Response to xmas74 (Reply #35)
Sat Aug 4, 2012, 02:46 PM
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36. I used to teach WSI
Not only had a WSI certificate, but taught instructors. I was quite the little Red Cross fanatic in my day.
I didn't know that about swimming scholarships - that's pretty interesting.
And as for safety - that's another issue I have with black folks and swimming. I had black friends in college who used to say that the university's requirement that you had to be able to swim in order to graduate was racist. I used to argue with them: "how is wanting black people to be able to SURVIVE racist?" Unfortunately, one of those exact same girls drowned out in a quarry one night at a party one night after work; they suspect the one girl fell in, and the other went in to "rescue" her, but neither girl could swim, and both drowned.
Just because you don't want to mess up your hair doesn't mean you shouldn't know how to save yourself. But I do understand that if it takes you hours to get your hair right, you're not going to want to go through it again for one stupid 45-minute class where you're feeling kind of stupid learning to do something 5 year olds can do (I think that's why my own SO won't learn - it makes him feel like a dope).
I understand that, but it still makes me really angry when I see reports of drownings in creeks and at the shore after lifeguard hours, and you read into the article, and it's so often older black kids that never learned how to swim. Even if you'll never compete, EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW HOW TO STAY AFLOAT and better yet, swim towards shore. Such an often-avoidable waste of young lives. I applaud my alma mater for continuing to insist that you have to be able swim to graduate.
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