We caught up with Roko Chiswick and Wimbledon Venue Coordinator Tricia, to find out what makes a great swimming lesson and what she does to stay fit and healthy .
What made you become a swimming teacher?
My mum started her own swim school while I was in high school and my sister and I always helped in any way we could until we got our teaching qualifications. It was a joy to be able to work alongside my mum and learn from one of the best coaches in the business- non-biased opinion.
I am very passionate about teaching as it is an important life skill to everyone. Learning to swim is not only integral in staying safe around water, but it also teaches you how to be disciplined and that hard work can achieve incredible results
What makes a great swimming lesson?
When stating to learn a new skill, it is daunting at first for anyone. That is why I believe in making it as fun and enjoyable as possible. I always like to remain enthusiastic about every aspect of the lesson, even when a child is afraid of getting in. If you are oozing enthusiasm, everyone will want to jump on board with what you are doing. Connect with the children on a personal level is vital so that you can talk about more than swimming – because they most likely are not as passionate about swimming as us coaches. That is why it is best to be creative and personalise the class to each individual child.
What is a typical day like?
Every day I have the privilege of working alongside a group of people who are passionate about the same thing as me – swimming. I like to dedicate a portion of my day to catching up with the coaches and making sure they have everything they need for their lessons. Majority of the day is spent speaking with past, present and new clients, helping their children flourish into a strong and confident swimmer. I often go to venues to watch our incredible coaches do what they do best, and that is to have fun while building confidence and skills in the pool.
What’s your favourite part about being a SG swimming teacher?
The beauty of being a SG teacher is the small group classes and the ability to conduct my lessons in a way that I find works best for me and the students. Having small group classes enables you to be able to focus on each child’s specific capabilities. Not everyone learns in the same way, therefore it is important to ensure that the lesson is delivered in a manner which works best for each child. Being a SG coach enables me to do just this.
What have you learned about being a swimming teacher?
Being a swimming teacher and working with children has taught me many things, but mostly I’ve learnt how to be patient and kind. Swimming is a hard skill to learn, however with the right amount of patience and dedication, the results are endless.
What exercise do you do to stay fit and healthy?
Growing up on a farm in Australia, I have always enjoyed being outside and exploring. Outside of teaching you can find me enjoying nature, weather permitting. I always like to go to the gym regularly and don’t mind dabbling in some yoga. Anything that gets my body moving is absolutely fine by me – except for running!
What do you eat before and after teaching swimming?
I am known as the Queen of snacks, any reason to have a snack is a good reason. I generally will have a smoothie if it is a long shift, or some homemade banana muffins.
Kit bag essential?
Snacks can never go wrong there – plus goggles and fins.
Favourite swimming brand?
Your 3 desert island essentials?
To be stranded on an island actually doesn’t sound that bad, until I get hungry and lonely. I would bring with me something to start a fire, seedlings – so that I can grow my own food. And my dog – worst part is though she is scared of water, so she may need some swimming lessons.
If you are interested in finding out more about our swimming coaches and swim programme, call us on 0208 940 9431.