Erik has been a Swim instructor since he was 15 years old. He has been teaching from a young age because of his background in the water. He has been competitively swimming since he was around 6 years old and was the captain in his water polo and swim team in high school.
He also started competing in triathlons when he was 16 and have completed 8 Olympic distance triathlons and 3 ironman distance triathlons. He is currently pursuing his college degree in Criminal Justice, and minor in Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.