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F.I.S.H. to host self-defense workshop July 28

By Staff | Jul 22, 2015

Special to the ISLAND REPORTER


F.I.S.H. of SANCAP in conjunction with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, will hold a Self-defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange workshop. The event will be held on July 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ at 2050 Periwinkle Way.

This educational awareness and crime-victim prevention program encompasses strategies, techniques and options that may reduce risk of exposure to violence.

The program is geared toward teenaged and adult women and introduces them to the physical aspects of self-defense. Participants must be at least 13 and those between the ages of 13-17 must have a parent present during the entire workshop.

“The workshop will involve three parts and is an introduction to self defense for women 13 years and older,” said F.I.S.H. social worker Christine Swiersz. “We held two before this one and both were well attended.”

Violent crimes are often crimes of opportunity. When the element of opportunity is removed, the risk of the crime is reduced. Teaching that “90-percent of self-defense is awareness, risk reduction, and avoiding confrontation; and only 10-percent is physical”; and focusing on both mental and physical preparedness, SAFE provides women with solid public safety-awareness information to incorporate into their every-day lives.

The program is broken into three parts:

  • Introduction to Safety
  • Video on Self Defense
  • Physical Self Defense Techniques.

“When they complete this course, they will know how to protect themselves,” Swiersz said. “We had an overwhelming of feedback from our other two workshops about how helpful it was.”

This class is not a self-defense class. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and close toed shoes. This workshop is complimentary and open to persons of all genders. Please R.S.V.P. to Swiersz or Jessi at the FISH WIC: 472-4775 by July 23.


F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP is a non-profit, staffed by more than 150 volunteers, assisting Sanibel and Captiva islanders and visitors with a wide range of services. For more than 30 years FISH has been a “neighbors helping neighbors” organization offering a wide range of human services including:

  • Emergency financial assistance
  • Food pantry
  • In-home visitation
  • Non-emergency transport on and off the Island
  • Temporary loan of health equipment
  • Hurricane preparedness information
  • Daily hot meals program

FISH relies on community support to fund all programs and accepts unopened, unexpired food items which are delivered directly to island families in need.

One hundred percent of all contributions are used by FISH to support its mission. F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP is a United Way house and an equal opportunity provider. For additional information, please visit www.fishofsancap.org