About Our Team

Our Standards & Teaching Style

We believe swimming is a life skill that anyone can learn at any age. It is a skill that can save lives, and a sport we can enjoy well into old age. We desire to not only teach the skill, but to develop a sense of enjoyment and ease in the water.

Safety is of utmost concern to us and we spend significant time in the beginning of the course incorporating safety skills and awareness. While we follow a detailed syllabus, we recognize that each student is unique, takes to the water differently and learns at his/her own pace. This can translate into spending more time in a certain drill or progressing with the strokes in a different order/pace. We leave room for flexibility to cater to the individuality of each student.

Each student that comes to us is first assessed and then placed in the proper level. Before moving on to the next set of drills, we make sure general foundational skills are achieved.

The general objective of the course is to make the child aware of safety measures, and then proceed to making them proficient in the water, hopefully learning all 4 strokes, and ideally desiring and qualifying for the varsity team.

Quality of Instruction

We work hard to make sure all our coaches provide the same quality of teaching, and teach the same things. We have developed a standard syllabus which all our coaches follow. This syllabus is constantly reviewed, improved and cascaded to all coaches.

We maintain specific student to coach ratio to ensure that each student gets ample attention to provide for quick progress.

Each new trainee, whether experienced or not, under goes a 6 month training program to learn our teaching techniques before they are able to handle students on their own.

Water Safety

Water Safety is our highest priority. We hire the best lifeguards we can find, and continuously provide training for our coaches to increase water safety awareness. Many of our coaches and lifeguard are Bronze Medallion certified with the Philippine Life Saving (also affiliated with the Royal Life Saving program in Australia).

We meet regularly to maintain safety awareness at all times. Our coaches are trained to always have their eyes on their students, at all times.

Our History & Mission

Akiko Thomson Swim School (ATSS) was started in April 2011 by 3-time Olympian Akiko Thomson-Guevara. The swim school began operation in CSA (Colegio San Agustin), Dasmariñas Village, Makati and has since expanded to King’s International School, the Australian International School and One World School.

Our mission is to develop swimming as a life-skill and sport in people of all ages. We aim to provide the best quality swim instruction in a learning environment that is safe and fun. We hope to produce high-level swimmers who are competitive in the national and possibly even the international arena.

Our Core Team

Akiko Thomson-Guevara

Managing Director

Akiko qualified for and joined the Olympics 3 times, in 1988 in Seoul Korea, in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain, and in 1996 in Atlanta, USA. She was only 13 years old when she joined her first Olympics. She has garnered several gold and silver medals in several South East Asian games and still holds the Philippine record in the backstroke events. She heads the swim school where she shares her knowledge in swimming.

Doll de Guzman

Head Coach of CSA Varsity & Club Team

A former national team swimmer, she holds a B.A degree in Sports Studies from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. She is also Level 2 certified by ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association). She has had extensive competitive swim coaching experience as Head Coach of ICA, Coach of the U.P. Varsity and assistant coach of the National Team that competed in the SEA Games in Hanoi Vietnam. Since handling the CSA Varsity, the level of the team has drastically improved and they have recently begun to win medals in open swimming competitions and Invitationals.

Our Coaches

Arnel Aba

Differently Abled National Team Swimmer for the differently abled. SEA Games Record Holder 200M Free Style. 2nd place Men’s Relay Ironman 70.3 2012 Mactan Cebu. Coach Arnel is currently our Assistant Varsity Coach.

Reiner Cabansag

Coach “Korn” as he is fondly known is also a Bronze Medallion certified life-saver (Royal Life Saving).

Honey Grace Emperado

Bronze Medallion certified life-saver (Royal Life Saving).

Kates De Leon

Coach Kates assists with our Varsity competitive program.

Romarie Lunaria

Coach “Andie” was a collegiate swimmer and assists with the Varsity competitive program.

Kervin Oñate

Our lifeguard is trained under the RP Energy Lifeguard Training Program.

Samantha Coronel
Varsity Swimmer
Golden Sea Eagle

Our Featured Swimmers

Sam had her first learn-to-swim class at the old pool of Colegio San Agustin in the summer of 2006. It was just a two-week class but she loved the water so much that when she completed the program, she begged her parents for her to re-enroll for the next batch…and again, the third batch. From then on, swimming became a big part of her and her family’s life. She tried out and got accepted to the CSA Varsity Swim team in her second grade (academic year 2010-11). The establishment of the Golden Sea Eagles Swim Club in 2013 was a welcome development, because apart from convenience, the club is managed by Olympian swimmer Akiko Thomson, with a bevy of high caliber coaches led by National Team Swimmer Doll de Guzman.

Fast forward to 2017, Sam who is now in Grade 9, has reaped multiple awards and medals from having competed twice in the Palarong Pambansa, twice in the Batang Pinoy National Games, thrice in the HK Mantas Swim Meet and various national and international competitions. She is now part of the Junior National Training Pool where she represented the country thrice in the Southeast Asian Age Group competition, as well as in the 6th Children of Asia Games in Russia. She is the current junior national record holder for the 50m backstroke in her age group.

Sam continues to balance her studies and swimming, making sure that her grades are not affected by the sport.

Despite the many sacrifices she had to make, she continues to enjoy the sport where she has also gained so many friends.

With Sam’s dedication, hard work and perseverance, we know the best is yet to come.

Varsity Swimmer
Golden Sea Eagle