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Daily Inspiration: Meet Amanda Wilson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Wilson.

Hi Amanda, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I got disqualified from my very first competitive swim race because I didn’t touch the wall with two hands in my breast stroke. I was eight. And while that was devastating for my younger self, the experience planted the seed in me that I would somehow, someday help young swimmers understand the rules so that they wouldn’t suffer the same fate.

Fast forward a few years, and you could find me doing my swim team-mandated laps in the pools of beautiful Caribbean beach resorts on family vacations while my siblings played leisurely games of Marco Polo and sunbathed nearby.

It was Thanksgiving vacation my senior year of high school when I got the invitation to join the Ramapo College swim team. My dream came true–I was a college athlete.

I was born a Jersey girl, and I never lived far from the beach. I was a lifeguard during high school and college and taught lessons when time allowed.

My post-college dream of moving to San Diego happened pretty fast. I have been here for over five years. I tried corporate life for the first few years, but I knew it wasn’t for me. I remembered my dream to teach kids about swimming–everything from the proper techniques to safety, to yes, the rules not to forget during competitions.

I started “Swim with Amanda” in 2021 and have taught dozens of babies, children, and adults.

I just love teaching. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing how excited a child is for a swim lesson and seeing how they advance from virtual fear of the water to becoming little guppies!

When I am not in the pool, I enjoy yoga and am working on my certification so I can teach that too. I’m an avid fan of the outdoors and enjoy hiking, camping, and rock climbing. You can also find me quoting Harry Potter and snuggling with any dog I meet. My best experience was my semester abroad in Florence; I love traveling and while I love the beach, a favorite vacation was exploring Barcelona with my family.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I know how to swim, teach, and coach, I am working on learning how to start a business! With the help of some friends and family, I have started to learn the ropes in creating, managing, and perpetuating a successful business. Taking the plunge of teaching swim lessons full time was daunting, what if I couldn’t find clients? What if babies cried when I held them? What if I couldn’t teach everyone who I worked with? Doubts aside, I took the plunge, and I am so happy I made the decision. Summer in San Diego is the perfect time to be outside and enjoying the beautiful sun and weather.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a swim instructor, a friend, and a cheerleader. I specialize in but am not confined to teaching kids and adults how to swim. When a bond is formed with a swimmer, the true improvement begins.

I am proud of how diverse my clients are in their swimming abilities and how I can take those abilities and turn them into useable skills. For example, a baby successfully learning water safety, a teen training for their junior lifeguard test and passing, an adult practicing for a scuba test and using those skills in the test.

My unwavering patience in the pool and willingness to work with any client no matter what age or skill level sets me apart from others. A challenge is fun! One of my proudest moments is successfully teaching a little girl named Jess, who lives on a houseboat and was afraid of the water, how to swim and dive in the pool and ocean. Now her parents don’t have to be afraid if she falls in the water!

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
Growing up, I was a leader! Interested in sports, being team captain, and the best teammate I could be. I was competitive which lead to my college swim career. Interested in photography, other cultures, and helping others. I participated in a program that matched middle schoolers with kids with special needs to teach basketball skills. In high school, I was a co-creator of the Plantin’ Club where we met once a week and tended to a garden on school property. Extroverted, friendly, not very studious.

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