My Passions and Reasons Why I Love My Job

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What do you love about your job? If you do not have a job, think of something you are passionate about. Do you enjoy doing arts and crafts or reading books? What do you love about it? Well, I love my job; I teach people of all ages from a year old to sixty-year-olds how to swim! I learned to swim myself at a very young age; I was a part of a swim team but never got too involved and attached to it. However, I learned some valuable stuff that I still use today and continue to use at my job. That is why I think swimming is such an important life skill that everyone should gain and it makes me feel good to know that they learned how to swim all because I attempted to show up to work and teach them. I work for a swim school company called, SafeSplash Swim School and we occupy lanes in the pool from local gyms like LA Fitness and 24 Hour Fitness, to teach swim lessons. We use one lane and place a dock in the water that is made of PVC Pipe, which is used to keep the younger kids above the water. We also use other tools such as rings, floating squirt toys, barbells which is a PVC Pipe with two buoys on the side and floats, an alignment board and a floating seahorse. When customers sign up for lessons they are placed in a level, such as ParentTot 1 or 2, Toddler Transition 1 or 2, Beginner 1, 2, or 3, Intermediate 1, 2, or 3, Advanced 1 or 2, or Adult and lessons are only thirty minutes long.

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I am certified to teach all levels from ParentTot to Intermediate and Adult. However, sometimes I struggle with teaching an Intermediate class. This is because there are few kids at that level. In an Intermediate class, the students learn a bunch of new things while progressing old skills; The students are progressing their freestyle and backstroke skills they have already learned from Beginner 3 and learning the skills for breaststroke and butterfly. I know how to swim all the strokes but teaching backstroke and butterfly are kind of difficult. Just a couple of weeks ago, my manager Amanda had left SafeSplash and another manager, Megan had taken over Amanda’s locations. Megan gives a lot of great feedback and provides support when you need it. Following that, a couple of days after Amanda had left, Megan came to the location that I was working on that day. I had some Beginner classes, a ParentTot 2 and an Intermediate 1. And I had recently started my Intermediate class on breaststroke a couple of weeks ago. So they knew how to do the basics of the stroke. I began class like normal with their breathing exercises and floats then moved on to a review; I reviewed each student’s skills of their freestyle and backstroke. Afterward, I reviewed what I had taught them previously about the breaststroke and I explained a little more about what the stroke looks like and what I wanted them to do. I had them use the buoy and show me the kicks of the breaststroke, which is only the leg movement of the stroke, and then we reviewed the arm movement of the stroke. I showed them what the arms should look like then continued to their next task. I explained that they would use the arm and leg movement that we had just worked on together and that they would move them at the same time. Immediately after beginning this, Megan, my manager came over and told me they are doing it wrong and she explained and showed me what it is supposed to be. And at first, I was shocked and nervous. Then following that, I explained to my class that I told them the wrong thing and explained the correct way to do the stroke. That they would move their arms, taking a breath in the correct spot, and then immediately move their legs than wait three seconds and do it all over again. This caused some confusion to my class at first but after reassuring them of the correct way a couple of times and even showing them myself they caught on. Later on, Megan came back and gave me more feedback to help the class improve. For example, they needed to slow down their legs and tell them to wait three seconds before doing the movement all over again. I explained what each kid needed to work on when they returned to me at the dock and we kept working on the breaststroke till there were about five minutes left. I then threw rings in the water, till class was over and one-by-one the students got them and when they were swimming back, I told them to do their breaststroke back to the dock to continue to practice.

In conclusion, although I was well trained at my job, I still made the mistake of explaining the stroke incorrectly. Which I should have asked about if I was unsure. But I continued with my Intermediate 1 class. Which resulted in, my manager coming to me and reinterpreting me of the correct way which allowed me to get feedback and learn the correct way to teach the breaststroke. Therefore, I made the mistake of teaching the wrong information to my students but I then learned the correct way to teach my class and to help them improve and to become better swimmers. In the future, I will remember that is okay to ask questions when I am unsure of the correct way to do something. I will also remember what Megan told me and use it to help me teach in future Intermediate 1 classes and use it towards other levels that might need some reassuring on the breaststroke. Last but not least, I will allow myself to grow from this as I continue to teach swim lessons and as I further my experience and passion for a career in education. 

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