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Abby Ellis

Second Year Instructor

Hey! My name is Abigail Ellis, Miss Abby to my clients. This is my second summer with Swim Warriors and I am super excited to be back! I am just one out of four children! Fun little fact about me, I am actually a triplet and then I have an older sister.

 

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved being in the water. I started out swimming for Grand Cascades around the age of six and I continued until I was about nine. I quit swim team for a few years but finally got back into it during the summer of 2021. I had missed the water on my break and I couldn’t help but come back to it. I enjoy every minute at practice and swim meets no matter how exhausting it may feel. To expand my passion for swim further, I began working here, at Swim Warriors in July, 2023. 

 

When I had began my job search, I didn’t expect to find a place like this to work but I’m over the moon that I did. The second I saw the job up Indeed, I sent in my cover letter and resume. It wasn’t long before I heard word back about an interview and I prayed I’d get the job. I’m so thankful I found such a wonderful place to work and I’m really excited to meet new people and make an impact on my clients lives.

 

In addition, I am certified in CPR/AED/First Aid in adult and pediatrics through the American Heart Association. Since I have worked with a lot of babies and toddlers, I found this to be very important to receive training for. While I learned a lot during my first few weeks at Swim Warriors, I still learn new ways of teaching clients every time I clock in. Working with so many different people is a little nerve wracking at first, but after you build up some confidence, it’s really enjoyable. Along with training and time, I also gained experience working with clients that have a variety of disabilities such as autism and cerebral palsy.  

 

This job has provided me with such big opportunities and opened up a whole new world of people. I enjoy meeting all of the Swim Warriors families and watching the clients bloom as they become more confident in themselves.

 

“Working with each l client and watching their improvement is so rewarding and it never ceases to thrill l me every time I watch them succeed. It’s truly a blessing to be apart of their journey.” 

With all of this in mind, I would like to say that I am super excited and grateful to be spending the summer of 2024 with all of you!

"My advice for swim parents would be to just trust the instructor and cherish watching your child grow. The change is a beautiful thing to watch and it happens pretty fast. I know some parents can be a bit nervous for their children and that is completely normal! Find comfort in the fact that all of the instructors are taught that safety is our first and foremost priority. Sometimes children will cry when they are uncomfortable with the water or a new face and that is alright. The water can be a daunting thing for kid. but your child isn’t alone in that. So many kids learn to love the water once the discomfort goes away. It takes time and practice. We work our hardest to help each kid become confident in themselves and perform to their highest but we cannot do it alone. Practicing at home, even in a bathtub, is super important. Parents who practice with their kids often times see quicker results as their child practices and begins to enjoy the water."

-Abby Ellis

MY FAVORITE QUOTE

"Starfish are notorious suck-ups. They love to give compliments. But it's nice when you need a little boost."- Aquamarine

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