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Swim Life

by Shelley Ouellette

Featured Photo from Swim Life

According to Kelly Whittemore, president of Swim Life, children are naturally attracted to water, especially when bath and pool time are associated with toys, laughter, and parental attention.

“But the water is not always a fun or safe place to be. Especially if you accidentally fall in or slip off a step and you don’t know how to hold your breath, get back to safety, or float to rest and breathe,” Kelly explains. “Teaching these water-safety skills is where Swim Life provides a vital service to our community.”

Dedicated to delivering quality instruction in independent swimming and floating, Swim Life recently opened a one-of-a-kind, indoor, year-round swim center in the heart of Lake Mary/Sanford.

“From basic water survival to swimming, snorkeling, stroke development, or overcoming a fear of the water, Swim Life’s instructors are highly trained to meet the community’s diverse aquatic needs,” Kelly says. “

We are currently seeking instructor candidates to meet the high demand for our lessons.”

Additionally, since opening the new center, Swim Life has partnered with several organizations including Aquatic Charities, a nonprofit organization focused on drowning prevention through water safety awareness campaigns and scholarships for survival swim lessons.

“Our goal is to develop partnerships – both public and private – throughout Seminole County for the benefit of anyone who needs to learn how to be safe in the water,” says Kelly, “including children with special needs and families with financial challenges.”

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