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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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Registration for Sept/ Oct 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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When are Dynamic Movement & Static Stretching Appropriate?

You bet stretching is important…at any age and before any level of exercise.  But did you know there were two distinct types of stretching?   Thanks Coach Paul Barry for laying it out for us. Static Stretching Clinical studies have found that static stretching prior to athletic activity can negatively impact performance & can create ongoing performance deficits. A clear link has also been found that static stretching prior to athletic activity can be a precursor to later injuries. Static stretching does [...]

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Swim Strong Foundation is offering free swim lessons for our Veterans.

Swim Strong Foundation is offering free swim lessons for our Veterans. Our military veterans volunteered to risk their lives to protect our freedoms. We do this as a thank you for their service. Swim Strong Foundation currently offers free swim lessons to help potential recruits who need to pass a swim test in order to enter the coast Guard, Navy or Marines. Please join our program in this fall. Register here Brooklyn: https://www.swimstrongfoundation.org/product/veterans-medgar-evers-college/ Queens: https://www.swimstrongfoundation.org/product/veterans-jamaica-high-school/

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Swim Strong Foundation will present a mini documentary ” A Film Called Blacks Can’t Swim”

Swim Strong Foundation will present a mini documentary ” A Film Called Blacks Can’t Swim” on the evening of August 22.  It is co sponsored by the Jamaica Chapter of the NAACP, Council Member Donovan Richards and CERT. “ A Film Called Blacks Can’t Swim’s” storyline revolves around Ed Accura, a black British man who after watching an upsetting news report on bad weather and flooding, develops an acute phobia with water. His anxiety with not being able to swim and irrational fears of drowning pushes him into buying a [...]

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Health Benefits Of Lemons

Our thanks to Elite Coach Paul Barry from Australia for his insights on the benefits of lemons.  I was aware of a few of those he mentioned, but learned about several others.   Such good reasons to be adding more lemons to our diet!   Health Benefits Of Lemons The general health benefits of lemons are extensive & have been utilised for a lengthy period. Some fruit have had in-depth studies & other none. Despite lemons having known health benefits they haven’t been extensively studied. However, [...]

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How can we get proper life jackets to be worn by all who make a living on this lake?

My trip to East Africa was filled with many jaw dropping experiences via my safari and jungle treks.  But I was troubled to learn that Africa, as a continent had the most drownings globally, with more than 20%.  The “hotspot” of drowning is at Lake Victoria where more than 500 people die due to drowning each year.  These are not recreational swimmers, but rather people who make their livelihood on the lake by fishing or transporting goods.  Our dry [...]

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Registration for July/Aug Classes is Open

SWIM STRONG 2019 July.-Aug. Classes Schedule   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 [...]

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Swim Strong Foundation is offering new programming at Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens.

July 1, 2019 (New York, NY) – The Swim Strong Foundation, a New York non-profit dedicated to teaching swimming skills in underserved communities will offer swim lessons in Astoria. Swim Strong Foundation is working to change lives by offering free or low-cost swim lessons in pools across New York City, so families can access life-saving lessons regardless of their ability to pay or travel. This new location is a centrally located transportation hub. For directions you can use the MTA [...]

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Swim Strong Foundation is at a new location Medgar Evers College

Swim Strong Foundation is at a new location Medgar Evers College. July 1, 2019 (New York, NY) – The Swim Strong Foundation, a New York non-profit dedicated to teaching swimming skills in underserved communities will offer swim lessons in Crown Heights. Swim Strong Foundation is working to change lives by offering free or low-cost swim lessons in pools across New York City, so families can access life-saving lessons regardless of their ability to pay or travel. This new location is a [...]

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Lia Neal and Swim Strong Foundation Executive Director, Shawn Slevin’s conversation about her journey to become an Olympian

Join 2x Olympian Lia Neal as she speaks to Swim Strong Foundation Executive Director, Shawn Slevin about her journey to become an Olympian.   You will discover that it’s not just about being a great athlete; but about being the best person you can be along the way.   We hope you can incorporate some of Lia’s lessons into your lives and journeys. link:  https://youtu.be/auW6zDK9hNk

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