What are your hobbies? What is your history and relationship to water and swimming?
I teach our swim, yoga and fitness classes. I am also the lead therapist, Watsu service provider and doula here at Inspire Mum & Baby. My hobbies are tennis and reading non-fiction books.
I have always loved swimming and water sports. As a child, I had a near drowning incident and that kept me fearful and away from swimming for a while. Thankfully, my uncle saved me and I was alright. When I got involved with water sports in school, such as canoeing and wakeboarding, I just had to regain my confidence. I received the training I needed, and was able to participate in any of the water sports. That is partly why I steer our swim curriculum towards water safety rather than competition – I understand first-hand how important gaining safety skills is. My introduction to teaching swimming came from Birthlight – while going through a baby yoga course, I got to know about Birthlight’s baby swimming approach and was hooked!
I teach with a sense of flow – my classes are tailored to the group dynamics and the students in the class. It is student-led so that the student can relate and understand. The structure of my class is flexible that way. It delights me to watch the progression of my students. My favourite activity in class is when the babies do a little rotation in the air. They seem to really enjoy that and it’s a fun challenge for the adults too.
Swimming is such an important skill for anyone. For the little ones, it’s a good support for their first 12 months of developmental milestones. For children with special needs, it is an important support for their muscular development and coordination. For everyone, it’s a very important safety skill.
I teach our swimming classes for babies, toddlers and kids. My hobbies are roller-blading, diving, and cooking.
I’ve always enjoyed being in the water and diving is one of my favourite activities. While being a diving instructor, I realized I really did enjoy teaching and decided to go into teaching swimming as well. Being in water allows me to feel relaxed and experience a sense of calmness that cannot be compared to anything on land!
I teach swimming, yoga and baby fitness. My hobbies are doing yoga, horse riding, skiing, hiking, diving, snorkelling, and baking.
My mother took us swimming every morning before school from around the age of 4. She started this crazy family tradition of swimming in every sea around the world. My girls have grown up loving the water too so when we lived in Singapore while they were very young, I had them in the pool often to try and beat the heat. In Australia we belonged to a Surf Life Saving club, where we taught life saving and surf skills, our girls even got to compete at the Australian titles in First Aid. It was great to be able to teach confidence but also to respect the sea. I hope to swim twice a day into my 80’s, just like my mother. Water confidence to me is a life skill we all should know, and I love to see others enjoy the water as much as I do.
I emphasise trust development, confidence building and skills development at the students’ own pace. My favourite activity in class is “sleeping bunnies” – I love that it teaches listening skills, and the suspense of relaxing on your back while waiting to wake up!. In New Zealand, my kids loved swimming through hoops suspended in the water.
It is a necessary life skill. You don’t need to have the perfect technique but you would need to at least have the skills to save yourself. You don’t need to be the fastest swimmer or have the best stroke but having water confidence is the key to safety in water – a wonderful therapeutic playground. The benefits are numerous, from enabling people with disabilities a freedom of movement not possible on land, to gentle exercise for those needing rehabilitation, or simply muscular and coordination development.