A teacher at a school in New York City says if you’re going to spend the day on the beach, you’re better off swimming.
“It’s a little bit of a chore,” said Laura McDaniel, an elementary school English teacher who has taught the school’s swimming lessons since 2009.
The day before her classes began this fall, she was a participant in a five-week swimming immersion program, where she and her colleagues would go on trips to nearby beaches, and spend an hour at each of them, on their own.
When she began to teach the classes, McDaniel said, she began noticing a few things: There were fewer students and fewer instructors, and the class size was smaller.
Then, during the summer break, she noticed a few students who weren’t swimming anymore.
Her next class started on July 1, but she stopped teaching the summer swim lessons in late September because the school was still trying to figure out how to keep up with the students.
In October, she started teaching the winter swim lessons for the first time.
It’s not just that the pool is small, but there’s no way for the teacher to see where students are going, said McDaniel.
There’s no safety net.
So, in the winter, the pool can be full of people swimming.
There are not enough teachers, there are not teachers on staff, and we don’t have enough time to teach.
That is something that’s really scary because you don’t know how long this program will last.
McDaniel said she’s always had a soft spot for the ocean.
She was raised on the South Pacific island of Nauru, and she remembers seeing sharks and turtles and whales swimming on the shore, which made her want to learn more about them.
So she decided to bring her passion for ocean-based education to her school, teaching the students how to swim in the water.
There are so many great lessons that can be learned by the students here, McLeod said.
But her students aren’t interested in learning.
They want to be on the ocean, and they want to swim.
For a few weeks in the fall, McPherson said, her classes were filled with only a handful of students, and only the ones who were willing to join in on the lessons.
By the end of September, she said, the class was about 25 percent full.
That was partly because students were already used to teaching in the classroom, she added.
But it was also because of the lack of safety net in place.
The summer swim lesson was so much easier, she told ABC News, because the water was so shallow.
And for the winter lessons, students could swim in pools as large as six feet deep, but in the pool, McPeer said, there were only about a dozen or so people who could swim.
“It was like, oh, my gosh, this is really hard,” she said.
So when her school had to close the pool in September because of weather, she made the decision to reopen the lessons the next day.
Students in her class, like McDaniel’s, can swim for about two hours, and most have taken two classes, she noted.
She said she felt compelled to start teaching again because of how quickly the water is changing, and how it’s changing so fast.
She said that even though the pool was always empty during the spring and summer, she has noticed a big difference in her students’ behavior since her classes started.
They’re always out and about.
They have fun.
They’re a lot less scared, she explained.
As for the other teachers who were hesitant to bring the program back, McDeans goal was to bring back the summer classes.
But the first week of the summer lessons, they didn’t have any volunteers.
This is something we have to do because of what is going on in the world right now, she admitted.
We’re having a very hard time, she continued.
We can’t continue to ignore the climate crisis, and so, we’re bringing in the summer.
But, we have a lot of work to do.
I’m not worried about the kids who are getting sick, she emphasized.
We have a very limited amount of time to prepare, and I want to make sure that the students that are coming are safe.
I want them to know they can swim.
I want them not to worry about the lack, but to be able to swim at a high level, McDonagh said.
“And the longer that we wait, the more it’s going to hurt.”