The SWIM 1922 Clinic is a venture that was launched by the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated, in partnership with USA Swimming to decrease drowning rates among communities and also increase swim participation.
In that light, the Zeta Rho Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated introduced the SWIM 1922 Clinic, in partnership with the Freeport Aquatics Club, to Grand Bahama on Saturday, August 11 and August 25 and will continue hosting the clinic every Saturday throughout September. The clinic will be held at the Bishop Michael Eldon School beginning at 9:30 a.m.
President of the Grand Bahama chapter, Afrika Karamo-Miller indicated that the clinic primarily focuses on teenagers and adults, as there is a need to target both demographics.
“The clinic primarily aims at targeting adults because we realize the need,” she voiced. “There are a lot of swim clinics that target young children, so we’re opening it up to adults and we hope that it grows. We’re going to run it straight through the month of September.”
During the final session for August, those enrolled in the clinic dealt with a lot of the cardio and fitness required when it comes to swimming. The session was led by Bert Bell and his assistant Kadesha Culmer, who showed the registrants some of the advanced basics of swimming.
“This is our second week that we participated. We did the basics of learning how to get comfortable in the water and floating on our backs. Today, we did a lot with getting in shape, because a lot of people think you just swim and that’s it. But he’s getting us into the cardio and using muscles that we don’t work out as often as we should.”
The clinic was also a timely one for one of the participants, according SWIM 1922 chairman Jaleesa Grant. She added that it was important for adults to take advantage of swim lessons, because you never know what situation can occur in the future.
“One of our participants was actually in a boating incident a few weeks ago. The week before our first clinic the boat that she was on capsized, she couldn’t swim and she didn’t have a life vest. So, she was very anxious to come out here to learn how to swim, because being in that situation she realized the importance of learning how to swim.
“So, we’re glad we’re targeting adults. And there have been so many accidents where children are in the water, they’re starting to drown and the parents or adults jump in and can’t swim and both lives are lost. So, we really want to focus on the adults and get the community involved so we can have people knowing the basics of knowing how to swim,” she concluded.