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NSEA Swim Free Learn to Swim Program Reaches a Milestone:
1000 Kids Taught to Swim
[June 30, 2023]. In a remarkable achievement, the NSEA Swim Free Learn to Swim program has recently reached a significant milestone by teaching 1000 kids how to swim. This remarkable initiative, aimed at providing underprivileged children with the essential life skill of swimming, has been making waves in local communities. The program's dedication and commitment to water safety have brought joy, confidence, and invaluable skills to countless young individuals. Let's dive into the details of this momentous achievement and explore the impact it has had on the lives of these children.
Empowering Kids through Water Safety
The NSEA Swim Free Learn to Swim program was established with the mission of ensuring that every child, regardless of their background or financial situation, has the opportunity to learn how to swim. Water safety is a crucial skill that can save lives and open doors to a variety of recreational activities. Unfortunately, many children from diverse communities lack access to proper swimming lessons and resources.
Recognizing this gap, the NSEA Swim program has been actively working to bridge it. By offering free swimming lessons, the program aims to empower children with the knowledge and confidence to stay safe in and around the water. In addition to teaching fundamental swimming techniques, the program emphasizes the importance of water safety rules, responsible behavior, and teamwork.
While the NSEA Swim program has already achieved an incredible milestone, its journey is far from over. With the continued support of the community, the program aims to expand its reach and impact, ensuring that even more children have the opportunity to learn how to swim and stay safe in the water.
As we celebrate this milestone, let us acknowledge the dedication and passion of those involved in the program's success. Through their efforts, the NSEA Swim program has proven that by working together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of our children and communities.
As the program looks ahead to the future, its continued expansion promises to bring the gift of swimming to even more children, enabling them to embrace new opportunities and unlock their potential in and out of the water.
NSEA Swim completes summer lesson program with help from grant from the Step Into Swim organization
NSEA Swim Receives Grant from Cape Fear Collective
Funds Will Benefit a Scholarship Program for Disadvantaged Youth
NSEA Swim's William Forbes Creates Passion Project with Voyage
William Forbes, a member of the NSEA Swim Sea Devils, just fulfilled a passion. He worked with Voyage, a nonprofit in the Northside neighborhood of Wilmington, to create a raised garden in the Northside neighborhood.
William is passionate about addressing food security and contributing toward efforts to provide equitable access to healthy food to this neighborhood. For the last two weeks of school, William, a third grade student at Cape Fear Center for Inquiry, was assigned to do a passion project for school. His goal was to learn or do something in which he was deeply interested.
Beth Forbes, William's mother, said, "In our house, remote learning has been filled with carpentry and gardening. He asked Voyage if he could build a garden for them to complete his project."
The Northside is located in what's known as a food desert, an area that has limited access to affordable and nutritious food. His project was to build a second raised garden bed from the ground up so that local neighbors could have easy access to produce. Voyage will also be able to use the produce to provide free healthy cooking and nutrition workshops.
Voyage's Director Genna Wirth said, "William showed true leadership skills and led some of our Voyagers in building a second garden bed outside of the Hemenway Center."
"We met the Forbes family through our partnership with NSEA Swim last summer, and like many others in the NSEA Swim family, the Forbes have consistently jumped to get involved with Voyage any chance they got." She went on to thank William and his sister Abby and mother Beth for always supporting the community.
Voyage is an nonprofit organization that operates under the mission of connecting youth with pathways to success.Their ultimate goal is to create a sustainable replicable model that ensures the development of strong, self-sufficient families within communities that value and nurture our children and youth and fully prepare them for lifelong success.
NSEA Swim Contest: Swimmers Reenacting Pool Activities at Home
NSEA Swim hosted a fun contest for its swim groups -- reenact the swimming experience from home. Our competitive swimmers submitted a variety of videos and photos. View the winners below. A big thank you to all the swimmers for the creativity and hard work!
NSEA Swim Achieves Status as Safe Sport Recognized Club
On January 17, 2020, NSEA Swim earned USA Swimming’s new Safe Sport Club Recognition. Out of more than 80 swim clubs in North Carolina, only 13 clubs have been designated as Safe Sport. USA Swimming clubs can earn a Safe Sport designation by demonstrating a commitment to creating safe, healthy, and positive environments for all members. They accomplish this by developing and implementing athlete protection policies, Safe Sport best practices, and Safe Sport education.
In order to earn Safe Sport status, NSEA Swim implemented policies, procedures, and best practices for protecting athletes. In addition, the club demonstrated screening and hiring procedures, highlighted communication efforts to report misconduct, and urged the club's minor athletes and parents to complete online courses.
Board President Dave Witmer explains how the designation sets us apart from the majority of swim organizations in North Carolina. "Most of the other teams on this list are the elite programs in North Carolina. This is a huge deal for our competitive swim club and for our mission as a community outreach program."
According to USA Swimming, the organization's top priority is to keep athletes safe. The Safe Sport policies were put in place to abolish all types of abuse, including child sexual abuse. Towards that end, USA Swimming created the U.S. Center for SafeSport, which is a separate, independent, organization that oversees all sexual misconduct reports in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. This organization created a baseline, called the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies, to identify acceptable safety standards limiting one-on-one interactions between adults and minor athletes.
NSEA Swim is a year-round swim club in Wilmington, NC, that formed late in 2018. The team swims competitively in USA Swimming meets locally, regionally, and state-wide. Its swimmers range in age from five to 16 years and include swimmers of all abilities, from beginners to highly competitive swimmers ranked state-wide. The team’s mission is to increase multicultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in the sport of swimming by fostering an inclusive environment at all levels of the sport. Our goal is to build a sport community where participants can work and learn together in a safe, supportive environment.
For more information about USA Swimming's Safe Sport Recognized Club program information, visit https://www.usaswimming.org/ssrp. For further details about NSEA Swim, contact Lisa Hill, Communications Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.