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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.

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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.…

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Competitive Swimming, Recreational Swimming, Lifeguarding, Swim Lessons, Scuba, Boating
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I am a former swimmer who got into the sport due to my previous experience of almost drowning at the age of 5. I have been a lifeguard on the beaches of Chicago, swam competitively for the Chicago Park District, and in High School. I now reside in Prentiss, MS, which doesn't have a public swimming facility, and I have to drive at least 40 minutes to go swimming. I desire that this town tries to consruct a pool for children to learn swimming, which I would love to teach, since I have obtained a W.S.I designation(Water Safety Instructosr) via the American Red Cross. What a waste to obtain something you can't utilize due to the lack of proper resources and concern. I welcome any suggestions anyone has that could lead me in the right direction

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At 11:42pm on April 4, 2012, Giovanna H Pennick said…

LOL... I am the one second from left in the red and yellow writing T-shirt. We were members of the team and lifeguards. I am not currently swimming, but plan to return to the water within the next few weeks. Thank you for reaching out! Always...


At 11:50am on May 12, 2010, Jayson Jackson said…
Thanks for reaching out Darrick. I am open to suggestions. The latest activity feed is now on the left, so you can see the new members there. Feel free to welcome them as they join the site. The more that happens, it will strengthen our community.
At 8:39pm on May 2, 2010, Steven Munatones said…
What is amazing is that open water swimming remains the only reasonable opportunity for many people around the world who do not have access to swimming pools. I travel from small islands in the south Pacific to Africa and open water is where I believe the need for safety is most needed for most people around the world. It remains a fact that more people drown in the open water than in swimming pools for individuals over the age of 15, no matter what country we are talking about. I understand why every swimming organization focuses on pool swimming and the unfortunate drowning deaths in pools which must be prevented, but open water is where my focus is.
At 8:58pm on February 28, 2010, Linden Wolbert said…
Hi Darrick, so nice to "meet" you here! Yes, I am glad to be a part of the community, and thanks to Jen Galvin and Swim to Empower, I have been introduced to this fabulous site! I'm glad you enjoyed the website. If you ever need a mermaid, now you know where to find me :) Bubbles, ~Linden Oo <>/body>
At 7:21pm on February 28, 2010, Darrick Linton said…
Hi Angela,
My Bad. Thanks for the clarity. Keep writing My Sister, so I can keep enjoyinjg and learning.
At 1:38pm on February 28, 2010, Angela Gray said…
Hi Darrick,
I'm sorry for the confusion about the article. I am writing 20 facts 1 at a time. I just finished the first 5. Maybe I should rename the article series?
At 2:59pm on January 8, 2010,
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Shaun Anderson
Hey Darrick,
Please give me a call when you have a moment.
At 11:19am on September 8, 2009, MARK PIERCE said…
Derrick, I will be checking back from time to time.
At 11:58am on September 7, 2009, Naji said…
Darrick, thanks for your kind words. Your absolutely right a lot of folks; Black, White, Asian, Latino/a won't consider open water swimming because of the issues you just mentioned, but I can't begin to describe the joy I get when I'm out there accomplishing a long swim and the sense of freedom I feel in that environment.

Hopefully - one day - you do me the honor of coming to San Francisco and swimming with me in a controlled, safe, and fun environment that will introduce you to open water. Feel free to let me know when your in the area and you can stay at my house as my guest and partake of the fun you can have in my very large swimming pool :) Stay strong Darrick and keep swimming! Naji
At 2:57pm on September 6, 2009, Angela Gray said…
Thank you so much, Darrick! I appreciate the encouragement. My own children don't always understand my passion for swimming, but they just had to shut up and learn. Now I have to work on my younger children. Maybe one of them will get the bug. But, either which way, they will have this very important live skill. Thank you for reading and supporting imswimming. It makes the researching and scratching for ideas all worth it.

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