“Any skill can be mastered by taking the skill one small step at a time.” – Michael Simonson
Swimming has been a passion of Mike’s since he was very young. His love of swimming began while chasing his swim instructor in the deep end of the pool during lessons without the aid of floatation devices. From those early days of swimming, he ventured to a variety of different sports including the martial arts Tae Kwon Do, Wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but Swimming has always been his favorite, and therefore, he decided to pursue a career in aquatics. Mike trained and competed year round in both private swim teams and the Town of Cortlandt swim team. He set records for his competitive teams for butterfly and breast strokes. Once old enough, he took an interest in becoming an American Red Cross Lifeguard and has been actively lifeguarding for the last 16 years. As an instructor he has been teaching for the last 13 years, and he began his relationship with Club Fit 10 years ago as an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard. Mike believes that any skill can be mastered by taking the skill one small step at a time. Such training can be applied to cover long distances, and/or perform advanced strokes such as butterfly.
“Mike Simonson is one the finest people I have ever met. He also just happens to be one of the most splendid swim instructors around! Our boys, Steven and Louis, adore Mike, and his dedication to them is supreme. He is a gentle and passionate teacher who cares about the craft of swimming. He is a true artist, his ability to enhance the boys strengths while finding and drilling on their weaknesses is unmatched. His encouragement towards them makes the boys feel if they try their best, they can achieve anything. And he makes all of this FUN! Isn’t that what it’s all about… suffice to say, I highly recommend Mike to any youngsters looking to begin a journey into the joy of swimming.” – Anthony Tenoglia