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Coast2Coast 2017: Help us prevent drowning!

Drowning kills ten people A DAY. Does get your attention? It should, because drowning is preventable. Highest risk of drowning And do you know who is most at risk? There are two groups with a disproportionate risk of drowning. First, are the children and adults who lack the...

Your Brain in the Pool: Neuroplasticity

When I was in elementary school, my family lived across from a fitness center. With a pool inside, you can bet that my sister and I were making daily trips. Walking through the middle of our front yard gave us a direct path from our front door to the entrance of the center. It...

Swimming and Sensory Input

Sensory Integration: We All Have Our Limits In California, there are endless activities to do. Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain, SeaWorld San Diego, the San Diego Zoo, Knott’s Berry Farm, LEGOLAND, and of course, Disneyland. You may be thinking,...

Adult Swimming Lessons

I want to share with you why I do what I do, and why I am so passionate about it. This weekend I had the great pleasure of teaching an adult swimming lesson to a doctor with fear and anxiety of being in the water. This is by far my favorite type of client and lesson to teach, for...

Occupational Therapy: Fun and Games (Part 3)

The Benefits of Fun and Games When you sign up your child for swim lessons or attend a swim lesson of your own, you may expect to continually be swimming and working on your strokes. It is easy to get upset when you see your child playing around with a ball under the water or...
Effective Praise

Effective Praise: What it is, how we do it.

As parents, teachers, and coaches, we instinctively want to praise our little ones when they perform well. But what if, despite our best intentions, we are doing the right thing the wrong way? Following in the footsteps of their mothers, parenting and education experts Joanna...
swimming safety

Four Swimming Safety Myths Debunked

My grandma Betty ruled the roost with an iron fist. Only 30 minutes of TV time. Only one person at a time opens Christmas presents. Come when the dinner bell rings. And, never, EVER go swimming right after you eat. (Difficult because she lived in Florida for as long I knew her,...

Accidental Drowning is Preventable With Swimming Lessons

My mother put me in the water before I was six months old. We have pictures of it, sepia-toned snapshots of my mother in all her feather-haired glory holding me out so I could kick my legs. I was jumping off the diving board by age two, much to the chagrin of the parents around...