Born and raised in Hawaii, Hercules' Bill Woolsey learned to swim at an early age and went on to an accomplished swimming career at the University of Indiana and two Olympic relay medals, in 1952 and 1956. He now is working with the Hawaii Swimming Club, which he swam for back in the late 1940s and early 1950s, to create a water safety program for elementary school-age children in his native state.
Name: Bill Woolsey
Claim to Fame: Youngest member of gold medal 1952 U.S. Olympic 800-meter freestyle relay team; won silver medal in same event at the 1956 Olympics
Member of the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame
Quote: "Some parents ask me, 'Why should my kid learn to swim?' My answer to them is: 'For the sake of your child. The life they save may be their own.'"
Woolsey's Ho'au learn-to-swim program consists of 10 lessons:ã½½
Lesson 1: Bobbing
Lesson 2: Kicking
Lesson 3: Submerge
Lesson 4: Floating (Part1: face down; Part 2: face up)
Lesson 5: Sitting position (Push off and float; Push off and kick)
Lesson 6: Jumping
Lesson 7: Kickboard
Lesson 8: Arm pull
Lesson 9: Breathing
Lesson 10: Diving