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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.

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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 'learn' (54)

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

You don't need food if you're dead.

 

Pretty harsh, but it’s true.  If your child is dead they don’t need food, water, health care, clothing or education.  

 

This harsh truth finally upended a mental roadblock that has bothered me for several years.  How to justify teaching children to swim if they are struggling for even the basics?  Isn’t swimming…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on June 22, 2011 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Don't Panic!!!

 

I’m all about innovation.  Not just for the sake of creating new things, but when innovation turns conventional wisdom on it’s head with better results.  Jabari fits into that category - I’m challenging ideas on when and how we involve children to keep them safe.  Jabari’s mantra to parents is:

 

Teach. …

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on June 16, 2011 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Vaccinating Against Death

 

Vaccines save lives.  Vaccines prevent diseases, they don’t cure them.  

 

The concept is simple, introduce a small amount of the disease you are trying to prevent  into the body and allow the body to develop natural immunities.  Teach the body what to do when they encounter the disease so that they never develop…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on June 8, 2011 at 10:54am — No Comments

Water Safety isn't Swimming Lessons!

 

Yes, you heard me correctly, water safety is not learning to swim, or at least not ‘just’ swimming lessons.  Time and again when I say that we need to teach water safety to young children I see heads nodding in agreement, “Yes!  All kids need swimming lessons!”  True, swimming lessons are an absolutely crucial element for keeping kids safe in the water…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on June 1, 2011 at 11:36am — 2 Comments

Drowning - Problem or Symptom?

 

Is drowning a problem or is it a symptom of a deeper issue?  And why even debate semantics when kids keep dying?  

 

I believe that drowning is actually a symptom - it’s what happens when we develop an adversarial relationship with water, and with children.  And I believe that unless we peel back the layers and look at the root causes of why children drown we won’t create lasting change.  We’re just putting band-aids on…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on May 25, 2011 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Vietnam - International Drowning Prevention Conference

 

I am participating in the International Drowning Prevention Conference in Vietnam next week.  There will be over 400 participants from 50 countries gathering together to share information, to learn - and to develop a global platform regarding preventing drowning.

 

It is my fervent hope that this platform be…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on May 4, 2011 at 11:28am — No Comments

Why is MY kid afraid of the water?

 

Every week I see the same little boy, around 4, wailing through his swim lesson.  Always the same routine - he enters the pool area and starts crying.  He cries for 30 minutes straight, quite pathetically, and stops as soon as the towel is wrapped around him and he’s walking calmly into the locker room.  

 

Why? …

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on April 20, 2011 at 1:57pm — 2 Comments

Show and Tell

 

When my son was about one we were on one of those turbulent flights where you suspect even the pilot is white-knuckling it.  I made one of my better parenting decisions at that moment.  I looked at him and said ‘this is the fun part, where the plane goes bumpity-bump!’  And, here’s the important thing, I looked like I was enjoying myself!  I did not…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on April 13, 2011 at 11:22am — No Comments

Two Heads Are Better Than One.

 

There are so many great water safety programs out there.  Won’t you take a moment to share yours?   

 

Here is a brief, confidential survey.  It only takes a few minutes to complete and you’ll receive a complimentary copy of the results later this…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on April 6, 2011 at 3:25pm — 1 Comment

Let's be ants!

There is wide-spread agreement on the “ideal” ways to keep kids safe in the water.  Constant supervision.  Gradual, positive and repetitive exposure to water and swimming  over a long period of time to gain skill and confidence.  Teach all kids to swim.  Keep them away from water hazards.  Ensure appropriate…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on March 23, 2011 at 10:54am — No Comments

Toy or Training Tool?

 

We need more innovative thinkers and more creative solutions if children are going to stop drowning.

 

Take a look at SwimFin - invented by Kevin Moseley in the UK.  Doesn’t it look like fun?  Definitely like something a kid would want to wear.  Which led me to…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on March 21, 2011 at 11:47am — No Comments

Autistic kids crave water!

Water is a magnet for all children.  It is fun.  It is soothing.  Water is the ultimate, non-threatening hug.  As an adult, what is your reaction when you sink into a hot bath?  Or sip a cool glass of water on a hot day?   Aaaaaahhhhhhh.  Exactly.  Now magnify that attraction and that reaction by 100 and you’ll know exactly what an autistic child feels like when…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on March 9, 2011 at 10:45am — 2 Comments

Our incredible world.

This just posted on a friend's Facebook page - click on the video embedded to watch the whole show.  Aside from the truly stunning photography and the humbling experience of looking at the diversity on our planet, look at how many pictures include water.  Water is as integral to the human experience as food, shelter and love.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-12618167

Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on March 3, 2011 at 10:32am — No Comments

Your Kid: Smarter, Better Coordinated and Longer-Lived

Like many parents my calendar is awash in ink from scheduling activities and play dates for my children.  Why do we do it?  Because in a lot of areas just letting them out the front door is not the option it was for our parents. Because we want our kids to develop socially, emotionally and physically.  Because we hope our child will find the sport or activity…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on March 2, 2011 at 11:10am — 3 Comments

Let's make some noise!

Accident (noun) - 1.  an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss; casualty; mishap.  2.  an event that happens unexpectedly, without deliberate plan or cause.

 

Accidents happen every day.  1065 children accidentally drown every day.  This means that roughly, 10,650 children ‘almost’ drown every day and many are permanently damaged and require lifetime care.  Let’s put…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on February 24, 2011 at 1:38pm — 5 Comments

Mr. Rogers had it right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXEuEUQIP3Q

 

Children are not small adults.  Children do not have the emotional development that adults possess.  (Well, some possess more, but that’s another story.)  Children are continuing to develop at a rate that boggles the mind, that boggles their own small mind.  And ‘children’ means birth through age 19, sometimes even 21, until the brain and the body have stopped their…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on February 17, 2011 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Can an innovative new app keep children from drowning?

I discovered a very cool app for your iPhone this week - teaching your child to swim.  Check out uSwim Australia, http://www.uswim.com/ or go directly to iTunes to download the free app…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on February 10, 2011 at 10:43am — 4 Comments

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