2) Don’t be the waiter looking for a tip
Be kind, courteous, polite, but also be commanding, in control, and sometimes, a little “scary.” We need to always remember that we are in a potentially dangerous environment. There is a possibility that one of your participants will fall in the water and begin drowning. Safe lessons are our priority, and to achieve that we need to be listened to. Have fun, play games, be silly and engaging, but always turn that command voice on when you need to, and bring it out early so you don’t have to use it often.
The polite waiter looking for a large tip would accommodate the whims of their participants or clients. In swim lessons, we need to push our swimmers past the comfortable areas of complacency and mediocrity. Instead we need to challenge our participants by drawing them into challenging situations and while we give support, we sometimes need to be intimidating to get results. Don’t be afraid to change your tone of voice to illicit a response. Be commanding, be in charge, but also be approachable.