Whether at home, visiting family and friends or on holiday, it is always important to keep safety in mind when children are in or near water. Drowning is the number one cause of death for children under five. Drowning can occur quickly and quietly, without any warning noises. Sadly, on average, one child dies each week in […]
By |September 28th, 2015|General, Lesson tips, safety|0 Comments

Einstein would have been a great Swim Teacher !!!!

I am not even sure if Albert Einstein was able to swim, however I am sure he would have made a brilliant swim teacher. There are two reasons. Firstly there is a famous story of Einstein receiving a golf lesson.  He was given several tips and pieces of advice at once and eventually became overwhelmed and frustrated. […]
By |April 2nd, 2015|General|0 Comments

Why 1km is a great Milestone

At Aquatic achievers our goal is for every child to swim 1 kilometer continuous Freestyle, unassisted. The following are some of the reasons why we think this is a great milestone for children to Achieve. It’s difficult 1km is a long way, and takes roughly a half hour to complete Safety Although never completely safe, swimming 1km means a child […]
By |February 6th, 2015|General|0 Comments

Teach to the level of the pupil.

GREAT teachers know who they are teaching and adjust their teaching methods accordingly. You don’t teach to a four year old the same way you would to a ten year old. Don’t become a stereotype teacher. Be willing to change depending on the age, ability, personality, level, and the level of the skills you are […]
By |January 16th, 2014|General|0 Comments

Day 7 – Mauritius 2012

Took my Ukulele to the village this morning and the kids all began having a Jam. Linda Told me that the girl who was missing had been found, but the 2 boys were still missing. She said that there were announcements on the Radio and everything. Back to the older kids today, and it was super […]
By |July 6th, 2012|General|0 Comments

Day 6 – Mauritius 2012

After a cruisy weekend, I arrived at the village Monday morning to see Linda, who is extremely calm at all times, quite worried. 3 of the children had run away from the village, 2 boys and one girl. I was told that this happens quite a bit, however it is usually the boys and its […]
By |June 21st, 2012|General|0 Comments

1st day of teaching and an opening ceremony

Day 4 Today I got invited to the Mauritian Youth sports games opening Ceremony. The Mauritian government is really pushing sports participation for its children as it realizes the huge amount health and other benefitsits population receives from being active.  So each Easter the championships happen for a wide range of sports from Judo, Volleyball, fencing, […]
By |June 8th, 2012|General|0 Comments

First few days in Mauritius 2012

Day 2 Arrived in Mauritius yesterday feeling pretty jet-lagged and tired but excited all the same to be back in the island nation. This time I am staying in Flic en Flac, a small town on the western coastline of the island about an hour south of the Capital – Port Louis . Yesterday I met the […]
By |June 1st, 2012|General|0 Comments

uSwim visits Mauritius for the 2nd time, april 2012

Day 1 Well its Easter 2012 and I am over the moon that I am about to head back to Mauritius and volunteer on behalf of uSwim and Aquatic Achievers to teach swimming to Children of the SOS Village in Beau Bassin. The First Trip which was last July/August has had a lasting effect and motivated […]
By |May 25th, 2012|General|0 Comments

How to become a swim teacher, swim instructor

Teaching children to swim is a wonderfully rewarding activity/job/career. There is something about watching kids improve in the aquatic environment (to borrow a cliché) that only teachers understand. On paper it’s an easy task, as kids love water. However becoming a first class teacher takes decades, not weeks, and ask anyone who is in this […]
By |November 10th, 2011|General|0 Comments