Name: Ellie-Ann

Been a Swimming Teacher for: I completed my Level II qualification in 2018.

What made you want to be a teacher? I became a swim teacher as I love to teach children. I had been teaching in a school for nearly a year and wanted to broaden my skills. I was already in the leisure industry and my next progression step was to train to become a swim teacher. I’ve never looked back. It’s a very rewarding job, I look forward to teaching my classes and love it when one of my children progress and I’ve helped them to have the best life skill.

What is your favourite skill to teach? My favourite skill to teach is buoyancy and balance because this is an important safety skill and there are lots of fun games to help teach this skill.

Which stage do you think is the hardest? Stage one can be tough as they struggle with confidence at first but once they get in the pool there’s no looking back!

Have you got a funny swimming story? Whilst on holiday in Orlando, Florida I went to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park. I was swimming in the Surf Pool when the waves started. These waves where HUGE and I wasn’t expecting them to be so strong. My cousin who was a lifeguard at the time had to rescue me and has never let me live it down!

Where in the world would you like to swim? Phi Phi Islands, Thailand.

Tell me something interesting about you? I am a fully qualified Beauty Therapist. I also worked in a school for a year and qualified at Level Two in childcare.