Ryan started competitive swimming at the age of 9, and has had a successful swimming career. He competed at a national level in Australia for several years, consistently ranking in the top 10. In 2010, he became a Australian national record holder for the 18 & under 4x100m freestyle relay. After receiving and considering swimming scholarships from universities in Australia, Ryan decided to move to London in order to pursue his studies at the end of 2011, where he is currently studying Information Management for Business at University College London. Ryan has been teaching swimming to children, adults and triathletes of all levels for the past four years. "Seeing improvement in others and seeing them achieve their goals, inspires me as a coach to do the best I can".