Our Coaching Team



Head Coach

Michael Weston
EMAIL: michaelw@northernarena.co.nz

Michael has 16 years of in-swimming industry experience from the grass roots of learn to swim through to, more recently, the high-performance environment. Currently Michael oversees the Swim School and Licences at Northern Arena and, since April 2018, is the coach of 2016 Rio Olympian Helena Gasson.

Michael is an expert strategist and tactician, with a great understanding of swimming biomechanics, energy systems and technique. Michael has a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Sport & Exercise Science, and is currently months away from completing his MBA, where he is the NZIMF Scholar and is finishing his thesis surrounding High Performance sporting models.

Michael has played an integral role in developing hundreds of young swim teachers, coaches and industry leaders including Steven Kent (Head Coach – Coast Swim Club) and John Gatfield (Age Group Coach - SPW).

Performance coach

Nick Salmon
EMAIL: NICKS@northernarena.co.nz

Nick brings a wealth of experience to the club from his own successes in the water and from a long career in teaching.

Originating from a big swimming family with his father being one of the UK’s most qualified swimming coaches. He was the President of the regional swimming association and his coach.

It is no surprise then, that Nick excelled in the water…

  • NZ Bronze Award Coach

  • England Surf lifesaving team

  • Great Briton Surf boat team

  • South West England Water polo team

  • Swimming Club Captain

  • Surf Club Captain

  • Coast Excellence squad member at 45yrs!

  • Multiple medals winner at the 2017 World Masters Games in Auckland.

On dry land, Nick has spent the last 20 years as a highly respected secondary school teacher, specialising in chemistry.


  • Head of Science (UK)

  • Head of NCEA Science.

  • Head of ICT

  • Teacher in charge of Cambridge A level Chemistry

  • Head of Year 7 (UK)

  • Year 11 Dean (5 years at Westlake Boys)

  • International Student Dean

  • Teacher in charge of water polo - 4 seasons with National titles

  • Teacher in charge of rowing - 4 seasons with top 3 finishes at Maadi Cup

  • Rugby coach - 15 seasons achieving many North Harbour titles.

  • Duke of Edinburgh coordinator (UK)

  • Teacher in charge of Outdoor Education (UK)



PERformance Coach

Tom Onley

Tom has been involved with competitive swimming from a young age. He loves seeing kids develop their skills, to not only be a better swimmer but also to be a better person. Learning to swim and becoming a competitive swimmer requires lots of focus and determination, which he believes can be used greatly in all aspects of life.

Tom Coaches the Coast Red Squad, working on developing his swimmers to be competitiveat a regional level as well as achieving the criteria of the Coast Junior squad. Tom is currently gaining NZ qualifications in swim teaching and coaching to be a full time coach in the future.

  • TOCS Qualified

  • Orewa SLS Club Member

  • Great Britain National SLS Team - Sanyo Cup 2016


Junior Squad Coach

Erin Bluck

Erin has been involved with coast swim club since 2001. She grew up as a swimmer for coast and is excited to be leading a new generation of swimmers as a coach.

She believes swimming develops the best attributes in a person; confidence, self-motivation, determination and discipline. Swimming is a complex sport. You’re part of a team but your performance is on you; training is challenging but mentally and physically rewarding; and the people surrounding you, pushing you harder and faster, are your competition and best friends. Erin believes swimming sets you up for life, physically and mentally.

As part of the coaching team, Erin is the Junior Nationals coach. Together they will be working towards being one of the top 3 clubs at Junior Nationals.

  • NZ Age Finalist

  • CSC Record holder