Dirigo Stories: Classmates help immigrant students learn to swim


On a cold day in Portland, the water’s warm at the YMCA. It’s great news for the group of Casco Bay High School students taking their swim test.

“Swimming is a life skill. It’s a life-saving skill, and it’s essential,” said Grant Gerber, a junior on the swim team at Husson University.

Gerber returned to teach a week-long swim intensive he created when he was a student at Casco Bay High School. It’s for students who don’t have a lot, or any, swimming experience. Many of them are students who immigrated to the United States.


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