Skip to main content

The New Lifeguards of West Las Vegas

Drowning is the fourth leading cause of unintentional death for children in Clark County, Nevada. Meet Las Vegas students Elijah Garcia and Beamber Davis who are learning to teach swimming and save lives.

Everyone Into the Pool: Students Dismantle Segregation’s Legacy by Learning to Swim

Drowning is the fourth leading cause of unintentional death for children in Clark County, Nevada. Meet Las Vegas students Elijah Garcia and Beamber Davis who are learning to teach swimming and save lives.

December 10, 2019
A photograph of Faviola Leyva

Faviola Leyva

Video Producer

Bridget Bennett

Photographer

In the historically Black neighborhood of West Las Vegas, Nevada, two schools are partnering this year to address one problem—drowning—the fourth leading cause of unintentional death for children in Clark County, Nevada.

Jim Crow laws and redlining segregated the city of Las Vegas, restricting the Black community from opportunities and access to public spaces, including pools. But today, about 30 students from both Western High School and Democracy Prep at the Agassi Campus are taking a step towards righting a historical wrong.

Watch the short video to learn how juniors Elijah Garcia and Beamber Davis and their classmates are learning to become lifeguards with the help of teacher and swim coach Elisa Marcheschi Hickey (Las Vegas ’14), and how they aim to teach other non-swimmers as well.