50 Years Of Swimming Lessons


Swimming lessons are in session.

For one of the coaches in Minot, it’s her 50th year teaching swimming lessons.

Alexus Arthur reports.

“Jump in!” said Patrice Mitchell, Swim Instructor.

Patrice Mitchell has been sharing her passion for the pool for the past 50 years.

“Switch stations!” said Mitchell.

“She just has that knack with the kids and knows how each of them learns best.” said Jessica Berube, former student.

“One’s go!” said Mitchell.

As a kid she took swimming lessons, started working at the pool when she was 12 years old, and loved it so much she decided to do it for a living.

“When I go to the pool it’s like I have little guppies that know me and they show me all their little tricks.” said Mitchell.

“She was born to be a swimming teacher.” said Berube.

“Just turn your head. Breath, down, breath, down.” said Mitchell.

The pool is like a second home to her.

“There you go Maggie!” said Mitchell.

“I can’t believe I’m still doing this but to know that kids are learning such a life time skill it’s really extremely important lesson for all of us.” said Mitchell.

She’s made an impact on generations of families.

“I hope she’s still teaching in a couple of years when my little one can turn five and hopefully be in her class.” said Berube.

“She helps people swim.” said Reya Berube, 6 year old student.

“Put your eyes in like a fish.” said Mitchell.

“I’m very highly rewarded, very humbled by what I have.” said Mitchell.

Some students know her as Trice, Patrice, Ms. Mitchell, or Coach Mitchell.

“Let’s go faster and harder… One’s go!” said Mitchell.

But by any name… she makes a difference in all her “guppies” lives. In Minot, Alexus Arthur, KX News.”

Anyone who’s taken lessons from Patrice can buy a 50 years t-shirt for 10 dollars.

All of the proceeds will help pay for swimming lessons for foster kids.

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