We had the good fortune of connecting with Meggy McVey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Meggy, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Reliability. Consistency. Communication.
As a swim instructor and coach, I am teaching kiddos from 18 months to 12 years old. Parents are putting their kids in my hands so its my duty to keep them safe.
Parents just want to feel seen and safe. They are trusting me to keep their kids safe. I am teaching a life skill and the water can be very dangerous! For my younger kiddos, this is sometimes the very first time they are learning anything from someone other than their parent/parents. For the new parents, it could be the first time trusting someone else with their pride and joy! In a way, I am becoming part of their family for a moment in time so they need to trust me to be reliable and communicate with them as much as possible.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Iv been working in some way since for the past 13 years, since I was 15 years old.
Iv done all kinds of jobs but the thing that has always made me the most happy is teaching and coaching swimming. I have been swimming since before I could walk and no matter what I always get out of the pool and I am happy and I just want to share that with others. When I am in the water with the kids, its one of the only times, I feel truly present in my life. Its exactly what I was born to do. I had always taught and coached more as a side gig, but once COVID 19 hit, everything changed, as it did for most people. I decided to really make my sole focus on swimming so thats when I officially created “Swim with Meggy” when it really started in 2008 when I was 15, I just gave it a name in 2020.
I think working with children is how we can make an impact on the future generation even if it just by teaching them how to swim because really I am teaching them so much more than that. I am teaching kids to face their fears and be brave. To trust someone that has made them feel safe. To push them. To listen to them when they are scared. I always tell the kiddos to use their words and tell me how they are feeling because if they do, we can work it out together. It also teaches them that hard work does pay off. Its so rewarding when you finally see things starting to click for them and they are so proud of themselves. One act, no matter how small, makes an impact on peoples lives. It may be end up shaping the rest of their life. My mom always taught me to be kind to everyone, it sure does take practice sometimes but it all matters.
There are of course, so many challenging then you become your own boss. You have to have self motivation and a true love for what youre doing because if you don’t truly love what you do, its going to be really hard to be successful. It taught me that I have to know my value and worth because if you don’t see that in yourself, who will? Its still hard to set those boundaries with your clients and it takes practice. I am not perfect but I always have an open mind and want to learn more. Of course, there are some days that you don’t want to go to work and the kids are not in a good mood but thats when I learn the most about myself and others. I have to dig deep within myself and really focus and continue to do the best I can do. The thing about working with kids is that, you can’t fake it with them. They can feel when the energy is off. I love that so much. You always know where you stand with the kids. They can’t lie! I love it.
I started “Swim with Meggy” all on my own and I am so proud of what and where it is right now. Im not trying to look forward too much because as long as I am happy, people will see that, the possibilities are endless! And heck, who knows what the future holds? More swimming and more kids having fun is my goal!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love taking a walk on the Cardiff Path, you can see the beach views of the waves and the bluffs.
Favorite coffee shop- Pannikin, my parents went there in the 80s and we’ve been going as a family ever since. You may get to see local celeb Chris Cote or maybe even Tony Hawk.
My favorite beach dive bars are Captain Kenos and the office. Thats what old North county was like. Its changing a lot those days. Hopefully those gems stick around. Sounds like Kenos is on its way out so go have a cheap drink and buy a tshirt.
My favorite Sunday activities (in very particular order) – Surf, Leucadia Farmers Market, grabbing a coffee at Pannikin across the street then maybe a beach nap and some takeout from Corner Pizza and watch the Sunset at the beach.
Favorite beach-now thats a secret 🙂
Oceanside is super rad little spot. Thats where I live these days. They have great restaurants and vintage shops. My favorite spot to eat is Switchboard, great drinks and awesome hawaiian cuisine. If you are looking a bouije cocktail, hit Frankies.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom, Gayle McVey. She taught me how to swim before I could even walk.
She is the reason I love swimming so much. She is also a swim instructor. She taught me everything I know about teaching kids to swim and how to be personable with all her clients. She makes all her clients feel important.
My Swim Coach growing up, Caitlin Porto. She was my very first swim coach ever when I was 5 years old. I am still close with her to this day, 23 years later. I consider her my older sister.