I enjoyed helping others overcome their fears and helping others learn something new. I came to look forward to the excited looks on my students' faces when they first went underwater, swam across the pool by themselves, or became a certified lifeguard. It didn't matter the age of the student or the task, I got great pleasure from helping others accomplish something new.
I also discovered I have an ability to break difficult tasks into smaller, more manageable steps. To a child, going underwater can be extremely frightening. To also have to breathe out while underwater just serves to make the whole process more difficult. However, the process can be broken down into steps such as: getting in the water and becoming accustomed to just being in the water, holding on the edge of the pool and dipping the chin in the water, holding on the edge and letting the water cover the mouth, blowing bubbles in the water, and so on.
After working at the YMCA several months, I changed my college major to education.