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IPSSA Chapters interested in obtaining matching funds to support swimming lessons in their community should contact the IPSSA Executive Office in Los Alamitos, CA by calling 888.360.9505 to receive an application.
Bob Luedtke has been an IPSSA member for over 25 years. He has served on the IPSSA BORD in the past as CFO, President and Education Chair. As a result, he has been aware that IPSSA chapters have, for many years, provided funding for free swim lessons to their local communities. “The Diamond Bar IPSSA chapter is a prime example,” said Bob Luedtke. “They have been providing funding to pay for swim lessons at their local pool for many years and have helped that community by teaching hundreds of kids and adults to swim through the funding they provide the pool for swim lessons.”
Bob realized that he wanted to make it easier for IPSSA chapters throughout the country to offer the same support for swim lessons. As a result, he arranged for donations from several manufacturers and organizations to seed the newly created IPSSA Swim Fund that will match donations provided by local IPSSA chapters toward swim lessons. “Hayward generously provided our initial cash infusion, as did NSPF and Zodiac,” noted Luedtke. “We are very grateful for their support of this initiative.” The IPSSA Swim Fund has a simple structure: it provides matching funds, up to $500.00, for any IPSSA chapter who wishes to contribute to swim lessons in their community. If an IPSSA chapter donates $300 to their local pool, the IPSSA Swim Fund will match the contribution with an additional $300 so that the IPSSA chapter can instead contribute $600.00 in funding to provide swim lessons.
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The American Red Cross believes that one way to help reduce drowning incidents among children ages 5 through 12 is to teach water safety education in elementary schools and other youth programs. The American Red Cross created Longfellow’s WHALE Tales to help teachers and youth leaders teach children about safe behavior in, on and around the water. The materials in the Longfellow’s WHALE Tales K–6 Educational Packet are designed to give children an awareness of being safe around the water and to help promote healthful aquatic recreation.
Commodore Wilbert E. Longfellow started the Red Cross Lifesaving Corps in 1914 to train volunteers in the methods of lifesaving and resuscitation. His next step was to provide large-scale instruction in swimming. The commodore’s teaching philosophy was to “entertain the public hugely while educating them gently.” He did just that. In tribute to Commodore Longfellow, who was known as the “amiable whale,” the mascot for the education packet and the video is Longfellow, a blue whale. WHALE is an acronym for Water Habits Are Learned Early.
If you are reading this, you undoubtedly know the importance of teaching water safety not only to younger children but also to not wait until late-spring or summer to do so. Because of the importance the American Red Cross has made all of the WHALE Tales materials available for download, free of charge. You can find the materials at http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/program-highlights/swimming/whale-tales. Now is the time to start encouraging teachers, libarians, boy/girl scout leaders, etc to commit to offer this simple, but lifesaving program.
The CPSC has released a new Pool Safely song by The Laurie Berkner Band. Check it out:
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