Our Team and Lessons with a two-fold purpose. We are invested in reducing the number of black people that are lost to drowning. We are also invested in expanding and connecting the community of all swimmers. We would like to connect our experienced swimmers with our learners and new swimmers to form a group that can get together and have some fun in the water! All payments collected by Sable Swimmers are dedicated to running our low-cost water safety classes.
Studies show that homes where the adult doesn't know how to swim are more likely to have kids who never learn to swim. African-Americans drown at a higher rate than almost every other ethnic group. Males ages 10 - 14 drown at almost 10 times the rate of Caucasians. We, as adults, have the responsibility of ensuring the safety of our kids, as well as setting an example that it's never too late to learn anything. We can do this by not only making sure our kids learn to swim, but that we do as well. The old trope of "black folks can't swim" needs to fall by the wayside, and Sable Swimmers is dedicated to achieving this goal by providing very low-cost lessons to traditionally underserved communities.
What We're Working On
We are in the process of applying for grants that will allow Sable Swimmers to significantly increase the number of people it serves. We are looking to start summer programming for both kids and adults in 2023, as well as starting a lifeguard training program for teens to help address the severe shortage our area is experiencing. Our fees from private lessons, any overage from our team practice sessions, and donations that we receive are all dedicated to starting/running these programs.
We have an additional practice location! We are having our team practices at the Christian Street YMCA on Fridays from 5:30a - 6:00a. We still have practices at the Kroc Center on Tuesdays from 6:00a - 7:00a. See our Team page to register.