Nativity Prep Academy has revived its partnership this year with the San Diego Junior Lifeguards Foundation (SDJLF), with the aim of encouraging more of our students to enroll in the summer San Diego Junior Lifeguards program. With a generous grant from SDJLF, our sixth-grade students are taking a first step toward this goal by learning to swim. With the help of trained aquatics instructors at the local Colina Del Sol Community Pool, our sixth graders began the SDJL program earlier this month. In the course of ten weeks, each student is expected to understand the basics of water safety and to be able to swim 100 meters in under two minutes and 30 seconds. “What an amazing opportunity SDJLF has made possible for our Nativity Prep students,” remarked Mrs. Lauren Garcia, physical education teacher for the sixth grade. “The ability to offer swimming as part of our p.e. program is such a blessing.” All Nativity Prep students who are able to complete the 2:30 time challenge will be eligible to apply for a scholarship to the San Diego Junior Lifeguards program this coming summer.
The program also stresses another level of aquatic education by teaching the basics of drowning prevention. When first learning about the program, Melanie D., a sixth-grader at Nativity Prep said, “I was really excited about going to the swimming classes because not only would we have fun but we’d also be learning how to swim and save peoples’ lives.” We are very grateful to Mr. James Murphy, Director of SDJL, and to the SDJL Foundation for making this possible for our students.