Sarah Kenyon – May 2019

Sarah Kenyon – May 2019

Sarah joined Aqua Essence, in the Winter of 2019. Prior to that, she had taken some drop in lessons about two years ago elsewhere. Sarah has a fear of water and the lessons have provdided her with a comfort that she never had before, It’s a skill that she sincerely enjoys learning further, and she looks forward to swimming during vacations and over the Summer.

Here’s what Sari had to say:

I would  like to nominate Sarah Kenyon for swimmer of the month. Sarah started taking lessons this February, after not being in the water for years. Sarah has quickly progressed from swimming with assistance in the shallow end to completing entrire laps in the deep end, all on her own in just over 2 months. Sarah’s hard work and drive to learn is incredile to see and shows that no matter your circumstances, it’s never too late to learn this important life skill. Congratulations on all your hard work Sarah!

Diego Perez – April 2019

Diego Perez – April 2019

Diego started swimming wtih Aqua Essence in the Fall of 2017. Prior to that he had taken lessons elsewhere, and felt comfortbale in the water, but wanted to focus on skill development. Diego’s Aunt, suggested he move to swim wtih Aqua Essence and his mom wished she had done so, a lot sooner! Diego enjoys his private one on one class with his instructor Mitchell and getting to know him, which makes him feel more confident in his swimming! Diego looks forward to swimming at Cindy Klassen each week.

Here’s what Mitchell had to say:

Diego has been chosen as swimmer of the month for April. Diego and I have been working to complete the Red Cross Swim Kids program for almost a year now and he has come so far. Diego is one of those kids that never complains, and does the work. Because of this attitude he has been able to improve drastically in a short amount of time. He is locked in on his goal of completing Level 10 and he is so close now. I’m sure he can see the light at the end of the tunnel! I want to recognize Diego’s efforts over the past few months, specifically because of the increase I’ve noticed in his endurance. Being able to swim continually is a huge part of the last few levels and Diego is more than up to that task. Great work Diego and great attitude!

Thabiso Mohamme – March 2019

Thabiso Mohamme – March 2019

Thabiso joined Aqua Essence in the Fall of 2017, he had no swimming experience previously. He was afraid of getting into the water and was especially terrified of putting his head under the water. He couldn’t float or swim. Sasha was his first instructor and was very patrient. Thabiso now enjys swimming and he can’t wait to get to his swimming lessons. He also likes to practice his skills outside of his swimming lessons. He enjoys doing arm circles, pencil swims, and diving. Thabiso enjoys swimming with his instructor Annika and he regularly smiles and is very happy when he is in the pool. Thabiso enjoys getting high gives from his teacher when he achieves a certain skill.

Here’s what Annika had to say: I would like to nominate Thabiso Mohamme for swimmer of hte month. Thabiso and I have been swimming together since September, and since then he has improved tremendously! In the first few classes, he was very fearful of entering the water and had absolutely no interest of stepping foot near the deep end. After just a few weeks, Thabiso was swimming from one end of the pool to the other, and jumping into the deep end on his own!

Thabiso works really hard and it shows, each class he is improving more and more. Once Thabiso get to the pool he is very eager to hop int eh water and start working on his front crawl. HIs front crawl has come such a long way! It took Thabiso a while to get the hang of the arm circles using the board, but now he is swimming multiple lengths without any assitance! Keep up the awesome work Thabiso!

Ben Plaseski – February 2019

Ben Plaseski – February 2019

Ben joined Aqua Essence in the Fall of 2014. His very first instructor was Mitchell! This was his very first set of swimming levels and before joining Aqua Essence, his comfort level in the water was non-existent. Ben enjoys swimming, and now that he is in Level 6, he is looking forward to wearing googles in teh water next session! Ben looks forward to swimming at Cindy Klassen Recreation Centre each week!

Here’s what Hannah had to say:

I would like to nominate Benjamin Plaseski as a swimmer of the month. Ben has been working very hard during lessons, especially on his endurance in teh deep end and he has been improving with every class. Although practising, whip kick can be repetitve and frustrating, Iam proud of Ben for remaining dedicated eveyr week. All of hte hard work has really paid off! I also admire his sense of humour and I look forward to seeing him every week at the pool!

Abby Carrasco – January 2019

Abby Carrasco – January 2019

Abby joined Aqua Essence in September 2018. Prior to taking lessons, Abby loved the water but would only go in, with floaties on. Abby loves being in the big pool, like her older brothers! She enjoys taking lessons at Concordia Pool.

Here’s what Ashley had to say:

I would like to nominate Abby Carrasco for swimmer of thte month for January. Abby has made leaps during her swimming lessons for the past few months. From being hesistant swimming alone, she has become independent with her swimming and is able to swim long distance by herself! Abby always comes to swimming lessons with a smile on her face and a positive attidue. She is excited to swim by herself and is eager to learn more ways of swimming and ways to stay safe in and around the water!

Russell Dykstra – December 2018

Russell Dykstra – December 2018

Russell joined Aqua Essence in the Fall of 2010, at the age of six. He has always been very comfortable in the water. Russell’s favourite part of his lessons, is any skill/activity that allows him to go underwater, and he really enjoys having Caitlyn as his instructor. Russell enjoys swimming at Sergeant Tommy Prince Place, and most recently Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex.

Here’s what Caitlyn had to say:

I would like to nominate Russell Dykstra for swimmer of the month for December! Russell and I have been swimming together since I started teaching in April 2018. He is on of the most dedicated swimmers’ I have ever met. When I first started with Russell, he was a bit shy. Russell now comes to swimming each week telling me what he wants to work on and his goal for that class! We have been working on Breast Stroke consistently for the last month and half, and although it’s a challenging stroke to learn, not once has Russell given less than 100%! The best part of swimming with Russell is that he never forgets a hug at the end of the class. Keep up the hard work Russell! Congratulations on being swimmer of the month, you deserve it!