I get email from readers of the site all the time, and usually I respond as best I can, and sometimes turn those questions into blog posts or podcast episodes. I got this one today, and think you will benefit from it.
Here it is, and Thank you Heather!
A former colleague called yesterday near tears to ask about how to teach an autistic child who can’t blow bubbles and seems to want to swallow water. I haven’t encountered this before, so we are eagerly awaiting the autistic episode.
She was also asking about adult swimmers: in particular, how to hold them or get them to float/trust the water. While I had a few ideas to share, I thought you might want some episode ideas.
My question is pay: our facility is being taken over by a national company. My weekend afternoon pay for private lessons could go from $200 to $40. What’s an average for swim instructors? Also, what’s a going rate-ish at residential pools when I carry my own insurance? I know there’s variation, but I wondered about your facility and what you’ve seen. I also want to go to my interview ready to negotiate.
I’ve got a student who can breaststroke kick on his back, but it becomes a scissor kick on the front. Any suggestions?
I appreciate all your advice last summer as I made my way as a new instructor. Thanks to your podcast and books I’ve found, plus my background in teaching, I’ve grown tremendously and now have a wait list of students seeking lessons. The other, more experienced teachers come to me for new ideas.
I’m thinking you might appreciate the info I put together in my response.