Cool Calvin’s wisdom about beating talent

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Perseverance is a great substitute for talent.

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." Calvin Coolidge

Amherst College student, Calvin Coolidge.

Amherst College student, Calvin Coolidge.

Pittsburgh needs a water safety task force that can be hosted at and operate like Chicago’s

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Chicago Water Safety Task Force, creating the first major city water safety plan drafted in accordance with the 2017 World Health Organization Implementation Guidelines.  Watch the press conference or visit our website to download the report.

Anyone want to be a helper and call the community together for a meeting on the Northside? 

Stats on swim deaths

Start swim lessons at age 1.

Don’t do this in a swim race, especially after a relay: Enter the water to celebrate.

| Swim Races

The Australian women had a great swim, defeating the rest of the world including the Americans. But then they jumped into the water after the relay, and got disqualified. 

Don't do the same mistake!

Watch the drama unfold with the broadcasters.

After the race, celebrate on the pool deck. That's where you hug your teammates.

Escort members wanted for a three month swim in the Pacific

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Try this on for size if you have nothing to do. 

Escort Crew Members Wanted For 3-Month Gyre Swim

Posted: 25 Mar 2019 08:53 PM PDT

Courtesy of Ben LecomteDiscovery GO

Ben Lecomte attempted a transpacific solo stage swim from Choshi, Japan, starting on June 5th with an aim to reach San Francisco, California after 8,721 km, estimated to take them 6 - 8 months. 

Lecomte did not complete The Swim, but they did spend 5 months and 15 days at sea.

Lecomte and his escort team inched their way across 1,523 nautical miles (2,822 km) in the Pacific Ocean as they encountered storms, relentlessly difficult swimming conditions, and countless marine life from whales to hundreds of dolphins. 

While sharks and turtles were also commonplace, but their daily encounters with plastic and marine trash was most shocking. Part of Lecomte's mission was to collect data for 30 scientific institutes, so the crew obtained and stored more than 1,700 plastic samples of flotsam that they encountered in the Pacific. 

Despite The Swim v.1 ended in a DNF, Lecomte and his team are now focused on plastic pollution on The Swim v.2. Lecomte and 10 crew members will head back to the Pacific Ocean this May when he will swim through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. He reports, "We will focus on dispelling myths surrounding the patch, as well as helping scientists better understand what is accumulating in the gyre. Our production partner Seeker helped with this narrative during our first stage of the ocean crossing, and received more than 1 million YouTube views [see video below]."

"We are now seeking new crazy, fun, passionate and skilled volunteers to help on the next leg of the adventure. We’re looking for new crew members to volunteer on a 3-month swimming and sailing expedition from Hawaii to California. Positions include marine engineers, scientists, sailors, medics, influencers and plastic warriors available from May to September 2019." 

Previous sailing experience is preferred, but not required. Send your CV to

To watch a summary of the first attempt, visit here.

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From World Open Water Swimming Association's Daily News of Open Water Swimming

Start swimming lessons at the age of one-year-old, says American Academy of Pediatrics

| Safety

Kids should start swimming lessons at the age of one. That is one of the new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The guidelines were released in 2019.

Drowning is the leading cause of injury death in U.S. for children ages 1 through 4. But almost 1,000 kids die from drowning every year. That is why the AAP is now recommending kids start swimming lessons at the age of 1.

It says water competency is the ability to anticipate, avoid and survive common drowning situations.

The AAP says there is evidence that swim lessons may reduce the risk of drowning, but the agency says "even the best swimming lessons cannot drown-proof’ a child"

That's why parents should always, carefully watch their kids around water.

Marci Harmon teaches infant and toddler swim lessons in Mishawaka. She believes teaching young kids to float and swim is saving lives.

“They can crawl. If they have any mode of transportation to get to a body of water, they are at risk of drowning or getting in trouble in water anyhow. Any barrier or precaution we can take to help prevent that or less the chance of that the better off they are going to be,” said Harmon, Little Fins Swim School.

The report also says as educators and advocates, pediatricians can play an important role in the prevention of drowning.

There are a ton of recommendations in this report to help parents.

Drowning only takes seconds. Infants are most likely to drown in bathtubs or buckets, and preschoolers are most likely to drown in swimming pools.

Many of these tragedies occur when the child gets unanticipated access to water.

The AAP News report details the death of a 3-year-old named Levi. His mom always had him in a life jacket around water. But one day on vacation he slipped outside and was found face down in the pool.

Kicking & Swimming

| Equipment

* Fun Friday Feature *

Everyone knows that the arms and hands don't aid in propulsion for RUNNING.

These kicking-have-no-benefit articles have sparked a new, patent-pending running-short invention that features POCKETS for the hands. Golly, why didn't I think of this sooner?

For swimming, I am going to start a new Kickstarter campaign (pun) that includes a BUY BACK PROGRAM for kick boards and fins. Everyone gets to ship me their used kick-boards and fins and pay me for the service of accepting their equipment. Think of the space you'll free up at the pool and beyond.

It is worth it to jettison the worthless. Be the first to ship to 108 S. 12th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203-1226 USA. Bitcoins and Cash Preferred! Minimum order $100. 

* Jeff, a little spam tastes better with Heinz Ketchup. *