We caught up with Sport Generation’s Swimming Coordinator, Tara Rahilly, to find out why she loves donning her goggles, splashing around and blowing bubbles, all while teaching a lifesaving skill…
What made you become a swimming teacher?
I have always had a passion to teach and swimming is my favourite sport so it was a no brainer to combine these both and pass my passion for the sport onto others.
What makes a great swimming lesson?
When all your swimmers are enjoying themselves and you can see clear progression throughout the lesson. It’s always nice to see a swimmer coming to your lesson with a smile on their face and leaving with a smile on their face!
What is a typical teaching day like?
A typical teaching day goes very fast! Between interacting with swimmers, talking with parents and keeping your lessons progressive, your day is very rewarding.
What’s your favourite part about being a SG swimming teacher?
The SG team is great. The coaches are all very supportive and we all share our ideas and experiences with each other. The lessons run so well as we have small groups. Our swimmers can progress very quickly and as a swimming teacher this is so gratifying. We can teach at our very best as the small groups give us this opportunity.
What’s the toughest thing about being a SG swimming teacher?
The toughest thing about being a SG swimming teacher is that we don’t get to live in the beautiful venues!
What exercise do you do to stay fit and healthy?
Other than swimming, I go to the gym and normally do two spinning classes per week.
What do you eat before and after teaching swimming?
Before teaching I have a healthy lunch with some fruit to give me energy. After teaching I make sure that I have a healthy dinner with lots of vegetables! It’s important to drink water during classes and afterwards too.
What have you learned about life from being a swimming teacher?
I have learnt that swimming is a non-negotiable life skill that needs to be taught from a young age. It’s always worrying to see so many children 6yrs+ that cannot swim when I go on holiday. We teach our swimmers from 3 months old with their parents or 2.5yrs without their parents so that they never develop a fear of water and enjoy swimming. I have also learnt just how important it is to stay fit and healthy from a young age.
My kit bag essentials: Swimming costume, hat, goggles, towel, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and moisturiser!
My favourite swimming brand: Speedo
My 3 desert island essentials: Tea bags, carmex and flippers!
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