Be Safe, Be Fit, have Fun!

Be Safe, Be Fit, have Fun!

Who We Are

Miami Swimming Academy is a community of committed and positive martial swimming instructors and students who are striving to improve the physical, mental and social aspects of their lives. We work together to help everyone achieve their goals and become the best they are capable of becoming.

Those who choose to train at Miami Swimming Academy have a desire to achieve a high standard of excellence and are willing to commit to constant improvement.

Our mission is to create the best possible practice swim schools, producing safer, lifelong swimmers. We are committed to raising the bar in learn to swim and water safety programs, while enjoying first-class educational and enriching experiences.

MSA Team

A premium learning environment with exceptional instructors and outstanding customer service.

Larissa Perez

Head Coach

Ksenia Vank

Head Coach/Owner

Alina Iakushyna

Coach

Daniele Tempski

Coach

Valeria Popova

Coach

Sydne Vigille

Coach

Salvador Perez

Coach

Misha Perez

Coach

Paulina Petuheva

Coach

Tatsiana Kurchanka

Coach

Aaron Gershoyg

Josh Glasser

Director of Operations

Larissa
Perez

Head Coach

EDUCATION
  • Dual Bachelor’s Degree State Academy of Physical Culture Moscow 
WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Responsible for Developing Artistic Swimming in Kaliningrad, Russia, Home to the future World and Olympic Champions
  • 1998-Present Teaching Swimming to All Levels for Different Companies/Teams
  • Owner, Director of Miami Swimming Academy
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Began Swimming at Age 6
  • Former Member of Ukranian National Artistic Swimming Team
  • Represented City  & State in various National and International Swim Meets
CERTIFICATIONS
  • WSI (Water Safety Instructor) Certification
  • Lifeguard Certified
  • USA Swimming Registered Coach

Ksenia
Vans

Head Coach/Owner

EDUCATION
  • Bachelor’s Degree from Academy of Tourism and Sport with Specialization in Swimming
  • Master’s Degree – Physical Education with specialization in Swimming 
WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Began Swimming at Age 5
  • YMCA Swim Instructor
  • Special Olympics Volunteer
  • Owner, Director of Miami Swimming Academy
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Master of sports underwater swimming
  • Member of Kazakhstan National Underwater Swim team
  • Participated in International Underwater Sport Tournaments (Russia 1998, Europe 1999, China 2000)
  • Silver Medalist, Kazakhstan Underwater Swimming Championship (1999)
CERTIFICATIONS
  • WSI (Water Safety Instructor) Certification
  • Lifeguard Certified

Alina
Ikushyna

CoacH

EDUCATION
  • Master’s Degree in Teaching from Kharkov Pedagogical Academy 
  • Pedagogical Degree from Kharkov Pedagogical Academy
WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Coach, Miami Swimming Academy
  • Teacher with Children of Disabilities
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Archery ( former member of national team) participation in competitions
  • Candidate master of sports
  • Honored Teacher of the Year 2020
  • Organizer of the Ukrainian Youth Organization “Flower of Hope,” -Participation in Various International Competitions for Children with Disabilities
  • Former member of National Ukrainian Team
CERTIFICATIONS
  • WSI (Water Safety Instructor) Certification
  • Lifeguard Certified

Daniele
Tempski

Coach

EDUCATION
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from University of Parana
WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Coach, Miami Swimming Academy
  • Swim Coach, Amaral Swimming School
  • Gymnastics Olympic Coach
  • Swim Coach, Israel Swim School
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Member of Growing Families International
  • Speaker in National and International Swimming Workshops and Congresses
  • Academic Specialization in Child Swimming
  • Academic Specialization in Aqua Fitness
CERTIFICATIONS
  • WSI (Water Safety Instructor) Certification
  • Lifeguard Certified

Valeria
Popova

Coach

EDUCATION
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Swimming from Dragamanov University
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality from Florida International University
  • Minor in International Relations from Florida International University
WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Coach, Miami Swimming Academy
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Member, Ukranian National Swimming Team
  • Representative, Florida International University Swimming Team (Full Scholarship)
  • 2007 Ukraine Junior Championships – 100 Free Champion, 4×100, Free Relay Champion, 4×50 Free Relay Champion, 4×100 IM Relay Champion
  • International Championships in Slovenia, Placed Second in the 50 Fly and Third in the 100 Free 
  • 2009 Ukraine Championships, Placed Third in the 50 Fly 
  • 2011 University Championship in Kyiv,Champion in the 50 Fly and 50 Free 
  • 2011 Ukrainian Universities Championship, Champion in the 50 Fly and Second in the 100 Fly
CERTIFICATIONS
  • WSI (Water Safety Instructor) Certification
  • Lifeguard Certified

Sidne
Vigille

Coach

EDUCATION
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from Florida A&M University
WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Coach, Miami Swimming Academy
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • 15 Years of Competitive Swimming
  • 4 Years of Water Polo
CERTIFICATIONS
  • Lifeguard Instructor
  • Lifegaurd Certified

Salvador
Perez

Coach

EDUCATION
  • New York University
WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Coach, Miami Swimming Academy
  • Camp Counselor and Lifegaurd Ransom Everglades
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • A Lifetime of Swimming
  • Made Finals in Florida High School State Championships
  • Participated in National Meets including American Short Course Championship
  • Holder of 4 Different Records from MAST Academy High School
  • Recruited and Currently Swimming for  New York University
CERTIFICATIONS
  • Lifeguard Certified
  • SCUBA Certified

Misha
Perez

Coach

EDUCATION
  • Senior at MAST ACADEMY
WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Coach, Miami Swimming Academy
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • 15 Years of Swimming
  • High School Swim Team
  • Multiple Participation in Junior Olympics and Senior Champs
CERTIFICATIONS
  • WSI (Water Safety Instructor) Certification
  • Lifeguard Certified

Poulina
Petuheva

Coach

EDUCATION
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Samara State University 
  • Associate’s Degree in Physical Education at Samara State School of Olympic Reserve
WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Coach, Miami Swimming Academy
  • Synchronized Swimmer and Coach/Aqua Theater Coach, Royal Caribbean Productions
  •  Junior Synchronized Swimming Coach, Junior Sports Club “Dolphin”
  •  Synchronized Swimmer, “Queen of the Water” Ballet Group
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • 2x Gold medalist of Russian National Championships in 2008 and 2009
  • 5x Gold medalist of “The Volga Princess” Junior International Tournaments in 2002, 2003 and 2004
  • Gold medalist of Finland Open Junior Championship 2003
  • Gold medalist of Finland Open 2004, Slovakia Open 2006, Czech Republic Open 2007
CERTIFICATIONS
  • EFR (Emergency First Response) certified – Primary Care (CPR) with AED, Certification Number: 18020W6797 
  • PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified as Level 2 Open Water Diver 
  • ALPS (Accelerating Leadership Performance Series) Certified

Tatsiana
Kurchanka

Coach

EDUCATION
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Sports and Fitness Tourism at Belarusian State University of Physical Culture 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Belarusian Medical Academy in Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation
WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Coach, Miami Swimming Academy
  • Swim Coach SC “Olympic” (“Labor Reserves”)
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Former Member of Belarus National Synchronized Swimming Team
  • Multiple Participation National and International Competition
CERTIFICATIONS
  • WSI (Water Safety Instructor) Certification
  • Lifeguard Certified