Lots of people have the ideas that a better swimmer makes a better swimming coach. It is totally not true.

A good swimming coach doesn’t need to be world-class swimmer but one who is able to identify a swimmer’s needs and understand what kind of training will be good for the swimmer. If you refer to history, a world-class swimmer and a world class swimming coach do not sit on the same row. They are just different people.

Now, when it comes to learning how to swim for a beginner, choose your swimming instructor carefully. There is no so-called best swimming coach but only the most suitable coach. If you put a competitive swimming instructor with a beginner, it’s more than likely that the beginning swimmer will suffer from the fast-paced teaching of this instructor.   It is not going to do any good for a beginner if the coach is rushing for results.

The most important element in learning during the swim journey is enjoyment. No one will like doing a sport that they don’t enjoy. They will probably give up! So, don’t let this happen to you. Swimming is not just about speed and glory. It is also about keeping fit, decreasing stress, and enjoying what you are doing!

I was a state swimmer in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Swimming has been my passion since I was three. I was very honoured to have a father who is so kind and loving and who provided me with the knowledge of swimming. Although I don’t really remember how I started to swim, I do know that I love swimming a lot. Swimming has given me a level of enjoyment and excitement that I can’t describe to you in words. It is incredible to know how to swim since I was so young and to then turn my passion into a career.

Parents, if you love your children, then get them a swimming instructor who they really like. They will love to  swim and progress gradually.