SANTA MONICA, Calif.
— Kids love swimming and their favorite swimming activities when they can.
But if they don’t have access to a pool at home, they can still enjoy it at school or in a pool with other kids.
That’s the message from the National Swimming Association and its swimming lessons mascots.
The new mascot is Marc, the most popular swimmer in the nation.
And he is getting a new look this fall.
Marc is a mascot for swimming lessons in the San Diego Unified School District, and he will be the new mascot at local swimming lessons.
He’ll be the first mascot in the district’s history.
He’ll be dressed in an orange swim suit and a yellow-and-orange shirt.
And his name will be Marc.
The association says the new swim suit will be more durable and breathable, as well as be more attractive to children and families.
It’s part of the organization’s push to improve swim safety and prepare students for pool activities.
“Kids can still get out there, but it’s going to be a little bit more difficult,” said Karen Henningsen, executive director of the association’s swimming lessons and paddling program.
The association also says it will offer a new, smaller-sized swimsuit to marc.
Parents can find swimming lessons at any public pool in the county.
The swimming lessons program is one of several that the association is offering this fall, including the first-ever national swimming lessons for children at a public school in Santa Barbara.