A little about me:
I have been swimming my whole life, being in a pool since I was old enough to take swim lessons at the age of 3. . I took swim lessons till I was old enough to join a swim team which I did for a year. I found swimming for the swim team I had lost the enjoyment of swimming that lessons used to give me. I believe I lost the enjoyment due to the long and competitive season but I was able to regain the fun of swimming when I joined another swim club, doing 4 years of PASDA. PASDA is a summer swim league that is more focused on the fun of swimming then the competitiveness of the sport. I have taught swim lessons since 2016, teaching group, private and preschool lessons. I teach to spread the enjoyment and fun of swimming that I experienced as a kid to future generations of kids.
My personality is that I am laid back and relaxed but I am a very hard worker too and very focused on water safety. When teaching swim lessons I am very patient with children because I know that some kids will have a much harder time learning how to swim then others. Also I incorporate fun activities into the end of my lessons that will reinforce skills learned.
I believe teaching beginner swimmers is very important because everyone should learn how to swim or at least learn the basic water survival skills. I started swim lessons when I was 3 years old because my dad is terrified of the water ever since he almost drowned as a child and my mom didn’t want me to end up terrified of the water like him. Making Waves focuses on teaching basic water survival skills before teaching swim skills. I agree with this philosophy because without basic water survival skills, you can not teach someone how to swim since there is no base to build swim skills on. The way I motivate kids during swim lessons is the use of fun activities at the end of a lesson that they can look forward to during their lesson if they can get through all the skills. It will motivate kids to stay focused on accomplishing their lesson so they can earn the fun activity that will incorporate what they have learned that day. I have never taught special needs swim lessons but I am not afraid to. When it comes to swim lessons I will ask parents what their goal is for their child to accomplish during the swim lessons so I can work with their kid to try and achieve the goal. I understand that some kids will take longer to reach a goal, so patience is important so that the kid can learn everything they need to with a strong swimming base.
I am American Red Cross lifeguard certified. I’m also baby, child and adult CPR, AED and first aid certified.
Summer 2019: July 8th – August 31st **Please note: Lessons with Mr. Todd do not start until WEEK 2 of the summer session to accommodate his vacation. Mr. Todd’s lessons will start July 8 and the cost will be prorated.
Fall 2019: September 3rd – December 22nd
*Tuition fees are based on one private half hour lesson per week until the end of a specific session. Pricing may vary depending on your enrollment date and type of class.