Meet Your Teacher, Erin!

By OceanFirst on 3/28/17

erinbiophoto.jpgErin joined us at Ocean First Swim in the fall and has quickly become an invaluable part of the team. From her patience with her students to her enthusiasm to help them grow as swimmers, she is a joy to have in the water. Out of the water, she is an avid traveler and loves to explore the local music scene. We asked her some questions to get to know her better:

Where did your love of the water come from? 

I have loved the water since I was a child. My mom told me that the first time my sister and I ever went to a swimming pool, we both tried to run straight into the water multiple times. I started swim lesson at three, joined a summer league swim team as a five-year old, and began swimming on a club year-round swim team at the age of seven. I continued year-round club swimming until the end of high school, and I helped to start my high school swim team. Growing up, I spent summers at the swimming pool or in the ocean on the California and North Carolina coasts. I have always loved the water!


What is your favorite thing about teaching?

One of my favorite things about teaching swim lessons, and just teaching in general, is talking to the children and listening to all of the hilarious stories and things that they say. Teaching is such an entertaining job!


What other water activities do you enjoy? 

I love doing anything in the water, but in the past few years I have gotten really into whitewater sports. Three years ago, I took an intensive whitewater rafting guide-training course and worked as a whitewater raft guide for two summers. I guided boats down the Arkansas River, the Blue River, Clear Creek, and the Colorado River. It was one of my favorite jobs to date. I also have recently started whitewater kayaking, which is so much fun as well!

I also love being in the ocean. When I was 11, I attended surf camp with my twin sister in San Diego, California. I surfed throughout middle and high school, but have not been recently because living in Colorado makes it more challenging to get to the ocean. I go snorkeling whenever I can, and have explored coral reefs in the Indian, Caribbean, and Pacific Oceans.


Who or what has inspired you?

There are a lot of people and things out there that have inspired me. The first thing that comes to mind is my favorite documentary- 180 Degrees South. I have seen it so many times, and am still inspired by it.


Why are you good at what you do?

I believe that I am good at what I do because I care and am passionate about what I get involved in. I love being with people, and working with people. Genuinely caring about what you do is what makes you good at it.


What are you in school for? 

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 2013. I will be starting a Counseling Psychology Master’s program at University of Denver this fall, and hoping to concentrate my studies on School Counseling and working with students that suffer from anxiety and depression associated with body disorders. I’ve taken a break from school for four years, but I am excited to be going back!


What else do you love to do?

I love doing most things outdoors! Out of the water, I love hiking, skiing, biking, camping, bouldering, and fly-fishing! I also enjoy live music, reading, Sudoku, and board/card games.


If you could be anyone in the world, who would you be?

I would love to be Grace Potter, the musician. I absolutely love her music, and she seems to be a hilarious, down-to-earth human being. Going on tour as a famous female rock musician would be incredible!

Tell me something amazing about yourself!

I think that one of the most amazing things that I have done in my lifetime was climb and summit Mount Kilimanjaro. I studied abroad for four months in Kenya and Tanzania when I was a junior in college, and climbed Kilimanjaro with a few of my friends right after our program ended. It was one of the most physically challenging experiences of my life, summit day was especially brutal, but the experience was also incredible. We summited at 6:15am just in time for sunrise, and it was the most breathtaking view I have ever seen! So beautiful!


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