Tag Archives: swimming classes

Got my hands full with summer’s intense swimming course

11 Jun

Last week and this one I am working every day with an intense swimming course for children 5 years and up. They have 10 days in a row with 40 mins lesson each day in order to get ready for the summer’s beach hanging. I have 4 groups every day, which means 3 hours in water for me. Lucky I have my wet suit! 😉

As a swimming teacher, I have some main goal for these kids for the summer, and that is that they learn to have respect for the water but at the same time master it. If they fall into the water, they can get to land quickly.

Now, 1 week into the course and half left, I noticed yesterday how great they got in just 5 lessons, which made me happy! Looking forward to today and to see how much they will develop. On Friday, they have their show off for parents and relatives, and hopefully they get as excited as I am! 🙂

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Spending time at work

12 Sep

Sorry for my hiatus, the autumn swimming classes and H20 training just started last week along with me working 75% at the moment. The first job I ever had as a permanent at a job. Now my work is mainly focused on swimming classes, both private and in school; also I take care of some H20 training. Really good workout that is lenient for your body, but at the same time gives you that workout you really want. The rest of the time, when I’m not taking care of the swimming tutorials and H20, my time is spent at the reception/desk/administration.

I really like my job. I like teaching children how to swim and to bond with them, also love that I get to exercise at work by taking care of the H20. In the admin, I meet at lot of nice people, and actually in the 1½ year I’ve been working here, I have only met a few customers that are really horrible, which I consider really great! Most of the people are uppy, positive and understanding.

But at the same time I’m confused. I dunno if this is it; if this is what I wanna spend the rest of my life doing. Well, I know I’m only 30 years old, but it feels like I have to have a job where I can settle down, and I dunno if it is possible to do this here.

At the moment I have a temporary post, replacing a person that has taken a break for ½ year in order to study at a college. So I’m not even sure how my situation will be after she comes back. Some weeks ago I heard her say that she is not coming back at all, she just didn’t tell our boss, but today I heard her say she is in fact coming back to work and will take a study break in order to get some money by working. I think it’s rather unfair because this person sometimes feels like she doesn’t even wanna work there, and I really am putting all my effort in the job, but she has the right to come back to her employment again and then I have to either go or lose hours at my job.

It is a thing that is in the future, so I just have to wait and see. My opinion about myself is rather strong though. I know that they can’t get rid of me, I’m quite confident about that. I work so hard, never complain, I don’t cause trouble and I am easygoing, so why would they?

Wow, this got really long! I didn’t expected it to be. Still reading? 😉 Anyway, did anyone of you people out there ever tried water training, H20? In that case, plz, feel free to leave a comment about what you think of it! I would really wanna hear about your experience! 🙂

The security aspect of being a swimming teacher

2 Feb

The importance of teaching security to children who’re taking swimming classes is immense. In my opinion it is something important that you should do already from the age of 4. You should introduce safety to the children at an earlier age of course, but when they are 4 years old they should be taught serious matters and they should also be able to answer up to a certain kind of level, like what you must think about if you go out on the ice on the lake in winter, what to know about being on a boat and what you should think about when going bathing. There are certain rules you must teach the kids and they should be able to answer if you give them some questions about them. But kids will always be kids. Last week I got some really tough questions and also a conversation with 6-years-olds that went something like this:

Me: “Why should you not call for help if you don’t need it?”
Kid1: “Then people won’t know if you need help or just kidding”.
Me: “That’s right!”
Kid2: “You can sink to the bottom of the lake and drown!”
Kid3: “OMG, you actually drown if you sink?”
Kid2: “Yup…”
Kid4: “I heard you can sleep on the bottom of the lake! Fishes do that!”
Kid 1,2&3: *gasping*
Me: “Oh no you can’t! You can’t sleep on the bottom of the lake, you’ll drown! Why won’t you better sleep at home in your own bed instead?”
All kids: *laughing*

If somebody tries to sleep on the bottom of the lake, make sure you’ll use this to save’em! 😉