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Rod Barratt

Director of Athlete Development
B-Group Coach

Rod is the Pacific Coast Swimming Director of Athlete Development, and one of its founding coaches. He is currently B-Group coach, Varsity Assistant coach and School Program Coordinator. He is an NCCP Level II/III coach. Rod has been recognized for coaching excellence by Swim BC, the BC Swim Coaches Association, and Canadian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association. He received a National Domestic Excellence in Coaching Award in 2003 and 2004. He is an instructor with the NCCP Swimming 101 and Community Coaching programs.


He was awarded the Swim BC 13-14 year old Coach of the Year for 2013, 2010, 2005, 2002 and 1997, BC Coach of the Year. He was also head coach for the 2004-2005 Swim BC Provincial Age-Group and Prospects Team both Short Course and Long Course seasons. Coach of over 60 Provincial Record setters in BC and Alberta, and 5 National Age Group Record setters. In 2015 he was jointly awarded the 14-15 Swim BC coach of the Year.


Rod swam competitively to the Youth National level in Manitoba. As a coach, he worked his way west to British Columbia from Manitoba and Alberta. From 1984-1986 Rod was with the Manitoba Marlins Swim Club as assistant and then head coach. He was head age-group coach and elite age-group coach for the University of Calgary Swim Club from 1987-1992, and then head coach at the Red Deer Catalina Swim Club from 1992-1996. During these years he was twice recipient of the Alberta Coaches' Council Outstanding Contribution to Coaching Award (1991, 1994). Rod then became head age group coach at Island Swimming/VASC, from 1996 to 2002. Since 2002 he has coached with Pacific Coast Swimming, developing swimmers to Provincial and National levels of competition, and as well, coordinating a very successful Elementary School Swim Program.


Rod was on the Board of the BC Swim Coaches Association from 1998-2002, serving as President from 2000 until 2002; as its President, Rod represented the Coaches Association on the Swim BC Board of Directors. Outside British Columbia, he has served on the Boards of the Canadian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association (1995-1997) and Swim Alberta (1994-1996), and chaired the Alberta Coaches Association and Alberta Open Water Swim Committee (1994-1996). Also while in Alberta, Rod was women's coach on the 1992 Canadian Youth Eight Nationals team and observation coach to the 1995 European Championships. He was named head coach of the 1996 Alberta Canada Games Team - except he moved to British Columbia - our gain! In 2015 Rod was selected as the Women's coach for Swim BC's Western Canada Games team. Both the women's and men's teams won their competitions.


Rod's swimmers have achieved as Provincial, Youth, Junior and Senior National qualifiers and medalists, and International Youth Team members and medalists. 


He believes that swimming is a grounding for life and the character development that happens while you are in Pacific Coast Swimming is integral to the life you will lead.