Coaching Team

Head Coaches

Anne Burdis


Head Coach – A Jr & B Squads

Swim Ireland Level 3 Coach

In 2000, Anne was appointed assistant coach to Peter O’Brien who was Head Coach. Since then, Anne has training and studied with Swim Ireland and is now a qualified Level 3 coach. Anne also became a Swim Ireland National Team Manager in 2000 and has taken swim teams of all ages to every level of competition worldwide as a Team Manager. In 2014, Anne was appointed the Lead Coach for the Senior Leinster Squad and has been the Leinster Representative for the Swim Ireland High Performance Committee since 2013. Anne was also awarded Swim Ireland’s prestigious Club Coach of the Year award for the 2015/16 season and was the first woman to win the prestigious award, in what was considered a very male dominated sport having coached Fiona Doyle of the Portmarnock Swim Team to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Anne oversees the continuous development of all the squads in the Portmarnock Swim Team.

Gavin Dolan


Head Coach – A Squad

Swim Ireland Level 3 Teacher & Coach

Gavin has been teaching swimming for 15 years and currently coaches the A squad after joining Portmarnock Swim Club last year. He is also a coach for the Portmarnock Triathalon Club. He swam competitively and raced internationally as a triathlete with open water swimming as a his specialty.

Pathway Coaches

Helena Keane

Swim Ireland Level 3 Coach

Helena has been a coach with the club since 2019. She began as a competitive age group swimmer, and after a long break, a career and 3 children, decided to teach swimming. She started teaching her own children, and then qualified as a Level 1 and Level 2 swim coach. In discovering a love for teaching and progressing children in the water, Helena began coaching. She is now a Level 3 coach, is passionate about coaching, and particularly loves age group swimmers and watching them find their love of the sport. She is currently the main coach for our A Jr Transition squad.

Manuela Scaringella

Swim Ireland Level 2 Coach

After 13 years as a competitive swimmer, Manuela went on to teach swimming for over 5 years in Italy, before joining the Portmarnock Swim Team in 2020. Manuela has obtained both Levels 1 and 2 swim teacher and coaching qualifications. She also enjoys competing as a Master in her age group.

Sarah Jane Burdis

Swim Ireland Level 2 Coach

Sarah Jane is with the club for the last 8 years & is a former Elite Squad member of Portmarnock Swim Team.  Sarah Jane coaches the D, C & B Squads, as well as the A Junior Squad when necessary.