Hoo-rizons: Former Swimming Stars Teach, Preach Water Safety Awareness


Whitelaw Reid

Curry School alumni Bo and Megan Greenwood are teaching swimming and water safety in Charlottesville through a new business called SWIM S’COOL.

When Bo and Megan Greenwood are at a pool with their three children, they sometimes get confused looks.

People who don’t know them might not understand why they don’t want to engage in casual conversation.

It’s not that the Greenwoods are unfriendly. Or hard of hearing. Or not in the mood to talk.

It’s just that they are more aware than most of the dangers that pools – even ones with lots of lifeguards – can pose.

“We take it very seriously,” Megan said. “Some people think we’re insane when I say, ‘I’m sorry, I can’t talk to you right now, my kid is in the water.’

“But it takes three seconds for a kid to be in trouble.”

It is with this basic premise in mind that the Greenwoods – two of the more accomplished swimmers in University of Virginia history – operate a summer learn-to-swim business in Charlottesville called SWIM S’COOL that Megan founded after she graduated from UVA in 2009.

“At first, I was just kind of capitalizing on a good business opportunity as a poor college kid,” said Megan, who also teaches at Jackson-Via Elementary School in Charlottesville, “but all these tragic, really unfortunate losses [from drowning] that are happening might be prevented through education and awareness for parents and kids.

“Now that I have my own family, I’m so acutely aware of what that loss would be like. Bo and I are just so determined to spread water safety awareness.”

The Greenwoods have a 3-year-old son, Jack, and twin 9-month-old boys, Elliott and Garrett.

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