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Laura Dravenstott

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Open Water Swimming Helps Treat Depression in New Case Study

Posted on Sep 25, 2018 10:38:31 PM by Laura Dravenstott in open water swimming, in Adult Swimming, in Health benefits, in Swimming Community

A recent case study reported in the British Medical Journal and subsequently made into an episode of the BBC documentary series, “The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs,” describes how a 24-year-old mother eliminated her medications for major depressive disorder and anxiety over a period of four months as she began a program of weekly swimming in cold water. But could cold water swimming really help treat depression?

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Swimtastic's Curriculum Enhancement

Posted on Sep 17, 2018 3:06:57 PM by Laura Dravenstott in curriculum, in adult swim lessons, in Swimming lessons, in Kids Swimming Lessons, in Teaching Swim Lessons

Streamline Brands is excited to announce the rollout of our enhanced learn to swim curriculum across our family of swim schools: Swimtastic, SafeSplash, and SwimLabs. With a refined emphasis on safety, stroke technique and making swim lessons fun, our enhanced curriculum and true skill progression deliver clear value to students and parents. These attributes, along with our revamped instructor training, teaching aids and technologies, differentiate our swim schools from the rest of the learn to swim market.

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Defining Your Own Success

Posted on Aug 17, 2018 5:40:01 PM by Laura Dravenstott in success, in U.S. Swimming National Championships, in Missy Franklin, in competitive swimming, in Swimming Community

“It’s one thing to inspire all these little girls by winning a bunch of medals. That’s easy. But it’s another thing entirely to be an inspiration when things aren’t exactly going your way.”

Missy Franklin, Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion

Few people describe winning a bunch of medals, especially gold medals, as Missy did at the 2012 London Olympics, as “easy.” It’s difficult to win a race at any meet, let alone in the most competitive swim meet in the world. Despite the difficulty and the rarity of winning or setting a record, the swimming world and American culture as a whole glorify winning, setting records, making PR’s, sustaining dominance. A definition of success based on fast times and victories can be seductive but also dangerous to a swimmer’s well-being, as Isabelle Robuck explains in “Defining Success Beyond Fast Times and Medals Just Might Save Your Swimming Career (and Life)”.

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Practice Tips for the Intermediate Swimmer

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 5:41:06 PM by Laura Dravenstott in Practice, in Swimming tips from an instructor, in training tools, in Swimming lessons

In this blog post, we’ll discuss necessary gear, practice tips, and exercises for intermediate swimmers.

Swim gear can be simple: a suit, towel, sunscreen, goggles (refer to blog “Tips for Beginners” for more information on goggles) and a swim cap for those with long hair. Remember, it’s still important to swim where a lifeguard is present or to always have another person in the water or close by.

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Practice Tips & Exercises for Beginner Swimmers

Posted on Jul 11, 2018 11:13:40 AM by Laura Dravenstott in Swimming tips from an instructor, in children learning, in Practice, in Summer Family Activities

With the onset of summer, we head back to the pool, excited to get wet and cool off but struggling to remember what gear to bring and which skills to practice first. In this blog post, we’ll discuss necessary gear, practice tips, and exercises for beginning swimmers.

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CPR: History & How To - Part 2

Posted on Jul 3, 2018 10:53:34 AM by Laura Dravenstott in CPR, in water safety tips, in safety

Though there are many organizations that review the steps of CPR and ECC (Emergency Cardiovascular Care), the basic steps are consistent. Training is always recommended, but it’s noteworthy that “The American Heart Association recommends that everyone — untrained bystanders and medical personnel alike — begin CPR with chest compressions.  It's far better to do something than to do nothing at all if you're fearful that your knowledge or abilities aren't 100 percent complete. Remember, the difference between your doing something and doing nothing could be someone's life.”  - MayoClinic.org 

Here is advice on how to perform CPR from the American Heart Association (as listed on the Mayo Clinic site):

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CPR: History & How To - Part 1

Posted on Jun 28, 2018 9:38:24 AM by Laura Dravenstott in CPR, in water safety tips, in safety

As summer moves into high gear with many families participating in water activities, it’s important to remember water safety and lifesaving measures. One important life-saving skill is Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR. CPR is most commonly used in the event of cardiac arrest and/or drowning, and it allows a bystander to manually help circulate oxygenated blood throughout the body of the injured person, preserving brain function until medical help arrives. It’s a basic but proven first aid skill used throughout the world, saving approximately 92,000 lives each year.

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