Experts in swimming lessons for adults

Interview with Swimming Instructor Manon Prins

Read our interview with swimming instructor Manon Prins who trains students in The Hague. 

When did you decide to become a swimming instructor?

After living abroad for many years I returned to The Netherlands in 2011. During my years as an expat I frequently assisted with swimming lessons and when I came back I decided to become a licensed instructor.

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How long have you been teaching for and who are your students?

As of 2012 I teach swimming lessons in The Hague. My students range in age from 4 years old to adults over 50, and they are on all kinds of different levels (from A diploma to competitive swimmers). I teach students from 4 – 6 years old and the occasional parent at a swimming club. I also teach swimming lessons at the Council of The Hague school for kids 8 – 10 years old; and of course the students at Your Personal Swim Coach.

What makes teaching at Your Personal Swim Coach so special?

Teaching at Your Personal Swim Coach is a rewarding job because I like to work with people from different cultures and backgrounds. Part of growing up in The Netherlands is that almost every child has had swimming lessons from a young age. Many students who arrive at Your Personal Swim Coach have not had a swimming education in their youth. I really admire these students that they have decided to learn to swim at a later stage in life and for some of them even to overcome their fear of water!

What is an ideal swimming lesson? What makes it successful for students?

To me a successful lesson should have four elements: safety, it should be educational, intense and fun! First of all I ensure the safety of my students and I show them the proper techniques. The students receive lessons with a lot of practice and guidance and I think most important of all, they must have fun and at the end of the lesson leave the pool with a happy feeling!

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