Our Coaches

Head Coach - Meet Brandi Higgins

Brandi has been back with the Sea Wolves since the Spring of 2014.  After a five-year hiatus from coaching swimming, Brandi was excited to get back to the pool. Recognizing the great strides that the Club has continued to make since its reorganization in 2010 – becoming a SwimBC Sanctioned club, hosting a very successful swim meet each year, having provincial qualified swimmers in a variety of age groups - Brandi is enjoying the opportunity to helping the club continue to grow, and to assist the swimmers at all levels reach their potential, both in and out of the water. Brandi first started with the Whistler Sea Wolves in 2001 and continued as Head Coach until 2009. She then took a five year hiatus during which time she completed a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Victoria (Coaching). 

Brandi’s qualifications include being a Trained Level 3 Swimming Coach, a Community Sport Triathlon Coach, and an M.Ed. in Coaching studies. Brandi comes from a swimming family, with her husband David Higgins being a former competitive swimmer at the National Level, and  her son Kieran being a  senior member of the Sea Wolves Club.

Contact: brandi4seawolves@gmail.com

Coach - Meet David Higgins

David Higgins has officially joined the Sea Wolves coaching staff this year after being a guest coach and technical advisor for the past five years. David was a competitive swimmer with the Kelowna Aquajets, UBC Varsity Team, and the Vancouver Dolphins, and worked as a coach in Kelowna and Abbotsford. He brings a love for the sport and a focus on sprinting technique to the Whistler Club.  David is NCCP Level 1 certified.

Assistant Coach - Meet Christiana Dürfeld

Christiana Dürfeld is one of the few born-and-raised Whistler kids and is happy to be back working in her hometown. She has been living and learning in Kelowna at the University of British Columbia. Completing her B.Sc. majoring in biology.

Christiana has been coaching with the Sea Wolves since 2014 and she is very pleased to be returning to coaching the club this session. She has completed the NCCP Level 1 – Swimming Coaching Certification. Christiana enjoys a variety of sports, but to this day horseback riding – particularly competitive show jumping – is her true passion. Her future goals include pursuing a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy.  

Fun Fact: Christiana cannot be restrained in the presence of blueberries! 

Assistant Coach - Meet Jacob Spierings

Jacob Sprierings is an alumni of the Whistler Sea Wolves Swim Club.  Before graduating, he swam with the club for 5 years.  Jacob graduated from Pemberton Secondary School in June of 2017.  He is now attending Carleton University (graduating 2021) in Ottawa and is a member of the universities swim team.

Jacob has been coaching with the Sea Wolves since 201.  He was a member of the Sea Wolves AA provincial team and focused on his own swimming after coaching his younger teammates.  After finishing his first year of university, Jacob has come back to lend a helping hand.

Assistant Coach - Meet Katarina Kranjc

Katarina Kranjc is an alumni of the Whistler Sea Wolves Swim Club.  She swam with the club for 6 years before graduating from Whistler Secondary School in June of 2017.  Kat is currently attending the University of Western Ontario (Western) in London and is planning on graduating with a business degree from the Ivey Business School (2021).  She is also a member of the universities swim team and qualified for USports in her first year.

This is Katarina's first year coaching with the Sea Wolves.  She was a member of the Sea Wolves' AAA provincial team and was the first person ever to qualify for the Western Championships from Whistler.  After finishing her first year at university, Kat has returned to the Sea Wolves, this time as both a coach and a swimmer, in hope of helping the team grow.

Junior Coach Program - Meet our Junior Coaches

The Whistler Sea Wolves initiated the Junior Coach Program in the Spring of 2018.  The Program is meant to ensure quality coaching staff through a training program that sets our own swimmers on the path to become successful instructors, and, in due course, qualified NCCP swim coaches. Junior coaches are drawn from the Platinum (Senior) group of swimmers, and must be actively swimming and competing to continue in the program. The junior coaches will develop their skills through being mentored, working on deck with younger swimmers, shadowing of qualified coaches, and working through a theoretical component based on the NCCP Level 1 course.