Swimming as schooling.
Horizons at SFFS students take swim lessons at local pools three times per week. Most students come to the program as non-swimmers who are afraid of the water. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than one in five fatal drowning victims are children younger than 14. And in predominantly minority communities, the youth drowning rate is often 2 to 3 times higher than the national average. Joined in the pool by their classroom teachers, our students learn trust and build self-esteem – qualities which carry over into the classroom.
Learning to swim:
- Transforms a feared challenge into a favorite activity
- Encourages attention to detail and commitment to a goal
- Teaches resilience and strategies to overcome fears and obstacles
- Inspires a healthy lifestyle
- Introduces a competitive sport
- Teaches skills for summer employment
- Is FUN – it’s the overwhelming favorite activity among our students