My Accidental Part Time Gig

Published by alvinauh on

Many years ago, I first read about how weddings are expensive and I thought that it must be exaggerated. That or most of them were not able to manage their funds well. Little did I know how wrong I was.

A fresh graduate’s salary amounts to nothing much even ten years ago. However, I still had to find a way to get the funds needed for my wedding. That was when an opportunity came a-knocking.

Image result for knocking on the door

Image source

Can You Teach My Children Swimming?

I was at my desk when a colleague came over. I had just started work at a college and somehow my records were leaked. That was when that colleague of mine found out that I was a competitive swimmer. She came over and asked if I could teach her children swimming.

I thought why not? I needed the money and besides, it was not as if I have found any other source of income. Thus, I started my stint as a part-time swim instructor. It was an easy one hour class of teaching children how to swim properly.  I could not imagine what would come next from this.

The Classes Grew Accidentally Too

I do not promote my classes on any platform. However, I started getting weird stares from parents around the pool. At first, I thought it was my voice. I started lowering my voice and the stares continued. I started feeling self-conscious but carried on my class.

At the end of my class, one of the parents walked up to me and asked if I was a swimming coach. Little did I know that many parents who frequented the pool were looking for a swimming coach as well. Thus, they were observing to see if I was alright with kids. They claimed that the previous coach they had love throwing the kids into the swimming pool.

Image result for throwing kids in the pool

Image source

This created a sense of fear among some of the children and since I never once did that, they thought that I would make a perfect fit. I agreed and word spread rather quickly. More and more parents started enquiring about my classes and I was thankful for the opportunity.


One of the biggest challenges that come with opportunity is expectations. Apparently, one parent went around talking about how I have helped her child overcome hydrophobia. Honestly, I thought I was just lucky and that led to many placing a rather high expectation on me. That being said, it was a good problem to have and nothing beats seeing a child learning how to overcome their own fear of water.

The other challenge was that I had to sacrifice my dashing good looks for my wedding. I’m joking, but I did get rather tanned in the weirdest places. I wear a full suit during my lessons and so my hands and face became rather dark. Colleagues of mine started calling me a reverse Mickey Mouse because it was as if I was wearing gloves.

Image result for mickey mouse

Get it? Reverse Mickey Mouse? I have black gloves and white skin while Mickey mouse has… Oh nevermind.. (source)


It has been a few years now since that interesting part-time gig and I am thankful for that learning experience. I think one of the best lessons learned from this experience is that word of mouth is often a more powerful form of advertising.