It is our first Team Member Tuesday after our winter break, and today’s team member is Eric! You will also be able to find his profile under our Facebook album titled “Team Member Profiles.”
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND AS A SWIM INSTRUCTOR.
Aquatics is my life. I love everything about it. The water, the sun, the challenge every new student brings. I love watching the progress of my students, and there is nothing more satisfying than the moment when it all clicks.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING FOR OSA?
I love the safety-based approach to teaching swimming.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOBBY OUTSIDE OF THE POOL?
Performing music and working on cars.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE/BOOK?
My favorite movie is Gangs of New York. My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird.
WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU BRING WITH YOU TO A DESERTED ISLAND?
A video camera, Tom Hanks, and a volleyball named Wilson.
TELL US A FUNNY STORY ABOUT SOMETHING THAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE POOL.
After 10 years in the business, I have a ton of these. The funniest, by far, happened at the swim meet right before State Championships. I had a team member – let’s call him Shane – that needed to shave three seconds off his lap time in order to qualify for State. Since there are a lot of things you can be disqualified for in competitive swimming, I always told my swimmers, “No matter what happens, just keep swimming.” Shane took this so literally that he never lost pace…even though he lost his trunks on the entry. He swam the race naked, qualified for state, and became a legend in his league for his dedication and determination.