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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

What mentoring programs work in your community?

A friend and colleague in Hawaii, who is also Flotilla Commander for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, sent me some great information about a mentoring/education program between the Coast Guard and the Cub Scouts. Cub Scouts from across the island converge for a day of water safety and water fun. The kids learn about water safety and how to send distress signals using a CD. They learn about drown proofing and the reasons for drowning and how to avoid danger while they have fun. They study the Hawaiian ecosystem and learn about water science. But it’s not just book learning. The boys get to ride a 47-foot Life Boat, run an obstacle course at a nearby military base, paddle a 12-man canoe, get a goody bag, and best of all, hang out with some real heros and great role models.


Any program that pairs kids with positive role models and teaches them skills that will keep them safe while they have fun their whole life is a true winner in my book.


What programs like that exist in your community? I’d love to hear about them and spread the words about the programs that work especially well. Contact me at rebecca@jabariofthewater.com or through the blog site and tell me your favorites!



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Comment by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 25, 2010 at 10:34am
on it's way!
Comment by Jayson Jackson on October 25, 2010 at 9:42am
Please do send it my way. Thanks Rebecca.
Comment by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 23, 2010 at 12:29pm
I've got a news article from the paper and the handout they use - can I send you a copy? I could also put you in touch with the person who runs the program. Hawaii is definitely doing something right with teaching kids about water safety - they have a pretty low childhood drowning rate, it's mostly tourists (men 20-50) who drown.
Comment by Jayson Jackson on October 22, 2010 at 11:19pm
That's a great program. Do you have any other information about it?

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