I am writing to commend and recommend Jackie Foster, of Skillz4Life, for her capability and experience as a swim school teacher and manager. I have worked alongside Jackie for two years, each of which Jackie brought the Skillz4Life programme in to Hobsonville School to provide students with quality swimming lessons.
Over the time I have worked with Jackie I have experienced and can validate her hard working and professional approach to her swim teaching programme and business. Jackie has many years of swim teaching experience, as well as managing the business itself. This is evident in the professional and well structured lessons that I have personally seen her coach. Having been a swimming teacher myself for six years, and can reaffirm that her knowledge in this area is great. Jackie clearly has very high expectations for her staff, as they too have all demonstrated an excellent understanding of swim coaching and teaching and have all provided lessons of great value.
Jackie is a punctual and clear communicator. She has consistently met with myself and teachers where needed, to organise and structure lessons and programmes to meet both the students’ and teacher’s needs. She has professionally and efficiently communicated with parents also, solving problems and issues in a very timely matter. Again, this is also evident in her staff, as each instructor has met with teachers where needed and communicated clearly any misunderstandings. Jackie’s staff are consistently punctual and professional.
If there is any need to discuss any of the above information, please feel free to contact myself as a professional referee of Jackie Foster.
- SARAH LEE (Hobson Ville Primary School)
Our son has significant sensory issues associated with his ASD. One being that he finds cold water very difficult. For the past three years, his school have recieved the ten swimming lessons from Skillz4Life. At first, we had a struggle getting him into the water as the pool is outside and unheated. He would have meltdowns, refuse to get in and take up to 20 minutes to slowly get himself into the water. I explained the situation to Jackie at the very first lesson and she was very understanding. Jackie and her instructors have been patient, supportive and have done their best to make him feel comfortable. Now he only takes five minutes to get used to the water and participates fully in Skillz4Life’s lessons. Jackie and your team, a huge thank you for being so amazing and supportive towards his special needs. Life is hard with a special needs child and your help and understanding made things much easier.
- KYLIE AND ROBIN ( Parent )
Since you have been involved in our aquatics progamme the students have gained a great deal of confidence and skills in the water. Parents have been particularly commenting on the progress their children are making. We have had many positive comments from students, parents and teachers about the smooth organisation of the programme and in particular the friendly and encouraging attitude that you and your fellow colleagues portray. I would like to thank you on behalf of Cambells Bay School for undertaking our aquatics programme and managing the sessions so competently and skilfully.
- CLAIRE DOBSON ( Parent )