NavyMasters Coaches


John McManus - Head & Monday's Coach

John joined NavyMasters during the 2000/01 swim season to train and compete with the team. He volunteered to assist the NavyMasters by coaching during the 2005/06 swim season so that Coach Tony could get a long course workout once a week at Crystal.  Not one to coach from the deck, John puts out the workout and then swims it.

From 2007-2012, John was the Canadian Forces Patron of Swimming and Lifesaving. As well, he currently serves on the board of Masters Swimming Association of British Columbia as the Vice-President and Webmaster.


Nico Lightbody - Wednesday's Coach

Nico grew up swimming with Island Swim Club in Victoria. He has competed with the RMC Swim Team, and as well, he has represented the Canadian Armed Forces internationally at the CISM World Military Games. Recently having taken up triathlon, he has represented Canada at the World Military Triathlon Championships and has also qualified for the World Ironman 70.3 Championships in South Africa.  Nico's Miami 70.3


Alex Cape - Friday's Coach

Alex is also a very experienced swimmer who also coaches with Victoria Masters and joined the NavyMasters Coaching Staff in 2014.  During the summer of 2014, she completed a 70 km marathon swim, and when asked why she does it she replied:
"I could simply say that I love swimming, that being in the water offers comfort, peace, and yet challenges like no other sport. I could explain that I can hold a steady pace for hours and hours and hours, or that I have never been much of a sprinter. I could talk about the complete bliss of sharing a workout with a variety of swim team mates who have been a part of my life for decades. But I think the biggest factor for me, the reason that I eat, sleep, and breathe swimming, is that I want to see just how far I can go. I have always been drawn to the edge, to smashing barriers, to climbing over obstacles, to pushing beyond boundaries. I want to push just a little bit farther." In 2015, she swam 94 km in Lake Cowichan.  Alex's Swim




Last updated:  13 May 2016