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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


International Water Safety Day - Striving to make a planet that’s 70 percent water, 100 percent water safe.

What is it?
International Water Safety Day (IWSD) is a day designed to educate youth in becoming safer in and around the water while spreading global awareness about the ongoing drowning pandemic.

With over 1,000 deaths daily, the lack of water safety education has propelled drowning to the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide. As a result of our many interactions through Diversity in Aquatics, we continue to hear a common thread in what people believe would help curve these statistics: mandated swimming lessons in school curriculums. While mandating school based swim lessons seems to be a daunting task, we will strive to do so with your help.

The Plan:
We are embarking on a two step awareness base plan toward increasing support.

Step One - International Water Safety Day

For International Water Safety Day we are calling on everyone from aquatic professionals, competitive swimmers, coaches, master swimmers, scuba divers, water polo players, recreational swimmers, boaters and everyone in between to reach out to their communities on this day by either holding a water safety event or giving a water safety classroom lesson. The May 15, 2012 date falls on a week day so that individuals can easily go to a local school to help deliver this message. We do realize that many of you already do this, and we thank you. Our hope is that everyone participating on the same day will amplify our voice.

Step Two - Health Class Curriculum

Step two of the plan will be using this awareness to get water safety lessons mandated into grade school health classes. This is not physical education class, not a swim lesson, and not necessarily taught at a pool. This is a health lesson, a safety lesson, a life lesson taught in the classroom.

From this awareness phase base, we will begin our journey to expand swim lessons into grade schools around the world.

So please mark your calendars for next year May 15, 2012 and check out the website:


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Comment by angela lanier on June 12, 2011 at 2:54pm
Please support this event to save the lives of both children and adults! Wonderful Idea!!!
Comment by Shaun Brown on May 16, 2011 at 8:51am
This is a fantastic idea that is long over due.  I along with others in my community will play our  part in introducing this great concept in our schools and parks. Keep up the good work.

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