My passion for swimming was sparked unexpectedly at the age of 11 when a friend invited me to try out competitive swimming. That first practice with coach B. was eye-opening. I was terribly slow, but I pushed my body (and mind) harder than I ever had before. I loved it! I loved the feel of moving through the water and the challenge of trying to swim faster and farther. Little did I know that first day that swimming would have such a lasting impact on my life. Over the years, swimming has enriched my life with long-lasting friends, mental balance, self-confidence and the freedom to swim just about anywhere!
Swimming also led me to teaching and shortly after joining the swim team, I became a lifeguard and swim instructor. I loved working with children and earning their trust. I enjoyed the challenge of trying to figure out what my students needed in order to learn and was deeply moved by the joy on their faces when they made progress in the water.
As a natural step from teaching swim lessons and coaching competitive swimming, I became a high school drama and science teacher, but was struck by the lack of time teachers are able to dedicate to individual students. Large class sizes and the fast-pace of the daily schedule meant that my students weren’t receiving the one-on-one time many of them needed in order to succeed.
When I chose to return to swimming, I saw a similar gap in the world of swim schools. While graded programs with big class sizes work well for some, I knew that many learners need more time, attention and individual support. The Aqua Life sets out to create everything I thought a classroom should be through a learning experience that nurtures trust, breakthroughs, and joy.
These are the pillars of our teaching. We earn our students’ trust, first and foremost. Breakthroughs follow as we coach and empower our students to learn new skills. Finally, we share their joy as they meet and surpass their goals.
Teaching swimming is truly the most fulfilling work I’ve ever done. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student swim for the first time! Learning to swim shaped who I am and opened my life up to so much more. My wish is to do the same for every adult and child that comes through our swim school. Our intention is to light that spark of confidence within our students and help them build the skill they need to go on to something bigger ~ an Aquatic life of their choosing.
Now that you know about the Aqua Life Swim Academy’s beginning and guiding principles, learn more about what sets us apart from other swim schools.
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