Olivia's All Ages Swim Lessons

Olivia's All Ages Swim Lessons

5.0 (1)
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About this pro

I am a dedicated instructor with 8 years experience in aquatics, teaching swim lessons to as young as two years old (water play and safety/comfort) to adults (beginner-intermediate with some stroke technique).

I taught swim lessons in the summer camp environment,  in private 1 on 1 sessions, and small groups. From the most energetic to the most fearful, I have handled them all.

Was a part of swim team growing up and have worked with school age children and teenagers to improve stroke and technique.   

Have held Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard and pool manager licenses, and I am currently first aid and CPR certified.

 

I have a passion for getting kids comfortable in the water and turning their fear and anxiety into joy, at the pool!

I am always excited to work with babies, kids, and even adults, to get them lovin' the water!

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Catonsville, MD 21228
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1 Review

5.0

  • Barbara Guerra

    Olivia was a great help in teaching my son the basic swim strokes in preparing for his first season of swim team. She made it fun for him to begin swimming using proper technique, rather than just getting across the pool however he could.



FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Everything is dependent on the age of the student. Generally, I introduce myself, if the student is a minor and not involved in the hiring process. I let them know how much fun I have in the water, and that I have been swimming for 30 years, since I was a kid myself. I will talk about what we are going to do in the lesson, and reassure them that they are always safe with a trusted adult or instructor in the water with them. We will go over what is or isn't allowed in the pool area and what I expect during the lesson (listening ears, active participation,  and a positive attitude when we are learning something new). I always give students play time, and recommend something to work on (With or without help, depending on their  abilities) before our next lesson.


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

I was lifeguard and swim instructor certified for 9 years. I did swim lessons and could swim by 5 years old. I was on summer and high school swim teams and can help with comfort in the water, learning new strokes,  and improving technique.

I have been first aid and CPR certified for 18 years. 


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

I charge a rate per lesson of $10-15 for 30-45 minutes, depending on the age and ability of the swimmer. For multiple swimmers, or prepurchased lesson packs, I can provide a discount.

I require admission to pool facilities to be paid at this time, which runs an additional  $5-7 on average. 

I can work with your pricing needs.


How did you get started teaching?

I grew up swimming and got lifeguard and instructor certified at age 16. I worked in a pool setting for years teaching lessons, and helped run a swim camp, where I taught lessons as well.


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with infants through adults at various levels of comfort, including new/non swimmers.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Patience is a must! Everyone learns at their own speed and becomes comfortable in their own time. There is no one size fits all program for swimming. A good instructor will adjust standard lessons and program to for the needs of students. Safety is paramount and instructors should go over safety and rules with swimmers and/or parents before entering the water. 


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

What do you want to learn? How much time can you commit to practicing outside of lessons? Are you ok if your swimmer does not progress like you expect? Fear can keep some swimmers paralyzed and unable to progress for quite sometime. I have seen some swimmers not dip their head underwater for weeks, and then develop into excellent swimmers after conquering that fear!


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