Ghana BlueFins offers unique swimming lessons and programs for all ages and abilities. We currently offer 3 different programs in Accra, depending on your desires and swimming level.
Our mission is to create and sustain a nationally recognized, competitive swimming program and to create awareness in swimming as a lifesaving skill. We embody the highest quality and consistency of coaching. We emphasize family participation and the involvement of all ability levels. We promote a sense of community, cooperation, and sportsmanship in an inviting, inclusive, and supportive environment, while encouraging each swimmer to maximize their full potential and have fun.
Our vision is to promote self-discipline and self-improvement. We are committed to providing excellence, the spirit of sportsmanship, and a supportive and productive team environment.
Swimmers will not be mean/disrespectful to each other, use inappropriate words, or challenge coaches during training sessions. Swimmers will not be late to practice – if this is unavoidable, swimmers must walk as brisk as possible to the pool. All swimmers must have drinking water during training sessions.
Parents will not interrupt or interfere with children or the coaches during training sessions. Parents will not act as the coaches to their children.
All concerns can be addressed to the head coach privately.
Mark started his swimming career as a student at the University of Ghana, Legon in 2013, where he was the swim captain of the university swim team for 3 years. He previously was a Ghana National Swimmer and currently is a Ghana National Triathlete. He has participated in some prestigious meets, including the 2015 Pan-African Games in the Congo and, more recently, the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham (UK). He is currently a swim coach in the United States and is passionate about incorporating similar techniques, drills, coaching styles, and training regimens in Ghana BlueFins. He is an ASCA Level 1 coach, FINA level 2 swim coach, a certified lifeguard, and an ITU (International Triathlon Union) level 1 coach. He enjoys interacting with his swimmers, but also knows when he needs to be strict! He is easy-going, open to new ideas, hardworking, and motivated.
Desmond began his swimming career as a student at the University of Ghana in 2014 where he swam competitively for 4 years. He worked at Finishline Swimming Academy in 2015 before joining Ghana BlueFins in 2017 as a swim coach. Desmond is a FINA Level 2 and ASCA Level 1 certified swim coach. His ability to speak English, French, ASL (American Sign Language), Spanish, and 5 other languages coupled with his knowledge in sociology, makes him invaluable when it comes to dealing with the diversity of athletes in the swim club. He is very patient, innovative, passionate and results-oriented when teaching. His ability to connect and interact with swimmers aids him in finding ways to fulfill their unique individual swimming needs. Desmond incorporates fun challenges not only to keep swimmers interested in the sport, but also to push them to reach their goals.
Joseph is a swim instructor and coach with over 7 years of experience. He started his swimming career as a member of the University of Ghana, Legon swim team (the Legon Marines). He became the assistant captain of the team in his 2nd year at the university and eventually became the captain for his last 2 years on the team. He participated in all national swimming championships and was one of the top 5 breaststrokers in Ghana during his time on the Legon Marines. He also led the university swim team to the West Africa University Games (WAUG). He is currently a Level 2 American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) member. He is very innovative and enjoys coming up with creative ways to correct stroke techniques. He is passionate about health, fitness, and leadership to help young athletes achieve their goals.
Gideon has been a swim coach and learn-to-swim instructor for the past 5 years and a lifeguard for the 2 years prior. Swimming has always been a passion of his since his teenage years. He is very enthusiastic about teaching swimming especially to children. He is certified with the Ghana Swimming Association and with the Ghana Lifesaving and Divers Association. He is excited to keep promoting swimming in Ghana and teaching the youth this important skill.
Akonto is very enthusiastic about swimming. He enjoys teaching it to others as a way to encourage discipline and commitment, and promote swimming as safety skill and sport. He has a Bachelor's degree in Geography & History from the University of Ghana. He was a member of the University of Ghana, Legon swim team and the Mensah-Sarbah Hall assistant swim captain for the 2019-2020 academic year. He is passionate about promoting and improving swimming in Ghana.