May 1, 2014
Waterworks Aquatics Irvine
May 1, 2014
by: Chelsea A.
C: Thanks for meeting with me Kilynne!
K: No problem.
C: How long have you been swimming?
K: Ever since I was little. I took a couple of classes at the YMCA, but I mostly I taught myself.
C: That’s impressive. Were you learning strokes or maybe the doggie-paddle?
K: The doggie-paddle!
C: Me too! Have you swam competitively?
K: No, but I sure did dance a lot when I was a child. I was on a singing-dance team.
C: That’s really cool! Now that you are swimming, do you have a favorite stroke to either swim or teach?
K: Breast stroke! It’s very hard to teach and also hard to swim, but I think it is the most fun!
C: What about for your younger swimmers? Do you have any advice for students who are scared to get in the water?
K: Yeah! I would tell them to spend as much time in the water as they can. Even if they are on the steps or the play area, that is completely okay. Just spend a lot of time in the water and get comfortable.
C: Great advice, it’s hard to be scared when you are playing around. Okay, so some of our younger swimmers would love to get to know you more outside of the water. What is your favorite color?
K: I have three: Pink, Coral, and Turquoise!
C: Oh wow!
K: Yeah, I love really girly things like baking, shopping, really anything crafty.
C: I’ve tried your cupcakes, they’re delicious! What’s your favorite food?
K: Mashed potatoes and gravy!
C: What about your favorite Disney movie?
K: Oo that’s a tough one! I really like Frozen, but I love Tangled too. Oh! Cinderella too, she’s my favorite Disney princess.
C: Do you want to build a snowman? I love Frozen too. Okay, thank you for your time!
K: No problem!
April 24, 2014
Waterworks Aquatics Irvine
April 24th, 2014
Senior Instructor Ally
Interviewed by: Chelsea A.
C: Hello Ally, thank you so much for agreeing to meet with me!
A: Of course, no problem.
C: You’ve been working here for a long time, am I right?
A: Yeah, I’ve been working here for almost two years now.
C: Wow, that’s a long time. When did you originally start swimming?
A: I started swimming when I was around 3 years old. My mom was a swim instructor, so she started me very young.
C: That’s awesome to have your own personal instructor. Did you start learning the strokes?
A: More or less, yes. It wasn’t until I was in high school though that I started swimming competitively.
C: What were your favorite swim strokes and why?
A: Definitely freestyle and breaststroke, because I was really great at them. Want to hear a funny story?
C: Yeah, I’d love it.
A: When I was first starting high school, I was playing soccer and broke my leg. BUT I really wanted to join the swim team and prove myself. So I showed up with a bright red cast and a bag that I could put over it to the practices and joined! I never competed, but I was always at practice.
C: That’s some serious dedication. Only swimming with one leg? That’s intense! I know that you are all over the place teaching different levels because you are a senior instructor, so do you have any advice for our younger swimmers that are scared of the water?
A: I would tell them just to play in the water. It doesn’t matter if the water is shallow, but just spend a lot of time playing in the water. Eventually they will get to a place where the water isn’t scary anymore because they have been playing in it for so long.
C: That’s great advice. I know some of our swimmers would love to get to know you outside of the water, so I’m going to ask you a couple of questions outside of swimming, like what is your favorite color and what is your favorite food?
A: I love the color orange, and…um, hmm. Bell peppers?
C: Bell peppers?
A: Yeah, I LOVE bell peppers. It doesn’t matter how you cook them or what you put on them, I just looooove bell peppers.
C: I’ve never heard that before! That’s cool. What is your favorite Disney movie?
A: Pocahontas. I always wanted to be just like her growing up because she could talk to animals.
C: Do you own any animals yourself?
A: Yes, I have two dogs and two cats. The dogs are more of the family animals, but the cats are mine.
C: What about your favorite video game?
A: Lego Harry Potter.
C: Thank you so much for your time, I really appreciate you meeting with me.
A: No problem, thanks Chelsea!
April 10, 2014
Instructor Mike D. Interview
Interviewed by: Chelsea A.
Q: Hello Mike! Thanks for agreeing to meet with me. So tell me, when did you first start swimming?
M: Mm, I started swimming when I was a little kid, but I never swam competitively.
Q: Even in high school?
M: Even in high school. I got my start competitive swimming here, but I always was a fan of the open water. I started swimming and surfing in open water when I was about six years old.
Q: Oh wow! So did you know your strokes before you were here?
M: I knew everything except butterfly. But now I do.
Q: Nice. Do you have a favorite stroke? Or did it change when you learned butterfly?
M: Actually, it’s funny. My favorite stroke used to be breaststroke because it was easier, but now that I know butterfly it became my favorite. The more I work at it, the more I my hips are stronger, the more my body knows the stroke and it is a lot easier.
Q: I can understand that! I’ve been trying to teach myself butterfly, but its hard stuff. Do you teach our younger swimmers or our older swimmers?
M: I teach just about everyone 2 1/2 up!
Q: That’s great, and such a wide range. Do you have any advice for swimmers that are terrified of getting started in the pool?
M: Definitely. The thing I always tell my students is that we have plenty of time, I want them to understand that I am patient. It’s no big deal to be scared and I am going to be there for them. The more they try, the stronger the swimmer they become.
Q: That’s some of the best advice I have heard. Some of our swimmers would love to get to know you outside of the water. What’s your favorite type of food?
M: I’m a big Peanut, Butter, and Jelly guy, but I definitely lean more toward Asian food.
Q: What about your favorite type of food?
M: I love the color blue. But green on Thursday.
Q: Favorite Disney movie?
M: Oh, this is hard! Um um um Toy Story!
Q: Your favorite video game?
M: NHL 2014. I’m a HUGE hockey guy.
Q: So you must play sports outside of the water then?
M: Oh yeah. Football and basketball were my games.
Q: That’s great that we have such an athletic coach working with us! Thank you for your time.
M: No problem!
March 27, 2014
Swim Tip Thursday!
For this week’s Swim Tip Thursday we have Chelsea from Irvine interviewing Irvine swim instructor Mandy!
Q: Hey Mandy! Thank you for agreeing to meet with me! I’m super excited to interview you, since I first got to know you in the office. I’m a little sad since you’re in the water now, but I know the kids are in great hands.
A: Definitely! I’m excited too.
Q: So tell me, what inspired you to become a swim instructor?
A: Definitely the kids!
Q: I suppose it doesn’t hurt that you are a mom yourself, huh?
A: Of course. I have my own son and I love teaching other kids too.
Q: When did you originally start swimming, Mandy?
A: Um, let’s see. Probably when I was around 7 or 8 years old.
Q: Did you know your strokes, or was it a doggie paddle?
A: Actually, I taught myself the strokes. I would go in and take my jacket off and just start practicing. It wasn’t until I was in high school though until I really started to learn my strokes when I was on the swim team.
Q: Which strokes were your favorite, and why?
A: I would say freestyle and backstroke. I like freestyle because I am able to swim more quickly, and I like backstroke because it feels like the easiest stroke to me.
Q: I could see that! I tried teaching myself breaststroke the other day and I was having such a difficult time. I guess I should jump in the water and have a lesson with you, huh?
A: Oh yeah, definitely! However, my real specialty is teaching children levels four and under.
Q: Speaking of that, I’ve seen many children start in the water with you completely terrified of the water and at the end of their lesson they are having a great time. Do you have any advice for some of our beginning swimmers that are just starting in the water with us?
A: You know, I would just reassure them that all of our instructors are really nice and would never EVER let anything bad happen to them, and just to focus on our kites because that tends to calm everyone down.
Q: Good point! And while we’re on that train of thought, I know we have some young readers that are interested in YOU. So tell me, what’s your favorite Disney movie?
A: Oh no! I wasn’t prepared for this! You might have to give me a couple minutes to give you an answer *laughs*.
Q: That’s alright! I can wait.
A: Going by how many times I’ve seen Aladdin, people might think that one is my favorite. I’ve seen it hundreds of times! But, you know, I’m going with The Lion King. It’s a classic and it breaks my heart.
Q: That’s my favorite too! I have a Simba sweatshirt at home just to prove it! Okay, what’s your favorite color?
A: That’s easy! Purple!
Q: What about your favorite food?
Q: Mmm, you’re making me hungry. What about your favorite TV show?
A: Hmm… That’s hard. I would say ”My Little Pony”.
Q: Nice! Okay, thank you Mandy! I know you have a child that’s excited to start swimming with you. We’ll talk to you soon!
A: No problem! Thanks Chelsea!