Its 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.
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