Meet the Coaches
Jugurtha (Gino) Ait is a former Olympian. He began swimming at the age of 4 and competing at the National Level by 14. Gino won numerous medals in the individual 100M & 200M breaststroke event and championship medals as a member of the National Swim and Water Polo Team. Gino’s coaching career began 25 years ago when he lead the Algerian National Swim Team in the African Championships. Gino is an ASCA Level 3 Swimming Coach and holds 2 FINA Swimming Coach Certificates. Gino was a coach at the Brigantine Aquatic Center and the FasTracKids School in Queens. Gino enjoys working with students at all levels and is passionate about helping every student surpass their swimming goal. Gino coaches our instructional swim classes, Red Tide Master’s Workouts and is available for private & semi-private pool and open water lessons.
Tyrone is a New York City native. He started swimming competitively at age seven at the local YMCA in the Bronx. At age twelve he joined the West Side Y Marlins. There he became a 2-time YMCA State Champion in the 100 fly, YMCA National qualifier, and Junior National qualifier. Tyrone graduated from Saint Bonaventure University in 1997 where he won two A-10 championships and was a perennial finalist in the 100 and 200 fly.
He joined Red Tide in November 2005 as a swimmer and began coaching in September 2006. He believes that technique and the nuances of swimming make a faster and smarter swimmer. Tyrone coaches Red Tide Master’s Workouts on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as Empire Tri Club’s Instructional Swim Classes.
Alison Kreideweis is the Head Coach for the Empire Tri Club and USAT Certified Triathlon Coach. She was a swimmer since age 3, competitive swimmer throughout high school (IM & butterfly), and has been competing in triathlons since 2000. She consistently ranks top 5-10% her her field in the swim portion of triathlons, and has been the first female triathlete out of the water on numerous occasions (1:06 Ironman swim time). Alison has coached everyone from phobic swimmers who have never been in the deep end of a pool, to competitive triathletes. She recently won her age group in the NYC Triathlon, Rev 3 Quassy, and ranked among the top women in the nation at the USAT National Championships, earning her a spot on TEAM USA. She will compete in the Triathlon World Championships in September 2016 in Cozumel. Alison coaches our instructional swim classes and is available for private & semi-private pool and open water lessons.
Swim Coach Leila Vaziri, currently based in New York City, brings her experience as a competitive swimmer for over fifteen years and her love of the water to her coaching. Growing up in South Florida, Leila started in the sport of swimming at the age of 7. Over the next two decades her career led her to swim at Indiana University, win National and World Championships and World Record Holder titles.
Leila believes swimming regularly for exercise and fitness is beneficial regardless of age, ability, or stage of life. Being coached by the best in the sport, Leila pulls from her swimming mentors placing the highest significance on good form and practicing stroke awareness in the water. She believes you’ll benefit from the sport whether it be for cross training, preparing for your first triathlon, or learning to swim as an adult. Leila coaches our instructional swim classes and is available for private & semi-private pool and open water lessons.
Sascha Kreideweis swam competitively in Germany since age 12. He was 2nd fastest in the state in freestyle and butterfly, and 3rd in IM for short course swimming. He competed in his first triathlon at the age of 14 (first out of the water) and has raced every distance from sprint to Ironman since. Upon moving to the US, he competed over 30 triathlons including Ironman Florida (swim time: 57min), and became a USAT All-American triathlete in 2007. Sascha coaches our instructional swim classes.
Red Tide Swim Coaches
Workouts that are part of the Red Tide Master’s Swim Membership are coached by Red Tide Coaches. Learn more about the coaches here.