All classes are taught by an experienced Swim Instructor, Mark Roizman, owner of Mark’s Swim Academy, in Waltham, MA.
Roizman has been teaching swimming for more than 30 years both in the United States and in Moldova (the former Soviet Union). He has a master’s degree in physical education from the Pedagogical University of Moldova.
Roizman teaches individuals anywhere from six months old to adults. Instead of breaking things down into age groups, Roizman separates his clients into levels depending on their ability. He teaches front curl (freestyle), backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and flip turns.
“The most important thing about working with kids is that you have to love them. You have to teach them step by step and you can’t jump over things. The most important thing that I can tell people is that I start with the basics and work my way up when I teach.”
“Swimming is a special sport. It is one of those sports where you can’t start and stop because then there is a good possibility that the fear of the water will come back. It is important to introduce things to people and never push. People will learn quickly if you teach on their individual level rather than teaching at your pace.”