Nick Deck has over 25 years of swimming experience and is currently a Level 3 USA swim coach. Throughout the last decade, Coach Nick has been the head coach of five swim programs and acquired accredited certifications from USA Swimming, ASCA, YMCA USA, Special Olympics, USWFA and ARC. He was an assistant coach for the 2015-16 Section 2 boys swimming/diving champions at Shaker High School and head coach of the 2017 & 2018 Eastern States Championship swim team.
Coach Nick founded the Jammin’ Jellyfish in May 2017 and took the newly found team to win the 2018 Eastern State Championship. He has used his experience and training to develop a one-of-a-kind unified program for swimmers of all ages and abilities, bringing a unique set of skills and personal attributes to the sport. Nick develops a personal connection with each and every swimmer and continues to push them to be the best person that they can be, both in and out of the water. Nick takes pride in being an active role model and leader to the children and families within his program.
Coach Nick’s Motto: “You’ll never know what you’re capable of until you try.”
A competitive swim coach for over 12 years throughout the Capital Region, Coach Andrea has worked with special needs kids for more than 17 years.
Coach Andrea has an outstanding reputation in special needs aquatics. A desire to bring her special needs experience to the team environment led her to become a Special Olympics coach in 2015.
Together, alongside Coach Nick, they created the first unified swim team in New York. Their unified teams have competed in our area for the past 4 years.
Felix Kao is an assistant Swimming Coach since 2018 supervised under Coach Nick on the Jellyfish swim team.
Felix has used his biomedical engineering background to help swimmers analyze their strokes, body position and make their swimming more efficient. Due to motion sensing technology improving dramatically, swimming skills and styles have changed from 10 - 20 years ago. Sports medicine and stroke biomechanics have been carefully studied with advanced technology.
Felix frequently updates his swimming knowledge from sport science journals, YouTube videos and training materials from USMS. His goal is to make more kids swim correctly and reduce injury.
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