The Thunder Bay Diving Club prides itself on the strengths, skills and qualifications of our dedicated coaching staff. Through their commitment, passion and knowledge they guide our athletes to face new challenges and accomplish their goals.
Jason Napper joined TBDC first as an athlete in 1982 and spent 14 years competing at a high level. He was both a junior and senior national champion, as well as 1994 Commonwealth Games gold and bronze medallist. He returned to the sport and the club as head coach in 2013, and hasn’t looked back since. His coaching level is Competition Development trained. When not at the pool, his wife Teri, and their two sons Graeme and Kael, keep him very busy on their small mixed farm outside of Kakabeka Falls.
Jorge Pupo was a competitive diver in Cuba from 1991 and retired in 2014. He was a national team member for 20 years. He is a 2008 Olympian and bronze medallist from the 2011 Pan Am Games and 2014 Central American Games. He has been coaching for 3 years after being mentored by one of the best international coaches in the world, Lino Socorro. Pupo moved here with his wife Inima in January of 2017. He is excited to work with Thunder Bay’s junior talent, and achieve the best results for his divers. He enjoys music when not working at the pool.
Doug Bluchier began his diving career at 8 years old in 1985 until the age of 16. He travelled to many meets with the club and reached a national level of competition. His degree in Kinesiology as well as many years as an athlete including hockey, diving, and baseball will be a welcome asset to the Thunder Bay Diving Club team. He has recently joined the club on a full time basis and is currently engaged in the Competition Introduction coach training to further the teams success.
Emilia has been a Learn To Dive coach for 6 years now. She started coaching with her old diving club (STARS) located back home in Toronto, then when she moved to Thunder Bay for school she started to coach for TBDC.
Emilia is currently enrolled at Lakehead University where she is majoring in Kinesiology and Education. She was a diver for about 11 years prior to stopping for school. Away from the pool Emilia likes to stay active by going to the gym or playing recreational team sports.