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Read Coach Paul’s Article on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy CBT) is an interesting field within Psychology that we can all utilise to make positive changes in our lives & overall wellbeing across a multitude of areas e.g., Relationships, Mood, OCD, PTSD, Anxiety, Negative Life View, Life Changes, Alcohol & Drug use, Sporting performance. While it is technique used widely by Psychologists & Therapists, the core principles on which it is based are within most people’s abilities to self-direct. Two Meta Studies that both had results compiled...

Watch Recap of Pre- Summer Water Safety Panel at Neirs Tavern

THanks to Loycent Gordon of Neir’s Tavern who hosted a lively discussion about water safety from several points of view: Lita Smith-Mines, editor Boating Magazine Long Island; Rick Kauffman, CEO of Kells Group; Lydia Gilkes, lifeguard; Aydon Gaboural, Co-Founder of Laru Beya Collective and Shawn Slevin, Founder and E.D. of Swim Strong Foundation. With knowledge comes the ability to make decisions that keep ourselves and our families safe in, on and around the water. 95% of drowning and water based...

Taking Climate Action with Swim Strong Foundation

We are well past the time of “Climate Change”.  We are now in the era of “Climate Action”.  Universities are beginning to understand this too.   Walter Leal, head of the Climate Change Management Department of the University of Hamburg notes that in the field of higher education, programs have been created on climate as a concentration or at the post graduate  level.  Now changes are starting to be made in undergrad curriculum  into law, science, medicine, economics,  and literature.  Why?...

Archive February 2020 Screening of “A Film Called Blacks Can’t Swim”

In February 2020 Swim Strong Foundation Held a Screening and Panel  Discussion for A Film Called Blacks Cant Swim at Saint John's University. On the panel was a Psychiatrist Dr. Sudhir Gadh and an Olympian Jhonny Perez Nunez to raise water safety awareness during Black History Month. Below are all of the segments:   More Videos On the Way. Stay Tuned.

Coach Merle Sets New Guinness Record for 30 Kilometer (18.6411miles) Swim

Update on Merle's Swim: Coach Merle sets new Guinness Record!!! Article Here: Guiness World Record: Farthest Swim In Monofin Swim Strong Founder on Merle the Mermaid 4/17/21  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...

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

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 Senate Bill is Sponsored by Senator Joseph...