Our Coaches

Head Coach – Carol MacFayden


Carol has been involved with synchronized swimming since she was 8 years old. Carol was a BC duet champion with her partner, has been part of the team that represented BC at the Canada Games in 1979, and competed at the National Level. Carol has completed her Level 2 coaching certification and has been coaching with our club since 1997.

Carol’s coaching track record speaks for itself.  When she’s not at or in the pool, Carol is a professional baker based in Qualicum Beach.


Assistant Coach – Lisa Spaven


Lisa started synchronized swimming at the age of 11 and had great success at the provincial level with the Coquitlam Coralinas, including 2 years at the BC Summer Games.

She later began coaching at the age of 17 in Coquitlam where she earned her Synchro Instructor (old Level 1) coaching certification. After several years hiatus from synchronized swimming while attending University, Lisa was asked to coach the Nanaimo School District synchronized swim program in 2004 through 2007.

When her step-daughter started swimming with the Ravensong Waterdancers in 2012, Lisa decided it was once again time to get back in the pool. Lisa is now a swimmer again when she can, joining our Masters (adult) team that she coaches as well, proving that synchronized swimming is a lifelong sport and an enduring passion.

Lisa coaches the various other levels such as Competitive and Recreation as determined for each season.


Assistant Coach – Emily Mahony

Emily has beimg_2132en a synchronized swimmer for the past 6 years, who started with our club at the Recreation Level and progressed through the levels to Competitive. Since 2013, Emily’s competitive achievements include awards for her figures, team, duet and solo routines while under the coaching of Head Coach Carol MacFayden.

Emily trained with the competitive team in 2015, but competed as a soloist for the first time for the routine portion of the meets. Although this was an informative experience, Emily found she prefers performing with a team and is looking forward to doing so again this year.

Emily has recently completed the Synchro Instructor coach training, and will achieve her certification once 16 years of age. Emily has been volunteer coaching with the Recreation Level for the past 2 years and is excited about this next chapter in her synchro career. She is the ‘go to person’ that coaches, parents and fellow athletes ask for assistance from. Emily is a true model of athlete development in her leadership skills, motivation to learn new skills and enthusiasm for practices and meets. Emily is a welcomed addition to our club’s coaching staff!

On-Call Substitute Coaches –
Stephanie Twa and Nina Rembold

Both Stephanie and Nina have coached for the Ravensong Waterdancers in the Recreation and Advanced Recreation levels. Due to other commitments they will be providing coaching to athletes as our on-call substitutes when our regular coaches are unavailable due to illness, holidays or other unforeseen circumstances.

Stephanie and Nina swam in the various levels Ravensong Waterdancers provided at the time and had furthered their training to include coaching certification. They have worked as lifeguards and swimming lesson instructors for over 7 years. We certainly hope they return as full time coaches in the future as they are both assets to our club!