1996 is the year where I invite parents to stay in class along with their children instead of the transition where the children move on to the more classical swim school where they just swim together with their peers. Parents are thrilled and their children are unaware of a possible change. Their weekly swim keeps the format they seem to be very happy with.
The heater at the school pool freaks out so we are teaching in 36-38ºC. The heater was not dimensioned for the warm water we had agreed on in our contract. The humidity system wasn't either. They needed to close the pool and make the necessary improvements. We had to relocate. It was urgent. But where to? When doing some errands the same day I looked in through the window to a retirement home and there it is - a pool! It's interesting how sometimes what you need just comes to you. A week later we were relocated.
We get a new logo and profiling. It feels professional and I am happy.
When the school pool is ready we have enough attendees to fill all three locations. More staff is added to the team. I was in the pool for 25 hours a week teaching, had a staff of 11 teachers, teaching a little bit more than 500 children a week and I managed the administration single handedly.
I feel like I know more, maybe a lot. What can I say - Ignorance is bliss!
This year I also learnt two very important lessons: 1. The importance of consistency for a child, 2. That it's nice for a parent to get support and a helping hand sometimes.
I had neglected our sons swimming lessons for almost a year. Our happy and very confident swimmer was not so confident anymore. I had taken away the opportunity for him to keep what was totally natural and a joy for him. He was too young to be able to remember for such a long time. I took him and my sister to Spain in the beginning of our summer holidays. With a feeling of guilt I had a hard time accepting the fact that he needed time to gain confidence again. Luckily for both him and me, my sister stepped in. Seeing her play with Auguste got me on the right track again. By giving him time and space, he himself, through play together with us, quickly felt at ease in the water again (Picture is from then). I never neglected swimming lessons after that.
Thank you to the first parents who stayed in with their children until they actually swam away faster and better than their parents. Thank you to all, past and present, parents for the trust and the many hours you have spent and spend investing in your children's swimming. Thank you to all the children that has had us as their swim school, thank you for hours of fun and for teaching us to develop into better teachers.
Thank you to Fredskilde & Sørensen in Denmark who developed our logo and profiling. Having a strong visual profile that carries your message means a lot. You did the magic!