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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.

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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

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I am PADI certified Dive Master and Handicap Scuba Association Dive Master/Instructor. In addition to recreational SCUBA I am a volunteer Dive Master and
Board Member with the Diveheart Foundation out of Downers Grove Illinois. I work exclusively with Jim Elliott, the founder of Diveheart. Diveheart is a non-for-profit organization that teaches young adults with disabilities and military wounded veterans how to snorkel and or scuba dive. We at Diveheart focus on the principle that water is a forgiving weightless environment that allows for perfect buoyancy to individuals with physical disabilities who would otherwise have a difficult time on land. SCUBA is the tool that we use to increase an individual's self-esteem and level of confidence and enhances their efforts of realizing their full potential. It's also used as a building block to promote a Marine Corps " Can Do" attitude, which segues into other aspects of their lives....

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At 8:50pm on July 29, 2008, Andrew J Ryal said…
No, coordinating the dive venue is the much able bodied and enthusiastic Deborah Gardner, she has planned six magnificent dives for us to occur during our seven day excursion to seven to nine different islands, thanks for asking. Ric, this would be the perfect live-a-board for you.......
At 8:43pm on July 28, 2008, Ric Powell said…
Are you still coordinating the Dive activities at the Black Boaters
Affair coming up shortly? - Ric
At 10:45am on July 7, 2008,
Board Member
Shaun Anderson
Hey Andrew,
Ric mentioned that you have an article that you would like posted to the site. If you can email it to me I will be happy to add it.
Shaun Anderson
DAP Co-Founder
At 6:51pm on July 1, 2008, Michele said…
Andrew forgot to mention that he along with me and others is a founding member of the Windy City SCUBA Diving Club in Chicago and will be traveling to Honduras next week. He is a patient person when he is teaching you something, has a big heart and although he looks very stern is a very big kid and loves to have fun.
At 10:38pm on June 29, 2008, Darrick Linton said…
Hey Andrew,
Between you and Ric Powell, if a Brother doesn't create an interest in Scuba with yall's credentials and experiences, He's
Skurred(ebonics for scared). Welcome to the sight and I hope to receive some vital info regarding learning how to scuba dive in the future. God Bless You.
At 6:47pm on June 29, 2008, Ric Powell said…
Thanks for coming aboard! Please don't hesitate to post issues of concern and news, as it relates to aquatics and SCUBA on our special interest forum SCUBA group.
-Ric Powell
At 2:06pm on June 29, 2008,
Board Member
Shaun Anderson
Hello Andrew,
Welcome to the site! The diveheart organization looks to be an amazing program, keep up the good work & please let me know what I and the Diversity in Aquatics Program (DAP) can do to support you and the organization.
At 10:02am on June 29, 2008, Donald R. Victorian said…
Andrew...I will see you guys in Honduras, brother. I got in on the deal within the past month as I was not sure of my schedule for that time. I am looking forward to diving with the Seals. It is always a fun time I have looked forward to for the past 3 years.

See you soon,brother.

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