You know you spend too much time in a swimming pool when...
- there is constantly half a gallon of water in your ears.
- 30 mins after getting out of the pool, pool water runs out of your nose.
- no matter how much deodorant, perfume, aftershave you use the over riding smell is always the pungent stench of chlorine.
- no matter how much cream, lotion, body butter you use your skin is constantly red, itchy, dry and generally irritated from all the chlorine.
- the combination of chlorine and tight goggles leaves you looking like a panda for the rest of the day.
- you're in a constant dilemma of: I need to eat before I swim but do I have enough time or is it getting too close to my swim time.
- you are always waking up in the middle of the night from dreams about swimming, teaching people to swim, or attempting - not aways successfully - to stop someone from drowning.
- someone annoys you and your first reaction is to splash them with water. Even though you're not in the water!
I love swimming and I love my job as a swimming teacher. The children are fun, the parents are appreciative and the pay is ok. Of course like all jobs there are a few drawbacks - like those above - as well as problems with working too many days and yet not enough hours. However, overall I'm very happy and job satisfaction is more important to me than - although also intrinsically tied to - pay and security. Therefore, even with the above drawbacks, I won't be giving up my fun job to go and work in a stuffy office anytime soon.