People are constantly surprised when I tell them that I teach swimming lessons for a living. What they fail to realize is that I don't just teach kids doggy paddle and floats. I am teaching them a set of life skills that they will have for the rest of their lives. As a coach, I believe that having confidence is important and I love to remind all of my students that they are able to accomplish anything, and everything, they set their minds to.
It was May 6, 2016, and the Northside Independent School District here in San Antonio had a half-day of school. It also happened to be the Friday of Mother's Day weekend. As it had been a very warm Spring, most neighborhood pools were already opened for the summer season, but were without lifeguards until late May, so the pools were "Swim at your own risk". Several families decided to head to the subdivision pool after getting the kids from school. All the kids from these families ranged in the 3-7-year-old range and were in floaties or puddle jumpers while playing in the pool. They decided to order pizza to be delivered, and once it arrived, the moms got the kids out, took jackets/floaties off, and started preparing the food to eat. One of the little 4-year-old boys decided he wasn't hungry and walked to the midsection of the pool which happened to be the deepest end and jumped in.
Swimming is a life skill. It’s our motto here at SafeSplash for a reason! Learning to swim is often an iconic moment in a person’s life. It’s an activity that allows a person to experience life in a completely new way. Most importantly however, swimming is important to your child’s development and safety. In accordance with this philosophy, a recent study has highlighted the importance of swim lessons for children with Autism.
Life in the SafeSplash world is amazing, challenging, and fun! I get to spend my days surrounded by children and families who all have the mission of water safety and making sure their little ones can enjoy and be safe in the water. With all of the fun that I get to have, it also comes with a lot of hard work. And because of that, I have to remember to keep a good work and home life balance; Something I definitely have struggled with. However, I am learning to make sure I do have a balance for me. I’m sure a lot of people are in the same boat as me, and when I feel like I am stressing about all of the crazy things I have going on I have to remind myself that I have been working on three big aspects in my life!
Summer as a kid could quite possibly be the most amazing time on planet earth, at least it was for me! For as long as I can remember my summers growing up ALWAYS involved swimming. Family vacations revolved around swimming and boating at the lake long before I was able to walk. Then, as I grew up summers consisted of cannon balls in the neighbor’s pool, splashing in the creeks while camping and weekly excursions to the community pool. I was definitely a water loving, sun seeking, adventure kind of kid. I was also lucky, I was exposed to water at a very early age and never had any qualms about diving right in. I loved the water from day one and still do to this day.