The International Swimming Hall of Fame of Fort
Lauderdale, FL (ISHOF) and the Transpersonal
Swimming Institute of Sarasota, FL (TSI) have teamed
up to bring swimming and new
safety in water to every person. Their plan should
eliminate preventable drowning.
(May 16, 2007)
ISHOF and TSI believe that the TSI learn-to-swim
program for adults, expanded to
include children, is essential to improve aquatic
safety for all. According to a
1998 Gallup poll, forty-six percent of American
adults are afraid in deep water in
pools. Sixty-four percent are afraid in open water.
Afraid swimmers are at the greatest
risk in water accidents. TSI created a powerful yet
gentle method to teach the fearful
population and has helped thousands of adults since
1983 to overcome their fear and
be safer in water.
Whereas the ability to do strokes and tread water
has always been thought to equate
to safety in water, it is actually the knowledge of
how the water works and how to
remain in control which gives the greatest level of
safety possible, says TSI.
"Most drowning is caused by panic and a lack of
knowledge about how the water works,"
explains M. Ellen Dash, Founder and Director of TSI.
"A person must feel safe in water before learning to
swim. A large percentage of
adults and children don't feel safe in deep water;
therefore they haven't been able
ISHOF/TSI is offering training and materials to
qualified instructors to expand their
learn-to-swim programs to the millions afraid in
water. It includes ways to attract
afraid students to the program created specifically
for them. The training program
is designed to get individual instructors up and
running on their own. Instructors
will pay to become licensees of ISHOF/TSI who will
provide marketing support, continuing
education opportunities, and the International
Swimming Hall of Fame's brand recognition.
ISHOF Director Bruce Wigo states, "The TSI
instructional program makes infinite sense.
It cannot fail. If all learn-to-swim programs
incorporate TSI's concepts to help
those who fear water and teach the unafraid as well,
everyone will be safer in water.
This partnership is exciting many of our Hall of
Fame members. Now we need the world's
instructors to teach it," he adds.
About Transpersonal Swimming Institute
TSI is an adult swim school founded in 1983 in
Berkeley, California to teach adults
afraid in water to swim. Its system breaks new
ground in understanding panic and
safety. Founder M. Ellen Dash published a how-to
text, Conquer Your Fear of Water:
An Innovative Self-Discovery Course in Swimming in
2006. TSI is the only organization
that offers trainings specifically for teaching
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