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PCSO gives up job to become baby swim instructor

Elaine Saunders said she's gone from seeing the worst in people - to the best.

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 5:44am 10th February 2017. 3-minute read.

PCSO gives up job to become baby swim instructor

A young mum from Aylesbury gave up her decade long career at Thames Valley Police to become a baby swimming instructor.

Elaine Saunders said she had been worn down by 'seeing the very worst in people on a daily basis' and decided she needed a change.

The 29-year-old lives in Aylesbury with her husband Adam, their two year old son, Alistair, and beloved dog, Max.

Before becoming a baby swimming instructor, Elaine was in fact a customer of the business she now works for.

Young Alistair begun the classes when he was 10 weeks old and continues to go to this day.

By chance, at a regular weekly swimming lesson with her son, she saw that Water Babies were looking for teachers in the area. In what she describes as a 'light-bulb' moment, Elaine realised this could be just what she'd been looking for.

Elaine and Alistair

Elaine and her son Alistair

Elaine said:

"It's a really tough job and after 10 years, it really did wear me down. I received abuse on a daily basis and you really do end up seeing the worst in people, day in, day out. Job satisfaction wasn't something I could claim to have and I reached the point where I wanted to get away from all the negativity and into something that was more friendly, inclusive and family orientated. And that's exactly what I've done!"

"I think because I was a customer already, I really understood what mums and babies got out of the swimming lessons.

"Half an hour of no phone, no TV… just quality time together. It was, and still is, the best half hour of my week! Swimming with your baby is such a special bonding experience and I was so excited at the prospect of being able to facilitate that for others - as a job!"

"I really like teaching toddlers - it's amazing to see them learning from you and having fun at the same time. It's incredibly rewarding to see these wonderful little people following your instruction and carrying out a skill that requires mental and physical coordination. You literally see them developing from week to week." 

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