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Swimming In The Black Community: How Racism Is Drowning Us

Discussion in 'News - Breaking News & Political Forum' started by Leeda.the.Paladin, May 29, 2017.

  1. Kiadodie

    Kiadodie Well-Known Member

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    It was part of the curriculum to learn to swim and that was in Elementary school. It’s weird to me that a lost of black people don’t know how to swim. My elementary school was mixed BTW.
     
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  2. Leeda.the.Paladin

    Leeda.the.Paladin Well-Known Member

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    Curious, what region did you grow up in?
     
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  3. Leeda.the.Paladin

    Leeda.the.Paladin Well-Known Member

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    Haha, you sound like you’re doing great!
     
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    For me one of the things keeping me from being a decent swimmer is the hair issue. I can hardly get a swim cap to cover my head. SOLUTION!: i found a black owned company that makes swim caps large enough for some of us naturals. SWIMMA

    I think it is based in South Africa, so for those of us in the US, here is a place where we can order: We Buy Black

    And here is a youtube review of Swimma! I can't wait for my Swimma to arrive! :cup:



     
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  5. Blessed&higlyflavoured

    Blessed&higlyflavoured Well-Known Member

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    My mum taught me and my sisters how to swim. My dad taught her how to swim. We regularly went to the pool either with school or as a fun family activity.
    Even though I would say I'm a competent swimmer I still have been caught out a few times!
    The wrong wave hitting, or being uncoordinated with your movements. Strong swimmers drown too.
    But make it a priority. Swimming is important. If someone said to you they don't run or walk you'd look at them funny
     
  6. Blessed&higlyflavoured

    Blessed&higlyflavoured Well-Known Member

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    The ladies who are making it a priority to learn are just wow...
    Go for It :cup:
     
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    My 2 year old and 4 have been enrolled in swimming lessons since September. It is a private company and the lessons are indefinite. I have seen a lot of progress in the past few months-my little one can float and backstroke and the oldest can freestyle across the pool without a swim vest and knows how to tread water. I think I'm going to keep the lessons till the summer, then I'll try to find someone that will come to my complex to accelerate the lessons. It's extra time out of my weekend but their progress and water awareness have been worth the investment.
     
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  8. FemmeCreole

    FemmeCreole Island Gyal

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    DD enjoys the pool. Since my last post in this thread, she’s had 2 more rounds of lessons when she was two.
     
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    Ditto. Except middle school since it was 6th grade.
    We had to learn to swim right along with tennis, golf and bowling (yes, bowling). I went to a racially mixed school.

    That said, I already knew how to swim when we started because my Mom enrolled me in swimming lessons when I was 8 or 9 at the YMCA. Both of my kids have taken swimming lessons since they were toddlers. They can both swim just about any way you ask them to at this point.
     
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    I’m thinking about retaking the swim class again this summer. My swim stamina suuucks. I get halfway down the length of the pool and I get exhausted and need to roll onto my back and float this rest of the way.
     
  11. IslandMummy

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    This thread was bumped today and now boy child is asking to go to the pool

    [​IMG]
     
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    We've had our daughters in swim classes since they were old enough to take lessons at the YMCA.

    Unfortunately where we live now, there is no YMCA, but what makes up for it, is that there is a swim team aquatics program. They are both on the swim team (different teams, based on their swim level ability).

    They practice 3 times a week and compete against other teams in our state. My youngest is in a lower level than my 12y/o, but just moved up to the advanced group in her level.
     
  13. intellectualuva

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    I got lessons last year using my ex bf Y membership. I am still not completely comfortable with the face in the water, so I will be taking more 1 on 1 lessons when I get back home.

    No one in my family...alive at least....can swim. I nearly drowned twice as a kid and became too afraid.

    It was nice getting those lessons last year, so I could really enjoy "swimming" when we went to Jamaica.
     
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    I wish I trusted getting summer braids, but me hair is so fine and fragile that I'm afraid I will be bald when all is said and done from heavy braids.
     
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    I need to get my little one swimming better. Last summer we spent the time trying to just get him not to be terrified of putting his head underwater and being in the water in general. My other 2 are in swim team so they swim year round, thank goodness.
    LOL, we went and swam today.
     
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    I have been wanting to take swim classes since I was a little girl. Always asking my mom if I can have swim lessons,she said Yes everytime but didn't get them. My daughter' got taught by their dad. Now my middle daughter is on her schools swim team.
     
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    this worked out really well over the summer for us. I signed up for more free lessons and my kids became good /comfortable swimmers. All they did was swim all last summer. The paid lessons were well with it because it taught so much in a short period of time and had only 3-4 students per instructor. The free lessons were mainly practice for them because they had learned the strokes in the paid classes and there were about 10-11 students per instructor. Ds isn't afraid of water any more. Yay!! They had fun at both the free and paid classes

    I want dd to join a swim team.
     
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  18. Saravana

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    My apologies to anyone who may have ordered through that We Buy Black company i mentioned as a result of my post.

    Sub par and unacceptable customer service. :down:

    First time and last time i am ordering from them. I will find another way to get my Swimmas caps.
     
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  19. intellectualuva

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    Glad you updated I left that tab open to order when I get back home.
     
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    I am giving up on WeBuyBlack and I am now directly dealing with the South Africa based company. So far they have been very responsive. I will keep you posted.
     
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    Did you let the company know? It’s also important we let them know where the room for improvement is.
     
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    I have sent numerous emails to WeBuyBlack and have only received generic auto-generated emails replies acknowledging reception of emails. Nothing else.

    At this point, I am cool with it. it just means another company who has their act together is going to get my money. As it should be.
     
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    This past week I received my Swimma cap!!! :bouncy:

    Bypassing WeBuyBlack, the south African company sent it to me directly from one of their other US affiliates. I have been so busy I have not even had the chance to go to the pool to put it to the test, but I shall next week. So far, the fit is great.

    Guys if you want the cap, just order directly from the makers SWIMMA
     
  24. Leeda.the.Paladin

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    Bumping this thread.

    A 21 year old AA man drowned in my area recently.

    Interesting PDF about disparities in drowning related deaths.

    https://www.lib.washington.edu/commons/events/scholarsstudio/past/water/cook-slides

    Ages 5-14: 3 times more African Americans drown than do whites
    • Ages 11-12: 10 times more African Americans drown in swimming pools than do whites
    • Fewer minorities learn to swim compared to whites
    • Twice as many AAs report being unable to swim compared to whites
    AA adolescent girls report higher fear of swimming than any other racial group
    • AA parents more fearful of their children drowning compared to white parents
    • Swimming has become an activity of privilege
    • Perceived to be a “white activity”
     
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    Are you still using this cap?
     
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    This reminds me of the thread where a black mom styled her daughters hair with braid extensions to make it easier for her to use the pool daily. The school suspended her over the hairstyle.
     
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    I hope mom sued. This is ridiculous.
     
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    aribell formerly nicola.kirwan

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    Didn't realize it was such an old thread. But pretty much all the black kids I knew growing up swam. If anyone in my extended family doesn't, they haven't mentioned it.
     
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    I'm embarrassed to say that I do not know how to swim, I grew up and live on an island and pass the beach twice a day.

    I haven't been in the sea or a pool for years but plan to this summer I should take some classes before my holiday.
     
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    The mom is blaming the floaty, but let’s not ever take our eyes off of a child that can’t swim whose in the water.
     
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