Rye Y Story Project: Jessica F.

JessicaI used to swim here when I was little, so when I finished college and I saw an ad in the paper, I applied! I’ve lived in Rye my entire life and the Y has been a part of my life and my family’s life. I was part of the swim team here. I remember walking into the little house when that was the front entrance. I just loved being in the water and having fun with the other kids.

I have always loved the water; it is a big part of my life so I thought ‘why not continue something that I’m very passionate about?’ I decided to stick with it. I started at the Y as a lifeguard and as a swim instructor for several years. I became really comfortable with the program and the people. Then I became a supervisor on Sundays, which was really exciting for me. I had more responsibility and got to know staff members in other departments. So it has been really nice.

I love to teach because of the gratification of seeing how excited the kids are when they complete a skill. And the safety aspect – I know that the kids I teach will be safe in the water!