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Question 1 of 26
Do you know how to perform CPR/first aid?
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List of Swim Instructor Interview Questions
  1. Do you know how to perform CPR/first aid?
  2. How would your former employer describe you?
  3. If hired, how long do you plan on working here?
  4. Why do you want a career as a Swim Instructor?
  5. What do you know about our organization?
  6. Why should we hire you?
  7. As a Swim Instructor, what do you believe is your best asset?
  8. How do you practice safety on the job?
  9. What qualifies you for this job?
  10. Tell me about yourself.
  11. When have you taught swim lessons, or any kind of lesson, before?
  12. When have you worked with children before? What do you enjoy about working with children the most?
  13. How would you handle a student that was acting inappropriately?
  14. Tell me about a few water safety lessons you would teach.
  15. Are you comfortable teaching lessons to all ages, and ability levels?
  16. Are you a patient person?
  17. Do you like working with kids?
  18. Tell me about your swimming skills.
  19. Why are you the best candidate for us?
  20. What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Swim Instructor?
  21. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
  22. How do you handle stressful situations?
  23. Do you have experience working with children?
  24. How long have you been swimming?
  25. How do you deal with unsatisfied parents?
  26. Tell me about how and when you learned your basic swim skills, and why you are confident in your ability to teach those skills to new swimmers.
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Rachelle Enns
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Swim Instructor Information
August 18th, 2017

A Swim Instructor, also referred to as a Water Safety Instructor, teaches students of all ages and abilities how to swim. Most Swim Instructors are employed with public and city pools, recreation centers, and as private instructors. They may also find seasonal employment with a variety of summer camps.

In order to be equipped as a Swim Instructor you should be patient, attentive, highly energetic, and encouraging. Being able to objectively grade a student on their efforts and improvement is an important skill.

Because swimming lessons are available during the day, evenings, and weekends - the hours of a Swim Instructor may be sporadic. A Swim Instructor should be able and willing to be flexible with their work schedule.

Most employers will require a Swim Instructor to be First Aid and CPR Certified. Because Swim Instructors are often around underage children, or those with disabilities, they will be required to pass a criminal record check.

There is no formal post-secondary education required in order to be a swim instructor. In most states, individuals as young as 16 may be employed as Swim Instructors. Particular swim training and levels required will depend on each State. These Swim Instructor training courses are usually offered by city run recreation centers. There are usually a variety of Swim Instructor levels available to take which offers room for growth.
Swim Instructor User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 26
Do you know how to perform CPR/first aid?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Danger, response, airway, breathing, cpr.
2.
Yes, I have completed three first aid and CPR courses and feel very confident that I can perform all the skills/techniques that I learned. I have reccently updated my qualification here in australia.
3.
Yes, I have been trained in car and first aid for the last two years.
4.
Yes I know how to perform both these to red cross standards.
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Yes I know how to perform CPR and First Aid.
Question 2 of 26
How would your former employer describe you?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Hard working, polite, approachable, kind, friendly.
2.
I am a person who listens and gets the task done when ask or when I know I should do it.
3.
Hard working, reliable, easy to get along with.
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Very motivated, enthusiastic, determined, and positive.
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I have had very positive feedback from my last employer, they have taken notice that I use my own initiative and I am very confident with teaching. I connected really well with all my supervisors and manager at my last job so that made the job really enjoyable and fun.
Question 3 of 26
If hired, how long do you plan on working here?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I would like to continue working here until I get a full time job after my post-secondary career.
2.
I plan on being here for awhile. I'm looking at going back to study but that won't be until at least July next year.
3.
I plan to work here a very long time.
4.
I plan to work here as long as possible, my visa allows me to work for one employer for up to 6 months which I believe is the teaching season that you are open for? I would be happy to help with any shifts that are required.
5.
3 or 4 years depending on when I go to university.
Question 4 of 26
Why do you want a career as a Swim Instructor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I would like to have a career as a Swim Instructor because I would like to get the local community more involved in water activities, as it is a form of physical activity and it is also a lot of fun.
2.
I enjoy working with children and get satisfaction in seeing them progress with a task. I also come from a competitive swimming background and enjoy spending time in the water.
3.
I would be able to work with kids and they are so innocent and they laugh at everything.
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I feel that swimming is essential to everybody. Not only can it save their lives one day, it is also a very active sport and it keeps people healthy.
5.
Love watching children grow and develop and learn.
Question 5 of 26
What do you know about our organization?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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That they care for the chidlren and want them to be successful swimmers.
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Non- profit and its mission statement is caring reponsibility, respect and honsesty.
3.
You are a passionate and professional company, composed of a team of dedicated members of staff from instructors to supervisors working together to create a fun and safe environment for children to learn how to swim in and enabling the teachers to instruct confidently.
4.
It is very organized and very helpful as the organization does charity work.
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I know that this is a swim training organization lessons are in 30min intervals and the age rages are from 4 months-12 years old. And there are 4 levels of training you can do. You can purchase individual lessons or up to 3 times a week. Also the more kids you enroll the better the discount.
Question 6 of 26
Why should we hire you?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I would like to reiterate that I am extremely vigilant, and I am highly motivated and I have a strong work ethic. I am a dedicated individual that has excellent communication skills and brilliant teaching skills.
2.
I enjoy working with children and being in the water. I have the right qualifications, I'm a team player and I want to gain more experience.
3.
I feel that I can bring a lot to the role, I am very friendly have a keen interest in helping the pupils learn. With my background in swimming instruction I know I would fit into the role easily and I would love the opportunity to work in a teaching role again. As I have only reccently moved to adelaide it would be nice to meet new people who have the same interests as me also.
4.
Reliable and good at my work.
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I work hard, enjoy being part of a team and I'm passionate about teaching kids to swim. I like to create a fun environment and maintain a professional appearance for your company. I take every task I am given and complete it to the best of my ability and believe I will be a great fit to your company and team.
Question 7 of 26
As a Swim Instructor, what do you believe is your best asset?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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My best asset is vigilance. As a swim instructor, you have to be vigilant when you are dealing with kids as they can pull a fast one and endanger their lives. I am extremely vigilant and my previous experience as a lifeguard and as a recreational swim instructor proves it.
2.
Patience I think is a huge part of swim teaching, and creating a solution to correct any issues in swim technique.
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Experience from teaching in different countries & continuously improving myself as well as my students.
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I learn alot like some of the kids do by doing things and explaining.
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My best asset is that I am a strong swimmer my parents have a house on the bay and I do have life guard experience.
Question 8 of 26
How do you practice safety on the job?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Making sure you teach kids the safe way to do things such as entering and exiting the pool and leading by example and following the rules you set.
2.
I always make sure I have everything I need prior to starting my shift. I never run on the deck unless I have to in a dire situation and I watch everyone in the pool area including my fellow lifeguards/swim instructors.
3.
I ensure that any items/equipment I use is kept in an organised manner and that there are no dangerous hazards that could cause any harm around. I also ensure that I never leave any children unsupervised in the pool at any time so that they are in constant care. I make sure that all first aid equipment is near by and that it is all ready for use.
4.
Follow all of the standards set by the organisation and practice what I preach about safety in the pool area.
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Making sure you teach kids the safe way to do things such as entering and exiting the pool and leading by example and following the rules you set.
Question 9 of 26
What qualifies you for this job?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Ihave my austswim certificate, my cpr, first aid, pool lifeguard, bronze medallion.
2.
I am a qualified lifeguard, with my current NLS, I have all three swim instructor certifications, and I also have weeks of experience that backs up these certifications. I also have a current Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross. I am also highly organized, motivated and vigilant and this is what qualifies me for this job.
3.
I have just reccentlu finished the AustSwim teacher of swimming and water safety couse that shows I am qualified for this job. I also have years of experience in the same role.
4.
4 qualifications plus 8 years experience.
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Ihave my austswim certificate, my cpr, first aid, pool lifeguard, bronze medallion.
Question 10 of 26
Tell me about yourself.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am currently in year 12 at sacred heart and actively involved with the local surf club. I am a bright and bubbly person who is also outgoing.
2.
I am a Gr. 12 student at Senator O'Connor Catholic Secondary School. My interests are swimming, cooking and drawing. I am of Guyanese background as my parents are from Guyana. I live in Scarborough, Toronto. I plan to go into Seneca College for Environmental Technology for my post secondary career.
3.
25 years old, been swimming for most of my life represented my country in aquatic activities, seasoned traveler currently studying business.
4.
I am 21 years old, I have just moved to australia from scotland, I have finished a diploma in music in edinburgh, I am friendly, outgoing and confident, I have a passion for teaching and I love leading a healthy lifestyle.
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I am currently in year 12 at sacred heart and actively involved with the local surf club. I am a bright and bubbly person who is also outgoing.
Question 11 of 26
When have you taught swim lessons, or any kind of lesson, before?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I have taught my mother how to swim.
2.
I taught my brother how to swim.
3.
My 1st lesson is way back march 2010 to present.
4.
No, not formally. But I have done volunteer work and taught alongside other instructors.
5.
I have tutored many children in school as I was growing up I help my brother with his homework and studying constantly and have learned to teach swimming during my practicum.
Question 12 of 26
When have you worked with children before? What do you enjoy about working with children the most?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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March 2010 I was assign to teach toddlers, their cuteness and fearlessness.
2.
I like child's comes in water make em familiar with water and get out em fear from water.
3.
Yes, I love working with children! My favourite part is how positive and happy they are and no matter what it always keeps me in a great mood!
4.
I have volunteered at a daycare during my winter break I have also volunteered at chatter which is a special needs group during my first semester of gray winter break I have also volunteered at chatter which is a special needs group during my first semester of grade 10. I babysit for friends and family regularly and have tutored many children . I love children because they're I love children because they're willing to learn and I love their creativity.
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In school I was in this buddy program to help autistic kids and I love to see little kids with joy from learning.
Question 13 of 26
How would you handle a student that was acting inappropriately?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I would ask them privately to please calm down.
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Tell him/her that if does not listen I will sent him/her home.
3.
I I'll give him chocolate for his performance.
4.
If a student was acting inappropriately the best way to handle it is to make them the centre of part of a lesson, such as it for a game of tag, therefore they have a responsibility and are required to do what is asked.
5.
There are many methods that I would try suggest separating them from the group if they're distracting giving them a warning and telling them what they're doing wrong if you're still acting up I would maybe give them a timeout or if it get.
Question 14 of 26
Tell me about a few water safety lessons you would teach.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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How to get a kid to swim underwater and getting in and out of the pool.
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Not to play with your friends in water like jumping pushing or do not enter till allowed to swimming pool.
3.
Modified crawl, breast and different kinds of aproach.
4.
I think some of the most important water safety lessons to teach are deep water safety and emergency situations. I would be sure to make safety lessons as fun and engaging as possible to keep the swimmers interested.
5.
For one I would teach them especially the little kids about went to get in the pool for example I would teach them to always look for a A lifeguard before getting in always check for houses for getting in the pool and always make sure that the teacher or the adult with them always goes in the water first.
Question 15 of 26
Are you comfortable teaching lessons to all ages, and ability levels?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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It would be pleasure And yes I m so sure I I'll be best what I do.
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Yes, I am. I believe my strength is with younger children, but I would most certainly be comfortable with any and all ages.
3.
On your website I was reading and I believe that I could teach from beginner to junior because those are the skills that I am most confident in.
4.
Yes I find a variety of ages is good not only to keep me from getting bored but also to gain experience of teaching all different ages.
Question 16 of 26
Are you a patient person?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes I am an extremely patient person, through my previous experience ive learnt that to work with children you must be extremely patient and also supportive.
2.
Yes I am a very patient person. You have to be patient when dealing with mad parents, bullies and argumentative kids. Otherwise, you will stress yourself out. If you are patient, you can reply calmly and whoever you are dealing with will most likely calm themselves down as well.
3.
Yes I am an extremely patient person, through my previous experience ive learnt that to work with children you must be extremely patient and also supportive.
4.
Yes of course being a swimming instructor requires a lot of patient.
5.
Yes peace mind calm person.
Question 17 of 26
Do you like working with kids?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I love working with kids, I find it extremely rewarding teaching them new skills and watching them learn and develop.
2.
I enjoy working with kids. I am vigilant, so it makes me watchful so that I can have fun with them at the same time as I am teaching them. I am very polite, so kids can warm up to me, however I am also firm, so that I can enforce rules.
3.
I love working with kids, I find it extremely rewarding teaching them new skills and watching them learn and develop.
4.
I love working with children, each one is so individual and special, what will work for one child will not for another. Children give you so much energy working with them means you are suprised every day!
5.
I love it, working with kids is something I've always enjoyed!
Question 18 of 26
Tell me about your swimming skills.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I did surf swimming through nippers and currently I swim for leisure.
2.
I have completed all the ultras, all the bronzes and my NLS and swimming instructor's certifications. I am a very fast swimmer who has very precise swimming strokes.
3.
Fast, efficient, can swim all 4 of the known strokes with ease.
4.
My swimming skills are fairly high, I am not at the level of competitive swimming but I can perform the strokes to a good standard. I have practiced my techniques over the years and feel very comfortable with them all besides butterfly which is my weakest stroke.
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I have been swimming since I was 3 or 4 I wasnt allowed out of my house till I knew how to swim. I have been swimming acrost the lake since I was 10 yeards old.
Question 19 of 26
Why are you the best candidate for us?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Because I am available weekdays and weekends and I have previously worked with children and I am an outgoing person.
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I am the best candidate for you because I have a lot to give to your company. I have abundant certifications, high motivation and I am known to exceed expectations. You will not regret it.
3.
I'm hardworking approachable, dedicated and qualified.
4.
As I stated earlier, I have years experience in this possition, I have the confidence and teaching skill to help the pupils learn effectively. Also, my passion for teaching drives me even harder to ensure that I am providing the best lessons possible for my pupils.
5.
I believe I am the best candidate for you as I know I will push myself to achieve the best I can, to make sure I am leaving a good lasting impression on the parents of the company and myself as an individual. I think I would fit in with the values of this company very well with the children being able and confident swimmers being my main focus and teaching them survival techniques.
Question 20 of 26
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Swim Instructor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I am an outgoing person who is a good communicator, with both adults and children, this would aid me as a swim instructor as I have the ability to talk to all people.
2.
My greatest strength is motivation. It helps me as swim instructor because if you have no motivation, your trainees would not learn anything because they will be bored. If you are motivated, you trainees would be motivated as well to complete the material that you are teaching them.
3.
I feel being approachable and relatable is my biggest strength. My lived experience of overcoming challenges of a disability has given me the skills to think outside the box to solve problems and I think this allows me yo help children who come from all different learning abilities.
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I feel that my greatest strength is my confidence and social skills. This is a huge benefeit to me because it allows me to converse with the pupils/parents appropriately. I remember when I was learning how to swim that my teacher was very outgoing and confident and this made his lessons very easy to understand and enjoyable.
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Been swimming for over 20 years over 8 years as a qualified swim instructor and I am always keen to learn and develop new ways of teaching swimming.
Question 21 of 26
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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My greatest weakness would be my attention to detail, often I get caught up on the smaller things and I am working on looking more at the overall picture instead of focusing on the smaller things.
2.
As a perfectionist, I have no weakness. When I do, I try my best to eliminate it and make it one of my strengths.
3.
In the pool I am sometimes too softly spoken I am aware of this and am working on projection and trying to be more forceful.
4.
I have found that in the past my time management has been a weakness for me, during my first year of study I found that I would always leave assignments until the last minute which caused me to stress about them. Since then I have found that making lists of priorities has helped me overcome this, and I noticed an instant improvement after practicing making lists and planning ahead.
5.
Not being able to spend time with my family.
Question 22 of 26
How do you handle stressful situations?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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During stressful situations I tend to step back and analyze the situation. I remain calm.
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In stressful situations I take a deep breath, and assess the situation as a whole.
3.
In stressful situations I take a deep breath, and assess the situation as a whole.
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I am able to focus on what is important and not let the situation cause anymore stress then it already is, and I am able to talk to somebody who is also stressed and help them see what the issue is.
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I am great under stress. I believe the key to handling stress, is removing emotions and analyzing the situation. In life things happen, stress is reactionary, how you respond to stressful situations is in your power to control. And when your aware of that, life becomes clearer.
Question 23 of 26
Do you have experience working with children?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes, I have worked for vacswim 2 years in a row at port elliot and through surf life saving I have also been a mentor to the younger children.
2.
Yes I do, I have worked at Ontario Pioneer Camp, Adventure Camp. It's a camp for five to ten year olds. I was a lifeguard and a recreational swim instructor for about four hours to six hours everyday for four weeks. I was also a lifeguard at the Shadow Lake centre, dealing with babies to teenagers at the waterfront.
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Yes, I have three years experience with lifeguarding, swimming instruction and also child minding for family friends on occassion. I get on well with children because I am an entertainer, I love inventing new games, drawing, cooking and various other things like that. Children are usually quite interested in these things so it makes it fun!
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Yes 8 year experience both paid and voluntary work.
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Yes, I have worked for vacswim 2 years in a row at port elliot and through surf life saving I have also been a mentor to the younger children.
Question 24 of 26
How long have you been swimming?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I've swum since the age of 10 through surf life saving.
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I have been swimming ever since I was just six months. I have completed all the ultras, all the bronzes, NLS and all three swim instructor certifications.
3.
I have been swimming ever since I was a very young child, according to my mum I even loved being in the water as a baby! I swam through school and did a little bit of competitive swimming for a while in high school but I never kept the competitive side up.
4.
I've swum since the age of 10 through surf life saving.
5.
Since I was a young girl.
Question 25 of 26
How do you deal with unsatisfied parents?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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By talking to them about why they are unsatisfied and working to resolve the issue.
2.
I deal with unsatisfied parents with patience. You have to be patient or else you'll stress yourself out. If they continue to be hard to work with me, I would calmly ask them to leave the pool area.
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Show them what skills their child needs to obtain to pass to the next class and tell them what work they could do with their child to make them learn better and continuously improve.
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By talking to them about why they are unsatisfied and working to resolve the issue.
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I try to put myself in their position and understand their side of the situation and then help them become satisfied. I try to explain to the best of my ability why certain things happen and alternate ways to solve the problem.
Question 26 of 26
Tell me about how and when you learned your basic swim skills, and why you are confident in your ability to teach those skills to new swimmers.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I learn my basic skills to my brother's they are swimmers too and their coach is also my coach, I am confident because I have been teaching for 7 years now.
2.
I had no coach I learned it with see how other do that so I have skills to develop and improve things and I could better make people understand how to & what to.
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I learned originally in swimming lessons like the ones I'd like to teach, then refined and grew those skills in a competitive swimming program. I am confident that I would be able to teach those skills as over the past many years I have observed many instructors and coaches teach me, and have learned so much about teaching skills from observing them.
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I have always tried my hardest even as a kid to learn the skills to the best of my ability even as I got in the higher-level such as levels 89 and 10 I have taken many private lessons to make my strokes and skills much better so using all those techniques I think I would be a good asset and be very helpful in teaching the kids to use new skills.
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