All posts by "Mermaid Ekena"

EASY COMBO LOCKS



After swimming, especially if chlorine got your eyes, it is HARD to read the little numbers on the combination lockers we use to secure our clothes and personal items at public facilities.  Thankfully Master Locks recognized our limitations and created a speed dial lock that allows…

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RELAX



A fit athlete spend the weekend with me for a swim intensive. The first night we saw a pool buddy who gave the best advice, “The most important part of swimming is to RELAX.”  So true. You can see from this…

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THE AUTISTIC SWIMMER



An emailer asked me about swim lessons for her autistic son.  An Internet search provided some resources.  Here’s some links: http://autism.lovetoknow.com/How_to_Teach_an_Autistic_Child_to_Swim http://www.sunsationalswimschool.com/special_needs_swimming_lessons.php     various locations http://www.superswimmersfoundation.org/Swim-Lessons-for-the-Autistic-Child.htm   in south Florida with resources from everyone From their website:  Children with…

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SMALL IS NOT BIG



Today’s student taught me why it’s harder to do the smaller steps of a bigger move, which is more a problem for me in my Feldenkris class than in the water.  Today’s student was my Feldenkris teacher!  She is my…

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Even famous people can overcome fear of the water



Great news article about overcoming fear of water and swimming as an adult published with video by the NY Times.  Check it out.

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SWIM SUIT CARE TIPS: HELP IT LAST



Frequent swimmers know that swimsuits stretch out and wear thin in no time at all. Here’s some tips to prolong the life of your swimsuit: Never put your swimsuit in the washing machine or dryer, only hand wash it. Use…

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Look Down



Today’s student is a 80-something friend of my sister’s. We laned up about 7 a.m. He told me he’d been practicing my tip from last year – to look down at the pool bottom. This is necessary for personal comfort….

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Peer Pressure



Today’s student is me and the teacher was Meet-Up Boca Rotan Ocean Swim. Though only one swimmer (of the 4 other RSVPers) showed for the morning meetup, the fact that that another person expected me to swim to the half…

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Elbow Up



Today’s student is my sister. To help her swim more efficiently we worked on bringing her arm out of the water with the elbow straight up — as if a fisherman had hooked her by the elbow. Put the energy…

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The water is my friend



Today’s student is 84 years old. He had some swim experience as a boy but estimated it had been 25 years since he’d been in water to swim. The biggest key to his success at floating and gliding was to…

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