Ericka Gaastra

Coach Ericka Gaastra

Coach Ericka’s involvement with the Lahaina Swim Club dates back to 2004, the year her sons joined the team. Under the mentorship of coach Tom Popdan, she has served as a USA Swimming Coach since 2007. Her experience working with children includes training in Montessori style teaching methods and working as a certified baby swimming instructor for the Life-Style Swim School in Boca Raton, Florida with world-renowned instructors, Rob, and Kathy McKay. Ericka loves living life with a passion for the water! She is a certified scuba instructor and has sailed all over the world. Growing up, she was a competitive high school swimmer and spent her summers on swim club teams. So, after earning her BA degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado and having a love for water sports and the ocean, the decision to make Maui her perfect and permanent home was easy. Ericka has a deep love for children and swimming and is proud to be part of the Lahaina Swim Club teaching ohana!