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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


“We don’t have a pool” “We’re so busy with soccer/football/gymnastics” “It’s such a pain with the wet suits and wet hair” “It’s too expensive to join a pool or take lessons” “We’re just not a swimming family”

What is your excuse not to have your kids in swimming lessons? Learning to swim isn’t just for fun, it’s a life skill that can keep your child alive. You don’t have to have a pool - water covers 70% of the earth’s surface and your child will be around water every day of their life.

Too busy with other sports? Swimming is one of the best all-around exercises there is - Google Cullen Jones or Aaron Peirsol if you want to see the results.

Worried about the hair/makeup/mess? I swear by Phyto 9 leave-in conditioner, and get your child’s hair wet before they go in the pool, absorbs less chlorine. Hard to believe, but my hair looks better when I swim.

Too expensive. I understand, but contact your local Y, Boys and Girls Club, Swim for Life and find out about assistance. Anytime you purchase a copy of ‘Jabari of the Water‘ (at Amazon or on our web-site, www.jabariofthewater.com) we donate 10% of revenue to programs that fund swimming lessons for at-risk kids, maybe your child will benefit.

Just not a swimming family? But I know you are a family that wants to keep your kids safe, healthy and alive - time to re-think how you define yourselves.

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Comment by Darrick Linton on December 24, 2010 at 8:29am
Good article!!!!!!!   We come up with mountains of reasons why we won't go swimming or at least, learn how to swim, along with teaching our children to use these same excuses(teaching them how to be dishonest) will keep our alarming numbers of African American drowning rate very dismal at best.  Time to stop making excuses and come to a realization that you, your children, and generations to follow will probally have someone within that family that will be a drowning stats, unless we break these probabilities.  They will probably be scared when riding a boat or cruise liner, and they should be.  How about riding an airplane over a large body of water for hours at a time???  These fears are just that., by not learning to swim (False Expectations Appearing Real).  The unfortunate part is that we really do make these false expectations real.

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