Thinking of becoming a TI Coach
First off let me apologize if I am putting this question in the wrong topic forum. I figured it would be the best place to do so.
So, here it goes, I've been a TI practitioner since 2008. I had the good fortune to be in a workshop with Coach Dave Cameron and Coach Fiona Laughlin. Although I was raw at the time, I kept refining my skills and low and behold I noticed that all those hours of drills paid off. Not only that, but others at the pool and open water noticed too. It wasn't uncommon for someone to comment on my stroke and ask how to get faster with more efficienct. The short answer was always: "Take a TI course and it'll change your life." But at times I would show them basics like Superman glide, explaining the need to have your head in a neutral position etc.
Well as time went on I would come online to the forums and think about taking the TI coach's certification 1.0 course but I would always talk myself out of it. Not sure why I did that but I did. Then one day I got the sad news that Terry had passed away of prostate cancer. I recently was diagnosed with that same form and fortunately found it in time, had my prostate removed and am now cancer free!
During the time when I was active on this forum, I would converse with Terry about my desire to teach children and adults of color how to swim. The drowning rates in Black and Brown communities is three times that of Whites and I felt that before I could market swimming as a sport, it needed to be seen as a life skill. Terry was in total agreement with me. He emphasized that I take the TI coaching course and target my work with these marginalized communities. In fact, he told me this in person when we met face-to-face on one of his trips out to California to teach, and I hosted him at The South End Rowing Club.
That's been over 8 years ago and yet I still haven't taken the course. But now I have decided that the time is right. I have made a decision to get certified in 2019! The reason for this is that I need to raise the money to do so, but I want to fulfill my desire to teach TI swimming and be a part of the bigger community of this amazing movement. My questions to you all are the following:
1. Are you happy with your chose to become a TI coach?
2. What did you find the most challenging about becoming a coach?
3. Are there other coaches that work with marginalized groups and what has been your success and or frustration?
4. Am I crazy to ask these sorts of questions and and have the desire to become a TI coach?
Please all coaches are welcome to respond. I values all your input.
That is an interesting idea especially if you live in a place that is not too harshly regulated.
Here in France to train somebody or team, leaving the required and necessary security training, you need, among other prerequisites, to have spend close to 1000 hours more or less bound with the "french federation of swimming" which pretty much close the teaching market to alternative approach to swimming.
As for working with kids it has lots of prerequisites everywhere pretty much, not trivial.
will try to answer your questions. The answers are highly individual/personal, so hopefully they are what you hoped to get...
I still feel as a continueing TI-Student, like to participate in TI-workshops and TI-weeks as a hybrid TI-Student-Coach. What I like most: Really all students and (master-)coaches I met around TI are so sympathic that only this is worth to deal with TI more deeply. And having met Terry in person was a very happy coincidence in my life.
Similar to liolio I've to say, here in Hamburg its nearly impossible to coach TI regularly :-( Here is a company owning all public pools. They don't have any interest in TI but pushing their own coaches and courses. They do not give a chance to rent a lane or a half one one. And sometimes the lifeguards become nearly impolite when I'm in the water with a student, because they appeal to the pool-rules that foreign coaching is strictly forbidden. (We then tell them the coaching is just matter of friendship..) Also strictly forbidden in all pools is taking a video, so an important part of TI-Coaching is cut off :-(
And if you'll find a way to coach TI regularly, have in mind: Its not the preferred way to become rich with money, but...
Hope becoming a TI-Coach will be the right, satisfying and joyful way for you.
Having said that, I should share with you a riddle that has circulated in swim coaching circles:
Q: What do you call a swim coach who drives a Cadillac?
A: Car thief.
The reason I'm happy with my choice to become a TI coach is because I enjoy swim coaching - not because it has made me rich. If you enjoy enabling people to achieve their swimming goals and awakening them to new possibilities they never even considered, that's what is likely to make you satisfied as a TI coach.
Hope this helps!
A big thank you to all three of you for getting back too me. I have had the desire to be a swim coach for yeas and I am total believer in the TI method. In fact, I was speaking to a friend yesterday about swimming and I realized it is one of the rare activities that i do that I can talk about or hear someone speak about that never bores me LOL! Of course there are others, but swimming is such a joy even on the days when I am frustrated at least I know how to trouble shoot the frustration :-)
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