by Mary Weiss
Ten Bethel Regional Excessive College college students are making historical past by taking part in a swimming class on the YK Health Middle- the most recent bodily schooling class provided by BRHS. There are 4 ladies and 6 boys within the class, and their ages vary from 9th to 12th grade.
On December eight Bob Ellsworth, the Bethel Regional Excessive College well being and bodily educator who organized this semester-long class, watched as the scholars swam lap after lap and obtained individualized teaching from Mike Chung, the health middle program director. College students practiced shifting by means of the water utilizing quite a lot of strokes, together with Free Fashion, Backstroke, Breast Stroke and Butterfly. Mike suggested one pupil find out how to maintain his arms for a backstroke and one other pupil find out how to enhance his kick. Mr. Ellsworth watched the scholars carefully and took some video, which the scholars use to investigate their swimming strokes. The scholars had been intent and appeared to benefit from the class, which they signed up for with the college steering counselor final spring.
Ellworth stated that the partnership between the BRHS workers and the health middle workers has been very optimistic.
“The pool managers, Raunicka Ray and Mike Chung, have been unbelievable to work with. They offer direct group and particular person instruction with a development that’s difficult and achievable. This results in the scholars working onerous to succeed in targets and feeling optimistic about their enchancment and swimming talents,” Ellsworth stated. “Our faculty schedule is adjusted on occasion which might be irritating for the pool workers; nonetheless, they’re very versatile and reply with ‘Sure we are able to do this. No downside.’ They’re the important thing to our success.”
Based on Chung, “I’ve instructed our children that they’re the primary ever swim class within the historical past of Bethel and that they need to be pleased with what they’re doing as a result of nobody has ever carried out it earlier than. It’s been a pleasure attending to know these youngsters and likewise seeing how a lot they’ve grown as swimmers and younger adults.”
Ellsworth described the progress the scholars have made with their swimming as “phenomenal” and stated the youth have gained confidence from the category and that they’ve realized a ability that may assist them be protected when they’re round water.
He stated that at first of the category, a lot of the college students didn’t really feel assured within the deep finish of the pool. Some had been hesitant to place their face underneath water and a few couldn’t swim greater than half a lap with out stopping. However now all college students are swimming greater than 38 laps (that’s greater than a mile!), utilizing a number of strokes, and displaying excellent swimming method within the water. He additionally talked about that a number of the college students at the moment are certified to work as lifeguards and there may be even some curiosity in beginning a swim membership or presumably making a swim workforce sooner or later.
“Having a swim membership is a good thought. It can permit college students to accumulate superior swimming expertise. It additionally permits college students who’re unable to schedule the swim class into the college day to enhance their swimming expertise with different college students, taught by a swimming teacher,” Ellsworth stated.
Chung, the health middle program director, agreed.
“I might like to see a water polo workforce and a swim workforce. I might like to see college students use the abilities they realized in competitors, which can assist create optimistic self-worth and work ethic,” Chung stated.
Ellsworth talked about that earlier than the pool closed in November for the annual upkeep, the water was at instances a bit too chilly to be fully comfy within the water. This concern was remedied with upkeep throughout the closure – for the reason that pool has re-opened the temperature has been comfy.
Ellsworth talked about that scheduling and transportation have been hurdles however due to the collaboration of the pool workers with the BRHS administration, notably Assistant Principal Mr. Larry Strunk, Principal Mr. Ed Pekar, and Dean of College students Conor Mewhinney all difficulties had been resolved. Ellsworth has seen big enhancements within the bodily conditioning, technical ability and the self-confidence of his college students. He believes within the worth of this class for his college students and hopes that the remainder of LKSD, starting with kindergarten, will present alternatives for the scholars to make use of the pool as part of their schooling. On the finish of the category the scholars went to the spa to chill out from the bodily exercise of their class.
Ellsworth stated there are 17 college students registered for the 2016 Spring semester swim class. Based on Chung, “Our purpose is to proceed the category and ensure the college sees how beneficial this program is. An precise swim workforce could be superior, however proper now we’re centered on seeing the swim class develop and turn out to be established,” he stated.
This is just one instance of how our YK Health Middle is a beneficial group and regional useful resource – please look ahead to future tales of how our facility is making a distinction within the lives of youngsters, adults and households. The cellphone quantity for the YK Aquatic Middle is 543-0390. Hours of operation are 6:00 am to 9pm Tues – Fri, 9am to 8pm Saturday, 10am to 8pm Sundays, and Closed Mondays.
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