Led by Chandrika Francis of Oshun Swim School. Bartram’s Garden is partnering with Oshun Swim School this fall to offer a series of swimming and water-related workshops for Southwest Philadelphia residents.
This class/workshop centers Black womxn and non-binary people, but all identities are welcome. Friday morning classes are for elders specifically, all other cohorts welcome ages 13-99+.
This foundational swim class is a step towards empowered, liberated, and skilled swimming for Southwest 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 supports you to deepen your relationship with water. No previous swim skills are necessary. This class is geared towards beginner adults with a 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!
Pool Description: These classes take place at the Fitness Alive Center City location. It has a heated indoor full-size pool with a shallow end with steps and a deep end of 6 ft.
**COVID-19 Precautions: Class size limited to 5 students (we may be sharing the pool with other classes). To increase access, students and instructors are required to be vaccinated OR have a negative COVID test within 24 hours of class time. Free COVID rapid tests and two-trip SEPTA passes are available at your first class. Please arrive 15 early if you plan on utilizing a COVID test**