Damon started his first swim school, the Rodd Swim School, at the outdoor and unheated Wallsend Olympic Pool while he was studying for an economics degree at university. Notwithstanding his passion for swimming, he had no idea that these humble beginnings would lead him to his full-time profession.
The original Rodd Swim School is where he developed his core learn to swim philosophies of “fun in swimming” and continuous swimming in lessons – the latter in direct response to seeing too many children spending more time sitting on the side of the pool rather than participating in lessons.
An important element of increasing every child’s participation time in lessons incorporated a smarter and more systematic use of flotation aids in their different forms. Damon quickly found that the teaching benefits of his methodology were significant. Children spent nearly 300% more time in the water, progressed faster with much improved technique, and best of all, had more fun.