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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


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 http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/uswim-teach-kids-to-swim/id411167209?mt=8


As a mom, I love how this program works.  It embraces critical aspects of keeping kids safe in the water - it is a gradual, fun and positive introduction to the water for very young children.  It follows building blocks of skill development through repetition, age-appropriate and positive lessons.  And, it centers on one-on-one interaction with a parent/caregiver so your child feels safe and associates positive time in the water with an adult.


But what’s really intriguing about this initiative is how it turns accepted wisdom on its head and embraces new technology to reach a wide range of people.  It uses technology to reach parents and caregivers who have regular, easy access to water where they can teach their child every day.  Yes, it’s aimed at people affluent enough to own an iPhone or iPad, and yes, it’s important to get your child in regular structured classes with a professional, but but who’s to say the concept can’t be expanded using available technology to reach an even broader range of people?


Let’s look at the evidence:  third world country economies are being transformed by the ability to transfer small amounts of money via cell phones; governments are toppling, aided by Twitter and Facebook.  With one child drowning every minute across the globe it seems like high time to take a good hard look at how new technology can end an old problem.


Kudos to uSwim for pushing the envelope!


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Comment by Rebecca Wear Robinson on February 18, 2011 at 8:48am

Angela - The beauty of technology - you can download from anywhere if you can get on to iTunes.   I'm in the U.S. - and it's now on my phone.



Comment by Angela Gray on February 18, 2011 at 7:59am
This is a great idea! Is it available in the US as well?
Comment by Rebecca Wear Robinson on February 10, 2011 at 1:38pm
It's brand new Jayson, only about a month old.  It will be interesting to see how it progresses.  I know I could have used it when I had a pool, an infant and a toddler and not a public pool or instructor within an hour of me!  No initial reports on it's use, but I know they've gotten some push-back from people in the water safety industry - but then what we've always done isn't working, time to shake things up and try something new.
Comment by Jayson Jackson on February 10, 2011 at 12:05pm
That's a good question Rebecca. How long has the app been in existence? Any initial reports on its impact?

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