Coming into this thread months late... but thanks to the bump from the FB post!
Did anyone watch The View last week? Sherri Shepherd learns to swim.
I thought this was a tremendous piece of swimming promotion/media but have not seen many publicize the feature.
Is there some reasoning or do people just not see the value?
I coach masters swimming and often take on learn to swim level adults. I have never found a link between race and the ability to learn to swim. Even in adults.
It is ALWAYS easier to teach a child than an adult. But my motto is, it's never too late.
Thanks for your contribution to this forum. I missed the segment of "The View" in your discussion, so sorry to say, and you were the first to bring it to my attention. I agree, this is excellent promotion, but it went to the wrong audience. If Sherri had tried this on BET, or discussed it with Tom Joyner, it for sure would have gotten more deserved attention. Without belaboring the point, most viewers of "The View" are more likely already knowlegable about water sports and I will bet that most already know how to swim. Sherri obviously was demonstrating her uneasiness about swimming, and her willingness to try it. Kudos to her for taking that first important step. There is always a beginning, and it is never too late to learn to swim.
If there is no link between race and learning to swim, why then is there such a disproportionate number of Black folks who do not know how to swim? This question has always fascinated me! I suppose there is reasoning for this. Read the forum in its entirety and draw your own conclusions. Take care, and thank you for participating.
Thank you Errol.
When I wrote that I have never found a link between race and learning how to swim, I meant that I have had no less success in teaching any race over another.
The key here is opportunity and access. If desire to learn is added, there is literally a 100% success rate.
But you know that already.
My opinion is there are not enough swim coaches.
It is very difficult for a coach or swimming teacher to make a living at this occupation. And so, it isn't a highly sought after job for an adult. Especially at the learn to swim level.
Most great or good coaches/swim teachers work for the love of the sport. But they have difficulties like many low paying positions. No health care, benefits, and other problems associated with working in the elements.
That said, I am an avid recruiter of swim coaches. I look for individuals who love the water, technique and demonstrate patience.
I have also witnessed a lack of nurturing by head coaches of their assistants. And a lack of general mentoring.
We all need to look around at swimmers, parents, teachers and other potential new swim coaches and encourage them to get involved with us to teach swimming. Seriously.
I'm attending a swim coaches clinic in Napa, CA this weekend. I hope to meet some of you there.