Amira Takes Swim Lessons and Why It Is Important
Summer 2019 has been a memorable one, quite different from other summers. In the beginning of the summer, we welcomed Jasiel into the world. His birth set the pace for how everyone else in the house would spend our summer days. Normally, I would continue with work and Amira would attend summer camps to keep busy. This year was different I didn’t work as much. And, Amira didn’t really want to spend much time away from her brother. Her only request was to attend idTech camp again and take swim lessons. We managed to do both. I’m sure you are probably wondering why swimming lessons… why would Amira request to take swimming lessons? Well of course, I’ll share that with you and also our experience.
Smoldering hot days in Memphis are spent by the pool. Everyone packs up their towels and bathing suits along with snacks and happily let the day pass away. It is not particularly fun for a 10 year old though who’s mother can’t swim. Every summer, I dreaded sending her with friends to the pool out of fear. What if something happens to her and I can’t save her. So a few years ago, I signed her up for swim lessons at the Kroc. While they were good, the sessions weren’t long enough to say she “KNEW” how to swim. Yes, she could duck her head under water. She could even dive into the pool . But, I didn’t think she knew how to swim well enough if something happened. And, I could not live with that reality.
While spending a summer night by the pool with my mom, we met Kimberly Wade who is a private swim instructor. I was thrilled to see a black swim instructor, you know. We’ve seen the stats and read all of the articles about black children have higher rates of drowning because many of us don’t know how to swim. Mainly because of lack of access to water, pools, and beaches. We also don’t have equal access to swim lessons as well. I did not want my daughter to be another number as I am. I want better for Amira. I’d love to see her fully enjoy and embrace water. Kim reassured me that she would. She talked to us about her approach to teaching and her success rates. It was indeed very comforting to hear that she guaranteed Amira would know more techniques and would be “swimming” not playing around in water.
Within two days into her week long lesson, Amira had so much confidence in the water. She was also doing strokes and floating on her back. Coming up and back down into the water mastering her breathing techniques. I was blown away. Kim did such a great job spending 1 on 1 time with her. She corrected her when she was wrong. What I also loved was how she pushed Amira to go further. Amira loved her lessons so much she wanted to sign up for another week.
Swimming and days at the pool are fun but I wanted Amira to learn how to swim for safety reasons. At 38, I am still living with the trauma of almost drowning when I was her age. I needed Amira to know how to save herself if she was ever in a situation. She now has knowledge of basic water safety that is a survival skill she can keep forever. Now, I don’t have to worry so much about pool parties as she gets older.
If you are in the Memphis area and interested in swimming lessons with Kimberly Wade, here is the information.
(5) 30 min sessions - or- (3) one hour sessions
ages 4- under $90
ages 5-17 $120
ages 18 & up $180
* additional siblings are $100
each ages 5& up
ALL LESSONS ARE 1 ON 1 PRIVATE INSTRUCTION. CERTIFIED LIFEGUARD FOR PRIVATE POOL PARTIES