How to handle an emergency on a North Rock swimmer
By Katie O’Hara/Associated PressFor most of the swimmers at North Rock High School in California, the school’s annual summer camp was about building confidence.
But on a recent Saturday, some students were feeling the need to be a little more assertive.
After their coach suggested they take the safety equipment off during the swim, the class turned on the water and started swimming.
A swimmer is pictured on the North Rock Swim Center deck in North Rock, California, on May 30, 2018.
“I’m like, ‘I’m gonna be really proud of myself,'” said freshman Taylor Jones, who finished fifth in the 100-meter freestyle relay.
“This is our last chance to be on the same team.
I’m going to be really happy when I do this.”
Students were told they would have to wear the equipment as a part of their swimmer program, but they felt uncomfortable wearing it and asked to change into a pair of shorts and a tank top instead.
“We’re a group of like, weirdos,” sophomore Lauren Smith said.
“We were just like, what do you expect?”
The next day, students went swimming and started talking about how much they had learned from the safety training, which included an underwater video course.
When the class returned to class, the coaches were less concerned about safety and more concerned about how they were going to teach their students how to swim safely.
“They told us we had to wear these gear,” said senior Austin Kuczmarski.
“I’m in awe of how they handled it.”
The safety gear has been the focus of some controversy in the past, especially after the death of 17-year-old Connor Lee last year in North Carolina.
Lee was a high school student who drowned in a pool.
A judge in North Dakota ruled that the state should allow the state’s Department of Natural Resources to remove the equipment from North Rock after it was found that it was not necessary.