Press Release - April 2014
LEARNING TO SWIM IS A LIFE-SAVING SKILL
Recreational Swim Season is Around the Corner: Children and Adults Must Learn Water Safety
It’s tough to find someone who doesn’t know of at least one story a story of an accidental drowning made all the more tragic because the victim couldn’t swim. A child who wanders outside at naptime and finds a swimming pool. A teenager tubing in a fast-running creek. The adult maintenance worker who slips on wet pavement into a retaining pond. These scenarios alone are enough to keep Blue Dolphin Swim Center owner Stacy Young hard at work teaching children to swim. “Swimming isn’t just a fun activity,” says Young. “It’s a life skill.”
“Every child should learn to be safe and comfortable around water,” Young says. Over the course of nearly 30 years, she has developed a method of swim instruction she calls the Gentle Touch Technique, which she teaches at her newly-opened swim training facility in Westminster. The swim teachers are trained to identify whether a child is a tactile, visual or verbal learner; and the lessons are tailored accordingly to the child’s unique strengths. Young’s Blue Dolphin teachers use a “passport” system to chart the child’s progress through skill sets until they have mastered independent swimming. “All the kids we teach learn to tread water for two to five minutes,” says Young. “It’s very hard to do that and the kids need to be calm and able to talk while treading water.”
Young claims that even babies can learn water safety skills and parents agree. “My two-year-old son took lessons from Stacy and it was one of the best investments I’ve made for my children,” says Stacey Mari. “And my four-year-old daughter came to Stacy afraid of the water and after a few sessions, we were able to enjoy a vacation in Hawaii with both kids snorkeling.”
When building Blue Dolphin’s swim training center at 7655 W. 108th Street in Westminster, Young invested in leading-edge UV technology to sanitize the pool water. The result is water that is easier on swimmers’ skin and eyes. Water in the lesson pool is kept at a comfortable 90 degrees, which helps calm children who may be anxious in water. The lap pool, where group lessons and stroke/endurance clinics are taught and which the Standley Lake High School swim team rents for practice, is heated to 85 degrees.
Young’s true forte and passion is in technical swimming; breaking down strokes with a competitive swimmer so that the strokes are more efficient. And by summer 2014, Young hopes to add triathlon clinics, swim masters and adult beginning swimming lessons to her repertoire. But for now, she is as busy as ever, teaching children to be safe and comfortable in water. “Children come here simply to learn how to swim,” Young says. “But in the end, swimming becomes their passion,” she adds proudly.
Blue Dolphin Swim Training Center will hold a grand opening on Sunday, April 27 from noon to 3pm, with food, fun activities, and door prizes every 30 minutes. But the grand prize will be a year’s worth of swimming lessons for one lucky student.