On Thursday, February 13, Arena Grand Prix event organizers will bring together a group of the USA’s top Olympic swimmers at USA Swimming’s Arena Grand Prix in Orlando at the YMCA Aquatic Center (8422 International Dr, Orlando, FL).
This event is designed to generate water safety awareness and to promote learn-to-swim programs available at either low or no cost to the participant. The time to showcase lifesaving swim lessons couldn’t be better, as Florida schools will soon begin spring break vacations when thousands of students will be heading to beaches, lakes and pools.
At 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 13, the inaugural “Buddy Relays” will commence, partnering an Olympian with a youth swimmer who has progressed in his or her swim lessons. The evening’s swimming competition will be dedicated to the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative and the Foundation’s mission to save lives and build champions?in the pool and in life. Information on the YMCA’s Safe Start swim programs will also be made available.
Participating Olympians include:
- Ryan Lochte
- Cullen Jones
- Nick Thoman
- Mark Ruiz
- Mel Stewart
- Claire Donahue
- Alia Atkinson
- Michael McBroom
Creating water safety awareness in Florida is critical and your support is key to its success. Now is the time to spread the word about water safety and for Florida kids to enroll in swim lessons before spring break begins and everyone heads to the beach, lake or pool for a refreshing dip.
The USA Swimming Foundation recommends everyone follow these safety measures when in and around the water:
- Learn to Swim!
- Never swim alone. Use the buddy system and choose locations with certified lifeguards whenever possible.
- If someone in the water is in trouble, reach, throw, but don’t go!
The Arena Grand Prix event organizers are especially appreciative of Ryan Lochte of Daytona Beach who is helping to create this awareness through the Buddy Relays event. Just recovering from an injury, Ryan has agreed to make his first public swimming appearance in a race with youth who are learning to swim. His partnership, and those of our other Olympians, embodies the USA Swimming Foundation's mission to save
lives and build champions?in the pool and in life.