By Myranda Tarr
Special to UM News
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 19, 2016) – Everyone longs to find their true calling in life. For Aprile Tampa, B.B.A., ’09, that calling is swimming. So it was no surprise the University of Miami alumna became an aquatics instructor. When the opportunity to teach youth and adult aquatics community classes at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center presented itself, she jumped, or rather swam, for it.
Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Tampa came to UM in 2005 to study business management. During her first semester at the U, Tampa began working at the Herbert Wellness Center. After exemplifying the facility’s high standards of service, she quickly transitioned to a head lifeguard and then facility supervisor.
“I really enjoyed working at the Herbert Wellness Center and getting to know the staff and patrons during my shifts,” says Tampa. “I truly felt like I had a say in the day-to-day operations.”
Tampa found her aquatics calling one afternoon when the facility was in need of a swimming instructor. She stepped up and taught that class. Little did Tampa know that one class was just the beginning for her.
“I was searching for another outlet for exercise and wanted to try something different,” says Tampa. “I’ve found that swimming helps maintain both my physical and mental health.”
Though the instructor also works full time as a sales manager at a local security company, she considers teaching aquatics her second profession.
“What I love most about working at the Herbert Wellness Center is the different kinds of students, alumni, and community members I get to be around,” she says. “Everyone has a different story, a different reason they are at our facility, and I love learning about them and giving them an experience they will love!”
Whether you are training to compete in a triathlon or simply looking to become a stronger swimmer, Tampa teaches a variety of classes to fit your needs. The instructor says swimming is a low-impact exercise that anyone can enjoy, whether you are 3 years old or 83.
Tampa adds, “I like to give all my students a safe space to test their skills and learn as much as possible.”
In addition to youth and adult aquatics classes, the Herbert Wellness Center offers various instructional classes in martial arts, tennis, salsa and belly dance. To view the entire schedule, click here
Registration for instructional community classes closes Sunday, October 30
. A free trial for each class (first meeting only) is available through October 30, excluding youth aquatics. For more information or to register for classes, click here