School may be out for summer, but for many children and teens there are more lessons to learn in the pool. Participants in the Water Safety Instructor class at Rochester Recreation Center are completing a six month course in water safety and instruction.
The student instructors are diving in to the fundamentals of swimming before they start teaching children at area pools and recreational waters.
“You’re their teacher, but you’re also kind of, their friend,” said Laura Torgeson of Pine Island, who’s working toward her WSI certification. “If you make it fun and friendly for them then they get such a better experience and they want to come back.”