Our Story

HASC is a competitive swimming club with the goals to work with each child to maximise their own ability and meet their own objectives.

We will work with development swimmers at the junior age, up to competitive seniors and international athletes.

Success in swimming comes from hard work, technical excellence, mental toughness, focussed practice and regular competition at a challenging level for an athlete to continue to move along their development path.

Meet out Team

Head Coach

Shona Palmer

Shona began her swimming career joining a local swim club at age 7. She competed at all levels and was Scottish National Champion in multiple events and age groups from age 10, holding a significant number of Scottish National Records.
Shona represented Scotland from age 12 – 18 (included 1986 Commonwealth Games) and also represented Great Britain at International level, ‘retiring’ from competitive swimming at age 18 whilst studying Physiotherapy.
Arriving in Bermuda in 1991 to work as physiotherapist at KEMH, Shona continued to compete, this time in cycling and triathlon, becoming Bermuda National Champion at both disciplines, and representing Bermuda in World Triathlon Championships
Shona was additionally selected to represent Great Britain age-group triathlon team
Shona began coaching Harbour juniors around 5 years ago and took over as Head Coach of Harbour at the start of the 2013-14 season.
Completed levels 1 & 2 ASCA certification and Advanced Freestyle course. Currently working on level 3.
As well as coaching Harbour, Shona passes on her passion for swimming through Fit4allbda learn to swim sessions and adult stroke development classes. Shona also coaches MAAC Jr running club.



Lead Coach


Sarah swam for Harbour Swim Club and was an original member of the club. Sarah was a member of the Bermuda National Squad and represented Bermuda at a number of meets in the Caribbean (Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Championships and Caribbean Island Swimming Championships). On attending University, Sarah was a member of the University of Guelph swim team. She continues to swim for fitness and occasionally compete in masters swimming competitions.
Coaching Qualifications
1980s – completed the Bermuda Amateur Swimming Association’s Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Instructor Certification.
Early 1990s – completed the ASCA level 1, 2 and 3 coaching certification
A little more recently, in 2004 and 2005, completed courses that are part of the Coaching Association of Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program (courses included – designing a basic sport program; make ethical decisions; nutrition; planning a practice; teaching and learning; basic mental skills).
Coaching Experience:
Started teaching swimming lessons for the Harbour Swim Club’s Summer Learn to Swim program in 1980.
Started coaching age group club swimmers in 1987 and now have 15 + years experience of coaching age group swimmers.
Academic qualifications
BSc. (honours) Biological Sciences , Post Graduate Certificate in Education, MSc. (zoology) ,PhD (Marine Biology)

Lead Coach

Kris Cash

Swimming background:

Canadian Age Group Swimmer
University of Waterloo Swim team member and Team Captain Masters swimmer in Canada and Bermuda

Coaching Experience:

Learn to swim instructor, Babies through Adult, in Canada and Bermuda. Assistant Coach of Grande Prairie Aquarians Swim Club ROW(Region of Waterloo) Masters Coach Assistant, Coach of University of Waterloo Swim Team BASA pool Administrator Novice Coach Dolphins Swim Club Bermuda Junior Coach Harbour Amateur Swim Club


Royal Life/ Red Cross Instructor
Canadian National Lifeguard certification Canadian National Coaching Certification, Theory level 3, Practical level 2 American Swim Coaches Certification level 4 Swimamerica Program Director certified

CPR and First Aid certified

Lead Coach

Belinda Castree

Belinda commenced her swimming with Wisbech Swimming Club. Belinda joined Oundle and District Swimming Club and represented the club and Regional and National Level, winning many regional level medal and titles.

In 1994, on attending University, Belinda joined the Birmingham University Swim Team attending the National finals for UK Universities and winning medals in several British Universities Championships. Belinda moved to Bermuda in 1998 and won many national titles, holding a National Open Record in 200 Freestyle. Belinda has represented at Club, Regional and University level, as well as representing Bermuda at CISC in 2001.

Currently one of Bermuda’s top triathletes, Belinda continues to compete in Triathlon and attended the World Age Group Championships in London in 2013 and the Island Games representing Bermuda in 2015.

Belinda holds a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and Geography and is currently pursuing the America Swim Coaches Association qualifications having submitted her exams for levels 1 and 2. A founder and coach of I Swim Bermuda, Belinda coaches Harbour Juniors as well as Iswim. Belinda is also a qualified swimming teacher based on the ASA qualifications in the UK.

Support Coach

Steve Castree

Steve started swimming with Amersham Swimming Club in the UK. Representing club and his county, upon commencing university, Steve joined the Birmingham University Swim Team. Attending the British National University Team Championship Finals, Steve was a medallist at the British University Swimming Championships. In 1993-4, Steve represented ASPTT Lyon in French regional and National Championships and also attended the French National University Championships.

Steve moved to Bermuda in 1998 and became a senior coach of Harbour Swim Club in 1998 and Head Coach in 1999. In 2002, whilst coaching Harbour and Sharks Seniors, Steve represented Bermuda in a coaching capacity at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. More recently he attended the British National Swimming Championships and the Olympic Games in 2012 in a coaching capacity for Bermuda.

Steve holds a BA in Sport and Recreation Management with French from the University of Birmingham, UK, a DEUG in Sport and Exercise Science from the Universite de Lyon, France. He has completed levels 1-5 of the ASCA Coaching certification. Steve is also a qualified swimming teacher based on the ASA qualifications in the UK.

Currently Performance Director and President of HASC, Steve was Chairman of the BASA Overseas Technical Committee from 2011-2015 and represented Bermuda at the FINA World Aquatics Convention in Doha in December 2014.

Assistant Coach

Ilya Cherapau

Ilya Cherapau learned to swim in Italy and began competitive swimming in Belarus at the age of 9.

At age 11, Ilya was the best under 13 backstroke and freestyle swimmer in Belarus and was asked to compete internationally. Ilya competed in many international and national swimming championships.

At age 16, Ilya was selected as one of the country’s top 3 male swimmers to attend the College of Olympic Reserve where he had the opportunity to study and train with the best athletes from around the country.

Ilya moved to Italy and went on to swim professionally there. He was the regional champion and one of the top in the country in Individual Medley.

Ilya swam for the University of Bristol and holds several records there.

Ilya has 6 years coaching experience in all age groups and abilities and is a certified Italian level 2 instructor and International lifeguard.

Support Coach

Kevin Insley

Kevin has been a competitive swimmer for most of his life, initially in the pool and now more so in open water. With the passage of time he is now, much to his chagrin, referred to as a “veteran swimmer”.

Kevin swam competitively for Harrow & Wealdstone Swimming Club and then the City of Cardiff in the UK and was a national finalist in Breaststroke and IM events. He also swam for Barnet Copthall Masters and was GB Masters Champion in 100 IM. During the time he was swimming competitively in the UK, Kevin trained under two GB Olympic coaches.

Since moving to Bermuda in 1991 Kevin has been a keen open water swimmer and has won the Round the Sound 10k swim on several occasions.

Kevin has coached swimmers of all ages at different times and enjoys applying the knowledge he has built up over his many years in swimming.

Additional coaches

We are delighted to have Nicole Yearwood join us to coach in 2017-18 and also to welcome back Bryce Williams. Both are former Harbour Swimmers with Nicole representing Bermuda on multiple occasions.

Support Coach

Lara Loescher

Lara Loescher began competitive swimming for Triangles swim club at the age of 6.

She moved to Harbour Swim club at the age of 12 and was selected for the Bermuda National Swim team shortly after.

Lara held several national long and short course records and competed internationally for Bermuda until age 18.

Lara continued to swim at University of Bristol and was the captain of her swim team.

She holds several university records and won an award for her commitment and dedication to the University. Lara was internationally certified as a Lifeguard for the Bermuda Beach Lifeguard society in 2010.

She has over 10 years of swim coaching experience of all age groups and abilities.

She is very pleased to be able to volunteer at Harbour Swim club for the upcoming year!

Support Coach

Jenny Smatt

Jenny started competitive swimming with Harbour Amateur Swimming Club at the age of eight. Jenny’s participation in international competition in and across the Caribbean, North and Central America commenced at the age of nine where she competed annually and broke the CCCAN 11&12 100 breaststroke record at the age of 11. Jenny’s swimming career highlights include competing in the 1990 and 1994 Commonwealth Games, becoming the first Bermudian swimmer to final in the Pan American Games and the first female Bermudian swimmer to represent Bermuda in the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992.


Jenny attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, held the role of Team Captain and achieved Academic All-American status in the Big Ten Conference. Jenny formerly held the position of Chairperson of the BOA Athlete’s Commission and is currently a member of the BASA Board representing Harbour. Academically Jenny holds a BSc in Human Development and Social Policy, a M.A. in Counseling Psychology and a MSc. in Management.


Jenny has taught and coached children and adults how to swim privately and within the Club programme during and post her swimming career for over fifteen years.

Support Coach

Zebedee Wakely

Zebedee Wakely began competitive swimming for Harbour swim club at the age of 12 and was selected for the Bermuda National Swim team shortly after. Zebedee holds several national long and short course relay records and has qualified to compete internationally for Bermuda. He was appointed club captain for the 2016/17 season as well as the 2017/18 season. Zebedee is currently working on his ASCA level 2 coaching course with the hope of being able to help swimmers of all ages. He is very pleased to be able to help at Harbour Swim club.



Team work – training in a squad can foster a culture of working in a team and supporting your team mates


Discipline – swimming requires continued discipline and commitment with a long number of hours committed to the sport


Sport as a lifestyle – diet, fitness and health benefits