APEX Institute by Speed Mechanics blends education and training for elite athletes in greater Victoria and Vancouver Island

Introducing Vancouver Island's premier school for elite athletes.

At Speed Mechanics we understand the challenges that busy student athletes and parents are facing these days. Busy schedules, school courses, and timetables, transporting kids to numerous activities, and of course, COVID-19 restrictions present you with daily challenges.

It’s no secret that the various needs of high-performance athletes are difficult to meet in the regular school environment.

That’s why we’re excited to announce that Speed Mechanics is partnering with Navigate NIDES (North Island Distance Education School), one of British Columbia’s premier online learning schools, to bring APEX Institute to Victoria.

This partnership will be the ultimate game changer for student athletes and their busy parents.

APEX provides education and training options that honour the unique demands of elite athletes who are aiming at taking their academic and athletic careers to the highest level. The acronym represents the four types of education offered:


Our on-site classroom offers a dedicated place for prerequisite classes.


Intensive training and exercise with Victoria’s best coaches.


Online and selected courses for education focused on sports.


Hands-on learning that begins with concrete experience.

At APEX, student athletes are offered the opportunity to TRAIN and LEARN under one roof. In addition to our state-of-the-art speed training facility, students will have the opportunity to do their schoolwork in our on-site classroom. Every student taking Navigate NIDES courses will have access to the services of our on-site teacher, Tom Geoghegan.

Opportunities for the student athlete

  • Flexible scheduling for school and training.
  • Professional coaches building sport-specific training plans.
  • Develop skills on and off the field to become an elite athlete and high-performer.

Since our students will be able to set their own training and school schedules as part of the APEX system, they no longer need to worry about any of these challenges–we allow student athletes the flexibility to organize their busy lives around their unique goals.

Speed Mechanics APEX Institute Class Schedule


This strong partnership between Speed Mechanics and Navigate NIDES is the ultimate opportunity for high-performance athletes, capitalizing on the strengths of both organizations to offer an unprecedented value for the Island’s student athletes.


PHASE 1: April – June 2021 (Quarter 4)

Most schools are presently operating on a quarter system where students take 2 courses every 10 weeks. It’s likely that a return to regular school timetables in the fall will not be a reality. To assist with that, APEX is offering the opportunity for student athletes to do some, or all, of their schoolwork in our classroom by replacing 1 or 2 of their school courses with Navigate NIDES online courses. This way, they can learn academic and athletic skills in an environment that values excellence in both.

PHASE 2: September 2021

Our goal for this phase is to have enough student interest to allow for the services of a teacher who will be available at APEX Institute to assist students with their Navigate NIDES courses.

Navigate NIDES distanced learning

Why Navigate NIDES?

Navigate NIDES has excelled over the past years in providing students the freedom to fulfill high school graduation requirements at their own pace, time, and place. They offer:

• A full slate of Ministry of Education approved academic online courses required for graduation.

• The PACE Program (Performance Athlete Custom Education)

All Navigate courses are free, online, and Ministry of Education approved courses that can be started and completed at any time during the calendar year. These courses help student athletes develop time management, self discipline, and technical skills required for college and university.


  • Replace mandatory Career Life courses with highly engaging athlete-oriented courses (eg. PACE CLE ATHLETE replaces CLE.)

  • Design PACE Independent Study (IDS) courses to gain graduation credits for the work they are doing at APEX as well as with their teams and coaches.

  • Design a personalized recruiting web page to promote themselves to colleges and universities in PACE Digital Communications.

Why Speed Mechanics?

Our emphasis is on education and building strong foundations while working at the right pace for each athlete’s ability. We believe that to learn best it’s not simply about showing up, but also becoming a part of the process. We promote a positive and engaging learning environment, and require athletes to teach and guide younger/newer athletes in order to level-up—in addition to demonstrating improved competency and performance.

Our coaches have performed and coached at the highest levels and have worked with Olympic, international, and national level athletes. As a result, we can develop the speed and strength required to compete at the highest levels, without compromising on long-term health or goals.

Tom G.


Simply put; to provide a safe engaging environment where students are challenged to express their best efforts. I have always strived to build a rapport with students in order to help them discover their best learning style and then utilize those strengths to help them empower their academic journey.

I have taught in Middle School, High School, Self-Directed Programs, International Student Programs, and most recently the “Zoom” reality of Hybrid Classrooms.

I have coupled my teaching career with individual and team sports coaching. In a 40 year career, I have coached high school rowing crews, volleyball and basketball teams, golf teams, and over the past 7 years baseball. I’ve always been able to utilize my Kinesiology – Physical Education background in order to relate curriculum to the needs of the students in my trust.

enrollment and pricing

Enrollment at APEX Institute costs $599/mo.

$100/mo. off for the first 30 to sign up! (over $1,000 savings)

No other facility on Vancouver Island can offer all the advantages that APEX Institute can, so if you know any high school athletes who would benefit, spread the word!