Under Lay’s tutelage, adults were able to get the life skill that had been missing until now. Lay worked with the schedules of her five pupils, meeting with them in the evenings.
Lay normally works with children but when contemplating her senior project, she thought it would be a good idea to get adults who never learned to swim to feel safer in the water.
“Kids will just get in the water more and they’re not as afraid, but adults are a lot more afraid so that’s definitely different,” Lay said.
Lay said adults definitely pick up kicking better than kids
“They get that down easier,” she added.
Laura Preciado initially came to support her sister, Adriana Perez, but joined after her sister talked her into it.
Both Perez and Preciado said neither learned to swim because their parents did not encourage it, but that was a tradition that Perez wanted to break.
“It kind of runs with another generation because if your mother doesn’t know how to swim, you’re not going to do any activities in the water, so then you never learn,” Perez said.
Perez’s youngest daughter had just completed swimming lessons over the summer. Perez said she did not want to be the only one left in her household without the life skill, so she seized the opportunity.
“I have to because my youngest just did swimming lessons this year and that’s how she learned to swim,” Perez said. “If something were to happen, I’m the only one that doesn’t know how to swim so I’m doing it.”
Lay said that the adults she was teaching picked up the techniques quickly, now it is up to them to continue to build on the newly acquired skills.
“It’s just going to take a lot of practicing because it’s a lot of muscles they haven’t worked before. They just have to get in the water more but now, hopefully, they’ll be a little braver when they’re getting in,” Lay said. ■