Author - Shawn Slevin

NO Ice Is Safe Ice!

by Gerald M. Dworkin Consultant, Aquatics Safety & Water Rescue LIFESAVING RESOURCES www.lifesaving.com   TWO BOYS, age 11, are ice skating at a local pond. Suddenly, the ice cracks and one boy falls through into 34 degree Fahrenheit water. His friend runs to his aid, and potential tragedy grows as the second boy is pulled into the ice cold water by the panic stricken child already in the water. Unless help is immediately available, both boys will perish within a few minutes, either from [...]

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Why is Swimming one of the Most Heart Healthy Exercises?

In addition to toning visible muscles, swimming also helps improve the most important muscle in our bodies: our heart! Swimming is an aerobic exercise, it strengthens the heart by helping it to become larger; making it more efficient in pumping — which leads to better blood flow throughout your body. 30 minutes of swimming a day can reduce coronary heart disease in women by 30 to 40 percent. Regular aerobic exercise can reduce blood pressure. Swimming raises “good” cholesterol HDL [...]

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Know Before you Go

We hope everyone has a SAFE and enjoyable summer.   You may know that we are on a mission to educate families to “Know Before You Go” and better understand water safety and keeping your families safe in and around water. Sadly, a 19 year old boy drowned just a few days ago because he couldn’t swim and got causght in a rip current…and the beaches weren’t open…so no life guards were there either.  Globally a person dies from drowning every 70 [...]

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JetBlue Tickets Raffle 2016

Join the Swim Strong Challenge Raffle!!! Win two Roundtrip free tickets anywhere JetBlue flies! Each ticket is only $50 and only 200 tickets are available. Proceeds will benefit our scholarship fund, helping risk children who would not be able to afford to take free water safety education and swim lessons. Swim Strong saves and changes lives by providing skills for life. Here’s a great way to support our swimmers. Take a chance on changing your own life by winning two JetBlue tickets! The tickets need to be used by September [...]

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Freestyle Bootcamp 5/7/16

Freestyle BOOTCAMP Saturday 5/07/2016 9:00-11:00am Cameron Hood, Meg Hutchinson and Athena Liao New York Athletic Club Swim Team Fee: $75 per participant; $10 per spectator So, you think you know everything about Freestyle?          Freestyle is the fastest of the four competitive strokes. A weak breath, pull, kick, start and turn will prevent you from swimming your best. Our guest coaches will help you break it down and build it back up! Elite swimmers Cameron Hood (Captain of University of Pennsylvania 2012; 8 time [...]

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Amazing Drowning Statistics You Need To Know

These amazing statistics show just how dangerous water can be. These numbers come from a few sources and together they show just how important water safety is. Here are some highlights: • Swimming lessons could reduce childhood drowning by 88% • 1 in 5 people who die from drowning are children • 80% of people who die from drowning are male There are lots more in here, click the image for a full size version:

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When are Dynamic Movement and Static Stretching Appropriate?

Clinical studies have found that static stretching prior to athletic activity can negatively impact performance i.e. it can cause performance deficits. Findings have shown a clear link between static stretching prior to athletic activity being a precursor to later injuries. Clinical Studies have shown that static stretching before training or sporting activity has been shown to: Impact balance Decrease muscle strength Reduce power and explosiveness Increase reaction time Decrease sprint performance What is Dynamic Movement? How to stretching your body appropriately before training or sporting? Let’s check out [...]

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How Swimming Fights Obesity

How Swimming Fights Obesity                                                      February 2016   Swimming is THE best cardio, pulmonary and skeletal exercise one can do. It gives you the best full body work out and it’s easy on the joints and more! Cardio exercises are those that use rhythmic motion using large muscle groups that increase the heart rate. Increasing the heart rate, raises the body temperature which in turn causes your body to burn calories. Combined with proper nutrition, swimming is an excellent exercise for people [...]

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Holiday Raffle Winners

Congratulations to Lidice for winning our holiday raffle! Thanks to ALL who participated! Proceeds to our scholarship fund so more families that need the help can get free swim lessons in 2016!

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Starts and Turns Bootcamp – Flushing Meadows Aquatic Center

Saturday 1/30 9:00-11:00am; Flushing Meadows Aquatic Center Featuring: Cameron Hood, Meg Hutchinson and Athena Liao, New York Athletic Club Swim Team Fee: $75 per participant; $10 per spectator So, you think you know everything about great starts and turns? Yes, Starts and Turns of four strokes are tough techniques to master, but our guest coaches will help you break it down and build it back up! Elite swimmers Cameron Hood (Captain of University of Pennsylvania 2012; 8 time Ivy League Championship finalist; [...]

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