This podcast is for anyone who has ever been inspired by a swimmer. It’s for people who are passionate about swimming (swimming enthusiasts) and all the benefits that come from time spent in the water. We’re going to share stories about how swimming has saved, shaped, and changed lives and why drowning prevention is so important. Join the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance’s CEO and President, Sabeena Hickman and VP, Partnerships & Development and Olympic Gold Medalist, Rowdy Gaines as they explore the importance of swimming and creating 1 million more swimmers through the Step into Swim initiative of the Pool & Hot Tub Foundation. In each episode, we will chat with athletes and experts, to uncover the connection between water and human, and why we all deserve to experience it.
Episode 21: Surrounded by water with Stephen Robbins
Rowdy sits down with Stephen Robbins, President of Blue Water Pro, to discuss how water and swimming have shaped his life, both on the business side, and within his family - as his son is a competitive swimmer. He discusses how they overcame difficulties during the pandemic, and how they used their home pool to serve the neighborhood.
Episode 20: DEI importance in competitive swimming
Maritza McClendon, an Olympic medalist and swim champion sits down with Rowdy and Sabeena, discusses her personal and professional achievements, as well as her efforts in the DEI sphere, and how she's working to enhance drowning prevention.
Episode 19: Passionate about swimming with Jennifer Lamont
Rowdy and Sabeena welcome Jennifer Lamont, the CEO of the American Swimming Coaches Association. They discuss how to get more people in the water, while also keeping them safe.
Episode 18: Getting in the lake with Lucky Meisenheimer
Rowdy and Lucky Meisenheimer discuss Lucky’s Lake Swim, the history of the Golden Mile charitable event, Lucky’s connection to the Special Olympics, and how to continue making open water swimming safer for all swimmers.
Episode 17: Water safety can start in schools
Rowdy welcomes Melissa Mishoe to this episode of Step into Swim during which she recounts when she was able to save a friend from drowning. This event affected her throughout her life and as a member of the Champions board, Melissa inspires and advocates for drowning prevention across the country.
Episode 16: The Changing Face of Water Safety
Rowdy and Sabeena speak with Jillian Wilkins about the increased access people have to water and the importance of knowing how to be water safe – and it’s not just by learning to swim.