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Steps to Swimming Success - Step 3

Steps to Swimming Success – Step 3

Learn to Swim Videos

This is the third in a series of three blog posts where we walk you through the steps to swimming success with your child. In the first blog post we talked about Swim Step 1 and making your child’s first time in the water comfortable and happy, in the second blog post we outlined Swim Step 2 and how you can help your toddler build water confidence by exploring the water. In our final blog post in this series we take a look at Swim Step 3 and how you can help your child ease into swimming on their own by using the appropriate tools and instruction. Former U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer, Mario Vittone, joins us again as narrator. So let’s take a look at Swim Step 3 – Swim Training.  Continue reading

Steps to Swimming Success - Step 2

Steps to Swimming Success – Step 2

Learn to Swim Videos

This is the second in a series of three blog posts where we walk you through the steps to Swimming Success. In our first blog post in this series we talked about Swim Step 1 and making your child’s first time in the water a comfortable and happy one. In this blog post we’ll go over how you can help your toddler build confidence in the water and set them up for future swim training success. Mario Vittone joins us once again as narrator. Let’s make a splash together with Swim Step 2 – Water Exploration.  Continue reading

Steps to Swimming Success - Step 1

Steps to Swimming Success – Step 1

Learn to Swim Videos

In April we had a blast filming three new videos for our Swim Steps line of products called “Steps to Swimming Success” at Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation’s Williams Farm location. Each video covers a different step of the learn to swim process and features the voice of former U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer and water safety expert, Mario Vittone. Let’s take a look at Swim Step 1 – Water Introduction.  Continue reading

Making a Swimming Difference, One Class at a Time

With her brightly colored swim suit and equally sunny disposition, Leslie Paul stands poolside while she talks to the class about their upcoming lesson. Anxious to get started, the excited children quickly fall in line with their designated instructor and split off to different areas of the Windsor Oaks Pool for their third day of the week long swim training program. From the most timid of swimmers wearing fluorescent flotation devices, to confident splashers, each group is provided instruction based upon their level of comfort in the water.

Really Awesome People Swimming (RAPS) was founded by Leslie in 2007 after she found out about the high drowning rates amongst the minority population. The Hampton Roads, Virginia based organization teaches local children and teens who otherwise do not have the means to participate in swim lessons how to swim and to be safe while in, on or around the water. Leslie and her team of instructors passionately teach swimming and safety skills to children free of charge throughout the summer. Their goal is to ensure no child is left out when it comes to learning to swim due to lack of pool facilities, race or socioeconomic status.

Swimways Corp. supports Leslie and her team by donating swim training aids such as SwimWays water toys and pool noodles, and COOP waterproof balls and skateboard floats. In addition we also provide monetary support towards this worthy cause, enabling the RAPS team to ensure even more local children learn to swim.

Quick stats about RAPS:

  • 346 children + 6 adults = 352 people served through the RAPS program in 2013
  • 15 instructors with a combined total of 303 years of experience, and 1 lifeguard with 5 years of experience
  • Total number of people served through the RAPS program since 2007 = 1,315

Did you know?**

  • About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. Making it the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes.
  • Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In 2009, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from unintentional injury, more than 30% died from drowning.
  • Taking part in formal swimming lessons reduces the risk of drowning among children ages 1 to 4 years.
  • African-American children ages 5 to 14 drown at a rate nearly three times higher than their Caucasian peers.
  • Nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are male.

For more information about this amazing program, or if you’d like to contribute to the cause, visit: reallyawesomepeopleswimming.org

** Sources: Unintentional Drowning: Get the Facts. CDC.