Inspiring Teens Magazine: ITMGZ.com
Summer 2016 Issue
Article & images submitted by
Danica Eichelberger _ Abington High School
and Joseph Ross - Benjamin Rush School of the Performing Arts
Danica Eichelberger _ Abington High School
1.) How did you get started in swimming?
-- I began swimming after trying almost every sport. I’ve always been active and love competition so naturally my parents signed me up for soccer. I played soccer, I did dance, and I played T-ball, I also was a gymnast at one point. I can remember always being really nervous, bored, or I felt like I did not belong. When I turned 6 my mom took me to the local pool in the summer where my older sister, Casey and I tried out for the Crestmont clippers. I remembered walking into the pool and feeling as if I entered wonderland. Everything was so amazing. After I tried out the coach told my mom that I made it, but barely. This statement upset me and I became afraid, so that summer I watched my sister be on team. The following summer I gained confidence and swam my heart out. I made the team and since then I never felt more at home. As I got older and stronger I began doing more advanced practices and began swimming all year around staying with my coaches. Coaches I still know and talk to today.
2.) Tell us about your responsibilities at the Swim Club. What age group do you work with?
-- At the British Swim School I am responsible for all ages. Our lessons are offered to children as young as 3 months old to adults. I am responsible to know the program of how to do the lessons for each level. Each different levels goals and skill set they are able to perform so I must know this. Also I have to know each child I treat and how they react to each skill I am teaching. This is important for that specific child’s safety and those who are in my class. It is not just the children I speak to, I talk to parents about how their child is doing and I answer any questions they may have about the company or classes.
3.) What’s your favorite part about your job?
-- My favorite part of this job is when one of my kids has the moment of realization that they can in fact do it. I love that gain of confidence and how their eyes light up when they know they just completed a skill well. I help build confidence in the kids each time I work with them. I still can remember when I was taught how to swim and how things my coaches said still remain with me. Now I get to give back and instill value and courage in the kids I work with. I love how this job has a purpose beyond benefiting myself.
4.) What advice do you have for someone looking to get a job as a swim instructor?
- I would tell someone that they must have patience and be able to react quickly. I would advise them to know the lessons inside and out so that if plans change or something unexpected happen they would be able to roll with it and think quickly. Be creative and fun, most importantly I would say do not be afraid to be silly with the kids while still being focused, making them laugh makes them comfortable and builds trust.
Joseph Ross - Benjamin Rush School of the Performing Arts
Tell us about your responsibilities at the Swim Club. What age group do you work with?
I'm a lead instructor for BSS of Greater Philadelphia, my responsibilities include teacher swim lesson, to all age groups from babies to grown up learning how to swim for the first time. We Also offer Lifeguarding First aid and CPR classes which my Aquatics director or I teach depending on when the class will run.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
My Favorite part would be when I get to see my hard work pay off, when a little guy who came in two months ago clinging to me for life now is able to jump in on his own and float on his back. In my day I deal with a lot of stressful situations on top of high school being a volunteer firefighter in Bensalem, so seeing all the kids so happy without a care in the world brightens my day up a bit.
Other than swimming, what else are you involved in?
I'm a volunteer Firefighter in Bensalem, I also volunteer with two Rescue squads in bucks county. I am a Boy scout leader in Philadelphia.
What makes your job so amazing?
I'm paid to play in the water, Not really but i get to teach children lifesaving skills and have fun doing so. I love all of my coworkers I'm so happy to have meet all of the amazing People I work with, especially Tara our director who is so kind and loving to every one, Im looking forward to all the things I can learn from her.
How long have you had your job/when and how did you start working at the Swim Club?
I have been working with the swim club for 8 months, I was a Swim instructor for different clubs but I wanted to try something new and I fell in love with the way we teach swimming.
What advice do you have for someone looking to get a job as a swim instructor?
Chlorine will be your natural smell, no matter how much you shower. Be ready for crying and screaming. Just Know that you will make a bond and the crys will turn to smiles, know that you are making a difference in making people water safe and always always smile even on your worst day because the kids deserve your best.