A pirate theme is what ties together the
educational aquatics curriculum at B-T Aquatics, operating at the
Brownell-Talbot Theisen Day School.
Open to students and the general public, the indoor facility
introduces young students to “Face-Up First” water
safety classes, followed by a wide range of children’s
programs designed to teach life skills through participation in
sports. Based on age and skill, students are classified as Plebes,
Pirates or Voyagers, a hybrid swim lesson/swim team group.
Two years ago, B-T Aquatics chose to dismantle its USA
Swimming-registered team to maintain its focus on learn-to-swim and
water safety programs. But that doesn’t mean participants are
losing their competitive edge. The facility hosts monthly Splash
Meets, which are no experience-necessary, open-to-the public swim
meets that encourage kids to embrace the challenge and fun of
competition. And once a year, local grade schools gather to take
part in the All City Grade School Meet, a team competition where
trophies are awarded to all participating schools.
The K-8 school offers a volunteer program for students ages 10
through 14 called Shipmates. Their motto: “Individually, we
are each one drop; together, we are an ocean.” Participants
receive two hours of training, where they are taught to check pool
water chemistry, implement emergency procedures and provide
customer service, with an additional emphasis on job
responsibility. Student volunteers are expected to show up on time
for their shifts, perform their assigned tasks and remain eager and
ready to learn new skills.
B-T Aquatics reaches beyond the school grounds by offering an
online “Water Safety Education for Parents and
Caregivers” course, which has been completed by enrollees in
47 states and is recognized by Texas and California as fulfillment
of required water safety training for parents wishing to adopt.