My last work session before Christmas, I had a little accident.
I managed to lock myself in the store cupboard next to the sauna. It happened due to the fact I can’t dress myself properly and put my work trousers on inside out and I thought I would take the opportunity of a no-show and to sort myself out. I didn’t want to go to the upstairs changing room incase my students did show up and I couldn’t use the downstairs as my previous class were getting changed.
So I chose the cupboard, even though my one big fear has always been to be locked inside this particular cupboard. I didn’t think of this fear as I put the light on and firmly closed the door behind me. In fact, I was more concerned that Roy the maintenance man might walk in mid-change. It wasn’t until after I had got changed that I realised that I had a problem and I knew that no one was around to let me out. Outside was very quiet and thoughts of being trapped inside all night and missing my lessons started to go through my head. Neither of these thoughts was an option and I started thinking about taking out the doorframe as a way out. But I didn’t want to get into trouble for damage.
Luckily the cupboard had a Phillips screwdriver, which was compatible with the screws in the lock. I’ve seen my husband put locks on doors at home, so had a fair idea of the components and that was how I got myself out, to say I was relieved would be an understatement!
OTHER TEACHERS' EXPERIENCES
Anyway, this got me thinking, that this shouldn’t happen to a swimming teacher and there must be stories out there to tell due to the uniqueness of the job. For example, a lot of swimming teachers, myself included, find it very difficult to recognise students in normal clothing and going by Liz Harby‘s experience parents have problems too! Liz was sitting on a bus into town on a night out, when someone said "You look different with clothes on!" Liz wanted the world to swallow her up as the bus was very, very busy and everyone looked round!! It was a parent of one of her swimmers used to seeing Liz in a swimsuit in the water.
Working in a holiday resort, Jess Stockford was just about to start a parent and baby session. “I would usually sit down and have a chat before entering the pool however running slight late I decided to step into the
pool as it was only a very shallow baby pool (up to knees).... Not as shallow as I thought, misjudging the size of the step in I fell flat on my face straight into the pool completely under, in front of a busy pool surrounded by families having just been announced over the microphone and parents waiting in the pool. Thank God none of the other staff saw it otherwise I would never have lived it down!
Jeff Kieger "was speaking with the parents of a child that I was working with and on that particular day, I was wearing one of my older suits that day. As we were talking the young boy kept tapping me on my back and his parents kept telling him to wait until they were done speaking with Coach Jeff. Finally we finished talking and I asked the youngster what he wanted to tell me. All he did was point to the side of my suit which had completley split and seperated from top to bottom due to the suit's age and the pool's chlorine. Thankfully the netting inside the suit remained in tact or I would have put on quite a display. Saying that my face turned red is a major understatement.
One of Kelly Murray's "Downs children (no telling him) decided to run and sit in the middle of a plunge pool cover. He was only around 5/6 at the time. Nice and nimble. We surrounded the 4 x 8m pool with adults, as soon as one reached for him he'd scuttle away. One adult tested the cover with her weight, no chance. That was a long game of patience!
Swimming teaching is certainly an interesting occupation and creates situations that are special to that job. This is why so many people enjoy doing it and meeting so many different people along the way.