Flagpole Enters Men’s Swim

Megan Balch and Jaime Barker, who cofounded Flagpole in 2013, are known for their sporty, brightly colored women’s swimwear sold at retailers including Shopbop and Barneys New York, but they always had the men’s category in mind.
“Flagpole is the name of the beach we grew up on,” said Balch. “But before we even had sketches or drawings, we always knew we wanted to have a unisex name to accommodate for men’s.”
According to Balch, they’ve spent two years working on the men’s collection, which includes two silhouettes: the Luke short, a hybrid swim and travel short; and the Dave trunk, a classic swimsuit. The Luke short is made from a quick-drying fabric with pockets and an interior adjustable drawstring. They retail for $ 225. The Dave trunk has a slim fit and is also made from a quick-drying fabric but has an elastic waistband. It retails for $ 185.
“Since our launch, a lot of men have reached out saying that they resonate with our clean, modern and functional aesthetic,” said Balch. “What they wanted boiled down to two things: a classic cut and ultimate comfort.”
They are opting for a direct-to-consumer distribution with men’s in order to get feedback from consumers.
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Mary Jane Swim Introducing CBD to Fashion With Nine Capsule Collections

FIRED UP: Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized adult recreational marijuana use, but a walk down many city streets might indicate higher numbers.
As more states are trying to follow similar paths, two CBD-supporting fashion executives are forging their own inroads with Mary Jane Swim. Cofounders Diane Walker and Stacey Demar borrowed from the street name for pot for their own company’s name.
They needed only three months to pull together their company, having started Sweenie Manufacturing in 2008 to produce swimwear and manufacturing for other brands. After discovering and trying CBD, the non-psychoactive property of cannabis, 18 months ago, they said they found it to be life changing in alleviating arthritis back pain, bulging discs and other sports injuries.
A portion of sales will benefit Athletes for Care, an organization started by former professional athletes who advocate for research, education and compassion in relation to health issues. “They’re pro-cannabis but they’re also looking after the health issues that former athletes are facing as well as the general public with the opioid crisis. We’re both active and this is against the stoner culture, which a lot of people see cannabis based in. It hasn’t really crossed over into fashion yet.

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The craziest looks from Miami Swim Week

Duct tape Metallic duct-tape bikinis? There’s something you don’t see at the beach every day. Body diversity Bodies of all shapes and sizes took the runway. Statement shades Cat-eye shades paired perfectly with retro-chic bathing suits. Wild one-pieces Proving that one-piece swimsuits don’t have to be snoozy. Retro bottoms Ultra-flattering high-waisted swimsuits are back in…
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Models are accusing a brand of discrimination during Miami Swim Week

Models are accusing a brand of discrimination during Miami Swim Week

Models are accusing a brand of discrimination during Miami Swim Week

The past few years have ushered in an age of diversity and inclusion in the fashion industry. More and more we’re seeing brands not only actively include models of different ethnicities in their campaigns and runway shows, but models with visible disabilities like diabetes and vitiligo. This is why it’s disheartening that fashion brand KYA Swim has been accused of discrimination during Miami Swim Week.

Cosmo was the first to report how model Joia Talbott claimed that 10-15 models were turned away from an audition solely because they were Black. She took to her Facebook to put the brand on blast, with America’s Next Top Model alum, Kacey Leggett, chiming in to say:

“I’m at a loss for words. I’m still trying to process what happened. All of us had to get out of the line – they told us they didn’t want any more Black models.”

It goes without saying that this is beyond unacceptable. Miami Swim Week was created to celebrate swimsuit season. For representatives of KYA Swim to say, “no dark skin,” as Talbott claims they did, is reprehensible.

Other models have also come forward with similar claims against KYA Swim during Miami Swim Week.

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This is extremely upsetting. We need to be doing better, fashion world.

As reported by Cosmo, KYA Swim released a statement on the issue, saying:

“Everyone at KYA Swim is deeply disturbed by the allegations brought by Joia Talbott and other models about the casting event at Miami Swim Week. KYA Swim is proud of its record of diversity and we are in the midst of looking into the events of last Thursday to review the actions of the production company in charge of the casting call.”

It’s possible that someone without the authority to do so made this call. Regardless, it’s not a good look for KYA Swim.

According to KYA Swim’s social media, it looks like they did hire a black woman for the show.

We uncertain if this decision predated the controversy or if KYA Swim hired her as a result of the bad press. Hopefully, incidents like this won’t happen again anytime soon.

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Low-Income Youth in Los Angeles Receive Free Swim Lessons Through Kaiser Permanente’s Operation Splash

PASADENA, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks kicked off the 13th year of Operation Splash at Glassell Pool in Los Angeles to encourage parents and kids in low-income neighborhoods to learn to swim and to reduce drownings.

“We believe people need both health and health care. That’s why we support community activities like Operation Splash,” said Edward Ellison, MD, executive medical director and chairman of the board for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. “Our hope is that by providing swim lessons and junior lifeguard lessons across Los Angeles once again this summer, we can not only provide young people and adults with an essential life skill, but we can help them to stay healthy, have fun and really thrive.”

Kaiser Permanente awarded a $ 408,000 grant in 2017-2018 to the Department of Recreation and Parks Aquatics Division for Operation Splash which increases opportunities for safe physical activity and aims to decrease drownings, especially for African-American and Latino children, who historically have low aquatics participation rates. According to the national USA Swimming Foundation, nearly 64 percent of African-American children and 45 percent of Latino children cannot swim.

The Operation Splash Junior Lifeguard program allows youth between 10-17 years of age an opportunity to improve their swimming skills and receive a basic understanding of water rescue and first aid. The Junior Lifeguard program also teaches job skills that enable students to qualify for future employment as lifeguards at pools and beaches.

“I was 5 or 6 years old when I first tried learning to swim and I was terrified,” said 23-year old Kahlif Carter of South Los Angeles. Growing up, no one in his neighborhood was a swimmer, but he enrolled in Operation Splash when he was approximately 10 years old. “I remember I didn’t want to move up in swim class because I was afraid of the deeper water.”

Through Operation Splash, Carter overcame his fears and went on to join the swim team, play high school water polo, become a junior lifeguard and is now a lifeguard at Cabrillo Beach. “I’ve come a long way and I’m really proud of myself. Now, I’m learning to surf. I hope my story inspires other kids to put their fears aside and take the plunge.”

This summer season, Kaiser Permanente’s Operation Splash grant underwrites swim lessons for 6,000 children, teenagers and adults; provides junior lifeguard scholarships for 780 youth; and increases participation in the Rethink Your Drink Campaign, which raises awareness about the unhealthy impacts of sugary beverages and the benefits of drinking water. Swim lessons will take place at 36 pools in Los Angeles and junior lifeguard lessons will be offered at 48 sites.

“Swimming is a survival skill that everyone should be equipped with. The city’s various aquatic facilities provide plenty of accessible options for increasing one’s confidence in the water, ranging from learning how to swim to competitive engagement through water sports and team building,” said Mike Shull, general manager, Department of Recreation and Parks. “The option to beat the heat by making a splash should be at the top of every family’s list and swim lesson enrollment is the first step to a fun and safe summer.”

“Learning to swim can save your life,” said Renata Simril, president and chief executive officer, LA84 Foundation. “Drowning claims the lives of about 3,500 people each year and nearly 25 percent of them are children under the age of 14. The problem is particularly daunting in ethnically diverse communities, where the drowning rate is almost three times the national average. That’s why it is so important to educate parents and children on the importance of learning to swim.”

Operation Splash is part of Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Eating, Active Living (or HEAL) efforts to reduce obesity in the community by increasing opportunities for safe physical activity and access to healthy and affordable foods. Kaiser Permanente has granted nearly $ 7 million for Operation Splash since the program’s inception. Based on its success in Los Angeles, Operation Splash has expanded to six other Southern California cities, bringing its total pledge in 2017–2018 to $ 856,143.

Additional Operation Splash grants for summers 2017 and 2018 include:

  • City of San Bernardino, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, San Bernardino: $ 79,500
  • City of Riverside, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, Riverside: $ 84,150
  • Desert Recreation District, Coachella Valley Recreation and Park District, Indio: $ 84,150
  • City of Bakersfield, Department of Recreation and Parks, Bakersfield: $ 53,550
  • City of Ventura, Parks, Recreation, and Community Partnerships Department, Ventura: $ 53,293
  • Friends of Chula Vista Parks and Recreation, Chula Vista: $ 93,500

Please visit the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks’ website at www.laparks.org, or call 323-906-7953 for information about participating pools in the area.

About the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Aquatics Division
The Department of Recreation and Parks maintains over 16,000 acres of parkland with over 430 neighborhood and regional parks, 184 recreation centers and facilities, 368 children’s play areas, 321 tennis courts, 256 ball fields, 31 senior centers, 13 golf courses, nine dog parks, 21 skate parks, 51 swimming pools, 12 museums and an urban forest of one million trees and 92 miles of hiking trails. The Department also provides after school enrichment programs for children and teens including music, dance, and athletic programs. For more information about the Department of Recreation and Parks, please visit www.laparks.org.

About LA84 Foundation
The LA84 Foundation is a nationally recognized leader in support of youth sports programs and public education programs about the role of sports in positive youth development. The Foundation, with more than 30-years of on-the-ground experience, has supported thousands of Southern California youth sports organizations through grant making, while also training coaches, commissioning research, convening conferences and acting as a national thought leader on important youth sports issues. The LA84 Foundation levels the playing field so that sports are accessible to all children, while elevating the field of youth sports as an integral part of American life. To learn more, visit www.la84.org and @LA84Foundation on Instagram and Twitter.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.


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The top 5 places in the world to swim with dolphins


If you’re a lover of animals, you might base your holiday on which location boasts the most beautiful, most interesting, or rare animals – and the best way to properly see them is to get up close and personal. So if you’re a lover of dolphins, it might be a dream of yours to swim with these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Knowing where the best spots are is another thing entirely, though. So here are the top five places in the world to swim with dolphins.

The Azores

The Azores is known to be one of the most iconic and most successful places to see dolphins in their natural environment. The best time to travel out there to see and swim with them is from May-September – and you won’t just see one. The Azores is home to around seven different species of dolphin, as well as orcas and sperm whales. And the beautiful surroundings make the whole experience even better.

La Gomera

La Gomera lies off the coast of Tenerife and is one of the smallest Canary Islands. The whole island is a UNESCO Heritage Site, laden with plush rainforests and luscious landscapes full of flora and fauna. Because of this, the seas are also well looked after – creating the perfect environment for dolphins. While on the island, look out for the likes of rough-toothed dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and striped dolphins, as well as sperm, pilot, and fin whales. The perfect swimming spot. The best time to see these creatures here is from March through to June.

Central America

The warm Caribbean Sea water makes Costa Rica, Belize, and Panama the perfect resting spot for different species of dolphins. Thousands of pods live around and along the coast of Central America – so you’ll need to get your camera ready! This area is rife with conservation projects, so you can offer your services to these charities to see the dolphins up close and personal, or you could choose to snorkel in the warm, aquamarine water. But you won’t just see dolphins; these areas are also populated with sea turtles, manatees, and tropical fish. Travel between December and May for the best chance of seeing the dolphins.

Sri Lanka

Many people do not associate Sri Lanka with dolphins, but these creatures love to swim up and down the Sri Lankan coast. If you’re desperate to see them, the best place to see and swim with them is in the northwest of the country – and the best time to visit is between December and April. The most common species of dolphin in these parts is the Spinner dolphin. Make sure you go on a boat trip, as these dolphins love to swim in the wake of the wave and alongside the boat, and are even prone to jumping up out of the water right next to you.

Ligurian Sea

If you’re interested in the lesser known species of dolphin, you need to take a trip to the Ligurian Sea. With its warm Mediterranean Sea, this area is rife with all kinds of wildlife and sea creatures – but is most famously home to the rare and unusual Risso’s dolphin. These dolphins grow to around 4m long and are known for their scarred and scratched skin. It’s also home to pods of bottlenose dolphins, as well as different species of whales.


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How to teach your children to swim before age 3


Sabrina Garibian

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Want to learn how to teach your children to swim before age 3? I’m going to tell you.

My daughter can easily swim the short length of our pool underwater. She can tread water for at least a minute. Although she sort of looks like she’s drowning, she’s perfectly fine and happy. She can swim underwater almost the full length of the pool and has enough strength and coordination to take a few above-water breaths, allowing her to swim the full length of the pool.

She’s 2 years old.

I didn’t realize how unusual this was until I saw my friend’s 6-year-old daughter afraid to put her face in the water, or until I watched my neighbor’s dad sit nervously by the pool as he can’t swim.

I have four children, ages 6, 5, 2, and an infant. The older three can all swim, and I feel confident that they could save themselves if they fell into water at any time. While I’d like to credit my husband’s athletic genes, that’s not the reason they can swim.

I have a few tricks up my sleeve, and I’m going to share them with you. Here’s how to teach your children to swim before age 3:

teach your children to swim before age 3

1. Give them plenty of opportunities to swim.

This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s not so easy if you live in a land-locked area or don’t have access to a pool. Do the best you can to provide opportunities to swim, as the more experience and practice they have, the better they will be.

2. Sign them up for year-round lessons. 

Swimming lessons year-round are a great idea for young children and even children who already know how to swim. They will have the opportunity to practice swimming every week, will learn proper form and technique, and will learn safety skills as well. My girls go to Goldfish Swim School, where they have fun in the pool while learning important skills. In just a few weeks my 2-year-old has gone from forgetting how to hold her breath underwater to diving to the bottom to pick up a toy from the pool floor and swimming to the side.

3. Just dump them in.

I know some people disagree with me and think this is too rough, but it works. From a young age I let my children get splashed in the water. I dunk them in and then lift them out of the water. I hold their hands when they jump in, but don’t help them bring their heads above water unless they can’t figure it out in a second or two. I contribute all of that to my children being very comfortable in the water from a young age and also learning how to swim early on.

4. Use toys to help. 

When my oldest was 2, I would give him a kickboard and swim lengths of the pool alongside him as he kicked his way across. When he was hesitant or afraid to continue, I would throw a floating toy a few feet ahead of him so he would kick hard to retrieve it.

When I wanted my daughter to learn to swim underwater, I started dropping toys to the pool floor for her to retrieve. This is a fun game they still all play years later. Using toys helps add fun to the experience!

5. Don’t use floatation devices. 

We use Puddle Jumpers up until about age 3 or 4, but I make sure to remove all floatation devices in the pool for at least a few minutes every time we are swimming. This helps the kids understand that they can’t float. It gives them an opportunity to practice swimming. And it reminds you that you always need to stay within arms’ length of your children in the pool. It isn’t easy, especially when you have several children, to do this, but even 5 minutes every pool trip can make a difference!

These are just my opinions on teaching your children to swim before age 3, but I feel confident in them as I’ve now taught three children to swim with these methods.

This summer be safe, have fun, and teach your children to swim!

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Bella Hadid Shares Throwback Photo of Her and Kendall Jenner Taking a Topless Swim in the Ocean

What happens on vacation stays on vacation … unless you post the proof to social media!

On Saturday, Bella Hadid shared a throwback photo of herself and pal Kendall Jenner running out into the ocean for a little topless swim — with their bikini tops still in their hands.

In the risqué snap, the supermodel friends are joined by two of their mutual friends, singer Justine Skye and photographer Renell Medrano, all of whom were wearing cheeky pairs of thong bathing suit bottoms.

“Woke up missing this pureeee love. 💙🦋” Hadid, 21, wrote alongside the sun-filled snap.

While Hadid didn’t specify which vacation the shot was from, it could have taken on the tropical vacation the famous friends enjoyed together in May 2017. In photos documenting that fun-filled trip, the models appeared to be wearing very similar bathing suits to the ones they were (partly) wearing in Hadid’s throwback snap.

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While the pair have yet to jet off to a tropical destination together this year, the close friends did celebrate the new year together in chic black-and-white ensembles. Hadid wore a black jumpsuit with cut-outs along the front, and Jenner, 22, wore a pair of black wide-leg pants with a white crop top and black jacket.

The two posed for a photo in front of two sleek white cars that Jenner later posted to her Instagram with the caption “new year, same us.”


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