Unveiling the Extraordinary Journey of Merle Liivand: A Story of Triumph and Environmental Advocacy

Full Video Introduction: In a world where challenges seem insurmountable and environmental issues loom large, there are individuals whose stories serve as beacons of hope and inspiration. One such individual is Merle Liivand, whose remarkable journey from adversity to triumph is nothing short of awe-inspiring. In this blog post, we delve into the captivating speech delivered by Merle Liivand, where she shares her extraordinary life story, her passion for swimming, and her unwavering commitment to environmental advocacy. The Journey Begins: Merle Liivand's journey is...

Swim Strong Foundation 2023 Holiday Raffle

The Holiday Raffle is Here  Enter Holiday Raffle 2023 ($50) Drawing made December 26th.   Proceeds to benefit the scholarship fund. Swim Strong Foundation is a 501c3 in New York City that provides affordable swim lessons and water safety education to families.   Our programs teach basic swim lessons through stroke enhancement classes for competitive swimmers of all ages. Swim Strong has taught more than 10,700 people to respect the water and develop strong swimming skills for safety, health, competition, recreation and employment opportunities.   2731 children...

Water Safety Awareness Day Celebration | Swim 1922 | Watch Videos Here

Watch What Happened at the Water Safety Day (Swim 1922) 2023 Below What Did I Miss?: Summary of Events 2022 to 2023 Introductory Remarks: Swim Strong Founder Remarks: Gifting Of Swimming Scholarships: On Social Action for Water Safety: City Council Member Gives Updates: Surfrider Foundation on Water Safety Bill: Rockaway Water Safety Coalition on Water Safety Bill: FDNY: Learn About "Be A Match": Learn About NYC Ferry: Learn About Sickle Cell Awareness Foundation:

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  to discuss bringing this program and others to your school and community.   Preview  

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 to...

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:

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: