GET IN THE SWIM TEACHING EVERY AGE AND LEVEL
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.