“The Capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” - Brain Herbert
We often value the product or end result of learning, rather than thinking of learning as a continuous process that we all must continue to engage in to be our best. We believe that the best educators in any field are those who continue to push themselves to learn and grow. We could stop at just maintaining our lifeguard and CPR, First Aid/AED certifications and our current degrees. But do we really stay current with the best trends in water safety, instruction, student special needs and expanded services if as your instructors we do not further our education?
Since our opening on Jan 1, 2018, Miss Abby and Miss Kristen have both taken the Water Safety course/certification offered by OSHA, Fine Point Instruction offered by USSSA and attended numerous sessions at our conference including one about gentle survival swimming.
Miss Abby is currently furthering her education formally through university courses. Of course, as she studies the bones, ligaments, and muscles her knowledge can only help her swimmers as work on their technique. She is constantly sharing with Miss Kristen her new knowledge. As she continues in this area of medical course work we can only expect her knowledge to help us with any student that may have physical limitations/needs.
Miss Kristen has completed the Autism Awareness Certification and Aqua Fitness Certification. She is currently working on her Special Education Needs Certification. These certifications all allow Miss Kristen to adapt her teaching to student needs in a more effective way. The Aqua Fitness certification allows Miss Kristen to grow into an area she has always loved.
Why do we keep taking these classes? Good is not good enough. We want to know as much about each student’s situation as possible, to adapt and teach in the most effective way possible. We love our program but recognize that our learning more helps shape our program that only benefits our students. Instructors that fail to continue to learn are failing their students. Our continuous learning plan includes more university work for Miss Abby, along with Aqua Fitness for her this fall. Miss Kristen will work on more classes in the area of health concerns to help our students with limiting health conditions.