About Us

It is our distinct pleasure to have you to join us here on Diversity in Aquatics. We are an international non-profit organization comprised of ethnically diverse aquatic professionals, athletes, and enthusiasts connected through their shared love of aquatics. Many of our members are engaged in research, design and implementation of cutting edge programs and strategies, to increase aquatic participation, reduce the drowning statistics in the community as well as working with National Governing Bodies of Sports under the United States Olympic Committee, on how to expose the benefits of aquatics sport and fitness to more diverse populations. 

Mission of Diversity in Aquatics

To empower and improve the quality of life and reduce the risk of unintentional drowning deaths in historically underrepresented communities and vulnerable populations through water safety education and promotion of aquatic physical activity as a healthy lifestyle.

Organizational Goals

  • Promote: To increase the knowledge and awareness of water safety and drowning prevention, and aquatic physical activities in historically underrepresented communities and vulnerable populations.

  • Educate: To provide educational programming and collaborative relationships in traditionally underrepresented communities in order to equip historically underrepresented communities and vulnerable populations with the skills needed to be safe and participate in aquatic physical activities and environments.

  • Support: To increase sustainability in water safety and drowning prevention efforts and involvement in a variety of aquatic physical activities in historically underrepresented communities and vulnerable populations.

Program Objectives

  • Provide a forum for leaders and participants to work build a network of ideas and innovation for their aquatic community

  • To empower and improve the quality of life and reduce the risk of unintentional drowning deaths in historically underrepresented communities and vulnerable populations through aquatic physical activity.

  • Create new paradigms while decreasing drowning disparities, and increasing diversity and inclusion.

  • Collaborate along with inspired and accomplished aquatic professionals, athletes, program directors, and coaches

  • Develop programs in their respective aquatic fields which promote Water Safety and celebrate International Water Safety Day on May 15th
  • Explore tools, best practices, and resources necessary to promote and market aquatics to a diverse community

Creation of the Diversity in Aquatics Convention was established as a forum where aquatic leaders from across the world can come together to work on tools and solutions for the prevention of drowning,  the sustainment of existing programs and expansion into new areas of aquatic programming. (See Convention for more information). 

Come join to us to find out more about how you or your organization can get involved as we spread awareness through fellowship and advocacy on our members page. 

Our Work

  • Consulted on drowning prevention, water safety, diversity and inclusion issues for major news organizations, US Congress, and various Aquatics Publications and organizations
  • Provide support for 3 National Governing Bodies (i.e., USA Swimming, USRowing)
  • Support of International Water Safety Day
  • Host a Convention and National Leadership Summit 
     

To learn more about Diversity in Aquatic programs, please feel free to contact us at info@diversityinaquatics.org



History of Us

DAP was formed by Shaun Anderson and Jayson Jackson who have been involved with the swimming and aquatic world and sought to reduce the drowning disparities for all minorities, expand the efforts and policies around drowning prevention and water safety while promoting the benefits of aquatics activities (i.e., professions, recreation and athletics) to the greater society. The network and mission continues to grow worldwide. 

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News

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

http://www.foxsports.com/video?vid=396080195760

Newsweek Article

Read the Newsweek article featuring The Diversity in Aquatics Program and several of its members.

Read the Newsweek article featuring The Diversity in Aquatics Program and several of its members.

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