I love involving myself in local, community programs. I also love it when a much-needed project is discussed, then grows from a thought into a reality. Last year at Playa Hermosa, I coincidentally met Dainen, the owner of Fuego Brew Co. Often we talked with the lifeguards about how we desperately needed swimming lessons in this area. We live where there’s water everywhere-from rivers, to pools, to waterfalls, to the Pacific Ocean. Yet, there is no place that anyone can learn how to swim.
In November, Dainen’s friend Molly, organized a visit from the United States. Part of her agenda was to conduct a two day, intensive course to teach a group of awesome volunteers how to give swimming lessons. Molly is a professionally trained swim instructor and has practically lived in the water since she was 3! On December 8th and 9th, a dozen «teachers to be» were empowered with the necessary skills to teach students of all ages. The new swim program had the extreme pleasure of holding these trainings and the public classes in the gorgeous pool at Hotel Villas Rio Mar in Dominical. The administrators at the hotel were incredible and they generously offered the use of their facilities for the program to conduct monthly public classes.
On December 10, we held our first PUEDO NADAR class. The crew had no idea what to expect, but what happened was AMAZING. Over 50 students of all ages showed up, from toddlers to adults. We couldn’t have been happier with the turn out and everyone had fun learning how to swim! Huge gratitude to all participants! Please join the PUEDO NADAR Facebook page and keep up with the lesson schedule. Everyone is welcome to attend and the classes are free. What better way to save lives than to teach everybody how to swim!
By Beth Sylver