First Strokes Experiences

Samirah, 10th Grade, BHSEC

"First Strokes is an amazing opportunity to learn a new skill while being active. An added bonus is the encouraging and supportive environment made up by my fellow classmates. It made me love swimming."

Eugene, 10th Grade, BHSEC

"First strokes has allowed me to learn how to swim before I go to summer camp this year. Finally, I will be able to swim in the lake!"

Yairi, 10th Grade, BHSEC

"After participating in First Strokes I am not afraid to be in the water anymore because I now possess the safety skills to prevent myself from drowning. It has been amazing to learn how to swim from my high school peers, which has helped boost my confidence in the water."

John, 20 years old, Air Force

"I had spent the past 20 years of my life terrified of water. Between never learning how to properly swim and a near death experience as a child, the thought of aquatic activities induced an immobilizing sense of dread--one that severely limited my summertime participation. However, that has all changed thanks to Sylvie Goldner and First Strokes. After a simple series of progressive exercises, I now feel competent in the water and, for the first time in my life, can confidently consider myself a swimmer. Thank you for helping me conquer my fear Sylvie, it means the world to me!"