Not everyone gets to dive into their job quite like Ellie Savery does but being a swim teacher for the Fort Dodge Community Recreation Center is making big splashes with her students. Four days a week Savery enjoys teaching a variety of students the art of swimming and her enthusiasm and joyful countenance makes the experience for her students incredibly fun and stress free. The water is fine so jump in and meet one of Fort Dodge's finest swim teachers.
The name of the place you work for:
Fort Dodge Parks and Recreation and Fort Dodge Community Recreation Center
Ellie Savery enjoys teaching swimming at the Fort Dodge Rec Center.
Where do you live and do you have brothers or sisters?
I have lived in Fort Dodge my whole life, and I do not have any siblings
How long have you worked as a swim teacher?
I have been teaching swim lessons for 4 years, and prior to that I helped coach YMCA swim team for two years.
When did you first begin to swim?
I have been swimming since I was a small child, but started swimming competitively when I was 11, continuing on to swim on the High School and Iowa Central swim teams.
What is your favorite swim technique to teach?
I love teaching rotary breathing because it takes beginner level swimmers to the next stage of really improving their stroke.
What makes working for the Fort Dodge Recreation center such a great place to work?
It is a place where I have the opportunity to lifeguard and teach different kinds of lessons ranging from individual to after school program group lessons.
Do you recall a funny story?
One day, after teaching pre-school lessons, when all the kids were getting their towels to go home, a little girl looked up at me and whispered in a cute voice "Can you come over to my house to play today?"
What inspired you to be a swim teacher?
I think swimming is an extremely important skill to have and being a swimmer I have a passion for it!
When is the busiest time of year to teach swimming?
I think spring and summer are the busiest times, because parents want their kids to be ready for a safe summer.
Any suggestions on how to teach a child to get over the fear of water?
If a child is afraid of the water, it is important to introduce them to it slowly and gradually. It is easiest to teach a child at a young age so the earlier you get them in the water, the better!
What do you have playing on your ipod right now?
Mostly Christian Rock like Casting Crowns, Tenth Avenue North, and Jars of Clay, but I also enjoy listening to a playlist of various current hits.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Working out, hanging out with friends, and of course swimming!
What is your swim class schedule?
I currently teach the after school progam T.H.R.I.V.E. lessons 3 times a week and Private lessons a few days a week at the FDCRC, and lessons almost every day when the pool is open in the summer.
How do you keep from water from getting in your nose when you do a cannon ball off of a diving board?
Simple - Blow bubbles out of your nose!
Are you in school?
I will be graduating from Iowa Central this spring, and transferring to UNI in the fall to major in Exercise Science.
Any words of wisdom for those who want to perfect their back stroke?
This is what I say to kids all the time: Keep your head back and tummy up! Don't let your bottom half sink down! (Backstroke is my favorite!)