My name is Zoe, and I am an Instructor at SafeSplash Swim School. I am a Freshman at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, CA. I only teach once a week right now, but when I am not teaching swim lessons, I like going to school, hanging out with my friends, and going to swim practice.
My journey with SafeSplash actually goes back longer than I can remember. I started learning to swim with SafeSplash 12 years ago when I was just 2. My first Coach was Coach Bryan. He was the one that taught me to not be scared or fearful of the water. After Coach Bryan, I continued to learn to swim with Coach Chris, Coach Michael, and Coach Joe. All were amazing coached that instilled lifelong skills and values in me.
While taking lessons at SafeSplash, I learned everything from the basics to more advanced skills. The things I remember most are learning how to blow bubbles (because it was the first thing I learned), learning how to tread water (because it was the hardest thing I learned), and being recruited to the WAVE program (because it was the most fun thing I got to do).
When I was 8 years old, after spending some time in the WAVE program, I decided I wanted to be on a swim team and go to swim meets. Eventually, I joined the GooseMonkey Swim Club and still swim with them today! Being on a swim team is very important to me because it has given me opportunities and experiences I never thought I would have. Great coaches, fantastic team members and fun memories that make us grow closer together are just a few of the things i love most about swim team.
I was so happy when I turned 14 because it meant I could apply to be a swim instructor. It was something that I had wanted to do for a long, long time. After getting the job, I had to do a TON of training, which was fun, but it felt like homework sometimes. I learned how to teach kids how to swim, why I was teaching them the skills I was, and how to do it safely. I even got the opportunity to become CPR Certified through the American Red Cross. It was a great learning experience to see the lesson from the instructor's perspective.
After I had completed my training, I got to shadow classes with one of the managers (who is actually one of my swim coaches still – Coach Joe) for 2-3 months. After that, I was able to start teaching classes by myself. It was so cool. I love teaching! I love taking things I have learned and watching little kids master new skills and face fears with my guidance!
I love working at SafeSplash because it is incredible that I get to work at the same place that taught me how to swim so many years ago. As a student here, I learned everything from how to blow my bubbles to how to swim my butterfly. Now, as an Instructor, I get to teach those same things to kids and see swimmers' progress from a different perspective. Whether as a student or instructor, I have loved every moment of being a part of SafeSplash Swim School and all of the incredible things I have learned along the way.