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Yes, We Have a Winner!!

Congratulations to Andrew M. for winning our holiday raffle! Andrew generously donated his winnings back to Swim Strong!! The raffle raised $5,800 and that means 310 students will receive “Know Before You Go®” training at no cost in the new year. Thank you to Andrew and ALL who participated in our holiday raffle  so that more students may receive this life saving program.  Together, we save lives!

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...

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...

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...

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...