Commonwealth Silver Medalist and future Olympic swimmer, Jacob Peters, 18, is already taking steps to protect his career when he retires from competitive swimming, training to be a swimming teacher with the Institute of Swimming.
The world-class athlete, who competes internationally for Team England, made his debut appearance at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, winning a silver medal in the four x 100m relay medley, and competing in three individual events, 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, reaching the final in each.
Peters, who trains at Poole Swimming Club, completed his A Levels last year and is now a professional athlete, with his focus on the FINA World Aquatics Championships, being held in South Korea in July 2019, and ultimately, the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Peters says:
“The big dream is the Olympics. I’m very excited and determined to qualify and compete in these events and to proudly represent my country.”
To support his professional sporting career, Peters has completed the Institute of Swimming’s Swim England Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) Course. Spending on average 25 hours each week training in the pool, usually in the morning and evening, Peters wanted a job that would fit around his training programme. He says:
“Training to become a swimming teacher was the perfect solution. I obviously love the water, but also I needed a job that will fit my unusual schedule.”
Peters successful completed the four day long course at Fern Down Leisure Centre. The course is delivered through a mixture of classroom activities and poolside learning and includes at least four 30 minute swimming lessons to gain hands-on practical experience.
Peters, who has already found a teaching assistant role with a private swimming lesson provider concludes:
“I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the course, it went above and beyond my expectations. I was thrilled with the instant feedback from the kids that I was training with. It was great to watch the children’s faces as they grew in confidence in the water. I can’t wait to use the skills learnt, it’s a very rewarding job.”
Rebecca Cox, Managing Director of the Institute of Swimming says:
“We are thrilled that Jacob enjoyed his course and I’m confident that teaching swimming will be the perfect partner to his professional sporting career, as the role is so rewarding and offers flexible working hours. We look forward to watching him achieve great things both in and out of the pool.”