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Name: Eszter Daly
Job Title: Swimming Instructor
Asphalt Green Department: Aquatics
Asphalt Green Campus: Upper East Side
Q: How long have you been working at Asphalt Green?
A: I’ve been working at Asphalt Green since 2010.
Q: What does your job entail?
A: I’m a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and ASCA Level 1 Swimming Instructor. I teach swimming to small groups and on a one-on-one basis to kids and adults at Asphalt Green. I teach everything from fundamentals to performance base stroke mechanics. Specifically, during the week I teach Waterproofing swim classes to kids at our off-site locations, and I teach one-on-one private swim lessons on the weekends at our Upper East Side campus. I also teach Beginner 1, Beginner 2, Intermediate, Advanced and Precompetitive swim classes for youth swimmers.
Q: When did you learn to swim?
A: I learned to swim at 7 years old in my home country of Budapest, Hungary.
Q: How did you get into the aquatics industry?
A: I began swimming competitively when I was 8 years old in Hungary. I’ve competed in the European Championships, World Championships and multiple World Cup Open Water events, competing all over the world. Later, I accepted a full scholarship to West Chester University of Pennsylvania for the Women’s Varsity Swim Team, where I was a multi All-American Swimmer and All-Conference Swimmer. After West Chester University, I got involved in various youth coaching programs both in the US and Budapest. In addition to teaching at Asphalt Green, I am also the assistant girls middle school swim coach at Chapin School and assistant coach for the Chelsea Piers Masters team. Recently, I helped prepare and coach a swimmer to cross the Catalina and English Channels, and Manhattan Island Swim.
Q: What is one of your fondest memories of working at Asphalt Green?
A: I was teaching a young girl how to swim and she finally learned to float and swim on her birthday. She was so happy! It must have been the best gift she received that day! Since then she has been one of my most enthusiastic students.
Q: Can you share a fun fact about yourself?
A: I swam in a race in the Nile River in Egypt.