All Nations United Swim Club
All Nations United Swim Club (ANUSC) evolved out of a program begun by Richard Stephens during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Spring of 2020. Mr. Stephens ingeniously thought that by offering swim classes to members of the Community, he would tackle two issues which were converging.
First, he could creatively foster community in an enjoyable and fun way when isolation was legally required and second, given the statistics showing that only 1 out of 10 Anguillian child knew how to swim, teaching persons on the island this life saving skill would address a critical need.
Richard’s videos of his classes and its participants – every day Anguillian residents – quickly gained momentum on social media. The popularity of the classes meant that he and his colleagues were meeting significant demand from all ages for swimming classes.
That is how All Nations United Swim Club (ANUSC) was born.
The ANUSC is a non- profit organisation registered in Anguilla. The mission of this grassroots initiative is to engage, teach, and develop swimmers of all ages in Anguilla in a safe and professional environment.
Some classes which the club offers include:
- Private and semi-private swimming
- Community swimming
The ANUSC welcomes anyone from the age of six months and up to join their community, as water safety is a necessary life skill.
The Club offers robust programs for the youth and the elderly. They recently completed a “Kids Outreach Program” which ran from September 19, 2022 to October 20, 2022. Twenty children took part in this program – all leaving with various levels of water safety skills.
Prior to this, in July 2022, the ANUSC hosted the Summer Splash Program for two weeks with twenty-two (22) children taking part.
Many businesses and individuals jumped on board as sponsoring partners with ANUSC to make this program a success.
The work of the ANUSC has attracted sponsors such as the Turtles Nest Beach Resort, who fully sponsored the club’s first Kids Outreach Program. These sponsors have given their commitment to sponsoring the Seniors Can Swim Program slated for the first quarter of 2023.
The ANUSC has also had constructive discussions with the Rotary Club in Anguilla. The Executive Members of the Rotary Club have been very supportive of the club this year and both parties hope to form meaningful partnership in the upcoming year and beyond.
The ANUSC would like to start a series of programs in 2023. However, in order for these programs to be realised, we need funding and sponsorship support. Here is a list of the programs, along with a brief description of each.