Tertius Raubenheimer

Head Squash Professional, Club Manager, Owner 

Born and raised in South Africa, Tertius picked up squash at the age of 12 and went on to represent his country on the professional squash tour after high school, reaching a career high world ranking of 138. Coaching both children and adults has been his passion for the last 20 years. Prior to managing Monmouth Squash Club & Swim School, Tertius was a squash pro at Westchester Squash Club and New York Athletic Club. In addition to managing our club, Tertius is an American Red Cross trained and certified lifeguard and a Certified Pool Operator. 

“I love squash because of the discipline and intense focus that is required to play at a high level, and the collegial sportsmanship and integrity that it instills in all players. I love being a part of the warm, welcoming, and inclusive community at Monmouth Squash Club & Swim School. Our team is passionate to serve and share our expertise with you and your family.”

Brian Kilpatrick

Aquatics Director

Brian Kilpatrick is one of the most experienced swim instructors on the Jersey Shore and we are honored to have Mister Brian run the swim program at Monmouth Squash and Swim School. He has taught swimming for 29 years, while running aquatic programs at the Red Bank, Ocean County, Freehold, Old Bridge and Raritan Valley YMCA’s. In addition to teaching thousands of children and adults to swim, he has trained numerous lifeguards, swim instructors and has coached multiple swim teams.

“This is the Jersey Shore and we’re surrounded by water: the ocean, rivers, and many backyard pools. Knowing how to swim and having proper water safety skills are absolutely essential for children and adults. Sadly, drowning is still one of the most common causes of accidental death in children, and this tragedy is preventable. Swimming is the only sport that can save your child’s life.”

Dave Ripple

Senior Swim Instructor

Dave has had a passion for swimming for most of his life, swimming competitively from age six through high school. While he enjoyed giving informal swim lessons through most of his life, Dave recently received his formal swim instructor certification as a Water Safety Instructor by the American Red Cross. In his prior role as Aquatics Director at Cambridge Club of Aberdeen, Dave was responsible for managing safe pool operations with the added pleasure of providing group swim and water safety lessons for its summer day camp, with ages ranging from three to 12. Additionally, Dave provided one-on-one swim lessons to both children and adults.

“Where do I get my passion to teach swimming? It’s simply from the immeasurable joy that I share with a child or adult as they advance from uncertainty and fear, to competence and confidence and mastery in the water.” 

Jen Madsen

Senior Swim Instructor

Jen has been teaching children and adults how to swim for the past 15 years.  She began her training at the Red Bank YMCA, working there for seven years as a swim instructor and deck supervisor. Jen obtained both her Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Certifications through the American Red Cross. Her specialty is teaching preschoolers, but she also enjoys working with toddlers (including parent/child instruction), older children, as well as adults. Jen uses a multi-sensory approach to learning and adapts her teaching to meet each individual’s needs and bring out the best in all swimmers.

“I love teaching children how to swim, and being able to watch them improve in front of my eyes! Teaching swimming has taught me patience, discipline, and communication skills and I enjoy it so much.”

Katy Funk

Senior Swim Instructor

Katy began competitive swimming at age 8, and competed through the age of 18 for the YMCA and her high school. She began teaching at age 14 as an instructor aid, and became dual-certified lifeguard and swim instructor at age 16 years for both the YMCA and American Red Cross, teaching levels ranging from parent / child through competitive swimming. Katy also works as a nurse, and finds solace and happiness in swim instruction. 

“I love seeing children’s shining eyes and that “ah ha” moment when my student understands and executes the stroke with correct technique. Whether it’s learning basic swimming or fine-tuning a competitive swimmer’s stroke, this is what I love to do.”

Tracey Ciambrone

Senior Swim Instructor

Born and raised locally in Little Silver, Tracey’s love of swimming was evident at a young age, as she started competitive swimming at age seven. After 12 years of swimming competitively for Central Jersey Aquatic Club (CJAC), she went to Edinboro University on a swimming scholarship. Tracey was an ocean lifeguard for 13 years at Long Branch and Sandy Hook beaches, and has competed in lifeguard tournaments on local, regional, and national levels. With over 25 years of experience as a swim instructor and 16 years of competitive swimming, she brings a passion for swimming and water safety that is unmatched. She is the Head Swim Coach for Long Branch High School (for the past 16 years), and was previously the Head Swim Coach for Rumson-Fair Haven High School for three years. She currently teaches Health & Physical Education at the Long Branch school district where she has been teaching for 22 years.

Peggy Biebel

Senior Swim Instructor

Peggy has been passionate about swimming, fitness, and total well-being throughout her life! Peggy began teaching swimming at age 19. Upon completing her Water Safety Instructor Training and Personal Training certifications at the YMCA of Freehold, she worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor there for seven years and also worked as a summer lifeguard at Sandy Hook. Peggy then began her 20 year career with AT&T as Senior Project Manager in education and training. During her time at AT&T, Peggy created a training fitness program for employees of all skill levels for the on-premise fitness facility.

After retiring from AT&T, Peggy decided to go back to her true passion. At age 44 she recertified her Water Safety Instructor and Lifesaving certifications through the American Red Cross. For the past 11 years Peggy has been teaching individual as well as group swim lessons, personal training, and water fitness training throughout Monmouth County.

I believe that “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” I am passionate about helping people of all ages achieve their goals and attain that sense of accomplishment. Swimming skills and water safety are absolute necessities! I love teaching not only beginners, but also advanced stroke development for seasoned swimmers as well. Health and fitness is guiding principal in my life, and I strive to make it a priority in the lives of others! We’ve all got this!