The World Comes to Class
Students have arrived for our classes from Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, Japan, Singapore, the UK, Ireland, UAE, Kuwait, Trinidad, and Australia to date.
In February and March, 2021, we will host two international aquatics meetings for innovative minds in the profession of aquatics. Its purpose is to answer the question,
“Speaking as Aquatics Professionals, when is someone finished with swimming lessons?”
This answer is needed to bring all swimming lessons into alignment with the one goal of safety for all swimming students…or whatever the meeting attendees agree is the point of swimming lessons.
In 1985, once we had a grasp of the vast implications of our 5 Circles teaching system, we set our sights on the big picture. What if we could convince instructors that water safety and drowning prevention require far less effort than traditional swimming lessons represent, with completely different messaging? The global drowning rate could plummet precipitously.
What if we could convince the public that the water safety of kids depends on the water safety of adults? And that since 80% of drownings in the U.S. (and in many countries?) are by adults, then the biggest impact on adult and child water safety would result from teaching adults to swim? That the biggest impact on decreasing all drowning would come from teaching adults?
The task of convincing the aquatics industry of this truth compares to swimming up Niagara Falls!