Author - Shawn Slevin

Merle the Mermaid To Swim 30 Kilometers (18.6411 Miles)

Swim Strong Founder on Merle the Mermaid  More Information about Merle Merle Liivand, born in Estonia, member of the Estonian National Swim Team, former Baltic States Champion, ice and open water swimmer, triathlete, entrepreneur, conservationist and yes, mermaid. Also, friend and Guest Elite Coach to Swim Strong Foundation, where she has taught several breaststroke Bootcamps; much to the delight of our swimmers! A video from her last Swim Strong Bootcamp: I have come to know and admire Merle over the past several years...

Remote Consulting – Sport, Fitness, Health & Wellness

We are excited that Coach Paul Barry is now offering his elite coaching services virtually!  Coach Paul has been a great a friend to Swim Strong sharing his expertise with us from both  a physical and mental wellness point of view.  He is now willing to share that more directly with you on a personal basis!   See his offering here. I have been a Blog Writer for Swim Strong Foundation in New York since 2014. My blog subjects cover a...

Swim Strong Discusses Water Safety on “Meet The Expert” Podcast

I was delighted to be the guest on Bruce Hurwitz’s “Meet the Expert” podcast where we spoke about the importance of water safety. Bruce has a career as an executive recruiter, career counselor and speech writer so he knows how to ask questions and get at the heart of the matter. Thank you Bruce for shining the light in this critical, but so often overlooked issue. Here’s The Link:    Fundraising Alert! We have raised $400 to date and need 105 supporters to donate $20...

Our thanks to Coach Paul as he reminds us again: Do NOT hold your breath!!!

Shallow Water Blackout (“SWB.”) technically known as Hypoxic Blackout or Apnoeic Hypoxia claims many lives every year. Most cases are 100% preventable through increased awareness of what causes it & the danger it presents. “SWB” occurs when a person holds their breath underwater too long or other forms of hypoxic based actions. “SWB” occurs from low levels of oxygen to the brain known as Hypoxia. The physiological process is: An inability to breathe takes place either consciously or from physical over...

How to Reach Out to Your Representatives to Pass Water Safety Law

Senate Chamber at New York State Capitol, Albany Greetings Swim Strong Friends in NEW YORK City and State, Please be aware that there are two Bills S2207 and A728 making their way through the legislative process in the Senate and Assembly. They seek to mandate the training of water safety education in NY State and City schools. We need you to reach out to your own Senator and Assembly Member and ask them to co-sponsor these bills and vote YES to pass them into law, The...

CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH US

Presents A Virtual Film Viewing of "A Film Called Blacks Can't Swim" Plus Panel Discussion with Film Maker, Ed Accura In Partnership with the Laru Beya Collective, Patagonia and Surfrider NYC Register on line to view the film from Tuesday 2/16- Tuesday 2/23 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/viewing-a-film-called-blacks-can't-swim-tickets-141843414471 Attend the PANEL DISCUSSION with filmmaker Ed Accura + team on Sunday 2/21 at 4pm EST. Link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_NjNmZThjOTktNmI1NS00YjRjLWI5MGEtNjY5MjFlNjJiNmNj%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2246827196-0d1a-488c-949e-bb3ea6bdf141%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%2280d0a150-1e37-4f07-b9dc-7811f117dcb1%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d The viewing is free but donations are greatly appreciated! @SwimStrongFoundationInc, @SurfriderNYC, @Patagonia, and @TheLaruBeyaCollective have come together to support a bill that will mandate water safety instruction in schools (Senate Bill S2207 //...

It’s Winter: Now What?

It is winter......7 children died due to falling through the ice in NY/NJ last year. Find out what you need to do to be SAFE and not a statistic. Purchase "Know Before You Go, Water Safety for All" here: https://www.swimstrongfoundation.org/product/kbyg/ or" Know Before You Go, A Social Justice Call to Action" here: https://www.swimstrongfoundation.org/swim-strongs-online-social-justice-package/

“Water Safety” Senate Bill S2207: How to Get Involved.

We have kicked off our partnership with Surfrider Foundation,  Laru Beya and Patagonia. Our organizations passionately came together to support a bill that will mandate watersafety instruction in schools (Senate Bill S2207// Assembly Bill A728) Tell your elected official that water safety instruction should be mandatory across schools in NY state! You can do so or learn more about this initiative through the LINK IN BIO or at Laru Beya Collective. Drowning is a global health crisis and an average...