We caught up with Sport Generation’s Venue Coordinator Emma Gossington, to find out why she loves teaching a lifesaving skill…
What made you become a swimming teacher?
There are so many reasons why I decided to become a swimming teacher. I have always been a swimmer and I truly believe that swimming is a life skill everyone needs to learn. I love teaching kids and really relish watching them progress. Their smiles make it all worthwhile.
What makes a great swimming lesson?
Lots of fun, energy and variety as that’s how children learn most effectively.
You know it was a great lesson when you see children beaming with smiles. I include different activities tailored to their needs to keep them engaged. They don’t realise that they are learning when they are busy having fun! I also make sure I give positive feedback to both the children and their parents.
What is a typical day like?
Very busy and varied! In the mornings I respond to my clients on the phone and via email to make sure that all their questions are answered. I also deal with any new enquiries about swimming lessons at my venues. As a Venue Coordinator, I’m responsible for the running of my venues; I make sure everything is set up before teaching starts and check everything is in place. I also spend time catching up with coaches about the previous day’s lessons. In the afternoons I visit my venues to speak to parents and swimmers in person or else I am in the water teaching, of course!
What’s your favourite part about being a SG swimming teacher?
Because Sports Generation specialises in small group lessons, I get to know my swimmers very well. I build a great relationship with each of my swimmers so I feel real pride and excitement at seeing their progression as if they were my own children!
What have you learned about being a swimming teacher?
Every swimmer is different, so you need to tailor your teaching methods accordingly.
What exercise do you do to stay fit and healthy?
Running and horse riding. I have been training to take part in the London to Brighton 100k for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity on 25th May 2019. I am doing this for my best friend who passed away last year due to a brain tumour, his family, my mum who has also suffered from cancer and anyone who has been affected by this terrible disease. Read my page below if you are interested in finding out more about my challenge.
What do you eat before and after teaching swimming?
Pasta is my staple and I drink lots and lots of water!
Kit bag essential?
Wet suit, rash vests, towels, a bottle of water
Favourite swimming brand?
Your 3 desert island essentials?
Photo of my mum, a boat and lots of food – is that more than 3?!
If you are interested in finding out more about our swimming coaches and swim programme, call us on 0208 940 9431 or visit our website www.sportsgeneration.co.uk