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Mike Brotherton turns swimming passion into teaching moment

HS journalism: Retired Iowa City police officer also teaches life lessons

(Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
(Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Retired Iowa City police officer Mike Brotherton has been involved with swimming most of his life.

He started by taking lessons as a kid, later joined a team and continued to swim through high school.

Brotherton’s son took swim lessons at the North Liberty Recreation Center and Brotherton loved the facility and program so much, he decided to get a job as a lifeguard and instructor.

Brotherton noticed many middle school aged children using the pool. He decided it would be a good idea to open a clinic to give those kids an opportunity to swim more and learn the correct technique of all four strokes.

“The satisfaction you get from turning them into good swimmers and seeing how much they improved is the best part about the clinic,” Brotherton said.

Brotherton uses what he learned from 38 years in law enforcement to help the kids and influence them to make the right decisions during the clinic — and in the real world.

“In police work, we were problem solvers and influence people to make the right decisions,” Brotherton said. “I use that knowledge to help the swimmers, as well.”


The goal of the swim clinic is not just to teach swimmers the correct technique, but teach them the love of the sport.

“My goal is to build excitement and the more kids that I can get involved with competitive swimming, the better off we are,” Brotherton said.

Brotherton believes the earlier a person gets involved in swimming, the better.

“Swimming is a lifelong skill and there is a lot of reward you can derive from learning how to swim,” he said. “The best part about swimming is that it doesn’t matter your shape or size, you can still be one of the best swimmers.”

The clinic is open to any sixth through eight graders and is on Monday and Wednesday nights. Click here for more information.



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