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SYSK: Jen Fielding teaches generations of swimmers


With the beginning swimmers is where Jen Fielding prefers to spend her pool time at The Falls Aquatic Center in Cedar Falls.

"To see them get their faces in the water and take off," said Fielding.

The 92-year-old has taught swimming lessons for more than 50 years, helping children to love, not to fear the water.

"You see that smile on their faces that they did it. That's all I need," said Fielding.

With Jen as a teacher, parents notice their child's improvement.

"He's putting his face in, something he never would do before without rubbing his eyes, and now he just gets in and doesn't have that fear. So that's been wonderful," said parent Kirsten Kane.

Kane's family has a special connection to Jen.

"My father took lessons from her, I did as well and now my son's taking them," said Kane.

Kane said Fielding's teaching style hasn't changed much.

"I just remember she doesn't take no. She wants you to try," said Kane.

Jen Fielding got into swimming thanks to her younger sister. She invited Jen to go with her to the YWCA when her husband was in the service.

"I had a real good instructor the first time. She was a perfectionist, as we all should be," said Fielding.

The 92-year-old is also a perfectionist, hoping her lessons give the youngsters a good foundation for water safety.

"Everyone should learn to swim because it's for their own safety. They should be able to save themselves," she said.

At the other end of pool, Jen Fielding also teaches a class for seniors each weekday morning. She said it's a stretching and flexing class to help keep the seniors active without much risk of injury.

Back in more shallow water at The Falls Aquatic Center, Jen plans to keep encouraging the little swimmers to turn into little fish. Another generation of swimmers taught by Jen Fielding.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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