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Swim Foundations: Coming Home to Water (St Joseph's University, Drop In)

Free

with Chandrika Francis (Bartrams Garden)

Calendar Current session started Nov 29, 2022 at 8 am
1 additional session on Nov 30, 2022

This foundational swim class is a step towards empowered, liberated, and skilled swimming for South West Philadelphia community members. We will build skills around breathing, understanding your body in relationship with water, floating, and correct body alignment.  Afro-Indigenous centered, trauma informed, and healing oriented instruction support you to deepen your relationship with water. No previous swim skills necessary. This class is geared towards beginner adults with fear of water, but also welcomes those who already love being in water, and want to develop their skills in a safer space.  You are welcome to sign up for as many drop in classes as you are able to attend!  Thanks to the generous support of Bartram's Garden, this $60 workshop is free of charge!

Maximum number of Students: 5

Pool Description: Heated indoor full size pool 

**A signed pool waiver is required.  Minors must have a parent/guardian signiture. Please bring signed SJU Waiver, OR be prepared to sign waiver upon arrival! Here is the PDF: SJU Waiver**

**COVD-19 Precautions: Class size limited to 5 students.  To increase access, students and instructors are required to be vaccinated OR have a negative covid test within 24 hours of class time.  More info below on rapid tests!**

**Free COVID rapid tests and two-trip SEPTA passes are available for pickup at the Bartram’s Garden Administration Building on Wednesdays from 4-7 PM. If you’d prefer to save yourself the trip to Bartram’s, you can cover your own COVID test (if applicable) and transportation to your first class, and pick up materials there for later class sessions.

Directions for pickup from Bartram’s Garden: The address is 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA, 19143. Enter the Garden via Lindbergh Blvd and Harley Ave (near 54th St) and come down the Harley Ave entrance drive to the first building on the left. Ring the doorbell and someone will be available to provide you with one test and SEPTA pass per swim class for which you are registered. Contact cwang@bartramsgarden.org or (914) 960-2834 with questions about pickup.**

We hope you'll join for mutliple drop in swim classes as well as our community water workshops

Swim Foundations: Coming Home to Water (Central City Fitness Alive, Drop In)

Free

with Chandrika Francis (Bartrams Garden)

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 1, 2022 at 10 am
1 additional session on Dec 2, 2022

This foundational swim class is a step towards empowered, liberated, and skilled swimming for South West Philadelphia community members. We will build skills around breathing, understanding your body in relationship with water, floating, and correct body alignment.  Afro-Indigenous centered, trauma informed, and healing oriented instruction support you to deepen your relationship with water. No previous swim skills necessary. This class is geared towards beginner adults with fear of water, but also welcomes those who already love being in water, and want to develop their skills in a safer space.  You are welcome to sign up for as many drop in classes as you are able to attend!  Thanks to the generous support of Bartram's Garden, this $60 workshop is free of charge!

Maximum number of Students: 5

Pool Description: The Fitness Alive Central City is a heated indoor full size pool 

**A signed pool waiver is required.  Minors must have a parent/guardian signiture. Please sign Fitness Alive online waiver beforehand!**

**COVD-19 Precautions: Class size limited to 5 students.  To increase access, students and instructors are required to be vaccinated OR have a negative covid test within 24 hours of class time.  More info below on rapid tests!**

**Free COVID rapid tests and two-trip SEPTA passes are available for pickup at the Bartram’s Garden Administration Building on Wednesdays from 4-7 PM. If you’d prefer to save yourself the trip to Bartram’s, you can cover your own COVID test (if applicable) and transportation to your first class, and pick up materials there for later class sessions.

Directions for pickup from Bartram’s Garden: The address is 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA, 19143. Enter the Garden via Lindbergh Blvd and Harley Ave (near 54th St) and come down the Harley Ave entrance drive to the first building on the left. Ring the doorbell and someone will be available to provide you with one test and SEPTA pass per swim class for which you are registered. Contact cwang@bartramsgarden.org or (914) 960-2834 with questions about pickup.**

We hope you'll join for mutlitple drop in swim classes as well as our community water workshops

 

 

 

 

 

We Come From Mermaids: African Diaspora and Water (Classroom Workshop)

$10

with Chandrika Francis

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 6, 2022 at 5 pm

This classroom based workshop is an invitation to immerse yourself in the rich history of the African Diaspora and water!  Learn more about the ways our ancestors engaged with water for resistance and joy during slavery times and the middle passage, and the multitude of rich aquatic traditions in Atlantic African cultures pre European contact.  Through games, conversation, readings, lecture, and meditation, we will tap into the joy, liberation, resistance, and wisdom that connects us to our ancestors.  Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the New Settlement Community Center, this $50 workshop is only $10!

**COVD-19 Precautions: Workshop limited to 15 students, instructor is vaccinated, students are asked to distance from each other, masks are required.** 

**Please note this workshop centers the Black experience but welcomes folks of all identities.  Contact oshunswimschool@gmail.com if you have questions or want to find a different way to be involved!**

Womxn of Color Aquatic Rest & Play

$10

with Chandrika Francis

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 7, 2022 at 5 pm

Wednesday, Dec 7th: 5pm-8pm

Who is this class for: complete beginner to intermediate womxn of color. 

Maximum number of Students: 15

Pool Description: Heated Indoor Full size pool. Pool space accesible through stairs or elevator, with 4-5 steps with railing to enter water. 

This workshop is an invitation to soak in rest, play, and swim-skill building, in community with other womxn of color.  We will build skills around breathing, understanding your body in relationship with water, floating, and body alignment.  Through mindfulness, meditation, and self inquiry activities, we center healing and deepening your relationship with water. Holding curiosity and joy at the center, we'll explore water and belonging through games. No previous swim skills necessary. This workshop welcomes adults with fear of water as well as those who already love being in water!

Thanks to the generous support of the New Settlement Community Center, this $50 workshop is only $10!  

*COVD-19 Precautions: Class size limited to 15 students, instructor is vaccinated, students are asked to distance from each other, masks to be worn on deck. Students are asked to either be up to date on COVID-19 vaccine, or have a negative covid test within 24 hours of the workshop

*Please note this class is a space for those who have experienced gender and race based exclusions from aquatic environments. Contact oshunswimschool@gmail.com if you have questions or want to find a different way to be involved! 

 

We Come From Mermaids: African Diaspora and Water (Pool Workshop)

$10

with Chandrika Francis

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 8, 2022 at 5 pm

Thursday, December 8th:5-8pm

Who is this workshop is for: complete beginner to intermediate adults. 

Maximum number of Students: 15

Pool Description: Heated Indoor Full size pool. Pool space accesible through stairs or elevator, with 4-5 steps with railing to enter water. 

Join for an embodied journey into African diasporic aquatic traditions!  Gain swim skills while learning more about the ways our ancestors engaged with water for resistance and joy during slavery times and the middle passage, and the multitude of rich aquatic traditions in Atlantic African cultures pre European contact.  Through games, water meditation, songs, and other aquatic activities we will tap into the joy, liberation, resistance, and wisdom that connects us to our ancestors.  This space is geared towards beginner to advanced swimmers (to fully participate you can comfortably move around independently in 4ft deep water, and submerge your body in water at least up to your neck.  If you have fear around entering water, you are still completely welcome to join, and engage to the level of your comfort!)

Thanks to the generous sponsorship from New Settlement, this $50 workshop is only $10!

**COVD-19 Precautions: Workshop limited to 15 students, instructor is vaccinated, students are asked to be up to date on covid vaccination or have a negative covid test within 24 hours of class, masks are required for bathrooms, deck, and locker rooms.**

**Please note this workshop centers the Black experience but welcomes folks of all identities.  Contact oshunswimschool@gmail.com if you have questions or want to find a different way to be involved!**

QTPOC Aquatic Rest & Play

$10

with Chandrika Francis

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 11, 2022 at 1 pm

Sun, Dec 11th: 1pm-4pm

Who this class is for: complete beginner to intermediate Queer/Trans people of color. 

Maximum number of Students: 15

Pool Description: Heated Indoor Full size pool. Pool space accesible through stairs or elevator, with 4-5 steps with railing to enter water. 

This workshop is an invitation to soak in rest, play, and swim-skill building, in community with other Queer and Trans people of color.  We will build skills around breathing, understanding your body in relationship with water, floating, and body alignment.  Through mindfulness, meditation, and self inquiry activities, we center healing and deepening your relationship with water. Holding curiosity and joy at the center, we'll explore water and belonging through games. No previous swim skills necessary. This workshop welcomes adults with fear of water as well as those who already love being in water!

Thanks to the generous support of the New Settlement Community Center, this $50 workshop is only $10!  

*COVD-19 Precautions: Class size limited to 15 students, instructor is vaccinated, students are asked to distance from each other, masks to be worn on deck.  Please either be up to date on your covid-19 vax, or have a negative covid test within 24 hours of the program.

*Please note this class is a space for those who have experienced gender/sexuality and race based exclusions from aquatic environments. Contact oshunswimschool@gmail.com if you have questions or want to find a different way to be involved! 

 





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