Read our interview with swimming student Daniel, who trains in the Hague.
Where are you from?
I am from Rwanda.
How long have you been living in The Netherlands and what brought you here?
I came to The Netherlands in 2006 to work for an international organization.
Why were you looking for swimming lessons and what goals did you have in mind?
I always considered swimming as very good exercise with lots of health benefits. My ultimate goal was to become a confident swimmer mastering all the styles.
How did you come across Your Personal Swim Coach?
I found the school through social media.
What helped you to take that first step to enrol?
I immediately seized the opportunity since I always wanted to learn how to swim.
Did you experience any hesitation in the beginning?
As you know, learning something new can be a scary experience especially for adults. However, acquiring a new skill is also a thrilling experience. That’s why I had no hesitation as swimming was one of my favourite sports.
How did you experience the lessons?
The first sessions were a little bit challenging. At the beginning I thought I would never be able to flutter kick in order to perform the crawl technique. Another big challenge is the coordination of the legs and arms movement combined with the right breathing technique.
Tell us what you have you achieved?
My biggest achievement is the determination of putting the advice from my coach into practice. Since I have the basics, I now need to improve all the techniques and better coordinate all the movements in order to be a confident swimmer with good stamina.
Will you keep on swimming in the future?
Did you learn anything in addition to swimming skills?
Oh yes! Meeting new people from different background is always good for someone who values Cultural Intelligence.
Do you have any advice for those considering swimming lessons in The Hague?
I encourage them to join! They will not be disappointed!
What else would you like to share with Your Personal Swim Coach?
Nothing much apart from saying thank for your patience towards my slow pace in learning.