Author - Shawn Slevin

Becoming Water Wary

By Boating Mag   Posted in Lifestyle Posted on November 29, 2019 By Michael Griffin Water is vital for our sustenance. We cannot go more than a few days without drinking it, and we depend on it to wash ourselves and our clothes. Being near it revitalizes our spirits and makes us feel refreshed.  We can’t imagine water not being a part of our lives. Yet water can pose a danger. It’s capable of ending lives in a couple of minutes in a myriad of different circumstances such [...]

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STUDENT-ATHLETE BOOTCAMP-VERA BLAZEVSKA

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BE A COLLEGE STUDENT-ATHLETE? SWIM STRONG FOUNDATION INVITES JUNIOR & SENIOR H.S. SWIMMING ATHLETES TO JOIN A BOOTCAMP COACHED BY A TWO TIME NATIONAL RECORD HOLDER AND SIX TIME DIVISION III SCHOOL RECORD HOLDER VERA BLAZEVSKA.   Date: Sat  12/14/2019 Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm Location: Boys Club 321 E 111 Street Manhattan Fee $119 SMALL GROUP – LIMITED SLOTS   * Q&A with Coach Blazevska, “What does it take to be a successful student athlete?”. Water sessions lead by Coach Blazevska [...]

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It’s (almost) GIVING Tuesday

              December 3rd is Giving Tuesday – an international day of giving back. There’s no better way to join in this occasion than by generously donating to our scholarship fund so that more at risk children get free swim lessons.   Your gift saves and changes lives!  Thanks to the generosity of caring people like you Swim Strong Foundation has taught over 8900 people and their families water safety and swimming skills since 2009. What once was only a belief that children deserved [...]

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SARCOPENIA – “MUSCLE LOSS AS WE AGE” IS TOTALLY PREVENTABLE

  SARCOPENIA – “MUSCLE LOSS AS WE AGE” IS TOTALLY PREVENTABLE As we age a common theme is, we begin to lose some of our lean skeletal muscle mass (LSMM). LSMM is crucial as it’ is responsible for all of our movements. There are many factors that create this situation. Some common reasons that lead to muscle loss are: Being bedridden & no exercise creates Catabolism. Muscle & fat are used as fuel. People moving into a much more sedentary lifestyle. Injuries that affect [...]

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We Need A New Relationship With Water

We have just passed the 7th Anniversary of the devastation of Super Storm Sandy.  7 years later there is still much work to be done. The City agencies are taking steps to protect our land and buildings.  However, our most vulnerable assets, our people are not being thought of in these plans.     Multiple layers of protection are needed to help us be safe in and around the water. Swim Strong Foundation delivers two of those layers by teaching water safety and strong swimming skills.   It [...]

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WHY YOU NEED TO MAINTAIN OR BUILD MUSCLE AS YOU AGE

Many people believe that lifting weights & building muscle is for younger generation who are fit & healthy which is an understandable view. However, from an anatomy & physiological viewpoint it’s incorrect. As people age, they should continue being engaging in any sport, physical fitness or resistance training. In recent posts I discussed warm up’s which need to be Dynamic Movements & warm downs are all about relaxing & only stretching areas that feel tight. Muscle loss speeds up as [...]

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Swim Strong Press Kit & Educational Resources page

Making It Easier For You Yes, and your readers.  We have added a Press Kit  https://www.swimstrongfoundation.org/press-kit/ And Educational Resources page       https://www.swimstrongfoundation.org/educational-resources/ To give you the data you need for your next story. What, we are not on your radar yet? Let’s talk about how and why you should be writing about Swim Strong Foundation. We’re not just about swim lessons, but comprehensive water safety training. We are raising the Aquatics IQ of all New Yorkers to keep us safe in and around the water year round. Shawn M. [...]

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Registration for Nov/ Dec Classes is Open

ALL PROGRAMS ARE FOR ADULTS AND YOUTH Get Ready Get Wet: Build comfort and confidence in preparation for actual swim instruction. (30 Minutes) The class introduces new swimmers to the water. Children as young as 3 years old can participate if an adult family member joins them in the water. Learn to Swim: Learn proper breathing and streamlining techniques, freestyle and backstroke.  (1 Hour) Learn to swim advanced class teaches freestyle and backstroke. Stroke Enhancement Program: Learn skills in preparation for joining a competitive [...]

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Flexibility

Flexibility is important at any age.   Thanks Coach Paul Barry for helping us understand how important this is for our overall health! Most people have likely heard of flexibility & many have ideas around what it means. Flexibilities definition may well be different. It’s possible to have a very detailed anatomy & physiological definition but it’s not needed. Flexibility in simplicity is the ability of our soft tissue (muscles) to stretch. Physiologically an accurate definition would be – the range [...]

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Static Stretching & Dynamic Movements – Technical Overview

Our thanks to Coach Paul for taking a deeper dive into importance of Static Stretching and Dynamic Movements.   We would all benefit by adding these to our daily routines. Developing & incorporating a series of Dynamic Warm-Up Movements or routines should be a high priority. In a previous blog I have provided the reasons for this. Dynamic Movements are what you use before training, competition & between events if there is no warmup pool. At the completion of training or [...]

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Swim Strong in Africa

Come, share my wonderful adventure in East Africa!  I was drawn by a lifelong desire to participate in a photo safari….but that just scratched the surface. While there, I discovered that the African continent leads the world in drowning deaths at more than 20%.  That the ”hotspot” of drowning in Africa is at Lake Victoria, where every year more than 500 people die in its waters.  Not recreational swimmers….but people who made their livelihood on those waters. I was also able [...]

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