Well #BlackSwimmersMatter now ya’ll!!! LOL!!! It was and is amazing to see U.S.A swimmer Simone Manuel in Rio 2016 get her a GOLD medal tying Canadian Penny Oleksiak in the 100 meter Freestyle. This just goes to show that the change in thinking of some African American people for swimming has come.
Simone says, “This win hopefully brings hope and change to some of the issues that are going on. My colour just comes with the territory.”

The Expression Of A Gold Medal Winner

See I for one, being black and white learned at a very early age that swimming is something you just have to do. Its a life skill not just a competitors sport. Manuel took her love of swimming all the way to Rio and now it has shown that black people can swim and swim very well.

A couple of years ago I wrote an article “Black Swimmers, Where Are They?” stating that not all but most predominantly black or minority communities do not have lifetime coaching, the freedom to commit their lives to the sport, financial support or the access to a training facilities to be able to swim at a competitive level.

I love all sport don’t get me wrong, football, basketball, track & field are in my top 10 sports to play all the time. I just feel that way to much money and resources are spent on these sports without putting any into a life saving skill for the black community. If black lives matter then it starts with the activities and things that we do on a day to day bases. I’m not here to start arguments about what happens in our black communities I just want people to notice the black swimmer that learned how to swim and took that to the next level and broke into a sport that is defiantly predominantly “White” sport.


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Parents Guide to a relaxed Swim Lesson

1. Try to arrive a bit early talking positive with your child, that way you will not have to rush to put them in the water. Especially if the swim experience is new.

Your child will feel calm and ready and lessons will be more successful.

2. If possible dress your child at home so they are comfortable in swim wear.

3. Arriving early will also allow you and your child to get use to the surroundings of a child filled aquatic center. You may need to get use to it. LOL

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) was against swim lessons for babies.

They feared that swimming lessons before the age of 4 would give the child & parent a false sense of security in the water.

Say what? Sorry, but does that sound a little off to you? Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t children soak up the most learning from birth to the age of 5.

So what could possibly be “WRONG” with a baby learning how to save it’s own life.

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Of course jumping, splashing, diving and sitting in the pool is fun & nice, but unfortunately you can get sick from spending time in the pool.

All pools are made up of chemicals & water otherwise we wouldn’t have very nice pools.

Without putting you through a CPO class I would like to remind swimmers to be careful.

Try to swim after pool cleaning times

Be sure to rinse your body after swimming in the pool

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When you turn on the sports channel and there is a swimming meet going, do you ever see any black swimmers?

Now mind you I am a swimmer that happens to be black so I am really writing this article and laughing.

It’s not that black people cant swim they just don’t have the community back up.

Most sports based in an ethnic community are based on masculinity and are backed by the majority of the community.

Not all but most predominantly black or minority communities do not have lifetime coaching, the freedom to commit their lives to the sport, financial support or the access to a training facilities to be able to swim at a competitive level.

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Swimming Eye Irritation

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It never looks good when you or your child has done a good days swimming and you look at your eyes and they are blood shot red.  The dreaded swimmers eye irritation. Although it never really last too long for most people, it can also be an annoying irritation. Most eye irritation is caused by […]

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