Michael started his swimming teaching career whilst swimming for Woolton Swiming Club. At the age of 16, inspired by other swimmers, his swimming teachers and club coaches, he volunteered as an assistant swimming teacher, working with the Swim England Learn to Swim programmes and gaining experience.
“This was the spark to my passion for this sport”
“Completing my Level 1 and 2 teaching qualifications allowed me to learn new skills and techniques such as how to plan lessons and how to become a more productive swimming instructor/teacher. I then successfully progressed to Level 1 and Level 2 qualified status.”
Michael taught swimming lessons whilst studying at University. He was able to fit in his teaching in his spare time.
“I highly recommend it to gain the experience and a possibility for a second income…
…Whether it is teaching voluntarily or not, you can make a huge difference to a child’s life because you are teaching them a life skill.”
“Since March 2020 it has been a very difficult time for swimming teachers and coaches with the lockdown closure of all swimming facilities. However with the benefits of having technology everybody (including swimmers, families and instructors) grew as a community.”
Michael describes swimming as being a hugely rewarding career.
“The best thing about teaching people to swim is knowing when a swimmer has achieved a personal goal…. they have a smile on their face and the look of ‘ I have done it!”
“It also gives me a good work/life balance, the opportunities I have had over the past 8 years have been sensational including the opportunity to work abroad.”
“ I had the time of my life. I taught swimming to a variety of ages between 5-16 years of age in both indoor and outdoor pools and lakes, the people I have met during my career have been phenomenal and I have learnt so many new skills.”
Michael continues his professional development by completing safeguarding courses and updating his knowledge on how to keep everyone safe at his club observing the latest Swim England Guidance, as well as attending workshops on skill development such as Improving Butterfly strokes. Michael hopes to have the chance to explore the world further, observe other professionals and develop his own career by gaining his Swim England Coaching qualification.