Name: Trish Glenn
Job role: Learn to Swim Coach
Employer: Nexus at Thame Leisure Centre, David Lloyd in Oxford and Abingdon Dolphins Swim School.
Course attended: ASA Level 2 Teaching Aquatics
Location of course: Abingdon Boys School
What is your background, i.e. are you new to aquatics or have you been involved for a number of years?
I Took redundancy from working in a leisure centre for over twenty years. I have always been interested in teaching but unable to do it because of after school commitments with my own children. They have now grown up so it became an option.
If you are already working in aquatics, what do you enjoy about being a teacher or coach?
Seeing the pleasure and fun children have in the water.
Watching their confidence grow.
Helping them develop their water skills.
Getting a child to do something for the first time and see their sense of achievement.
I also teach an adult course funded by ASA, which is again very rewarding. They are so happy to have been given the opportunity to learn to swim. Some of them just need a tweak, some need help with aquatic breathing and some are totally terrified - so a varied class!
What were your reasons for attending the course?
I had thought about teaching for a while. I was always a swimmer, enjoyed being in the pool with my own kids from a very early age. The leisure centre where I had been working for years was being taken over by a private company and a redundancy package was an option for me so it was the perfect time to get out and go for it!
What did you find most interesting about the course?
Found it hard to actually visualise what I could do “naturally” so having the strokes broken down was interesting.
What part of the course was most beneficial to you?
I liked the practical in the water sessions the best and would suggest that there should be more water based sessions perhaps even a breakdown of the sequence of teaching each stroke.
How will being on the course help you achieve your goals?
Ultimately I would like to be recognised as a competent teacher and perhaps even start my own
swim school one day.
Has anything you have learned changed the way you work?
I cannot really answer that as I was not teaching before I did the course but the course provided a good foundation for me to go out and teach. Importantly not only did I learn about actually teaching swimming but also child protection issues and health and safety and also most importantly about FUNdamentals and the importance of teaching skills in a fun and interesting way.
What advice would you give to those considering a UKCC course?
Go for it. I am extremely happy that I made the decision to teach as the rewards are great. I funded the course myself with some help from ASA but I had no problem finding work so it paid for itself very quickly.
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