It is Team Member Tuesday, and today’s team member is Candice! You will also be able to find her profile under our Facebook album titled “Team Member Profiles.”
Candice was Oklahoma Swim Academy’s first primary Scheduler beginning in 2012. After taking a couple of years off to focus on her kids, she rejoined the team in early 2017 working as a Scheduler alongside Christina coordinating student and instructor schedules across both our OKC and Edmond locations. In addition, Candice has recently taken on the Marketing and Events Coordinator position. With 2 kids of her own, she is also very deserving of the “Supermom” title with all she does for OSA and for her own kiddos! Candice loves to work behind the scenes, so we really had to twist her arm to let us feature her on Team Member Tuesday. She is humble, hardworking, smart, efficient, organized, helpful, and supportive. On top of all that, two of Candice’s very best qualities are that she is always kind and patient. Plus, she has a great sense of humor, and we are very fortunate to have her on our team! 🙂
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING WITH OSA?
My time with OSA actually began as a parent of a swim student! We had just moved back to Oklahoma, and I enrolled my daughter in the program when she was 2 1/2. Shortly after my son was born in 2012, I heard that Megan was looking for a Scheduler for the company. I believed in the program so much after experiencing it first hand, I was organized and liked the idea of working from home, I loved everything about the Bachmans, and I truly just wanted to be a part of their growing organization. I worked as the sole Scheduler for almost 2 years. Then, took a break in 2014 to focus on my kids, as well as some volunteer work. I came back to OSA last March to help out with a few projects and with scheduling during the busy season…and I’m still here almost a year later! It seems that “busy season” hasn’t slowed down much, which is awesome!
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING FOR OSA?
So many things! Although I have been involved with OSA in some capacity for the past 6 years, it wasn’t until attending a recent swim convention that I had this “ah-ha” moment of the gravity of what it is that we actually do. I get to be a part of a team that sets out to educate and save lives. That’s it. That is the goal. There is so much purpose in what we do, and it feels really amazing to be a part of that. In addition…THE PEOPLE! We are a Christian company, and that alone brings a sense of grace from the owners and co-workers that not many can say they receive on a daily basis. I have gained some really close friends (the life-long type) through working with this group. It’s also been fun to watch all of our little swimmers come in a bit wide-eyed, not really knowing what to expect, and to walk out with complete confidence in their skills after going through the program!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOBBY OUTSIDE OF THE POOL?
Since my daughter joined a swim team in March last year, I’m not sure the pool isn’t my hobby! I work at the pool, then we’re back to the pool for her practice 5 nights a week and then swim meets on many weekends. I might need to get a life, guys. Fun fact: All this water/pool talk and I’ve never been a good swimmer and don’t love large bodies of water (despite growing up on the lake). I would benefit from taking lessons from our Stroke Development instructor, Jill, which is a goal of mine for 2018. You’re never too old to try new things!
I do enjoy working out, though! Spin class has recently replaced my former love/hate relationship with running. After running my first half and full marathons in 2016, I’ve taken a little hiatus on the training. (Run a marathon, they said. It’ll be fun, they said.) I recently signed up for this year’s OKC Memorial Half Marathon, which means I hope my love of running resurfaces sometime in the very near future or that’s going to be a rough one come April!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE/BOOK?
I love a good documentary! Mysteries/Crime/Art/Fashion are my favorite topics for docs. I’ll binge watch a series on Netflix from time to time…Ozark was the most recent and highly recommended! (Watch sans kiddos, parents.) Books…if it was on Oprah’s Book Club list in the early 2000s, I’ve probably read it. But since then, all my book reading time is reserved for vacations because…kids. The last book I finished was Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggrichs. Not my normal go-to, but it was a great book for all couples (married or dating) on communication between men and women. Kind of fascinating how different we are, actually! I would normally venture to the non-fiction crime/mystery/art/fashion books. (See a theme here?) I also love a good David-or-Amy-Sedaris-anything. Perhaps books should become that hobby that I seem to be lacking from the previous question…
WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU BRING WITH YOU TO A DESERTED ISLAND?
A good book! (So I could pretend I’m on vacation). My family. (Which means I should probably re-think the book choice). Dark chocolate. (Never leave home without it).
IF YOU WERE TO SWIM IN A POOL OF ANYTHING, OTHER THAN WATER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Chocolate. The chocolate river in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory would be like a dream. I would totally go out like Augustus Gloop…no shame.