BROOKLYN, NY: – March 4, 2013 – Medgar Evers College (MEC) announced today that its newly-renovated pool is now open to the public for swimming classes, to be offered in a series of 8-week sessions through its Adult and Continuing Education Department. Located at 1150 Carroll Street, the $3.2M renovation included an increased 95-person in-pool capacity, a raised spectator seating deck for 22 people, renovated locker rooms and a new ADA lift. The five-lane competition pool is housed in a 7,200 square foot complex, and at its deepest is 10 feet.

Water safety awareness at an early age decreases the number of fatalities due to drowning. Approximately 1 in every 5 people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. In 2005, there were 3,582 unintentional drowning incidents in the United States, averaging 10 deaths per day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death among children.  The most worrisome statistics involve black children and teens ages 5 to 19, who are 2.3 times more likely to drown than whites in this age group. For children 10 to 14, the rate is five times higher. Among the benefits of learning to swim are increased weight control, muscle tone and strength, flexibility, heart health, stress reduction, and most important water safety.

“Water safety is a critically important skill for both adults and children to learn,” said MEC Continuing Education Director Jonathan Bissell. “Our Learn-to-Swim classes provide a safe and supportive learning environment for this skill. By opening these classes to the College and the community, we hope to reduce the number of accidental drowning for all members of our community.”

“Learning to swim is not only an enjoyable form of exercise,” said MEC Aquatics Director Carlos Patterson. “It is also a life skill that could save your life or your child’s life. For seniors, swimming allows them to get an effective cardio workout in a safe environment without risk of injury or re-affecting previous injuries.”

Classes offered include “Fear No More”, “Beginner Swim”, “Advanced Beginner Swim”, and “Intermediate Swim”.  Fear No More is a special class for those who are afraid of the water. Instructors work with students to help them overcome their fears and begin to develop basic swim skills. Beginner Swim is for adults who have had no formal training in swimming, but who are comfortable in the water.

Beginners stay in shallow water only, and Advanced Beginner Swim is for adults who are ready for stroke development and mechanics in the shallow and deep water. Intermediate Swim is for swimmers to work on stroke development and efficiency in deep water. The focus is on strengthening strokes, building endurance and stamina for fitness swimming. The prerequisite for Advanced Beginner and Intermediate classes is a swim test which can be scheduled by calling (718) 804- 8850.

Tuition for the 8-week programs is $175; there are 8 students maximum per class, and each class meets once a week for 45 minutes. An American Red Cross-lifeguard and certified swim instructor are present at each class. Course dates, pricing, a list of frequently asked questions, and registration and policy forms are available on the Continuing Education website at For more information call (718) 804-8850.

About Medgar Evers College

Medgar Evers College, a senior college within The City University of New York, was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community. With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education.

Contact: Dawn Walker (718) 530-4539 / Carlos Patterson/Aquatics  (718) 804-8850