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 mine who were unfamiliar with my swimming abilities. We lived in the water as kids, with my mom playing happily around us. (She still swims with the grandkids, because she is a fantastic, fun grandma.)
So you can imagine my surprise when I just recently learned that my mother didn’t learn to swim until she was in college. My grandmother took her to swim lessons as a child, but she had a traumatic experience in the water and never went back. It wasn’t until she was in college that she had the courage to try again.
And thank goodness she did. Her bravery in the face of her fear added a richness and depth to the landscape of my childhood that would have otherwise been absent. And now we can pass to our children the very same love for the water bred deep in our blood.
Sadly, she wasn’t and isn’t alone in reaching adulthood without knowing how to swim. According to the CDC, ten people die from accidental drowning EVERY DAY.
- Of these ten, eight are over the age of 14.
- Drowning is the fifth leading cause of accidental death across all age groups in the US.
- It jumps to the top three when victims are under the age of 29.
- Also, over half of drowning victims who do survive and require emergency treatment need hospitalization for more care. (Compared to 6% for other accident-related injuries)
- Nonfatal accidental drowning can cause severe brain damage, resulting in permanent disabilities.
Why the scary facts? Because at One with the Water, we care about saving lives.
Drowning is preventable.
Don’t let your fear, anxiety, or traumatic memories prevent you from learning to swim. Whether you tried and failed as a child, like my mother, or never tried at all; we can help! Whether you are looking to learn to swim, conquer childhood fears, develop open-water swim techniques and strategies, or advanced stroke correction, our swimming lessons for adults provide a personal and customized swimming program which will allow you to become a strong swimmer regardless of your athletic skills, flexibility or body-type. Our swimming experts have over 35 years of experience as competitive swimmers and teachers. We will succeed, with compassion, in teaching you to swim.
Listen to just two of our clients tell their story:
“I just wanted to THANK YOU for your wonderful staff, Coach Aviva. She helped me learn and become comfortable in the water. As an adult, I never thought I would be able to learn to swim. Aviva helped me overcome my fears in the pool. She really was a great teacher. I’m excited to be able to swim with my special needs son on vacation in Hawaii next month.” ~ Greta M.
“I’ll never forget my first swim lesson with Coach Kenneth of One with the Water. He asked me to kick with a kick-board: I went backwards! As a 40-year old who desperately wanted to become a better swimmer, I was extremely lucky to find Coach Kenneth. Six months later I am swimming 2000+ yards per workout, including freestyle, and I am proficient in all four strokes. I never dreamed that possible. Coach Kenneth is an outstanding teacher and motivator. I feel so lucky to have trained with him.” ~ Scott G.
We want to help you leave a legacy of courage for the loved ones in your life like my mother did for me. And, if you have already experienced the freedom of learning to swim, consider donating to our foundation. (Learn more about our Mission). We know you want to be compassionate, involved members of your community. When you donate to One with the Water, you create real and lasting change in the lives of our adaptive athletes. They are confident, courageous, successful, and safe, thanks to you!
Have you already experienced what swimming can do? Partner with us today to teach economically disadvantaged children, special needs children, and Service-Disabled Veterans to become One with the Water! Be a hero today, and when you donate now, you can help reduce the risk of drowning for children by up to 88%! Be a hero and help us save the life of a child.
Want more details? Visit our foundation page to be a hero.
Molly is a member of our creative team, mom of four water-loving babies, and a fierce advocate for CPR training and really early swim instruction.