Swim Lessons

Comments Off on No child is too young to learn swimming safety, instructors say – Sun Sentinel

No child is too young to learn swimming safety, instructors say – Sun Sentinel

Posted by | June 19, 2018 | Drowning Prevention, Swim Lessons

Tatiana Hernandez introduced her son to swimming when he was just three months old because she didn’t want him to become another drowning statistic. “In South Florida it should be mandatory that all children should learn how to swim,” she said. Florida routinely leads the nation with the number of drowning deaths among children aged 5 and younger, so the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Baby Otter Swim School co-hosted an event Saturday at the Pompano Beach Aquatic Center to teach kids how to stay safe in the water. Marlene Bloom started teaching very young children how to swim over 40 years ago when she was told her 2-year-old daughter was too young to learn.   Read more….

Source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com

Comments Off on Surf Dog Ricochet’s Protege Makes a Splash with Her Water Rescue Initiative – Wild Open Pets

Surf Dog Ricochet’s Protege Makes a Splash with Her Water Rescue Initiative – Wild Open Pets

Posted by | October 23, 2017 | Swim Lessons

Drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages one to four, but this water-loving pup is hoping to make a difference. As Surf dog Ricochet’s protege, a yellow Lab named Cori was exposed to water at a young age.  When she was 16 weeks old, she was introduced to a swimming pool for the first time. The sloshing water with its unknown depths was terrifying to the young pup, and it took time and patience for her to gain the courage to jump in.   Read More…

Source: http://www.wideopenpets.com

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VIDEO: Swim lessons give lifelong wellness skills to kindergarteners | Broadalbin-Perth Central School 

Posted by | October 23, 2017 | Swim Lessons

When Beth Tomlinson’s kindergarten students had their first swim lesson at the Fulton County YMCA earlier this month, several of them could not swim at all. Three weeks later, they’re learning to tread water, jumping into the pool like cannonballs and traversing the deep end (with a little help from floaties).   Read more by clicking the link below:

Source: VIDEO: Swim lessons give lifelong wellness skills to kindergarteners | Broadalbin-Perth Central School District, Broadalbin, NY

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Comments Off on Union wants swimming lessons for asylum seekers after Syrian teen drowns | NL Times

Union wants swimming lessons for asylum seekers after Syrian teen drowns | NL Times

Posted by | August 8, 2017 | Drowning, Drowning Prevention, Swim Lessons

Dutch swimming union KNZB is calling for obligatory swimming lessons for asylum seekers, following the drowning of a 16-year-old Syrian boy in a swimming pool in Venlo on Monday. The union doesn’t necessarily want every asylum seekers to get a swimming diploma, but “every child must get compulsory experience with water and swimming”, Alice Schols of the KNZB said to RTL Nieuws.The boy who drowned yesterday was a refugee from Syria. According to the broadcaster, pool staff warned him to get out of the water several times. He died after being taken out of the water in critical condition.He isn’t the first young refugee to drown in the Netherlands. In June a 13-year-old boy drowned while swimming in the Waal. And two years ago a 9-year-old Syrian girl drowned shortly after a swimming lesson at a pool in Rhenen.   Read more…

Source: http://nltimes.nl

Comments Off on Twin brothers help children learn to swim with summer Tank Proof program | Ascension | theadvocate.com

Twin brothers help children learn to swim with summer Tank Proof program | Ascension | theadvocate.com

Posted by | August 2, 2017 | Drowning Prevention, Swim Lessons

Twin brothers Torrence and Thurman Thomas have turned their marketing savvy and music connections into a nonprofit that has funded swimming lessons for nearly 1,000 children over the past six years.In 2011, the 27-year-old brothers, who are musicians as well as digital content producers, wanted to contribute to society in a positive way. They formed Tank Proof, an organization that relies on corporate sponsorships and private donations.“We are musicians by trade, but we wanted to give back,” Torrence Thomas said. “We thought of swimming lessons, and we have more and more kids sign up each year.”Tank Proof focuses on children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to receive swimming lessons. According to the YMCA, 70 percent of minority children do not know how to swim.“We wouldn’t have started Tank Proof if it weren’t for being in the music industry,” Thurman Thomas said. “We saw other musicians giving back, and we wanted to have qualitative and quantitative results. First we thought maybe we’d do something like a music clinic, but then we thought about swimming lessons.”  READ MORE…

Source: Twin brothers help children learn to swim with summer Tank Proof program | Ascension | theadvocate.com

Comments Off on This swimming instructor is teaching four-month-olds to stand | HerFamily.ie

This swimming instructor is teaching four-month-olds to stand | HerFamily.ie

Posted by | July 28, 2017 | Swim Lessons

BY JADE HAYDEN

Snorri Magnusson is some guy. Not only is he a pretty successful Icelandic swimming instructor, but he’s also been teaching babies as young as four-months-old to stand on their own for up to 15 seconds. Earlier this year, videos emerged of Magnusson doing his thing in the pool. He can be seen holding babies’ feet in the palm of his hand above his head, and somehow, the children are not falling down.  Read more….

Source: This swimming instructor is teaching four-month-olds to stand | HerFamily.ie

Comments Off on Palo Alto expands kids’ swim lessons at Rinconada

Palo Alto expands kids’ swim lessons at Rinconada

Posted by | January 12, 2017 | Swim Lessons

Swim season will start early this year in Palo Alto, but it will come at a higher cost.Starting in April, the city will work with Team Sheeper Inc., an aquatics and management company, to double its offering of swim lessons for kids.The City Council on Monday unanimously approved a contract not to exceed $143,000 with Team Sheeper to oversee all swim lessons. In the summers of 2015 and 2016, Palo Alto only called the company when it couldn’t find enough instructors for classes.Other parts of pool management such as lifeguards during lap swims and the competitive swim team will continue to be handled by city staff.The city plans to open the Rinconada wading pool at 777 Embarcadero Road for public swim lessons from April to October. The cloverleaf-shaped children’s pool has sat unused for most of the spring and fall.Some swim lessons also will be offered at the Jane Lathrop Stanford Pool, 480 E. Meadow Drive.Resident Timothy Wong, who swims at a Menlo Park pool also managed by Team Sheeper, said Rinconada, where he also swims, will be in good hands. He applauded the council for being “forward looking” in expanding hours and services.The changes come with a price increase for participants.Residents will see group lessons go from $11 to $16 per class and private lessons from $24 to $35.Prices for nonresidents will increase from $12 to $22 per class for group lessons and $26 to $63 for private lessons.Under the new structure, the city will continue to subsidize classes for residents at $6 per group lesson and $28 per private lesson. Without those subsidies, residents and nonresidents would pay the same amounts.The city also will continue a fee reduction program for low-income Palo Alto youths.Members of the Parks and Recreation Commission and city staff have said that they do not want cost to be a barrier to children learning how to swim.Commissioner Anne Cribbs expressed support for the city contributing $6 for every group lesson that otherwise would cost $22.“Even though Palo Alto’s supposed to have a lot of money, there are families here who will find this very difficult to afford $22 for one single lesson,” Cribbs said.The city needs to give kids every opportunity to learn to swim because drowning remains a high cause of death for youths, Cribbs said. She also supports opening the pool year round for lessons, though city staff cited high costs for warming the pool in winter.The city decided to reduce subsidies this year and increase cost sharing with residents so it could offer more lessons than in the past, according to a staff report.The contract with Team Sheeper was initially met with resistance from the city’s most ardent lap and competitive swimmers.Swimmers who frequent Rinconada’s 14-lane lap pool year round, such as Palo Alto resident Barbara Rieder, were concerned the expanded kids’ lessons would cut into their time at the pool and mix up their lanes.For about two hours every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Rieder walks 15 minutes from her home to join her husband at the pool. Each time, she swims about 1,000 yards.Rieder’s husband, who swims about four times the distance she does, starts earlier.Rieder was most concerned that she, a recreational lap swimmer, would have to share lanes with the adult competitive Masters swim team.“At 76 years old, I like my own workout,” Rieder said. “I don’t want to march to someone else’s pace.”Lap swimmers, the majority of whom are retired, vary greatly in skill level and have to be matched accordingly, Rieder said.“Otherwise, you’re crashing into each other,” Rieder said. “It doesn’t work for anybody.”Rieder also was concerned that more hours for kids’ lessons mean less hours for her midday swims, which she depends on for exercise and relaxation.After meeting with the city’s Park and Recreation staff in December and having a couple of “coffee chats” poolside, Rieder said she better understands the city’s plans with Team Sheeper and feels the city responded to her concerns.Lap swim hours may be reduced during the summer months, but Rieder won’t have to share lanes with Master swimmers.Aside from swim lessons, recreational lap swim and lanes for master swimmers, the pool also is used by a youth competitive team and family recreational swim.Park and Recreation officials have grappled in recent years with how to maintain services for residents’ varied needs when there’s a shortage of aquatics staff.“The biggest challenge has been that the city currently only has the ability to hire part-time staff to work under 1,000 hours each per year but Rinconada has a need for employees who can work year round to staff the lap swim program,” staff said in a report.The city struggles to attract students, who opt for higher-paying jobs. Also, the students who do work for the aquatics program typically stop doing so when school starts.For the summers of 2015 and 2016, the city had to sign emergency contracts with Team Sheeper for the Learn-to-Swim program to avoid closures and cance

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Comments Off on Burkini Pool Party promotes new swimming skills for new Canadians – Manitoba 

Burkini Pool Party promotes new swimming skills for new Canadians – Manitoba 

Posted by | November 3, 2016 | Swim Lessons, Swimming

Seven Oaks Pool was filled with splashes and laughter on Saturday evening for the first annual Burkini Pool Party.A burkini is a swimsuit which covers the whole body, except the face, hands and feet.”I think the burkini is awesome and it’s just like any other swimming wear; it’s like scuba diving attire,” said Lubna Hussain.”I’m proud to wear it. I know I will be fine wearing it. It’s not a problem for me.”Manitoba lacks newcomer swim classes despite higher drowning riskGrand Beach drowning victims David Medina and Jhonalyn Javier mourned(Left) Lubna Hussain says she is proud to wear her burkini. (CBC)The Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties hosted the party, which also introduced a newcomer water safety program. Hussain said it’s important for new Canadians to learn the swimming skill.”It’s important to learn to swim. Going to the beach, going to the pool is a social aspect of life,” she said.The new swimming program is organized with the help of the Newcomer Employment and Education Development Services, the Manitoba Islamic Association and the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg.Warda Ahmed says it is important for new Canadians to learn to swim. (CBC)The swimming challenges faced by some new Canadians were highlighted after the drowning of two children at Grand Beach in August, said Warda Ahmed, community recreation coordinator with the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg. Both children had immigrated to Canada from the Philippines with their families.”This past summer we’ve had, unfortunately, a few deaths,” she said.”Our hope is that we can be proactive and put something in place moving forward.”The program will include transportation and swimming gear, including the burkini.The burkini itself has stirred controversy after it was banned at Mediterranean beach resorts in France. Ahmed said that’s one of the reasons they wanted to host the special pool party.”We just want to let Muslim women and every woman around the world know they can wear anything they like,” she said.

Source: Burkini Pool Party promotes new swimming skills for new Canadians – Manitoba – CBC News

Comments Off on WTVA.com | Mooreville becomes first county school to dive into ‘Little Ripples’

WTVA.com | Mooreville becomes first county school to dive into ‘Little Ripples’

Posted by | September 15, 2016 | Aquatic Center, Drowning Prevention, Swim Lessons, Swimming, Swimming Pools

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) – The second graders of Mooreville Elementary got to dip their toes into one of the Tupelo Aquatic Center’s most popular

Source: WTVA.com | Mooreville becomes first county school to dive into ‘Little Ripples’

Comments Off on Onetime Olympic swimmer Adam Madarassy now teaches kids at Miami Shores Aquatic Center | Miami Herald

Onetime Olympic swimmer Adam Madarassy now teaches kids at Miami Shores Aquatic Center | Miami Herald

Posted by | August 30, 2016 | Aquatic Center, Drowning Prevention, Olympics, Olympics, Swim Lessons, Water Safety

Adam Madarassy is the swim coach of a newly formed swim club in Miami Shores. He was a member of the Hungarian Olympic team and and competed in the 2008 Beijing games.

Source: Onetime Olympic swimmer Adam Madarassy now teaches kids at Miami Shores Aquatic Center | Miami Herald

Comments Off on Buffalo City Swim Racers: Saving Lives, Building Olympic Dreams

Buffalo City Swim Racers: Saving Lives, Building Olympic Dreams

Posted by | August 25, 2016 | Aquatic Center, Drowning Prevention, Swim Lessons, Swim Team, Swimming

A group that helps teach children to swim is now seeing an increase in interest in swimming after Rio. Time Warner Cable News reporter LaMonica Peters explains why the program could mean a difference between life and death for some kids.

Source: www.twcnews.com

Comments Off on When summer comes, she doesn’t stop teaching – she just switches classrooms | The Herald

When summer comes, she doesn’t stop teaching – she just switches classrooms | The Herald

Posted by | August 9, 2016 | Aquatic Center, Drowning Prevention, Swim Lessons, Swimming, Water Safety

Harrisburg Elementary School kindergarten teacher Amy Harris has expanded her teaching beyond the classroom by offering swimming lessons to area children at her neighborhood pool in Fort Mill.

Source: When summer comes, she doesn’t stop teaching – she just switches classrooms | The Herald

Comments Off on “ Swimming Lessons Save Lives ”: UVAC hosts worldwide, one-day swim lesson

“ Swimming Lessons Save Lives ”: UVAC hosts worldwide, one-day swim lesson

Posted by | July 21, 2016 | Drowning Prevention, Swim Lessons, Swimming

On Friday, June 24, swimmers at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center joined thousands of kids and families at aquatic facilities and waterparks

Source: “ Swimming Lessons Save Lives ”: UVAC hosts worldwide, one-day swim lesson

Comments Off on Marshall University Recreation Center offering swim lessons | Marshall University 

Marshall University Recreation Center offering swim lessons | Marshall University 

Posted by | July 10, 2016 | Drowning Prevention, Swim Lessons

HUNTINGTON – Children looking to brush up on their swimming skills and beat the heat can go to the Marshall University Recreation Center for swim lessons this summer. The second

Source: Marshall University Recreation Center offering swim lessons | Marshall University | herald-dispatch.com

Comments Off on YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region offers free swim lessons for at-risk youth 

YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region offers free swim lessons for at-risk youth 

Posted by | July 7, 2016 | Drowning Prevention, Swim Lessons

Many children enjoy cooling off at the pool on hot summer days but this is also the time of the year more drownings happen.

Source: krdo.com

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