Upstate organization offers free swim lessons for adults

An upstate nonprofit is working to give people the opportunity to dive into learning a lifesaving skill: swimming. Rebekah Craig is the founder of Aqua Angels and believes that knowing how to swim is just as important as breathing. It therefore helps adults overcome their fears and get started. “There’s a lot of anxieties or trauma that people go through when it comes to swimming and why they didn’t learn to swim until they came to see us,” Craig said. Craig said she understands the need for adults to learn to swim, especially in minority communities. She hopes that by having these free lessons, people will sign up. “We take all the excuses away. Just show up. Put a smile on your face and have a good time,” Craig said. According to the American Red Cross: 10 people die every day from accidental drowning, and on average, two of them less than 1445% of Hispanics/Latinos, 64% of African Americans and 40% of Caucasian children have little or no swimming skillsThese statistics hit Brookside Pool owner Leonard Pitts, whose sister drowned in 2020. is named after. “I think she’ll be very, very happy. I really am. I know she would be thrilled. I know,” Pitts said. Craig added so far last summer over 400 people have signed up with an average of 30 showing up for each lesson. At the end of each lesson, they end with a soul train. Everyone lines up and shows the class what they have learned. “These lessons really gave me confidence to get into the water. It gave me more skills and also the confidence to be able to save myself. If I feel like I’m drowning, it gives me the know- to do what I need to do to regain my confidence in the water,” said Tamika Watt. For more information on how to enter, go to www.aquaangels.org. Pool. Funds raised during this event will allow the organization to continue to offer this resource to the community.

An upstate nonprofit is working to give people the opportunity to dive into learning a lifesaving skill: swimming.

Rebekah Craig is the founder of Aqua Angels and believes that knowing how to swim is just as important as breathing. It therefore helps adults overcome their fears and take the plunge.

“There’s a lot of anxieties or trauma that people go through when it comes to swimming and why they didn’t learn how to swim until they came to see us,” Craig said.

Craig said she understands the need for adults to learn to swim, especially in minority communities. She hopes that by having these free lessons, people will sign up.

“We eliminate all excuses. Just show up. Put a smile on your face and have a good time,” Craig said.

According to the American Red Cross:

  • 10 people die every day from accidental drowning, and on average two of them are under the age of 14
  • 45% of Hispanic/Latino children, 64% of African Americans and 40% of Caucasian children have little or no swimming skills

Those statistics hit hard for Brookside Pool owner Leonard Pitts, whose sister drowned in 2020.

Aqua Angels is named after him.

“I think she’ll be very, very happy. I really am. I know she would be thrilled. I know,” Pitts said.

Craig added that so far this past summer, over 400 people have signed up, with an average of 30 in each course.

At the end of each lesson, they end with a soul train. Everyone lines up and shows the class what they have learned.

“These lessons really gave me confidence to get into the water. It gave me more skills and also the confidence to be able to save myself. If I feel like I’m drowning, it gives me the know- do to do what I need to do to regain my confidence in the water,” said Tamika Watt.

To find out how to register, go to www.aquaangels.org.

On September 10, the organization will hold its 2nd annual End of Summer Celebration at Brookside Pool. The funds raised during this event will allow the organization to continue to offer this resource to the community.