GET IN THE SWIM TEACH­ING EV­ERY AGE AND LEVEL

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CAREER ONE - Laura Tri­este

MATT Fla­herty feels at home in and around the swim­ming pool where he spends up to 10 hours a day.

And aside from the wrin­kled fin­gers and con­stant smell of chlo­rine, he loves ev­ery part of be­ing a swim­ming in­struc­tor and coach at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Cen­tre.

“When I ex­plain some­thing to a child and they can’t do it and af­ter a lap, two laps, a week or what­ever it takes, sud­denly it clicks, the look of joy on their face is the best part,” he said.

With a back­ground in com­pet­i­tive swim­ming, Mr Fla­herty started work­ing at the cen­tre on week­ends for three years while he com- ing which way they are go­ing to re­spond to.”

Since gain­ing his teacher li­cence, Mr Fla­herty has com­pleted sev­eral ex­ten­sion cour­ses, in­clud­ing one in teach­ing cul­tural and lin­guis­ti­cally di­verse com­mu­ni­ties.

This led to him teach­ing a class of adults who could not speak English.

“We had to demon­strate and have them trust us to help them do it,”

“I had one per­son who was in his 40s, and at the start he couldn’t do a ba­sic stroke.

“By the end of the term he was do­ing but­ter­fly.”

He advises as­pir­ing swim in­struc­tors to try ev­ery as­pect in their train­ing.

“Use that time to learn all the dif­fer­ent lev­els and find ones that suit you,” he said.

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