Landing in a great spot – an intern’s view of Upper Valley Aquatic Center
With a laptop and power cord in hand, I was directed to the office behind the large window of the competition pool. What a cool place to work I thought – it’s always great to have a window in your office – something I had rarely experienced in the corporate world. Returning to work after taking a hiatus in my career, I felt like I had landed in a great spot!
Upper Valley Aquatic Center (UVAC) was not an unfamiliar place to me. I had been there many times. I remember the first time I went to UVAC. It was a snowy day when I drove my mini-van over. It was like entering a new world – its warm water pool and lazy river pool were so welcoming! My family was hooked and has been ever since. From swim lessons, to friends’ birthday parties, UVAC has been a tropical refuge on a bitter winter day, a place where my kids took their first lessons and learned their first strokes, to now a place where I am learning lots.
|Fun at the World’s Largest Swim Lesson|
Catherine, who is in charge of the swimming lessons program, was instrumental is having the UVAC participate in the WLSL. I created a press release – I think it was my first one in a decade. It was great to write about such a good cause – the WLSL is a world-wide campaign to raise awareness that drowning is the 2nd leading cause of preventable death for kids ages 1-14. At the same time it is a competition to break the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Swim Lesson. Last year’s WLSL had 24,873 participants from 15 countries across 5 continents.
Who knows maybe in the future I will be working on promoting the free 14 day membership or figuing out how to get more families to know that there is free child care when taking classes – not to mention a Parent’s Night Out every month. I am so lucky where I have landed!