Summer 2012 is finally here and that means that the Summer Olympics are right around the corner! I am thrilled that Frugal Living NW is teaming up with USA Swimming and SwimToday.org to share all the excitement that comes with supporting the Team USA swimmers!
Last week I spent an hour (via phone, of course :)) with a group of women from The Motherhood and USA Swimming, including Lindsay Minenko, 2004 gold medalist, and Emily Silver, 2008 silver medalist, to chat about the upcoming U.S. Olympic Team Trials (June 25-July 2), the London Olympics and swimming in general.
I, along with a group of other bloggers, were introduced to the SwimToday.org website. People want to swim, but often have questions on how to begin:
- What level of swimmer am I?
- What level is my child?
- What equipment does my child need?
- Where can I find a place to swim in my area?
- How do I get started or get my child started in swimming?
SwimToday.org is designed to help you answer all of these questions and more, including information on learning swimmers, competitive swimmers and fitness swimmers. In addition, you can take a short Swimmer Quiz that will help you determine what type of swimmer you or your child is.
Not only is swimming an excellent fitness activity (low-impact and a perfect life-long fitness option), but making sure your children can swim is essential as drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death for children between the ages of 1 and 14. Swimming lessons for children can reduce the risk of drowning by 80%.
SwimToday.org helps you find a local swim club, you can also find locations that offer swim lessons for children and adults, including information on the Make a Splash program which provides affordable swim lessons for low-income families.
Swimming and gymnastics are the most popular events at the Summer Olympics and this year promises bring some exciting swimming competition. Watching the Olympics and the upcoming U.S. Olympic Team Trials are not only a fun family activity, but it can spark excitement for everyone to learn how to swim and to make recreational and fitness swimming an important part of one’s life.
Be sure to watch the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Nebraska on NBC from June 25 to July 2 from 8-9 pm Pacific. Find the event schedule here and resources to make a USA Swimming Splash Bash watching party fun for the whole family.
This post is a part of a campaign sponsored by USA Swimming and The Motherhood to encourage families to get involved in swimming and to support Team USA at the upcoming U.S. Olympic Team Trials and Summer Olympics in London.
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