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Jan-Feb 2013
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Hau'oli Makahiki Hou - Happy New Year! 

Valley Isle Aquatics is now accepting financing for sessions over $99.00 via PayPal. See details below:


We are looking for wetsuit donations for the keiki.


Swim Fins ~ we are always happy to keep a list of interested folks and when we get enough to make an order, we will let you know.


Ocean & Beach Safety (BOS)

Our Ocean & Beach Safety Day has been a real success and we are thankful to those who have participated. If your session does not include a BOS day, you may always join one of the other ones-just ask!

Beach and Ocean Vocabulary Words


A wonderful children's book: (link to PDF)
"Pippa and Paul Playing Safely in the Water"

Information for those who read the book with children:
This book provides opportunities to learn that ‘When we play with water we need a Mum or Dad or a grown-up/adult to watch us.’
There are eight scenarios in this picture book. It is not expected you will read and discuss all scenarios with the children at the same time, but rather read the book over a period of time.
Each reading provides the opportunity to reinforce the prior learning and add one or two new scenarios.
Cover page
Use questioning and the front cover picture to establish that Pippa and Paul and Mum and Dad are a family and Pippa and Paul are playing safely in the water because Mum and Dad are there to look out for them and make sure they don’t get hurt.
Other pages
Use a piece of card or your hand and remove Mum and/or Dad from the picture and ask questions like the ones below to discuss the ideas that:
• Pippa and Paul are only safe playing in the water if Mum or Dad is watching them.
• No Mum or no Dad or no grown-up/adult - no play with water.
What is happening in the picture?
Are Pippa and Paul safe?
Who needs to be watching them to keep them safe around water?
Is this safe? (Mum or Dad covered up)
Is this safe now? (Mum or Dad back in the picture)
Who watches us when we go to the beach (or river etc)?
Why do we need Mum or Dad or an grown-up/adult to watch us when we are near or in the water?
What do we do if there is no Mum or Dad or grown-up/adult? (We stay away from the water, we don’t play with or in the water.)
Home pool
Although home pools are fenced with secure self-locking gates, every year on average four
under-5-year-olds drown in unattended home pools. If it is appropriate extend children’s thinking to include the ideas that:
• the water in the pool is deep so we would be in trouble if we fell in and Mum or Dad or another grown-up/adult was not there to help us
• if we fi nd the pool gate open we go and tell Mum or Dad or a grown-up/adult so they can shut the gate and keep us safe. We do not go through the gate to the pool.
Some background information that relates to specific safety and supervision issues in each situation is provided in the parents’ information sheet
Be WaterWise – Keep kids safe near water.



Facebook: All participant pictures are posted on our Facebook page, enabling you to download/save your picture right from the page.
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Mahalo Nui!
These families have generously allowed us to use their pools for classes. We want to be sure to give a shout out to each of them for their generosity!

Hannah's Ohana

Kirra's Ohana

Noah's Ohana

Evan's Ohana

Mackenzie's, Avery's, & Copper's Ohana


The Community Courses' Office has made several changes within their program which affects us. It is critical that you complete their evaluation form before the end of the session.

Please be sure to submit your program evaluation before the end of the session.

Through this office we are able to offer a couple of classes UpCountry at the Pukalani Pool and Kokua Pool. *Please see the schedule below.


County permit situation remains negative

We have our thoughts and opinions on this matter, but will let you consider the various options...

Consider the source of all comments carefully, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We have found not one elected official, including the mayor, willing to step up and take action in this matter. It's time our elected officials do what's in the best interest of the community, not their political agenda.

If you have any ideas or thoughts, or would like to help with this situation, please let us know~we need all hands on deck to get this program back on track.

Please continue to write letters, send emails and fax your concerns to the mayor. The County needs to know they are doing a dis-service to the community. Please send them to Mayor, Council Members, and Parks & Recreation.
Alan Arakawa, Mayor:
mayors.office@mauicounty.gov


We have a sample letter posted on our website for your convenience: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=354779577903148

All we want and have ever wanted to do is teach our community members how to swim, making our community safer, and potentially saving lives.

 

Feb-March 2013 Class Information:

Please see the mini-calendar below for details. We have many selections to choose from: Southside, Pukalani, Haiku, Kula, and Central.  If none of these match your schedule, let us know and we will see what we can do to accommodate you.


To Register for a class, please go to the Classes tab; find the type of class you are interested in; click on that link; review the information; click on the Registration Form Link ~the times and levels are on the bottom of each Registration Form
We have a Classes @ Glance chart listed below & linked the web page, for your convenience.
Any challenges with registering, just give us a holler and we will walk you through the process.




Private Lessons (POP)

We are available to travel to you to offer our fabulous swimming program, in the comfort of your own pool! We will be happy to teach in your private pool, hotel, condo, or home owners' association pool. Please complete the private lessons (POP) registration form~we will confirm all details with you via Email (or phone).



Mother of Union boys who drowned says they were in house playing and watching TV before she fell asleep...

UNION — Two siblings — ages 3 and 5 — died tonight after they wandered away from their home and drowned in a neighbor's pool as their mother was sleeping, authorities said.

Township Police Director Dan Zieser said the mother, who was not identified, fell asleep in her home on Amherst Avenue sometime after 3 p.m. When she awoke at about 6:45 p.m., her sons, Kendell and Kenley Francois, were missing.

The mother called police and when officers arrived, they searched the home but could not find the boys, Zieser said.

The officers — Keith Brochu and Rob Donnelly — continued searching outside and when they looked over a 4-foot fence into a neighbor’s backyard on Parkside Drive, they spotted 3-year-old Kendell and 5-year-old Kenley at the bottom of an in-ground pool, he said.

Two officers jumped into the pool, pulled the children out from the deep end and began resuscitation attempts. The children were taken to Overlook Medical Center in Summit, where they were pronounced dead at 8:17 p.m, Zieser said.

In a late evening press conference on Parkside Drive, Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow said foul play is not suspected but that a standard investigation is under way.

"Anytime there’s a pool accident, you have to look into if there’s any neglect by anyone," he said.

Romankow said it’s unclear how the children ended up the pool, but it’s likely they scaled the fence to get into the neighbor’s yard.

About a half-hour before the incident, the owner of the Parkside Drive home had been doing some work on the pool, Zieser said. The resident went inside and didn’t see the children enter his yard, Zieser said.

The neighbor only realized something was wrong, Zieser said, when he heard a commotion in his yard.

Dozens of neighbors gathered tonight at the scene of the tragedy, not far from the Garden State Parkway and Interstate 78, looking on in stunned silence. Friends or relatives of the boys arrived at their home, crying as they embraced each other in the yard in front of the children’s house, which was cordoned off by yellow police tape.

"It’s every parent’s nightmare to lose a child — but two?" a neighbor, Kenneth, said as he looked on with his 8-year-old child. "It’s hard to comprehend. You cannot put it into words."

Another neighbor, Pedro Semedo, 38, said he was having trouble controlling his emotions. "I went around the corner to cry," he said.

He’s actually working on installing a pool in his backyard, but said he’s now reconsidering whether to continue on with the project.

"This is a very sad eye-opener for everybody else," he said.

The pool drowning was the fourth such incident this month involving young children in New Jersey. On June 19, a 7-year-old girl, Fieona Edwards, drowned in a pool in her New Brunswick neighborhood.

On June 9, a 4-year-old boy was found unconscious at the bottom of his family's swimming pool in the Bergen County town of Westwood and was hospitalized in critical condition.

Bridgeton police and the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the drowning death of an 8-month-old baby in a Bridgeton apartment Wednesday night.

Star-Ledger staff writer Amy Brittain contributed to this report.



February-March 2013 Classes at a Glance

Days:
Hours:

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday
(Out of office)

Saturday

8:00 am                            
8:40 am                            
9:20 am                            
10:00 am        

9:15-
9:45 am

Southside area~

Young Swimmer
(18 mo/2 years+)

               
10:30 am       Kula 200 classes begin in March

9:45-10:15 am

Southside area~

Parent-Infant

12:15-12:45 am Central area~

Level Red-Orange
           
11:15 am    

12:00-12:30 pm

Kula 200~

Level Red

10:30-
11:15 am

Southside area~

Level Red-Orange

   

11:30-
12:00 pm

Southside area~

Level Red-Orange

       
12:30 pm    

12:45-1:15 pm

Kula 200~

Level Red

12:15-12:45 pm

Central area~

Level Red-Orange

   

12:15-12:45 pm

Postponed until March:
Southside area~
Level Red-Orange

       
1:30 pm    

1:30-2:00 pm

Kula 200~

Level Red

       

1:00-1:30 pm

Postponed until March:
Southside area~
Level Yellow

       
2:00 pm

2:00 - 2:30 pm

Kokua Pool~

Level Red

2:15-2:45 pm

Kula 200~

Level Orange

2:00-2:30 pm

Haiku area~

Level Red

2:00 - 2:30 pm Kokua Pool~

Level Red

2:15-2:45 pm

Haiku area~

Level Red

   

2:00 - 2:30 pm

Pukalani Pool~

Level Red

2:30 pm

2:35 - 3:05 pm

Kokua Pool~

Level Red-Orange

   

2:45-3:15 pm

Haiku area~

Level Red-Orange

2:35 - 3:05 pm Kokua Pool~

Level Red-Orange

3:00-3:30 pm

Haiku area~

Level Red-Orange

   

2:35-3:05 pm

Pukalani Pool~

Level Red-Orange

3:00 pm

3:10 - 3:40 pm

Kokua Pool~

Level Orange

3:00-3:30 pm

Kula 200~

Level Orange-Yellow

    3:10 - 3:40 pm Kokua Pool~

Level Orange

3:45-4:15 pm

Haiku area~

Level Orange

   

3:10 - 3:40 pm

Pukalani Pool~

Level Orange

3:30 pm

3:45 - 4:15 pm

Kokua Pool~

Level Orange-Yellow

Level Yellow

3:45-4:15 pm

Kula 200~

Level Yellow

3:45-4:15 pm

Haiku area~

Level Orange

3:45 - 4:15 pm Kokua Pool~

Level Orange-Yellow

Level Yellow
       

3:45 - 4:15 pm

Pukalani Pool~

Level Orange-Yellow

Level Yellow

4:00 pm                

4:30-5:00 pm

Haiku area~

Level Yellow

       
 Valley Isle Aquatics
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