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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

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Make A Splash!

The USA Swimming Foundation raises funds to support programs that save lives and build champions–in the pool and in life.

As the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming, the USA Swimming Foundation works to strengthen the sport from grassroots to gold medals. Whether we’re…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on May 21, 2013 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Child Safety Products - Which Should You Use?

Are you a ‘buy every child safety product on the market’ parent or a ‘well, a few bumps won’t kill them’ parent?  Is every table in your house surrounded with foam padding or do you silently curse when you are visiting someone with an indecipherable toilet lock? 

We all…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 21, 2012 at 2:34pm — No Comments

I'm A Mom and I'm Pissed Off!

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’m a mom and I’m pissed off.  Not a bit concerned.  Not even angry.  I’m pissed off as in, ‘I have a flame thrower and I’m not afraid to use it’ pissed off.  Why?  Because child safety is about as big a mom issue as you can get, and yet children keep drowning and no one is talking about…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 1, 2012 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Using social media to teach swimming.

 

How can I teach thee?  Let me count the ways....

  1. Traditional swimming lessons  - through your Y, park district pool, community pool, local swim instructor or any other well-regarded program.  The classes should be fun and not at all…
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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 17, 2012 at 10:20am — No Comments

Making a Social Impact

Social Impact bonds are “a new strategy for improving the performance of government programs. In short, private investors — typically foundations — pay the costs of a new program in its early years, and the government later repays the investors, often with a bonus, as long as the program…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on June 27, 2012 at 11:05am — No Comments

Update on Global Initiatives

I’ve highlighted several initiatives in the past few months.  Time for an update.

1.  Petition to the United Nations:…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on May 9, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Get some respect.



We don’t get no respect.

One of the most common themes I hear from aquatics professionals is, ‘Why don’t people realize this is important?  Why don’t they understand?’.

The next most common theme is ‘should we…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on April 18, 2012 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Adopt these 16 key tasks for water safety.

There are as many messages about water safety as there are organizations and individuals working on the issue - which makes it pretty confusing to the general public.  The irony is that all the messages are pretty much the same.  I think we need to make them uniformly consistent -…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on April 11, 2012 at 10:45am — No Comments

End drowning with 3 words.

How do we end drowning?  We change people’s behavior around water. 

How do we change behavior?  We change intrinsic motivation, how someone acts even if no one else is around. 

How do we change intrinsic motivation?  Tell people what to…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on March 21, 2012 at 11:01am — 2 Comments

Change like kids.

I was reminded time and again this week of why I like kids.  That is not to say that I would ever return to middle school, even on pain of death.  That is not to say that I think kids should rule the world and parents and adults should not be making the tough decisions and sticking with them.  It is to say that…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on February 8, 2012 at 10:13am — 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…

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

What Price Knowledge?

I believe that we in the drowning prevention field need to share information and resources more efficiently and effectively.  I believe we must begin to videotape conference presentations and post them to YouTube so a wider range of people can benefit from the…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on December 23, 2011 at 4:22pm — 2 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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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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…

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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…

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

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