Tips for New Hires

If you are a new hire at a swimming pool and you are 15 years old, you might feel nervous, excited, or overwhelmed by your first summer job. You might wonder how to do your best as a swim instructor, how to get along with your coworkers and supervisors, and how to have fun while working hard. Here are some ways to motivate yourself and succeed in your new role:

  • Learn from others. One of the best ways to improve your skills and confidence as a swim instructor is to observe and learn from other experienced teachers and coaches. You can ask them for feedback, advice, or suggestions on how to handle different situations or challenges. You can also watch how they interact with their students, how they plan and structure their lessons, and how they use different techniques and drills to teach swimming skills. You can also learn from your coworkers who are also new hires, by sharing your experiences, challenges, and successes with them.
  • Communicate effectively. Communication is key in any job, but especially in a swimming pool environment. You need to communicate clearly and respectfully with your students, coworkers, supervisors, and parents. You need to use appropriate language, tone, and body language to convey your messages and instructions. You also need to listen actively and attentively to what others are saying or asking. You need to be able to give and receive constructive feedback, praise, and encouragement. You need to be able to express your needs, concerns, or questions in a polite and professional manner.
  • Teach swimming lessons well. Of course, the main part of your job is to teach swimming lessons to your students. You want to make sure that you are prepared, organized, and enthusiastic for each lesson. You want to follow the lesson plans and guidelines provided by or by your supervisor. You want to use a variety of activities, games, and drills to keep your students engaged, motivated, and challenged. You want to provide clear instructions, demonstrations, corrections, and feedback to your students. You want to create a positive and safe learning environment for your students.
  • Have fun. Last but not least, you want to have fun while working as a swim instructor. You want to enjoy the experience of teaching others how to swim and seeing them progress and improve. You want to have fun with your coworkers and supervisors, by building rapport, trust, and friendship with them. You want to have fun with yourself, by celebrating your achievements, learning from your mistakes, and growing as a person and as a professional.

These are some of the ways that you can motivate yourself as a new hire at a swimming pool. By following these tips you will be able to have a successful and rewarding first summer at work.

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