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STUDENT-ATHLETE BOOTCAMP-VERA BLAZEVSKA

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BE A COLLEGE STUDENT-ATHLETE? SWIM STRONG FOUNDATION INVITES JUNIOR & SENIOR H.S. SWIMMING ATHLETES TO JOIN A BOOTCAMP COACHED BY A TWO TIME NATIONAL RECORD HOLDER AND SIX TIME DIVISION III SCHOOL RECORD HOLDER VERA BLAZEVSKA.   Date: Sat  12/14/2019 Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm Location: Boys Club 321 E 111 Street Manhattan Fee $119 SMALL GROUP – LIMITED SLOTS   * Q&A with Coach Blazevska, “What does it take to be a successful student athlete?”. Water sessions lead by Coach Blazevska [...]

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Registration for Nov/ Dec 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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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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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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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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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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Olympic Bootcamp Lia Neal’s drills podcast-full version

We received a lot of great feedback with regard to the Olympic Bootcamp Lia Neal led  and have decided to launch podcast which contains all of the drills she used during the clinic. The podcast is not only a great memento of the event, but the swimmers have a record of what they worked on and can continue to use these drills to strengthen their techniques on their own.  The cost is $19.99 and may be purchased here:  https://www.swimstrongfoundation.org/product/olympic-bootcamp-lia-neals-drills-podcast/   Olympic Bootcamp [...]

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Olympic Bootcamp Lia Neal’s drills podcast-1

On Saturday, April 20th, 2019 2x Olympian, Lia Neal returned home to Brooklyn to pay her skills forward. Partnering with Swim Strong Foundation, she held a Freestyle Bootcamp. The event was a success, as demonstrated by the new skills learned by the participants.   See the introduction and first set of drills here:   https://youtu.be/Tyqw5lAtTAs

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Young Lia Neal and New Swim Mom Figure Swimming Out 1 of 4

On Saturday, April 20th,2019 2x Olympian, Lia Neal returned home to Brooklyn to pay her skills forward. Partnering with Swim Strong Foundation, she held a Freestyle Bootcamp. The event was a success and the NY1 News Coverage can be viewed via our previous blog post. During the event, SSF founder, Shawn Slevin, took the opportunity to interview Lia’s biggest fan, her mother, Siu Neal to find out what her journey as the parent of a world class elite athlete was [...]

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