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  • Lezlie Sterling / The Sacramento Bee

    Justin Tchang, 6, gives a high five to Noah Rescate during a swim lesson, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at the YMCA.

  • Lezlie Sterling / The Sacramento Bee

    In a humid indoor pool room filled with childrens’ chatter and the smell of chlorine, 5-year-old Jack Fresia puts his trust entirely in Noah Rescate, who urges him gently to look to the ceiling while floating peacefully on his back. 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. Rescate, 13, swims competitively with the Arden Hills USA Swim Team but his foundation came from lessons at the Y. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.

I Care: Teen teaches youngsters how to swim

Published: Monday, Sep. 23, 2013 - 12:00 am

It’s not uncommon to find Noah Rescate swimming with eels, pike, rays and starfish.

As a YMCA volunteer assistant swim coach, he helps kids of all skill levels learn to swim in groups affectionately named after aquatic life. In the humid environment around an indoor pool filled with chatter and the smell of chlorine, Jack Fresia, 5, floats peacefully on his back, putting his trust entirely in Rescate, who gently reminds him to look at the ceiling.

Rescate, 13, swims competitively with the Arden Hills USA Swim Team, but he got his start at the Y. He gives one-on-one attention to those learning new strokes, kicking with straight legs 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.”

To suggest a community volunteer for the I Care column, contact lsterling@sacbee.com.

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