To some, swimming may be just a hobbit or a pastime. However, for Linda Cassidy, the aquatics manager for the New Port Richey Recreation & Aquatic Center, swimming is part of a lifestyle. She grew up in Clearwater Beach, Florida. It makes sense that if one lives near water, then they ought to know how to swim. At the same time, respect the water for the powerful and sometimes-dangerous element that it is. Those were the reasons why her father taught her to swim at a very early age.

“I began coaching competitive swimming in 1973, and in 1983 I started the first competitive swim team in Pasco County, the Pasco Aquatic Club, at the New Port Richey pool. These days, I am seeing the kids that I once coached on swim team bring their own children to me for swim lessons. When I ask them why they aren’t teaching them themselves, their response is ‘because it was a good experience.’ I couldn’t ask for a better response,” she stated as she made preparations to hit the pool for yet another summer season.

Back in the days of 1984, she had already earned her Red Cross Water Safety instructor certificate. “I wanted to learn more about the teaching and fundamental aspects of swimming, especially for young children. Once I knew the basics, I learned everything I could about working with babies and preschoolers, and they have become my prime focus for swim lessons. Teaching young children to swim and to be safe in the water, especially those that are afraid of water when they first start, gives me the greatest satisfaction. I want a child to learn to enjoy the water and be comfortable in it,” she explained. If you would like to read more on the story, you can do so over here.

Having a certified instructor to teach your child to swim is a lot different from teaching your child on your own. Aside from it being a good experience, it will be one where your child learns the correct skills, techniques and methods. This prevents them from picking up bad habits that will be difficult to correct in future. Let’s not forget that a certified instructor will always be aware of their role and ensure that your child is in good hands.

At Happy Fish Swim School, we only offer instructors who are certified. We strongly believe that if one decides to take up swimming lessons, it should only be the proper way. For more information, remember to check out our website.