Josh’s Story

I am very excited for my 5th year of swim lessons this spring/summer. I am Red Cross certified in lifeguarding, CPR, first aid, and AED. I started working as a Swim America teacher in my freshman year of high school and started teaching my own private swim lessons to give swimmers more one-on-one time for much faster skill development. I learned how to swim when I was five and have spent a lot of my life in the water between the Aquaducks swim team, club water polo, and my 4 years of varsity swimming at Petaluma High School. I have ADHD and find that it helps me stay very hyper focused and alert for my lessons. I view every lesson as a challenge to reach a specific threshold with the swim student. I adapt the strategies I use during every swim lesson, based on what works for the swimmer (since everyone learns best a little differently). I have lived in Petaluma my whole life as the oldest of three and have learned patience, tricks for engaging kids, and the ability to stay very calm in extremely stressful scenarios. I love working with swimmers and having the opportunity of doing something meaningful as I save money for my future. I am an 18 year old student at SRJC and am pursuing a transfer agreement to double major in nutrition and business, although I cannot ever see myself ever stopping swim lessons since I have grown to love them to the point where it doesn’t even feel like work.