Swim Strong Aims to Reduce Rockaway Drownings

Source: The Wave – According to information compiled from media reports and released recently by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Pool Safely campaign, 137 children younger than 15 years drowned in a pool or spa during the traditional summer season of Memorial Day to Labor Day this year [2012]. An additional 168 children of that age required emergency response for near-fatal incidents in pools or spas during that period. The media figures for this summer show that [...]


Groups Look to Boost Swimming Skills of Immigrants and Minorities

Authors: Sabrina Felice and Seth Hoffman, Children’s Pressline Source: Seven-year-old Taylor Shire is too scared to play in the water at Rockaway Beach. “I am nervous going into the water again because I almost did drown once,” said Taylor, of Rockaway Park. “I was out [in the water] and then the wave came, but we learned in school to swim the other way when you get caught” by a wave. Blacks and Hispanics are nearly twice as likely to drown as whites, according [...]


Swim Strong Foundation Puts Water Safety First

Author: Patrick Clark At one end of the pool, 25 youth swimmers—many from competing CYO swim teams—streak across the water in preparation for an upcoming meet. At the other end, 40 beginning swimmers receive semi-private lessons, learning basic water skills in groups as small as two or three children per instructor. In spite of all the activity, however, the prevailing mood is one of calm focus. There is no shouting, no careless splashing and certainly no running. Swimming pools are not usually [...]