TLF Interview with a Goldfish Swim School Employee!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Thank you Goldfish for sponsoring this post. As always, content is 100% honest and my own.

Last week, my older two who are currently taking lessons at Goldfish Swim School got to interview (more like ramble and ask the most random questions) with their favorite swim instructor, Mr. Nate!  It was adorably entertaining and they had so much fun.  Although, now they think taking their glitter microphones to swim class each week is a thing ;)  I love how open GSS was to this idea and how they took time out of their schedules to do this for us.  Just another reason why we love Goldfish!  (watch their interview here)

A little bit about Nate Slack. He is a senior at Indiana University where he is studying social studies education in hopes to be a high school history/economics/geography teacher. In addition to swimming he loves biking, hiking, camping – pretty much anything outdoors. If he isn't outside, he is usually reading or watching TV (mainly sports – go Pacers, Colts, and Hoosiers!). He is always willing to talk about anything to do with history and social studies. His favorite historical figures are President Teddy Roosevelt, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Civil War general and Senator Carl Schurz.

Q & A with a Goldfish Employee:

1. What is your swimming background?

I have been swimming for a majority of my life. I was thrust into swim lessons at a young age, 2 or 3 years old, and by 7 years old I began to swim in my neighborhood rec league every summer. It wasn’t until I turned 10/11 that I began to swim competitively at Carmel Swim Club for over a decade. In high school I joined the Carmel High School swim team where I was apart of two state championship teams. Upon graduating high school, I attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where I swam on their swim team for two years. I then “retired” and transferred to Indiana University in Bloomington to continue my studies. In addition to being a swimmer, I have also coached and taught swimming since my freshman year in high school. From coaching in summer leagues to a summer position at Carmel Swim Club coaching middle schoolers and high schoolers to my current job teaching lessons at Goldfish Swim School, I have spent most of my life in or around a pool.

2. What are jumpstart clinics and why do you recommend them?

Jumpstart clinics at Goldfish are a week of lessons with the same teacher at the same time, five days in a row. You can sign up week by week during the months of June and July. Jumpstarts are incredibly beneficial for young swimmers for a number of reasons. Jumpstarts condense 5 weeks of lessons into five days with the same teacher, which can help establish trust and confidence in the water right away. Being in the water five days in a row and not having to wait a whole week to get back in the pool is incredibly beneficial for young swimmers that are beginning to get comfortable in the water. Jumpstarts are also great for swimmers who are already comfortable in the water and are just looking to brush up on their skills right before the summer pool season. And for more advanced swimmers, Jumpstarts are perfect for getting some extra instruction that can help them become stronger and faster swimmers.

3. How long have you been with Goldfish Swim School?

I began my time with Goldfish the summer right after my freshman year of college, when I was 19. Because I went to school outside of Carmel, Indiana, I only worked at Goldfish during the summer months when I would move back home. At 23 years old now, I have since moved back to Carmel and will be looking forward to my fifth summer at Goldfish Swim School.

4. As a GSS employee, why do you recommend Goldfish Swim School?

I cannot say enough great things about Goldfish Swim School. At Goldfish, our focus encompasses and all-around experience for all families and their swimmers. The fun and inviting atmosphere provided by our great staff helps swimmers and families feel comfortable in the water. The curriculum and teachers do a wonderful job at pushing swimmers all while being patient and comforting towards swimmers who have not yet gained confidence. Building trust and confidence in young swimmers drives every teacher to do their best when teaching. While learning to swim is our focus, safety is our priority. The swim teachers, lifeguards, supervisors, front desk, and managers all have the safety of each patron at the front of their mind at all times. At Goldfish we are constantly working to ensure everyone is safe both in and out of the water. We make sure teachers are constantly watching every child and each lifeguards ensures that everyone on the pool deck and in the water is safe and secure. We value safety above all else and I would say that our focus on safety sets us apart.

As a parent, I love knowing that my girls are getting lessons from strong swimmers and that Goldfish Swim School trains their employees thoroughly, especially when it comes to swim safety.  I know my girls are getting the best teachers and being taught all the right swimming techniques to become strong swimmers themselves!

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