By USA Swimming News.
USA Swimming Launches SwimJitsu as Fun, New Introduction to Swimming
In-water course is a mash-up of swimming skills & entertainment to get kids in the sport
Creating a unique and fun introduction to launch newcomers to swimming, USA Swimming has developed SwimJitsu – a new grow-the-sport program that combines swimming, inflatable obstacles and cannonballs.
SwimJitsu is an in-water obstacle course that includes a series of entry-level swimming skills stages and 10 entertaining tasks. Participants become “swimjas” (a combination of swimming and ninja) by using traits such as wisdom, speed and agility.
The story behind SwimJitsu is that it is the ancient craft of the Swimja. Long ago, in the villages near Mount Swimja, only the swiftest, wisest and most dexterous among the people conquered the age-old SwimJitsu courses. Year after year, young ones came, eager to learn the ways of the Master Swimjas, and year after year, these young ones flopped, faceplanted and splashed into the hallowed Pools of Mt. SwimJa, much to the delight of onlookers. But they were relentless in their training to become SwimJitsu Masters, and only the best of the best could achieve this lofty title. In modern times, young ones still come, thirsting for the same goal: Mastery of the three Sacred Traits, while not totally blunder-bouncing into the water in the process.
These Sacred Traits are: Wisdom, Speed, and Agility.
Conquer the course, and finish with a giant cannonball off the ledge of Mt. Swimja, and a student becomes the master. Swimjitsu Master, that is. Swimjitsu Masters can then showcase their skills on a swim team of their choice.
Do you have what it takes to become a SwimJitsu Master?
The DC SwimJitsu event will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 9 am until approximately 6:45 pm at the Takoma Aquatic Center (300 Van Buren St., NW).
We would love to see PVS swimmers here and please send photos and videos. Mom and dad, too!