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Local Non-Profit Makes a Splash with Free Swimming Lessons and Water Safety Education

The Rockaway Hotel has teamed up with the Rising Tide Effect to provide free swimming lessons in the hotel's outdoor pool. The Rising Tide Effect says since the program launched in the Rockaways, about 100 kids have learned how to swim there. Participant Ariel Figueroa says she's inspired to try out for her school swim team after learning the basics.

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Rising Tide Effect teams up with The Rockaway Hotel 

Year after year, Rockaway sees several drownings when lifeguards aren’t on duty. In response, The Rockaway Hotel and Rising Tide Effect have teamed up to try to prevent such drownings by teaching youth from under-served communities swimming lessons and skills, right in The Rockaway Hotel pool.

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Rockaway Rallies Around Swim Safety

In addition to teaching critical skills, the Swim Initiative also promotes self-development. After each swim session, the group convenes around a hotel-provided meal to bond with each other and instructors, and to learn from mentors and guest speakers. These include professional athletes and Rockaway locals who used lifeguarding to launch their careers.

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"Swimming is the Closest Thing You'll Ever be to Flying"

Some people spend their entire lives searching for that one thing that will fulfill their mind, body and soul.

Kate Krause, founder of Rising Tide Effect is one of the lucky few who knew early on in life what would ultimately fuel her throughout her childhood and into adulthood.

Her love of swimming lead her to launch a foundation and use the superpower of swimming, to save lives.

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PRESS RELEASE: "A shoreline that takes the lives of young people can be prevented through education"

The Rockaways in the Queens borough of New York City, historically a racially and economically diverse community, it is unfortunately the epicenter of drownings.


The average age of a person drowning in the local waterways is 16 and typically occurs where there is no lifeguard present. The only way to prevent and lower these numbers is by making a simple water safety education action plan and swimming

lessons accessible to all.

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PRESS RELEASE: Children experiencing homelessness are given the opportunity to learn to swim and are provided with breakfast and to-go meals

Rising Tide Effect in partnership with The Rockaway Hotel, Food Bank For New York City, and Delta Sigma Theta’s Health Task Force, are removing all barriers to entry for TWELVE young people in need during the month of August and expanding their access to nutritious meals.

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