Kellie Gear teaches Liam Corbet to swim at the Deep Blue Aquatic Centre.
Kellie Gear teaches Liam Corbet to swim at the Deep Blue Aquatic Centre. Craig Warhurst

Kellie now a swimming teacher

WHEN Kellie Gear first dived into the Memorial pool as a youngster, little did she know she would still be there 14 years later as a swimming teacher.

The ex-Saint Patrick’s College student has entered the workforce at Deep Blue Aquatic Centre under the watchful eye of seasoned swimming instructor and owner Liz Manthey.

Liz was Kellie’s swimming teacher when the then four-year-old first learnt to swim.

Back then it was in the cold Memorial pool that Kellie took her first tentative strokes, now at the new Southside swim facility the water is warm and Kellie is teaching her own group of wannabe swimmers.

“I have been here eight months and I’m really enjoying it,” she said.

“It is great to teach kids a skill they will never forget – one that could save their lives,” she said.

The 18-year-old has worked her way up through the competitive swimming ranks racing at state level.

She is planning to study at TAFE next year, while still teaching swimming.

“I hope to be a swim coach in the future," she said.

Liz said that to be a good swimming teacher people had to have a sense of fun, have a genuine interest in children, enjoy spending a lot of time in the water and above all, be patient.

She said anyone interested in being a swimming instructor needed to do a preliminary course through Aust Swim or Australian Coaches and Teachers Association.

From there, swimming instructors can do extension courses to enable them to teach babies, adults and people with a disability.

They can even become swimming coaches and coach competitive swimmers.

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