Wahoo Swim Academy 

Providing Exceptional Aquatic Programming Since 1960

  1013 Jones Franklin Road Raleigh, NC 27606
  Phone: (919) 859-4881
  Business Office:  [email protected]
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Claire Watts, Lesson Coordinator

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Elliot Hunt, Operations Manager

Coach Elliot was born in Raleigh. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Political Science. 

Coach Elliot has been swimming for as long as he can remember. He was a member of his neighborhood summer swim team, a captain on his high school swim team and a member of the MOR swim team.  After high school graduation, Coach Elliot joined the UNC club swim team, and has, most recently, been a member of RSA’s Masters group.

Coach Elliot joined RSA in 2014. He has been teaching swimming lessons and coaching RSA's youngest swim team members since Sonner opened its doors. He leads the SeaStar practice groups and evaluates athletes for RSA’s introductory groups, as well as managing RSA’s lesson program, Wahoo Swim Academy. Coach Elliot is passionate about growing Wahoo Swim Academy, and providing outreach lessons to our community.

Coach Elliot likes to spend his free time biking, reading, and playing video games.


David Cairns, Lesson Instructor and Lead Coach
Coach David joined RSA in 2020. He grew up in Durham and swam for Carolina Aquatic Club, formerly Duke Aquatics, from the time he was eleven years old until he graduated from high school. He also swam for his high school, Cardinal Gibbons.

Coach David attended Salisbury University in Maryland, graduating with a Communications degree. While at Salisbury University, he swam distance freestyle (1000 and the mile) and the 100 and 200 Butterfly. His favorite stroke is freestyle.

In addition to teaching swim lessons for Wahoo Swim Academy, Coach David coaches the younger swim team athletes, working primarily with the Dolphin, Jack, and SeaStar practice groups. 

In his free time, he enjoys watching sports with friends, playing video games and reading.


Susan Pearson,  Lesson Instructor and Lead Coach

Coach Susan joined RSA in the fall of 2021 as a lesson instructor and in-water coach. Prior to joining RSA, Coach Susan taught lessons for the City of Raleigh for ten years and coached the Millbrook Marlins Squirt Squad for seven years.

Coach Susan moved to Raleigh as a child and attended Broughton High School and East Carolina University. In addition to her time teaching for the City of Raleigh, Coach Susan spent over ten years in Europe ministering to children and their families walking in trauma as refugees. Swimming was the medium through which she was able to reach the children.

In addition to teaching lessons for Wahoo Swim Academy, Coach Susan coaches the introductory swim team practice groups, leading the Tarpon groups. Coach Susan is a trainer and entertainer at heart, helping children do what they do better and have fun doing it.

In her free time, Coach Susan loves to travel, read, eat good food and spend time with friends.

Josh Washburn, Lesson Instructor

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Madeline Young, Lesson Instructor

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