Position in School: Head Lifeguard/Swimming Coach
How long have you been working in the aquatics/swimming industry and what inspired you to get into it?
This is my first time teaching aquatics in a school setting but I have been working in the swimming industry for 20 years. Some of my cousins are in the swimming pool business and are also water safety instructors, so I guess working in the swimming industry is in the blood.
My dream job would be an officer on a cruise ship. I love the idea of seeing the world and traveling as part of my job.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of school, and what do you enjoy most about life in Japan?
My hobbies include cooking Filipino food, fishing and billiards. I also enjoy visiting cities and prefectures whenever my family and I have time. In Japan I notice the differences from place to place; like the local food, traditions, and even the regional dialects. It's really interesting.
How long can you hold your breath underwater, and is it true that you wear a life jacket to bed because you sleep in a water bed?
Well, I'm no Aquaman but I can hold my breath for around a minute. I'm sure many others can do this too, and there are definitely some who can hold it for much longer. As for the life jacket while sleeping, I’ll let you know once I’ve tried it.
If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and what would you discuss?
It would have to be Kyoko Iwasaki (Japanese Olympic swimmer and gold medalist) and her coach. I want to ask about her amazing swimming technique and the training she went through.
What advice would you give to teachers looking to work in Japan?
Japan is a small country but it has many differences in a lot of aspects of daily life compared to other countries and cultures. If you are patient and open-minded you can find success.