Brenda, Pangansinan, Philippines, lives and works in Repulse Bay.
During childhood, we never had the opportunity to swim. I started at Splash in 2016, and now you can’t stop me: Beginner, Intermediate, Open Water, all in one year. I never thought I would be able to do that. I used to look down at the sea in Repulse Bay and say “there’s no way I am going to go in there.” Now I swim and snorkel. When I went back home to the Philippines for a visit I taught my niece and nephew to swim.
Splash has become my family. Before, I didn’t go out on Sundays. It can be very lonely for you. But swimming has become my second life. I swim after work. I swim with my employer’s children, and now I coach for Splash! It is reassuring for the swimmers to see me. When they start, they can feel very little of themselves. But I tell them “I won’t leave your side; I will stay with you.” I make them feel comfortable and help them improve their self-esteem and confidence.