(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — For 8-year-olds Jeremy Garcia and Daphne Salgado, the best part was jumping off the diving board. That’s quite a leap for a couple of third-graders who just a few weeks earlier weren’t sure they wanted to get in the pool at all.
Now they can tread water, float on their backs and swim 25 yards. And they have certificates to prove it.
Garcia and Salgado are among 32 third-graders from Santa Barbara’s Franklin Elementary School and Adelante Charter School who recently completed a series of nine free swim lessons at UC Santa Barbara’s aquatics complex. The lessons are part of the 3rd Grade Swim to College Program (3GSCP) sponsored by UCSB’s Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP). Taught by a group of UCSB undergraduates — all certified water safety instructors — and student volunteers from Dos Pueblos High School, the lessons took place over three weeks in January and February.
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