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SWIMMING IS NOT A LUXURY, IT IS A LIFE SAVING SKILL!
Agnes Davis, President/CEO Imagine
in the blink of an eye my life changed from a Cardiovascular Perfusionist
working on a cardiac surgical team to NO paycheck, and NO job through a wrongful
One morning in March of 2009 when I was laying on my couch,
Donny Deutsch appeared on The Today Show. He said that, "you may think
I'm crazy but this is the best time to start a business in the worst economy
since The Depression. Find a niche that makes you unique, love what you do,
and the rest will come." That day I started thinking, "what am
I good at and love to do?" SWIMMING.
Ms. Davis has been swimming since
she could remember. As a child, she grew up on Long Island in a small family
of four that swam. The indoor pool in her town made swimming all year around
the norm to her experience of growing up. During the summers, early morning
outings to the Jones Beach with the entire family in the blue Volkswagon
Beetle is the best memory of her childhood (Her dad would pop out the front
seat, sister and Mom in the back seat and the cooler would be placed in place
of the front seat for her to sit on. Remember, only a tiny front trunk was
part of a Beetle, No seat belt laws, No child endangerment laws either back
then. For me, this was the best!). The family got to the beach at the crack
of dawn, found a barbeque pit, cleaned it off, and Mom and Dad started cooking
breakfast. As a middle class family on Long Island, the Davis' swimming
ventures made us not the normal but Ms. Davis never minded. Her swimming
continued through High School and College. She worked as a lifeguard and
taught swimming to her friends as a hobby. As Ms. Davis continued her medical
career, she used swimming as an exercise added to her gym routine and running.
She ran her first NYC Marathon in 2008 and finished under 4 hours.
Ms. Davis researched swimming and found how the
drowning statistics and the lack of knowledge killed loved ones at a rate
she was unaware of. Ms. Davis acquired her American
Red Cross re-certifications in CPR, Water Safety Instruction, and Lifeguarding
in the spring of 2009 and a local partnership formed soon after. With eight
drownings in NYC during the summer of 2009, it was clear to Ms. Davis that every child and adult, whether young, old, and any ethnic group, socio-economic level needed to learn how to swim and learn water safety. Swimming instruction needed not to be looked at as a luxury for the few but a necessity to the majority. The cost should not be a factor or quality of instruction. Our communities must not be afraid of the water but be prepared to prevent the alarming fact that drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death among children. Unfortunately, adults are not immune to the drowning tragedies as seen in 2009. Moreover, people of color are three times more likely to drown. A partnership with the Make A Splash Foundation was an alliance with an organization clearly dedicated to stopping the needless drownings that occur with people of color and children.
The CDC, Central for Disease Control, writes the best means to prevent water-related
injuries is to learn how to swim. So swim swim swim
I SAY was born. Even
though swim swim swim I SAY was established in 2009, the aquatics experienced
of 40 years plus far out ways our infancy. Being the only female owned Upper
Manhattan swimming company, swim swim swim I SAY fulfills the needs of the
Manhattan client without having to venture downtown. swim
swim swim I SAY is dedicated to personal service, student learning, excellent communication
between parents and instructor, a positive learning environment, repeated
enthusiasm and just plain having fun.
Ms. Davis has returned to her Cardiovascular
Perfusionist job but swim swim swim I SAY is continuing on and she continues
as an instructor and at the helm of the company. Not until the drowning numbers
decrease or the unfortunate drownings stop, Ms. Davis will continue to make
this a cause at the forefront of her life and one that will not be overlooked