquaChamps is the place for “Building Champions In & Out of the water!”

Dan and his husband, Vincent, are the proud parent of three great dogs; Daisy, Buster & Rosie…Rosie is the swimmer of the group!