We caught up with Sport Generation’s Venue Coordinator Harriet Souter to find out what got her into swimming teaching and why she loves being part of SG family.
What made you become a swimming teacher?
When I started out as a life-guard, I used to watch swimming lessons from poolside. I saw how much fun teachers and their students were having and it made me realise I’d prefer to interact more with the swimmers rather than watch from the sidelines. I have not looked back since – I love teaching children a very important skill that will stay with them forever.
What makes a great swimming lesson?
It’s an important learning experience for children but I always make sure that lessons are enjoyable. We must earn their trust first though – children learn a lot if they feel safe with us. A trusting relationship is the foundation for great swimming lessons.
What is a typical day like?
There is no such thing as a typical day – every day is different, and you never know how the day will turn out. But just to give a few examples, I go and check my venues are well maintained and that all the equipment is in place and ready for lessons in the morning. When I get in the office, I deal with bookings, ensuring students are placed in right ability level classes. In between speaking to current and new clients, I liaise with coaches to get good understanding of lessons they have carried out the previous day. In the afternoon, I go teaching myself or visit venues to observe coaches and speak to clients. Sometimes I respond to enquiries from coaches in the evening, so it is quite full on!
What’s your favourite part about being a SG swimming teacher?
I like the fact that we offer bespoke swimming lessons so that we can build solid relationships with students and their parents. Also, it’s great that I can see their rapid progression due to the small class size. Being part of SG is fantastic as we have an excellent team and close communication between coaches and the head office.
What exercise do you do to stay fit and healthy?
Spinning and Body Pump. I occasionally play tennis with my dad.
What do you eat before and after teaching swimming?
I usually have soup to give me the energy I need before teaching. Fruit smoothie is another favourite of mine. I occasionally have a packet of mini cheddars as a little treat!
What have you learned about life from being a swimming teacher?
There is no one way to interact with children as everyone is different. There are so many different teaching methods and activities to make lessons more engaging. You never stop learning.
Kit bag essential?
Swimming costume, towel, shorts, rash vest, hair brush and make-up, make-up remover and goggles!
Favourite swimming brand?
Your 3 desert island essentials?
Grapes (a food that also hydrates you), my car and moisturiser
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