Darria Chance

Darria joined our swim instructor team in 2019. She is a group instructor and coach with more than 4 years of experience. She is a former swimmer, Basic Life Support Certified and has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Chinese Language and Culture.

Language: Mandarin/English

Hobby: Triathlon training

Student age preference: 4 years old and up

Aquila Pinnix

Aquila joined the Triangle Aquatic Center in 2016 teaching group lessons and then coaching for our TITANS team. She has been coaching and teaching since 2008 in different organizations and towns in North Carolina. Coach Aquila is a former swimmer and had a scholarship through college.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Biology & master’s degree in Biological & Biomedical Sciences, however her career is a certified personal trainer and she is working on a Nutritionist certification to further impact the lives of athletes of all fitness levels & ages.

Languages: Poquito Spanish/English

Hobbies: swim/bike/run training in hopes of completing a Half Ironman

Student age preference: 5 years old and up

Mariana Pulgarin

Mariana joined the Triangle Aquatic Center in 2018. She started teaching back in her home country of Colombia in 2007. Currently, Mariana teaches group classes and is the Programs Manager in the facility. She is a former competitive swimmer and also practiced Finswimming and Underwater Hockey.

Languages: Spanish/English

Hobbies: Camping, swimming and biking

Student age preference: 3 years old and up

Ahmed Bali

Ahmed is the most tenured instructor at Triangle Aquatic Center. He started teaching when the facility was open back in 2007. However his first experience as an instructor began in 2002. He is Adult and Child CPR certified and Water Safety Instructor Certified.

Languages: Arabic/French/Un poco Spanish

Hobbies: Soccer and traveling

Student age preference: 4 to 13 years old

Millie Volpitto

Millie joined TAC at the beginning of 2021 and has been teaching swim lessons for 4 years. She currently works as a pool manager in Durham, NC and is a certified Lifeguard, Lifeguard Instructor, Water Safety Instructor, and Pool Operator. She graduated from the University of Memphis in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently working toward becoming a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher.

Languages: Some Spanish/English

Hobbies: Running, yoga, hiking, and spending time with her dog

Student age preference: 3 years old and up

Claire Heins

Claire joined the Triangle Aquatic Center in 2018, since then, she has been teaching group and private lessons. Claire is Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED certified. She also is attending her last semester at Meredith College.

Languages: Some Spanish/English

Writing, reading, hiking and basketball

Student age preference: 4 to 10 years old

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