In 2002 our new program with more extensive descriptions is developed. It's a 10 level program where every level is based on step-by-step learning of certain skills from baby swimming and up to a swimmer ready to start competitive swimming. A mantra is ringing in my head during development: “It has to have meaning for the child”. This is the first time I address something that will occupy my interest for years to come: “It is easy for a child to become an object in the hands of adults. If not careful you can extinguish the child's own and natural desire to explore and learn.”
We have our first birthday, 1 year - that's a big one ;) A fun day with a lot of people in the pool all day and where staff makes it that extra fun.
We host a work shop for water aerobic teachers where the energetic Marc Johnsson takes us through a tough program – some couldn't walk properly for a week after.
We also host an exclusive 50 attendees swim conference in the end of summer - “Swim 4 Fun”. Fun fires learning and development so therefore the name. A group of incredibly experienced and talented speakers come and share their stories and knowledge with us all. Attending the conference are people that had travelled from near and far to Farum to listen, learn, share and play.
Financially it was tough, we were struggling to stay afloat. We emptied our private accounts, we sold the car and took a loan. Johan looses his hair and eyebrow from stress. We cut back on everything we can. “I wish I could look into the future I wish I knew if we are making the right decisions for us and our family. Will it be worth it?” I said to Johan. But I can not look into the future. We'll have to dare to believe, focus and work. Meanwhile when in need of a car Johan rents one from “Rent a Wreck” (oh boy how I hated it, I have a weak spot there). We suffered but we had each other!
Thank you to all the children that we have had the absolute pleasure of teaching and also thank you for all that you have tought us through the years. Thank you Dave DuBois for the idea and for being a great ambassador and speaker. Thank you to Knut Rosén for sharing your interesting work that developed into “The Natural Swim Program”. Thank you to Judy Watts for inspiring lessons and peeks into her Swim School. Thank you to John Coutts and Richard Cahalan from Carlile Swim Schools, Henrik Radich, Janine Ramsey and Dave DuBois for inspiring talks on the Business side both from the corporate side and the in and outside of the Swim School business. You Rock! And I do know everyone there gained so much from all of you. For us, what you gave us pulled us through and into a more healthy business. I am ever so grateful for your generosity in giving your time and sharing your knowledge. A special thank you to Janine Ramsey this very empathetic and intelligent woman who touched us all deeply by sharing her own story and experience and the challenges you meet in life and school when having a child with ADHD.
It's amazing to have friends who have the ability to sparkle your own abilities. Loads of love to you all!
Thank you to Johans uncle, Thyge Faerch who helped out financially with a loan. That helped us keep our home and business. Thank you to friends who offered to help financially, even though we say "no thank you" that trust made us feel very honored and humble.