Meet the SkyClub Aquatics Team

Orlando Pizarro

 

Orlando has over 15 years of swim instruction experience from babies to adults, seniors and the disabled. He's CPR/First Aid, AED, Lifeguard, WSI, YSL and USA Swimming Certified.  His passion for swim instructing is to teach children and adults to be more comfortable in the water and eliminate fear of the water. In his training days, Orlando was a Division I swimmer, diver and track A Tri-Athlete.  He was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is fluent in Spanish, enjoys cliff diving, paintball, swimming (of course), track and martial arts.

Frank Santoro

 

Frank has been involved with swimming since 1988 when he learned to swim at Pershings Field in the Heights. He soon joined their swim team, The Pirhanas. At the age of 14, he became a junior captain until eventually, he became the team’s coach. He also swam for St. Peter’s Prep and then graduated to triathlons. He now enjoys swimming for the benefits of a zero impact workout. Frank is diverse in teaching infants to adults and also teaches swimming at the NYSC in Manhattan. His hobbies are boxing, soccer and being with his daughter.

Leah Wander
 

Since the age of 7 years old, Leah has had a strong love for swimming. She joined the swim team at her local pool club in Somerset, NJ in 1996 and continued through her senior year of high school, where she competed on the Hillsborough High School swim team. Leah has instructed children ages 6 months through 12 years old how to swim, from helping them get comfortable in the water to perfecting their stroke, whether it's freestyle, backstroke, breast stroke, or butterfly. For several years, she worked on a campaign called National Learn to Swim Day, an effort to help raise awareness about the importance of teaching children the essential life skill - how to swim. Her love for teaching extends outside the pool, as she is completing a college program to become an elementary school educator. Leah has lived in Hoboken for 6 years, loves to hang at the beach, and enjoys golfing on the weekends.