MEET CHRISTEN

Christen Buchert, The Swim Lady

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I live on the coast of North Carolina with my husband where we raised 5 children.  I became a Water Safety Instructor Trainer for the American Red Cross in the early 90’s, and have taught thousands of children how to swim. Drowning is preventable, and I am passionate about teaching children to swim and be safe around water.  For this reason, people refer to me as “The Swim Lady”.
 

When I received a call from a neighborhood family that tragically lost a twin to drowning in the summer of 2009,  I immediately decided to certify as an Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) instructor, if only to give survival skills to that family’s other child.


I became a Certified ISR instructor in 2010 and an ISR Master Instructor in 2016.  I am blessed to teach children to be safer in and around the water, and to train instructors from other communities thereby reaching even more children and providing them skills in case of aquatic emergencies.  I also teach CPR/AED/First Aid through the American Heart Association.


When not in the water, I volunteer with the OBX chapter of Swim Safe Forever to help raise local awareness about the layers of prevention in water safety.  I also volunteer with Families In Vietnam, a non-profit organization which helps impoverished children in Vietnam to attend school in hopes of breaking the cycle of poverty.

 

In my spare time, I love to travel and spend time with my family.