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NY Times Discusses Water Safety on NYC Shorelines

Every year, we loose loved ones to unintentional drowning because people don’t understand the conditions, nature and danger of the water they are getting into. We thank the NY Times for yet again shining the light on the dangers of our shore line and the need for water safety education. From The New York Times: How One Shoreline Took the Lives of 7 Young People: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/nyregion/rockaway-beach-drownings.html?smid=em-share “Do you see my friends?” A year of tragedy along a strip of New York City beaches. Education is [...]

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Swim Strong Presents: “A Conversation about Water Safety” (Preview)

Did you know that every 70 seconds a person dies due to drowning? That for every death, 5 more people are suffering brain and spinal cord life changing injuries? Did you know that drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death globally??? But it doesn’t need to be this way. 95% of drowning and water based accidents are PREVENTABLE! Join Swim Strong Foundation for “A Conversation About Water Safety”. Contact  Shawn.Slevin@SwimStrongFoundation.org  to discuss bringing this program and others to your school and community.   Preview  

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Registration for Mar/ Apr Classes is Open

SWIM STRONG 2020 Mar.-Apr. 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 in [...]

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Registration for Jan/ Feb Classes is Open, let’s go.

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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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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