My Education: BA in Psychology, Rider University
My Prior Experience: i started working at a school and fell in love with coaching the swim team
My Company: I work for a privet boarding school
Job/Career Overview: Working as a swim coach is a very rewarding job. There are many things I get out of doing this job, although it is not always easy. I have to make sure all of my workouts are moving kids toward a goal and will help each swimmer to become stronger and faster every practice. I also enter each swimmer in the events that are best suited to each one's abilities. Working with kids is difficult in any job, but it gets a little tricky when they are in water.
I would like to do this job for the rest of my life, but unfortunately it does not pay enough to do so. It is great as a second job, but not as a primary source of income. It is a labor of love. If I were to give you any advice on this occupation, I would say be patient. You'll need to be!
I rate this career 10 out of 10.
The best part of working at this job is that kids are so much fun and work really hard. I like the end of the season when all the kids compete. Whether they do well or not, there are always tons of smiles.
The worst part of this job is the need to travel all over to the different meets. I have to drive myself and I'm not that good with directions. I don't have too many negative things to say about coaching. I love it.
If you are looking to get into coaching in any sport, make sure you know what you're getting into. It's not that easy of a commitment. You will have to deal with kids and parents and if you're not prepared, it can be overwhelming.
I would say feel it out first by going to some practices and talking to some parents. Just be sure it is for you before you commit. Kids get attached to their coaches, and you don't want to disappoint them.