Brandon Johnson, Ph.D. (born 1981) is a USA Swimming coach for Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (PASA) and a USA Swimming pool and open water swimmer for Scott Shea of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (PASA). He found his love for open water swimming as a high school student competing at the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships with coach Pierre Lafontaine. Since then, he has completed numerous open water competitions (non-wetsuit):
Open Water Swimming Career
- 1998: He competed in the 15 km USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships in Newport Beach, California
- 2012: He competed in the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships in Castaic Lake in Santa Clarita, California.
- 2012: He competed on the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup professional race circuit.
- 2006-2007 Trans Tahoe Relay, with captain George Tidmarsh - 1st Place Overall
- 2008 Trans Tahoe Relay, with captain George Tidmarsh - 2nd Place Overall
- 2010-2012 Tiburon Mile
- 2010 San Francisco Bay 10K Bridge-to-Bridge Swim - escorted Braxton Bilbrey
- 2011 Santa_Cruz_Roughwater_Swim 1 & 2 mile swims - 2nd Place
- 2012 USMS 10k Open Water National Championships - 1st Place
- 2012 Maui Channel Swim - Relay, with captain Lisa Hazen - 1st Place Mixed Team
- 2012 FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup Lac St-JeanTraversée internationale du lac Mégantic
- 2012 FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup Lac Mégantic Traversée internationale du lac Mégantic
- 2013 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships (21 minutes 3 seconds behind winner)
- 2012 Bob Roper Golden Gate Bridge Swim - 1st Place
- 12+ Alcatraz Island crossings
- Around the Rock (Aquatic Park to Alcatraz to Aquatic Park) with The Foundation for Aquatic Safety and Training
- 2013 Strait of Gibraltar, non-wetsuit
- He is the Pacific Region Coach for The Foundation for Aquatic Safety and Training, a non-profit organization which hosts open water swimming events to raise funds for water safety programs.
- He is currently a USA Swimming coach for Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (PASA) and the Pacific Region Coach for The Foundation for Aquatic Safety and Training.
- He was previously the USA Swimming age-group head coach for Los Altos Mountain View Aquatic Club (LAMV).
- He was a coach for PSC during high school.
Johnson was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. He began swimming year-round as a 13-year-old at the Phoenix Swim Club (PSC) started by Gary Hall Sr.. He grew up swimming with Olympians such as Gary Hall Jr., Klete Keller, and Kalyn Keller. He attended Brophy College Preparatory for high school and swam for the state champion Broncos during all four years. During this time, he continued to swim for PSC under Roric Fink, Pierre Lafontaine, and Bill Smythe.
He attended Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL where he swam and ran cross-country all four years. He was co-captain for the Foresters swim team during his senior year. He double majored in Biology and Chemistry and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to Stanford University where he graduated with a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Physiology in 2010.
Foundation for Aquatic Safety and Training (FAST)
He and childhood friend, Joe Zemaitis (head coach/founder of Swim Neptune), were support swimmers for 7 year old Braxton Bilbrey's Alcatraz Island crossing. Braxton still holds the record as the youngest swimmer to make the crossing. The crossing inspired Joe to the create The Foundation for Aquatic Safety and Training (FAST), a non-profit which helps raise funds for water safety and drowning prevention programs in Arizona and the San Francisco Bay Area.
He has a passion for the open water and as a coach for FAST, he is able to instill the love of open water in children and help them conquer The Rock.
He is an all around waterman; he enjoys surfing, freediving, spearfishing, abalone diving, and paddleboarding.
He is married with four sons. He owns a tutoring company, Cognitive Advantage, which works with students from elementary through professional level in academic and test preparation tutoring. He is also adjunct professor of mathematics at Menlo College in Atherton, California.
- Foundation for Aquatic Safety and Training
- Kids Teaching Kids About Water Safety
- Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics
- USA Swimming
- Olympic 10K Marathon Swim
- Marathon Swimming
- Open Water Swimming
- I Got Stung website
- World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Working The Dream At USA Swimming Open Water Championships
- Chip Carrigan Protects Athletes' Interests At All Times
- Castaic Lake Welcomes The Best America Has To Offer
- Castic Lake Will Be The Survival Of The Fittest