Mary's Swim Lessons

Mary's Swim Lessons

1 employee
13 years in business

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I have been teaching and coaching swimming for almost 16 years. I started as a swim lessons aide when I was 14 years old and moved on to a head instructor at 16 years old. I have taught every level of swim lessons for many years, both in group and private settings. I have also coached both club and rec league swim teams. At the University of Northern Iowa, I coached the master's swim team, which is for adults 18 and over. My passion is teaching both children and adults to swim and feel safe in the water. I want everyone to feel the joy and freedom of being in the water!

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San Diego, CA 92104
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I always start by getting to know the student out of the water first. I want them to feel comfortable with me before we start the lesson. I know that it can be scary getting in the water, especially with someone new. I always like to ask them what they like about being in the water or if they have ever been to the beach, lake, etc.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have received the Water Safety Instructor Training from the Red Cross. I was also a lifeguard for eight years, and I went through the Red Cross for all training. I was a competivite swimmer in middle school, high school and some masters swimming in college. I feel I am well qualified as an instructor because I know the strokes inside and out. Along with swimming myself, I coached the 11-12 year old team at my swim club. Several of my former swimmers have gone on to break records at their respective colleges and compete at the Olmpic Trials. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$45/30 minutes

$60/45 minutes

6 lessons for $240 (30 minute lessons)

*travel rates included in price

How did you get started teaching?

I started out as a swim lessons aide when I was 14 years old. I was swimming competivitely and wanted to get involved with teaching as well. I bascially lived at the pool, so it was nice to help the younger kids learn how to swim. I wasnt able to become a head instructor until I took and passed the Red Cross' Water Safety Instructor class, which you could take when you were 16 years old. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with all types of students. From babies all the way up! I have also worked with students with learning disabilites and behavioral issues.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

The pride and excitement I see on a students face when they try something new and tackle their fear is my favorite. From watching a student put their head underwater for the first time to one of my swimmers achieveing their personal best time, those are the moments that truly excite me. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Make sure to ask what the teacher's lesson approach is. Also, let the teacher know how the child learns. Do they need things explained a little more to them? Or do they need to just go out and do it? If the child has had an traumatic experience with water, it is important that the teacher knows that. He or she can adjust their lesson plan and make sure to allow the child a little more time to learn and tackle their fear. 

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