Elizabeth Artley's Blog (14)

Staying Safe in the Pool

Did you know that drowning is the number one cause of death for kids ages 1-4 and the second for kids ages 5-9?

Many imagine a drowning to take place in an ocean, lake or in the deep end of the swimming pool, but in fact, most happen within six feet of the pool wall when caregivers are…

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Added by Elizabeth Artley on July 21, 2017 at 4:54pm — No Comments

SCAQ Kids' Swim Program Turns Out Junior Lifeguards

        Thirteen-year-old Billy remembers when he could only swim three laps of the pool at one time. Now, after taking part in the SCAQ Kids’ program, he can now swim 100 yards (four laps) straight. This is the distance he will need to cover in one-minute, 40 seconds time…

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Added by Elizabeth Artley on April 7, 2017 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Swimming With Heart

                         After suffering a heart attack six years ago, Jerome Smith’s heart only pumps at 34 percent of a healthy one. But that hasn’t kept the 73-year-old from blasting away at SCAQ Masters swim workouts. And now he plans to compete in his…

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Added by Elizabeth Artley on November 17, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Swim into the Sunset

Two coaches, Olympic gold-medalist David Walters and silver-medalist Clay Evans, are leading free ocean swim workouts at 6:15 a.m. Thursday mornings and Friday nights monthly off Santa Monica Beach. Our next evening swim is 5:30 p.m. September 9.

 

David Walters, who won gold in the 4x200 freestyle…

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Added by Elizabeth Artley on August 25, 2016 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Wake Up in the Water

Start your day with a cool, refreshing swim in the ocean! The water can give you that extra jolt of energy and get your blood flowing for the day ahead.

Southern California Aquatics (SCAQ),…

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Added by Elizabeth Artley on May 12, 2016 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Swim meets open to all adults

Many remember scoring that goal or winning a race fondly from childhood. But growing up doesn’t have to mean the end of team sports! Two swimmers, Rossella Pescatori and Chris Wall, have kept competing as adults, which helps them both remember how they fell in love with the water in the first place.

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Added by Elizabeth Artley on April 21, 2016 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Cold, Dark, Rainy...Even Olympians Struggle to Exercise

Two swimmers, Bob Beresh and David Walters, are opposites when it comes to skill-level. Beresh, a beginner, started attending organized, coached workouts about two months ago. Walters, a national standout, competed on the U.S. 4x200 freestyle relay with Michael Phelps in the 2008…

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Added by Elizabeth Artley on February 25, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Swim Like a Penguin!

On the first day of last year, I was up to my neck in freezing cold water. As I paddled through the surf in the 56th Annual Penguin Club swim, wearing only a thin Lycra swimsuit, not a wetsuit, my only thought was, “What could be better?”

            In previous years, I would’ve been…

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Added by Elizabeth Artley on December 16, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Amateur Marathon Swimmer Paces Success

She hadn’t practiced with a team since grade school. Then in her 30s, one woman found joy in open water racing.

 

While Stephanie Hopson was swimming laps at the Santa Monica Swim Center, she used to watch the adult Masters swim team a few lanes over. At first, their skill in the water intimidated her.

 

“I had the idea that I wasn’t fast enough, but then I realized that it was open to all levels, so I decided to give it a try,” she said.

 

Hopson…

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Added by Elizabeth Artley on October 22, 2015 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Triathletes 'Lap Up' Organized Swim Workouts

Jason May and Melanie Webber, two local triathletes, have excelled in competition and both started out in the pool: the Culver City Plunge. One has reached the elite level and the other is a novice swimmer, but they both enjoy the sport and the time they spend swimming laps at Culver City’s beautiful…

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Added by Elizabeth Artley on June 24, 2015 at 3:24pm — No Comments

2015 Ocean Swim Series

This year, Southern California Aquatics (SCAQ) has expanded its 2015 Ocean Swim Series to include safe, high quality; affordable and fun swim options during the week as well as both morning and evening sessions. SCAQ is an adult swim club that also offers pool practices at nine locations, including…

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Added by Elizabeth Artley on May 8, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Swimming Strokes the Strokes Away

Lewis Carter, 77, (right) and Jerome Smith, 71, (left) discovered a passion that boosted their health.

State University of New York says swimmers have lower heart rates compared to those of non-swimmers.  Swimming was also found to be a viable workout for people in cardiac…

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Added by Elizabeth Artley on February 6, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Aspiring Olympian Pushes Adult Swimmers As Coach

Nineteen seconds. For most of us, that’s not a lot of time to accomplish much, maybe fill up a glass of water, walk up the stairs, or get a leash for the dog.

 

But for aspiring Olympian Derek Toomey, that’s enough time to swim two laps of the…

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Added by Elizabeth Artley on February 4, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Ocean Swimmers Flock to Venice Beach on New Year's Day



Most people ring in the New Year with champagne and a late night. But a group of dedicated “Penguins” choose to…

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Added by Elizabeth Artley on December 15, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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