The Democrat & Chronicle is doing a fantastic series on students at World of Inquiry forming a crew team. Before they can get in the boat, they have to learn how to swim. This is proving challenging for kids who have not been exposed to swimming lessons. (Their swim teacher is my former teammate on the Maplewood Y swim team!)
As a lifelong swimmer, I’m a huge advocate of all children learning how to swim. It’s a potentially life saving skill and it’s also wonderful for exercise and recreation. Sadly, swimming is not a priority at our elementary and high schools. In addition, the city has been installing splash parks, which I fear discourage learning how to swim.
This summer, the City of Rochester offers FREE swim lessons to children and $20 lessons to adults. (Download the registration here.) I often swim at the Genesee Valley Park pool and I’m amazed at how empty the pool is on a 90-degree day. (Entry is $1 for children and $3 for adults.)
The Y also has excellent swimming lessons programs.
Let’s take advantage of the city’s great pools and jump in!
Links of the Day:
– The call center closure in Albion demonstrates why call centers are bad economic development. Too easy to open and close. There’s little investment.
– Macy’s at Walden Galleria is expanding to accommodate Canadian shoppers.
– An imagined apology letter from Obama to Bush: “I was critical of you about so many things I now, myself, am doing.”