Joe Davies started learning how to swim with the Swim School Academy at the age of 4 and has now gone on to become one of our teacher helpers!
We asked him all about being a teacher helper and here is what he had to say.
What is your swimming history?
I swam for 4 years up until I was 8 years old when my love of football took over. I became a very confident swimmer and swam with people 2 to 3 years older than me.
What do you enjoy about swimming?
I enjoyed the fact that I could learn at my own pace, but also be challenged.
What challenges if any have you faced throughout your swimming journey?
I had to overcome the fear of the deeper pools (especially when I moved from LB to Andark). I soon realised it wasn’t anything to worry about and it just made me more confident.
Has swimming helped in other areas of your life?
I have learnt a lot after developing to learn with direct instructions. Normally I would be the youngest in the group so socialising with older kids was easier too. It made me more confident in other sports (football and running) as I was a fast swimmer.
What is the best part of teaching children to swim?
The best thing about helping to teach children is that I have been in their position. I know what it was like and I really appreciated the support and guidance the teachers gave me. They are also great fun and love splashing me!
Why do you like working with Swim School Academy?
I feel very comfortable working with the Swim School Academy, and I can be myself. It is a very friendly environment and my colleagues are really supportive. I like to work hard in a professional setting but also have a level of fun too.
Do you have any top tips for children learning to swim?
- Listen carefully to the teachers – I know it sounds like we are telling you the same thing, but trust me, it is worth it.
- Try your best – that’s all we can ask. It is so rewarding to see how the children progress over time.
- Enjoy! – We want the children to not only learn but enjoy the lessons