Teacher feature: Five questions with Adam!
Meet one of our swimming teachers - Adam! Learn about Adam's favourite things to do with swimming lessons and what he likes to do outside of his time teaching at Knox Leisureworks.
How long have you worked as a swimming teacher?
For the past 20 years I have worked part time as a swimming teacher. Watching my students progress from beginners who are scared of the water to loving their swimming lessons; this is the reason I continue doing this very rewarding job today.
What is your favourite stroke to teach?
My favourite stroke to teach is breastroke because it is a very difficult to master all the moving parts. Knowing how to teach breastroke correctly for a beginner is very important. Understanding how the stroke comes together and the timing between the arms and legs can be a confusing concept to understand. My passion and knowledge of how to swim breastroke correctly makes this my favourite stroke to teach my students. My other passion is teaching water safety and seeing the most anxious swimmer becoming more confident, especially in water they can’t stand in. Scaffolding the learning ensures my students build confidence, knowledge and understanding based on their ability.
What is your personal favourite aquatic activity that you do outside of work?
My favourite aquatic activity outside of swimming teaching would boating, fishing and jet skiing. I have spent many years at Lake Eildon enjoying this amazing destination and wonderful spot to do the many water sports available.
Which do you prefer - pool or beach swimming ?
I would definitely prefer a heated pool over the beach. That said, I have had a few beginner surfing lessons and enjoy swimming at the beach with friends.
What age were you when you learnt to swim?
I started swimming when I was baby and I haven’t looked back. I have always been a strong and confident swimmer. That said, I’m always very cautious around water especially when children are involved. Understanding the risks and being extremely vigilant is very important. Even the most confident child must be supervised as accidents can happen very quickly.