liliaN Tong


Lilian has lived a life immersed in water sports and the ocean. What started with fun and imaginary games in the pool as a water baby progressed into joining her primary school competitive swim and sail team. In university, she joined the surf club. 


Her love for the ocean carried on into her adult life. Lilian is currently the only International Surfing Association-certified Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) instructor in Singapore, the official Olympic-recognised governing body of the sport. She teaches people young and old SUP and, most importantly, how to build their confidence in the open water. In addition, she is part of the Surfing Association Singapore committee, aspiring to nurture and expand the SUP scene in Singapore. 


Aside from leisure sports, Lilian's passion for competitive watersports never wavered. She actively trains with a competitive dragon boat and outrigger canoe team. Even when she was working in the media communications field, she competed and often clinched medals in various water sports races. She is also an active volunteer guide for Runninghour, an inclusive running group for special needs individuals.


Lilian is passionate about spreading the endless rewarding joys and experiences gained through water sports in her adult life thanks to having water confidence nurtured in her since young. With her natural knack with special needs and young children through her voluntary and SUP coaching work, Lilian found a calling to pursue coaching the essential skill — swimming. 

She hopes to instil the spirit of fun and play through a child’s development of motor skills in the water. When properly nurtured with care, it can widen one's horizons beyond the confines of a pool — a passion Lilian hopes to share through teaching.  

  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety, Certified Swimming Coach

  • Lifesaving 1, 2 and 3 Certified, The Singapore Life Saving Society

  • Lifesaving Bronze Medallion, The Singapore Life Saving Society (On-going)

  • Lifesaving CPR Certified, The Singapore Life Saving Society

  • Standard First Aid + AED Certified, Singapore

  • International Surfing Association-Certified Flatwater SUP Instructor

  • Committee Member of Surfing Association Singapore – SUP Division

  • Singapore National Registry of Coaches, Swimming 

  • Foundation Sports Science, Republic Polytechnic

  • Kayak 3 Star Award Certified in Hong Kong 

  • PADI-Advanced Open Water Certified

  • Bachelor of Communications, Monash University


  • 2021 Singapore Canoe Federation 50km Challenge — Finisher

  • 2021 SDBA Dragon Boat Century Race (Singapore) — 1st Runner Up, DB5 Premier Mixed Century

  • 2019 Cross Tolo Harbour Open Race (Hong Kong) — Finisher

  • 2018 Shek O Challenge Open Water Race (Hong Kong) — 1st Runner Up, Age Group 25-29

  • 2017 Shek O Challenge Open Water Race (Hong Kong) — 3rd Runner Up, Age Group 25-29

  • 2019 Sai Kung Dragonboat Festival Race (Hong Kong) — Winner, Women’s Open

  • 2018 Sai Kung Dragonboat Festival Race (Hong Kong) — Winner, Women’s Open 

  • 2017 Hong Kong SUP League — Winner, 500m Women’s Race

  • 2016 & 2017 New World Harbour Race (Hong Kong) — Finisher

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6 months to 2 years old

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3 to 5 years old

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6 years old & older