Changing Lives, One Swimmer at a Time
NSEA Swim's COVID-19 Response: Based on Governor Cooper's Executive Order, we are implementing a mandatory mask policy at swim practice and dryland activities. Please click here for details. Our lessons program is resuming on Nov. 21 with strict New Hanover County Health Department Covid-19 protocols in place. To sign up for lessons, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSEA Swim's Statement on Social Injustice and Racism: Supporting racial justice and equitable opportunities for all has always been a part of who we are and not just what we do. The recent murder of George Floyd represents a continuation of a longstanding pattern of repressed racism in this country, and NSEA Swim stands united with those opposing such ethnocentrism.
We are committed to our mission of increasing multicultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in the sport of swimming by fostering an inclusive environment. To reach this goal, we pledge to reduce the disparities existing in aquatics today, advocate for social justice in our local community, and partner with local agencies and representatives to achieve equitable resources in our community. We believe the color of a person’s skin should never stand in the way of learning to swim and being safe around water.
The NSEA Swim story began with a group of experienced coaches, talented swimmers, and dedicated parents. In the first chapter, we were simply a USA-Swimming-affiliated swim club. But we realized we could be so much more.
Wilmington, NC, is a peninsula bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Fear River. This proximity to water, the threat of coastal flooding, and rip-current risk should mean that all residents learn water safety. However, NSEA Swim realized that in the Northside neighborhood where our competitive swim team practices, water safety is not a priority. In fact, many local residents don't know how to swim—or worse, they fear the water.
This is when NSEA Swim started its narrative. The NSEA Swim Foundation set goals to promote water safety, improve health, decrease obesity, and prevent drowning. And, at the same time, we initiated our plan to increase multicultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in the sport of swimming.
We partnered with local groups like the Boys and Girls Club, Voyage, and the YMCA to bring swim programming to underserved parts of the community. Our free swim programming at the Earl Jackson pool includes both children and adults. We teach swim skills and water confidence to eradicate water-related accidents. And in 2020, we will begin offering more services to the community: adult fitness, school intersession lessons, nutrition classes, lifeguard certification, and more.
Local businesses such as New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Live Oak Bank have committed financial support to help write the rest of our story. Like you, we can't wait to see what's in the next chapter for NSEA Swim!