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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

http://www.foxsports.com/video?vid=396080195760

All Blog Posts Tagged 'infant' (48)

Give a man a fish...

There are two types of drowning.  There is drowning in a high-income country and there is drowning in a low-income country.  The source is the same.  Unintentional submersion in water resulting in asphyxia caused by a liquid entering the lungs.  The end result is the same.  Death, and if not death than permanent injury.  The emotional toll is the…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on January 11, 2012 at 12:03pm — No Comments

The Piranha's Perspective

My son spotted the t-shirt on the attached photo at the Shedd Aquarium gift shop last weekend.  It cracks me up every time I look at it.  It is reminiscent of Gary Larson’s brilliant Far Side cartoons that routinely turned our perceptions upside down with hilarious results.  We often think of how we are affected by the world around us, but how often…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on January 4, 2012 at 11:55am — No Comments

Why do we do it?

The scene in the locker room was all too familiar.  Mothers with a variation of determined, frazzled, happy or ‘I’m just about to blow’ looks on their face wrestling pudgy toddler arms into winter coats and trying to maneuver feet into boots while the same oblivious child is determined to explore the lockers, the inside of their nose, or those tantalizing crumbs left by…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on December 14, 2011 at 10:45am — No Comments

Theory vs. Reality

There are wonderful theories about how we should end drowning.  Everyone should have one-on-one swim lessons with a qualified instructor.  Every pool should be fenced.  Every potentially dangerous body of water should be fenced with warning signs that the public obeys.  Parents should supervise their children at all times near water.  Approved lifejackets should…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 23, 2011 at 11:33am — No Comments

Educating Through YouTube

Social media can be a powerful tool or a destructive influence.  We all know that well-chosen words can elevate or decimate, but we also know that time heals all wounds and being able to forget words, or at least add a rosy hue to the memory, can be a blessing.

 

Social media and the internet have changed that.  Once it’s…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 10, 2011 at 11:53am — No Comments

Why do adults drown?



Natural disasters like flooding and tsunamis.  Unsafe environments like overloaded ferries or rickety boats.  Over-estimating skill and under-estimating the power of unfamiliar water.  Alcohol-induced poor judgement.  Lack of swimming ability.…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 2, 2011 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Bath-time Safety

 

Do you remember your baby’s first bath?  My children are 8 and 10 now and I still vividly recall the slightly concerned frown when they were first carefully lowered into the baby bath, which quickly dissolved into sheer bliss.  Just was exciting was the day they discovered that they had power over the water.  If you hit water with your fist it splashes!…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 19, 2011 at 10:52am — 3 Comments

Africans are the best swimmers.

For many years, conventional wisdom has held that blacks can not swim.  (I use the term ‘black’ to apply to anyone of African descent.  The term is meant with respect to encompass the broad range of cultures descending from the African continent)  A widely discredited academic report years ago stated that the physiology of a black person leads to their sinking…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 12, 2011 at 5:58pm — 2 Comments

Hannah Plint and Australia's National Day of Drowning Prevention

 

Hannah Plint drowned on October 4, 2007, just shy of her third birthday.  

 

Joshua Collingsworth drowned on June 4, 2008, age 2 1/2.

 

Stewie Leonard drowned on January 1, 1989, age 21 months.

 

An estimated 600,000 children drown…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 4, 2011 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Death.

Death intruded into my life twice last week.  Shockingly.  Wrenchingly.  Unexpectedly.

 

All deaths are not equal.  The impact is not equal.  As I grieve the loss of a family member, someone I have known my whole life, I have a visceral feeling that part of my family’s roots have been torn up too early, violently.  It is a…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on September 28, 2011 at 9:59am — 2 Comments

Let's Move!

Good news!  There is one area where we are surging forward with growth rates in the double digits.  The bad news?  The area is childhood obesity.  

 

According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, up to 20% of children ages 6-11 in the U.S.  It used to be that Americans were the global joke…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on September 21, 2011 at 11:15am — No Comments

A Plan to End Childhood Drowning

 

One child drowns every minute.

 

Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4 globally.

 

Drowning is entirely preventable - so why aren’t we preventing it?

 

I’ve been working on the issue for four years now and…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on September 14, 2011 at 10:45am — No Comments

Doctors want your baby to swim!

The Florida chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics spearheaded an innovative initiative.  They write prescriptions for water safety and swimming classes for infants and toddlers.  The result?  Safer children and more aware parents.  

 

The concept is simple.  Parents look to, and trust, their child’s doctor to keep…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on September 7, 2011 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Stormy Weather

In Chicago we are nearing the end of a summer season of the most violent and unpredictable weather that I have seen in almost 48 years.  Half a dozen times in two months we’ve gone from some rather benign gray clouds to tornado-force winds and torrential rain within a matter of minutes.  The summer sound of cicadas screeching has been drowned out by the buzz of…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on August 17, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Growing eyes in the back of your head.

 

Let’s conduct a scientific experiment.  Get a plastic water bottle.  Put in a teaspoon of sand, dirt or grit.  Fill the bottle with water and shake vigorously.  Now put your hand behind the bottle and tell me how many fingers you are holding up.  Difficult if not impossible.  

 

Now imagine that your child is at a…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on August 3, 2011 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Traveling with kids, and staying sane!

 

August is when many families pack up and head off - whether it’s a planned trip far away or just a day at the beach, pool or water park - anything to keep kids and tempers cool.

 

As a single mom who has traveled solo across multiple continents with two kids since they were babies, I’ve learned a few things about…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on July 27, 2011 at 12:13pm — No Comments

JOY!!!!

 

Memories of Mr. Bernklau’s fifth grade class.  

 

Italy wins the World Cup!  

 

Children…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on July 20, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

You can call me Rhino.

 

Every day for four years now I have gotten up and worked towards ending childhood drowning. 

 

I have been blessed in my life, particularly with two amazing kids that are legally mine, and two more incredible kids who I added to my family in recent years.  My passion has always been empowering and…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on July 13, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Backwards.....and in high heels!

 

Women aren’t strong enough.  Women aren’t brave enough.  Women don’t have the physical stamina.  All the old excuses why women can’t.....well, fill in the blank - drive, vote, participate in physically demanding sports, and on and on, ad nauseam, and I do mean ad nauseam (adv. to a disgusting or ridiculous degree; to the point of nausea).  All I have to…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on July 6, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Toy or a False Sense of Security?

I had the opportunity to read ‘Jabari Makes A Splash’ to a group of preschoolers recently.  You can listen along on YouTube if you like. 

 

When I got to the ‘who should…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on June 29, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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