PACIFIC PALISADES—Palisades Charter High School has been hosting activities in their Maggie Gilbert Aquatic Center (MGAC) pool to benefit non-profits.

On June 27, the Challenged Athletes Foundation presented their “Catch a Rising Star” Swim Clinic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This was a free event to all those with a physical challenge or disability. All ages were welcome to participate as swim coach Alan Voisard and his wife Alison Terry taught basic swimming skills. Refreshments were also provided. Terry and Voisard have 50 years of experience in instructing all levels of swimmers.

Challenged Athletes Foundation event at MGAC pool. Photo Courtesy Palisades Charter High School
Challenged Athletes Foundation event at MGAC pool. Photo courtesy Palisades Charter High School

The Challenged Athletes Foundation offers Swim Clinic as a national outreach program for people who have had amputations, visual impairment, paraplegia, and other disabilities. The foundation is based in San Diego.

On June 26, the high school also hosted a Scuba Diving Day from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with “A Chance For Children” Foundation. The Ocean Adventures diving group was brought in to teach 40 high-risk kids to swim and dive.

Children learning scuba diving. Photo Courtesy ACFC
Children learning scuba diving. Photo courtesy ACFC.

ACFC, which is based in Los Angeles, offers multiple sports and summer programs for at-risk children. They also build free libraries at homeless shelters and LAPD stations.

The high school aquatic center consists of two pools: one competition pool and one small pool, both of which are open to the public.