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Swimming and the Fear Factor By JANE E. BRODY Annalyn Barbier’s daughter was 6 years old and a nonswimmer when she was invited to spend a week at a friend’s home, which had a pool. Ms. Barbier wanted her daughter to be able to save herself if she landed in the water. So Ms. Barbier, herself an avid swimmer, signed the child up for lessons at a high school near their Brooklyn home. She had no idea how much her daughter feared the water. “She screamed and cried and absolutely...

Michael Phelps Complete Bio.....Click Link Below. http://www.biography.com/people/michael-phelps-345192    Early Life Michael Fred Phelps was born on June 30, 1985 in Baltimore, Maryland, to Fred and Debbie Phelps. The youngest of three children, Michael Phelps and his sisters grew up in the neighborhood of Rodgers Forge. His father, Fred, an all-around athlete, was a state trooper; mother Debbie was a middle-school principal. When Phelps's parents divorced in 1994, he and his siblings went to live with their mother, with whom Michael grew very close. Phelps began swimming when his two older...

Babies Can Swim! When to begin swim lessons and why. Babies Can Swim! All of the Benefits That May Surprise You! By Lana Whitehead Swimming is such fun and it is a wonderful way to stay healthy for life! Did you know that babies can develop a passion for swimming? They are born with a love for the water so parents can go together on an exciting adventure as their child learns about water and eventually learns to swim! Before the age of three or four months, the bathtub is...

The STATS Why all kids must learn to swim  Approximately 10 people drown every day in the U.S. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)). More than one in five fatal drowning victims are children younger than 14 (Source: CDC). Drowning is also a silent killer—most young children who drowned in pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time (Source: Present P. Child Drowning study). Participation in formal...

American Red Cross Swim Lesson Levels Level 1: Water Exploration ♦ Fully submerge face in water ♦ Front and back float with support ♦ Kicking on front and back with support ♦ Enter and exit the water independently Level II: Primary Skills ♦ Float on front and back unsupported for 5 seconds ♦ Swim on front 5 yards without assistance ♦ Swim on back 5 yards without assistance ♦ Retrieve objects under water chest deep Level III: Stroke Readiness ♦ Swim the front crawl for 10 yards ♦ Swim the...

Why Swimmers Are Smarter Than You Monday, December 10, 2012        Written by: Andrew Katz   Middle school may have been a helluva lot easier if you had spent a little more time in the pool. New research out of Australia says that children who are taught to swim at an early age hit certain physical and developmental milestones faster than kids who learn later in life. Over the span of three years, researchers surveyed the parents of more than 7,000 children age 5 and under and found that the age...