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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


The children this week seem more comfortable in the water. They are also fearless. We have had to talk with them about daring and/or making fun of the children that do not want to jump off the diving boards. The first day we opened the boards to the kids, I had to make three rescues. I am just glad that they decided to try something like that where they were "safe".
We again have 35 children. This week, the division of classes ended up with a Level 1 class, a Level 2 class, a Level 2/3 class, and a Level 3 class. This week we tried dividing the children up between ages and sex.
I have a class of Level 3 older boys. They really don't want to swim better - they just want to swim fast. I can't seem to get them to stop racing each other. They don't want to hear that they have to learn to swim slow before they can swim fast. It does surprise me though that when others aren't looking the older ones do want the one on one attention.
We are also very lucky this week to have many volunteers helping with the classes. This really helps since we are short one instructor this week thus making the classes larger than I would prefer to have.
The children were excited when I told them that today was "breakthrough Wednesday". They didn't understand until we got into the water and then they understood that everything that they were learning was truly coming together. Tomorrow the older boys will tackle Butterfly.....................................

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Comment by Darrick Linton on July 24, 2008 at 1:43am
3 rescues since opening the diving board was a trying day for you, I could imagine. You are so right, when you try instilling in the older guys that tecnique and swimming fundamentals are essential before speed. Continue encouraging them as best as you can, even if you have to lecture the speed out of them, and eventually they will come around. Maybe the Butterfly will slow their road a tad bit. Keep up the excellent work!!!! I wish I were where you are to lend a helping hand and reduce the number of students per class, but I know you are blessed to have the volunteers to help out. This is where the adage "Each One, Reach One, Teach One" comes in handy. Take Care and you are certainly in my prayers.
Darrick aka dswimmerman

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