It's not uncommon to find Noah Rescate swimming with eels, pike, rays and starfish. As a volunteer assistant swim coach at the YMCA, he helps kids of all skill levels learn to swim in groups affectionately named after various aquatic life. In a humid indoor pool room filled with chatter and the smell of chlorine, five-year-old Jack Fresia floats peacefully on his back, putting his trust entirely in Rescate, who gently reminds him to look to the ceiling. Rescate, 13, swims competitively with the Arden Hills USA Swim Team but his foundation came from lessons at The Y. Now he hopes his love of swimming will inspire others, giving one-on-one attention to those who need a little improvement, kicking with straight legs, learning new strokes or simply staying afloat. "Just watching them enjoy swimming, I enjoy it too," he says. "I hope to make them love the sport like I do."
October 20, 2013
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